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6 EMBA Programs With Prominent Faculty

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Business professionals don’t earn Executive MBAs to study what they already know. Instead, they want to learn novel concepts about the field from innovators experts. In other words, when searching for the right EMBA program, you want to choose one with a faculty that is regularly recognized for their contributions to research and thought leadership.

Further, you want to choose an EMBA faculty you’ll learn the most from. It’s important to research the specific field you’re most interested in to make sure that your interests and the faculty’s interests match. Specifically, you’ll spend the most time with your faculty advisor and the instructors from whom you’ll take most of your classes, so make sure they have the expertise that will advance your career.

These six EMBAs have faculties who have continued to make advancements in their disciplines.


As an international EMBA, INSEAD’s faculty come from 41 countries around the world, contributing to the global perspective of the program.

Faculty are all leaders in their fields, including Decision Sciences, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, among others. Recently, four faculty members were named to the Thinkers50, a list of the top 50 management thinkers in the world or the “Oscars of Management Thinking.” Further, in 2017/2018, five INSEAD professors were named to the Case Centre’s Top 40 Best Selling Case Authors. These rankings are devised by culling the top-selling cases from the previous year.

What’s clear about INSEAD’s faculty is that they’re thought leaders in their particular discipline. They’re creating new innovations in business, not just teaching about them.

London Business School Executive MBA

Faculty at the London Business School (LBS) were honored with Thinkers50 awards in 2019, while three more were named to the Distinguished Achievement Awards list. Last year, more than 5,000 people were nominated, with only 50 thinkers around the emba facultyworld being named to the list. The five ranked faculty come from a variety of disciplines at LBS, including Management Practice, Organizational Behavior, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Notably, each faculty member has robust opportunities for developing new research and inviting students to help with their projects. Faculty in each of the seven disciplines in the school  use LBS’ research centers or institute to develop their ideas. The Leadership Institute, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development are cornerstones in developing original research.

EMBA–Global Americas and Europe

A partnership between the London Business School and Columbia University Business School, the faculty of the EMBA – Global Americas and Europe is comprised of five core faculty members and six elective faculty members. Combining an interest in scholarship with a history of excellence in business, the small team of faculty ensure that students have personalized attention. Further, all the faculty have PhDs or MBAs from some of the top universities in the world, including Stanford, the University of Chicago, and Oxford.

SP Jain School of Global Management 

Another internationally-focused EMBA, SP Jain has recruited faculty from five continents with a diverse range of research interests. Around three-quarters of the faculty hold doctorate degrees from universities like Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford. What’s more, many faculty have also taught at other EMBA or MBA programs around the world, including INSEAD, UCLA, and the University of Western Australia.

Auburn Executive MBA

Faculty at the Executive MBA at Auburn University are knowledgeable business leaders and experts in their fields. Many of the faculty who teach in the program are still active in business, as well as scholarship. Professors have doctorate degrees in a variety of fields, including Management, Accounting, and Organizational Leadership.

Cornell Executive MBA Metro New York

One of the biggest benefits of the Cornell EMBA is that you’ll engage with faculty both from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. The faculty have a wide variety of research interests that they share with students. Of the faculty, Viraj Mehta, ’12, says, “I think the major strength of our leadership faculty is their ability to present research in the field in a very practical manner that makes it easy for us to understand and incorporate it into our own leadership practices.”

While this list is a smart place to start, it’s also wise to explore each faculty member’s credentials, research interests, and background before choosing an EMBA program. Ivy Exec’s 2020 rankings of the Best Executive MBA Programs can also give you a starting point into your research. Specifically, these rankings classify EMBAs by prestige, career advancement, curriculum strength, global experience, and life balance. Further, exploring anonymous student reviews about these programs can also help you discover more about what teaching and learning in each program is really like.

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