The Cox School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
(777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, Florida 33602-5730; telephone 813-769-6500; fax 813-769-6559).
The Business Leadership Center augments the Cox School of Business graduate curriculum with strategic leadership knowledge and practical applications essential for business success in today’s global market. The BLC offers diagnostic assessments, classes, seminars, roundtables, special programs and individualized executive coaching to enhance leadership development under eight themes: customer innovation, personal development, team dynamics, productive leadership, managerial leadership, communication skills, interpersonal relations and business leaders roundtables. Programs offered through the BLC are developed and taught by industry professionals who bring highly advanced expertise from leading companies such as Accenture, Grant Thornton, Dell Services, Texas Instruments, Capital Alliance and Walt Disney Company.
The Business Information Center
Sandal Miller, Director
The Business Information Center is a premier facility combining the features of a university library with the immediacy of online computer resources. The BIC includes individual and group study areas, over 70 computer workstations, a presentation preparation/practice room, a multimedia studio, reference area, periodicals, BIC staff offices, the Hillcrest Foundation International Resource Library, the Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center Resource Collection, the Cary M. Maguire Energy Institute Resource Collection, and the Career Management Center Library. The BIC’s mission is to provide the SMU community with personalized reference and instruction services by business librarians, support the integration of information-literacy skills into the curriculum, and enable access to authoritative business information regardless of format. It is a center for research and development for state-of-the-art information technology applications in the business education field.
The Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship
Jerry F. White, Director
The Caruth Institute at SMU was established in 1970 by W.W. Caruth, Jr., to help people learn about the excitement of building their own business, the challenges of management, the uncertainties of the marketplace and the acceptance of adversity as a learning experience.
The Caruth Institute focuses on both the entrepreneurial and managerial aspects of starting and growing a business. Programs include credit courses for undergraduate and graduate students, including the M.S. in entrepreneurship as well as certificate programs for the outside business community.
The institute conducts the Southwest Venture Forum, which brings together investors, entrepreneurs and the professionals who serve them, and the Dallas 100™ Awards, which honors the fastest growing privately held companies in the DFW Metroplex. In addition, the institute supports community entrepreneurship activities such as the Metroplex Growth Capital Conference. It also oversees the Cox M.B.A. Business Plan competition and is responsible for the operations of the Cox M.B.A. Venture Fund.
The Center for Marketing Management Studies
Raj Sethuraman, Executive Director
Marci Armstrong, Director, Graduate Marketing Certificate Program
The Center for Marketing Management Studies supports ongoing marketing education through the Graduate Marketing Certificate Program. The 21-week program, offered on the Dallas and Plano campuses, runs throughout the school year and is designed to help marketing professionals from the North Texas business community sharpen their marketing skills and knowledge. GMCP topics include strategic marketing, customer loyalty and satisfaction, consumer decision-making, social media, and Internet marketing. Cox graduate students have the opportunity to network with the marketing professionals attending the GMCP.
The center also hosts several marketing events each year for the Dallas business community. M.B.A. students are invited to help coordinate and attend these events.
Many major corporations have participated in the program in recent years, including Guidestone Financial Resources, McAfee, Valspar Corporation, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Hewlett Packard, Navigation Solutions, Samsung, Sony Electronics, Bank of America and Republic National Distributing.
JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence
Edward J. Fox, Executive Director
The center was created through a generous endowment from the JCPenney Company to advance the understanding of consumer shopping behavior and promote the development of leaders for the retail industry. The center facilitates professional development through speaking engagements, networking events and internship opportunities. M.B.A. students are encouraged to participate in events and to use the center for networking opportunities.
The Maguire Energy Institute
W. Bruce Bullock, Director
The Maguire Energy Institute encourages the study of policy, marketing, and management issues related to oil, natural gas and electricity. The institute conducts seminars and training programs focusing on the business, economic and managerial aspects of the energy industry; hosts conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among educators, practitioners, media and government officials; and provides material for students and teachers to foster a better understanding of the role of the energy industry in the world economy.
The Center for Research in Real Estate and Land Use Economics
William B. Brueggeman, Director
The center was created in 1984. It sponsors real estate industry outreach programs, general management programs and student internships. It also awards both undergraduate and graduate student assistantships and scholarships, which are made from endowments established by the Costa Institute of Real Estate Finance and the Folsom Institute for Development and Land Use Policy.
KPMG Institute for Corporate Governance
Wayne Shaw, Director
The KPMG Institute for Corporate Governance emphasizes the importance of integrity and ethics in the business community. The institute develops multidisciplinary courses that explore ethical decision-making and corporate governance, preparing students to understand the choices they make and how those decisions affect the governance structure of their firm.
Executive Education Center
Frank R. Lloyd, Associate Dean
The Executive Education Center is one of the pillars of the Cox commitment to the business community. The center’s seminars and certificate programs develop leadership and business acumen through its world-class faculty and facilities. The customized educational experiences for groups of current and high-potential managers improve a company’s organizational performance. For more information, visit www.exed.cox.smu.edu or call 214-768-3335 or 1-800-768-6699.
Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation
S. Scott MacDonald, President and CEO
The SW Graduate School of Banking offers a carefully crafted and executed approach to graduate banking education that melds personal growth and professional wisdom by emphasizing intellectual as well as leadership development. The program, which is divided into three integrated two-week resident sessions, is guided by some of the industry’s top management consultants and educators. For more information, visit www.swgsb.org.
William O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom
W. Michael Cox, Director
The center was established in 2008 by William J. “Bill” O’Neil (BBA, ’55) and his wife, Fay C. O’Neil, to study the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy. The O’Neils created the center to offer education and training for today’s forward-looking individuals and businesses that recognize the importance of globalization in changing the paradigm in which we are all operating. For additional information, visit www.oneilcenter.org.