Profile of Richard Ivey School of Business - University of Western Ontario
The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business, located in London, Ontario, is widely regarded as the prototypical case study school. Not only does the School base its educational approach on the case study method but it is also the world's second greatest producer of business case studies, next to the Harvard Business School of Boston, Massachusetts, and the 'largest producer of current Asian business cases.' In 2006 the School expanded its pedagogical approach, combining case study with what it calls "Cross-Enterprise Leadership" designed to emphasize the ways in which the different functional areas of business come together in the real-world in order to 'provide graduates with the skill and capacity to predict, analyze, strategize and act upon issues that span the entire enterprise, such as globalization, competition, productivity and innovation.' In terms of business schools, the Richard Ivey School of Business is consistently classified as the elite school in Canada, as one of the top 10 outside of the United States, and among the best 50 overall in the world by recruiters and esteemed publications like BusinessWeek, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Graduates of the School are highly valued by major national and international employers, both of the private and public sectors, and, according to the Financial Times, the average yearly salaries of Ivey's alumni, 'weighted over three years,' are the highest in Canada and among the highest in the world at over $100,000.
The School of Business at University of Western Ontario offers four main programs consisting of a full-time Bachelor of Business Administration, including an honours option, full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA), Ph.D. in Business Administration, and Executive MBA (EMBA). Both the MBA and Ph.D. degrees give students the opportunity to customize their respective programs according to their career interests in over 11 areas of specialization including Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Information Systems, Investment Banking, Management Science, Managerial Accounting, Marketing, Operations, and Organizational Behaviour.
Also afforded by the School is a range of introductory to business courses and "pre-Ivey" courses and programs; the latter are designed to prepare individuals who have been accepted into the MBA program for success in their studies. The School maintains additional teaching facilities in Toronto, London (Ontario), and Hong Kong in which it proffers executive development opportunities in the form of courses, seminars, and open-enrolment and customized programs, including the EMBA.