Cummins employees: Earn an online MBA from the top-ranked Kelley School of Business.
Through a partnership with Cummins, the Kelley School of Business offers Cummins employees the opportunity to earn a degree from our top-ranked, online MBA program.
The Cummins Online MBA program will give you in-depth knowledge on standard MBA topics, plus material designed specifically to help you thrive at Cummins and grow within the company.
Best of all? While the majority of your coursework will be taught online (giving you maximum control of life outside of work), you’ll still have the opportunity to meet our world-renowned faculty on campus once a year for face-to-face instruction and networking during the Kelley Immersion.
Apply through Cummins to receive a nomination for your online MBA.
To be nominated by Cummins, you must be employed at Cummins for over two years and complete the internal nomination application.
Once you’re approved as a candidate by the Cummins selection committee, you’ll complete the Kelley School of Business’ application.
The Kelley School will select the most competitive students for the program.
The accounting primer is a self-paced course that students complete at their own pace, and all material is completed online. The course is structured as either a four week or three week course, depending on how quickly students want to move through the material. The purpose of the accounting primer is to introduce the basics of the accounting process: the accounting cycle and preparing financial statements.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the concept of personal leadership, using the reflective lens of the DLS self-observant leadership model. Topics covered will include building your capacity for personal awareness, creating and leading meaning in your work, internal / external feedback processing through a self-observant lens, and leadership communications excellence. Students will hear from expert practitioners from the field, as well as top rated Kelley Faculty. Students will have the opportunity to practice each concept in detail throughout the week, and will also be provided the option of seven Executive / Communications Coaching follow up sessions (4 EC and 3CC) to reinforce key concepts, and develop a personal action plan as they begin the Kelley MBA Program. As a result of this course students will be better able to state their personal values and vision, understand how to drive meaning in their work, and be ready to lead themselves through transitional experiences like the Kelley MBA Program.
In this course, we enhance your statistical and mathematical modeling skills covering the following topics:
Probabilistic decision making
Simulation with @@RISK
Optimization modeling with the EXCEL Solver
Making decisions when multiple objectives are involved
Using neutral networks to improve forecasting.
Applications from all major functional areas will be discussed.
In this course, you’ll gain a user-oriented understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure its availability on a timely and relevant basis for decision-making. The first part of the course reviews financial accounting and reporting while the second part of the course focuses on cost-benefit analysis for evaluating the potential value-added results from planning, organizing, and controlling a firm’s accounting information. The use of cases, forum discussions, and computer support is used extensively.
In this course, you’ll learn about:
Economic decision making in the business firm
The strategic interaction of business firms in industries
The purchasing and behavior of individual consumers and consumers as a group
The influence of public policy on market outcomes
You’ll also develop:
A fluency with the language of economics and a strong "economic intuition"
The skills to analyze intra-industry rivalry
An improved understanding of public policy issues
There will be an emphasis on the logical foundations of economic analysis and managerial decision making to promote the understanding and application of various quantitative measures.
In this course, you’ll survey the management of operations in manufacturing and service firms. Students will work through diverse activities, such as:
Determining the size and type of production process
Purchasing the appropriate raw materials
Planning and scheduling the flow of materials and the nature and content of inventories
Assuring product quality
Deciding on production hardware and how it gets used
You’ll also learn that managing operations will require both strategic and tactical skills. The topics considered include:
Quality and productivity
The course makes considerable use of business cases. Most classes will be spent discussing the cases assigned. For each case, students will be asked to review actual company situations and apply technical and managerial skills to recommending courses of action. Most cases will be taken from manufacturing, but some will be service-oriented. Several of the cases will focus on international companies or challenges.
In this course, you will:
Develop a working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate finance
Establish an understanding of the basic elements of financial theory to be used in application of analytical reasoning to business problems
Explore the interrelationship among corporate policies and decisions.
Your coursework will include problem sets, study group preparation of executive summary memos and critiques, and the use of PC spreadsheets to develop a planning model for a case focusing on funds requirement.
Leading individuals and groups effectively is the key to managerial excellence. Yet, in an increasingly diverse and international work environment this is a formidable challenge. This course is designed to help participants increase their effectiveness in meeting the challenges of managing in the twenty-first century. This course is designed to provide participants an opportunity to: 1) increase their self-awareness, 2) develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complexity of managing relationships in a culturally diverse work environment, 3) learn from others' personal experiences and world views, and 4) practice behavior skills that will help them develop more effective work relationships. Specifically, this course focuses on the business differences across countries and the development of skills with which to deal with those differences.
Managing Accounting Information for Decision-Making
Economics for Managers
Cross Cultural Management
*Plan of Study subject to change.
Today's business environment forces executives to use every tool at their disposal to create and maintain an effective and adaptable organization. A major source of effectiveness and adaptability is the way in which the company's efforts are organized—its systems, structures, management process, rewards, and strategies.
The primary job of senior management today is to design, build, and operate organizations that function effectively. What this means is that the organization is in a constant state of change. Understanding the change process is vital. Knowing the roadblocks to effective change is very important. The role of the manager as a change agent becomes critical. Often the problems arise not from the change itself, but the process of making the change. Individuals resist change. It is a natural phenomenon. How and why this change manifests itself is a central issue in this course. Developing the skills to move through the change process not knowing what roadblocks one might encounter is becoming incredibly valuable.
In this course, you’ll study information systems management issues, including:
Enterprise support applications
Systems acquisition and implementation practices
Facilitating end-user support and telework and e-business opportunities
Coursework will include readings, case analysis, and one team project.
Here’s your introduction to the process of creating a market-driven organization. Specific course topics will include marketing strategy, market research and analysis, and the development of products and services, pricing, distribution and promotion. The course employs lectures, classroom discussion through threaded discussion forums, case analysis, and field research projects.
Business development and venturing is the vehicle for our integrative capstone courses. Employing the tools learned and practiced throughout their program, students will work in small teams to develop business plans for new businesses, or entrepreneurial activities within larger organizations. There is also a business computer simulation that is designed to integrate the knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the program. Readings and other course materials will be assigned by the faculty instructor.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to understand enterprise risk management in a globalized world. From the perspective of a multinational enterprise we focus on country risk, foreign investment risk, foreign exchange rate risk, and global non-market risk.
In this course you will be introduced to strategic management and planning, and asked to develop and execute a business strategy in a business simulation.
The Online MBA at Kelley asks you to develop a wide variety of skills and competencies in management; developing and executing a business plan is only one of these skills. This course should be viewed as in introduction to many issues that you will address again from different perspectives throughout the remainder of the MBA program.
This course focuses on two major constraints on business decision-making in a global environment: law and ethics.
Business people typically have more interaction with legal regulation, lawyers, and litigation than those outside of the business world. Thus, the fundamental premise of this course is this: having a greater awareness of international legal issues, disputes, and resolutions will help managers navigate the global environment more effectively.
Knowing how judges, lawyers, and regulators within the legal system reason and communicate should enable managers to better understand legal developments as well as communicate more effectively with their lawyers.
Despite its fundamental importance in the global environment, law is not the only constraint on business decision making. Each year newspapers and news broadcasts are full of examples of corporate and individual actions that, while perhaps legal at the time, led to public humiliation and, in extreme cases, greater governmental regulation. Thus, a study of legal reasoning is not complete without coverage of ethical decision-making as well.
The Kelley Capstone Experience is an innovative course designed to enhance a student’s talent in leadership, team dynamics, consulting, and entrepreneurship. Experience in project scoping, data collection, and solutions delivery hones management skills that serve a student well in his or her career. Learning occurs through research and writing, lectures, team meetings, faculty coaching sessions, and presentations.
At its core, this course centers on “experiential learning” rather than on exploring the concept of strategy. That is, this is a course where you learn primarily by what you experience rather than what you read.
Recent surveys of senior corporate leaders reveal that finding, growing and retaining top talent is among the very top challenges in leading a contemporary organization. Effective talent management is certainly strategic—how an organization invests in and allocates resources to the attraction, retention and development of its talent pipeline. But talent management is also intensely individual—how effectively members of the organization identify and pursue personal development and are coached to effectively acquire the skill-set they will need to function effectively as a senior leader.
With that in mind, this course is designed to mirror the multi-dimensional nature of talent management in organizations. The first segment of the course will focus on your course text and some of the best writing and cases associated with effective talent management practice in organizations. The second segment will ask you to specifically assess how to integrate talent management processes into an effective management structure.
This course offers an introduction to tools for strategic management. It provides an introductory review of the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies. Rather than assessing a firm's environment in terms of broadly defined opportunities and threats, you will:
Examine the dynamics of the competitive environment
Learn how both the pace and direction of industry change are influenced by the resources, capabilities, and competitive interaction of rivals
The course uses discussion forums, team projects, and an interactive simulation.
There is increasing pressure on businesses to pay more attention to the environmental and resource consequences of the products and services they offer and the processes they deploy.
Many firms now choose to focus on the triple bottom line of sustainability: profit, people and planet. This course examines sustainability from an operations perspective, and has 3 modules.
In the first module, we examine:
Improvements on the environmental impact of current operations (eco-efficiency)
Environmental and take-back legislation
Pollution prevention and waste reduction (including lean)
The 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle)
Environmental management systems (ISO 14000)
Life cycle assessment
In the second module, we examine sustainable operations strategies, particularly:
Sustainability in the supply chain
Environmental product differentiation
Finally, the third module addresses closed-loop systems (product stewardship), which is the ultimate goal of a sustainable operation: design for environment (DFE), leasing and servitization, reuse and remanufacturing.
Launch the next stage of your career in less than two-and-a-half years
The Kelley School of Business is one of the top business schools in the country. As such, the curriculum for our Cummins Online MBA Program is rigorous. It matches, in breadth and depth, the scope of our standard online and on-campus MBA program.
All courses will be geared to help Cummins meet the specific challenges it will face as a successful global company in the future.
In your final winter quarter, you’ll complete the Kelley Capstone Experience. This comprehensive project will apply the tools learned throughout the program to address a business challenge identified by Cummins’ senior management.
Your online MBA program will:
Total 51 credit hours
Be completed over the course of 27 months
Consist of approximately 6 credit hours per quarter
Total nine quarters; with four quarters per year
You’ll learn from the same highly-ranked faculty that teach the full-time MBA program. Topics covered include:
Business law and ethics
Though the majority of your coursework will happen online, Kelley Immersion allows Cummins MBA candidates to spend two separate weeks at the Kelley School of Business, a $33-million complex nestled in one of America’s most beautiful college campuses.
You’ll spend one week on campus your first year, and one week on campus your second year. Each immersion week will take place in late April.
Travel to Bloomington, Indiana is required for these courses.