York - Schulich to Offer MBA Specialization in Global Retail Management

New concentration to help students tap into $13 trillion global retail sector

Beginning this fall, Toronto, Canada-based York University Schulich School of Business will offer a new MBA specialization in Global Retail Management.

The specialization will include courses in a range of retail-specific topics, including "Pricing and Retail Analytics," "Retail Marketing Strategies," and "Strategic Management of e-Business." It will also cover more general business topics like supply chain management and human resources.

Fundamentally, the new MBA specialization intends to help students understand the transformations underway in the global retail industry by touching on issues from globalization to brand insights and analytics.

"Worldwide, the entire sector is in flux, as retailers from North America, Japan, and Western Europe expand and then fiercely compete in growing markets such as India, China, Brazil, and the Middle East," says Robert Kozinets, professor of marketing at Schulich. "As well, technology is changing the picture."

Kozinets says that due to technological innovations and cultural shifts, the global retail industry — currently valued at about $13 trillion — may be close to a tipping point. "We continue to see major growth in online sales," he says, as well as more sophisticated uses of technology such as vending machines that can change prices depending on the temperature or time of day."

However, despite the industry's size and transformative nature, few business schools have, until now, offered dedicated MBA concentrations in retail. Many schools that place strongly in the industry — Purdue - Krannert or Minnesota - Carlson, for instance — don't actually offer retail concentrations but instead leverage their research strengths through functional concentrations such supply chain management or marketing. Other business schools, like Wharton, offer only secondary concentrations in retail; others cluster their retail curriculum together with topics in luxury or fashion.

Schulich's MBA concentration in Global Retail Management is set to launch this fall. For more information, please see Schulich's recent press release announcing the launch of the concentration.

Read more about business school options for MBA applicants interested in a career in retail on FIND MBA's list of Top Business Schools for a Career in Retail and Consumer Goods.

Image: Overleveraged / Creative Commons (cropped)

Comments


Related Business Schools

Minneapolis, Minnesota 21 Followers 26 Discussions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 50 Followers 162 Discussions
Toronto, Canada 64 Followers 103 Discussions
West Lafayette, Indiana 18 Followers 77 Discussions

More MBA News

Aug 14, 2019

MBA Application Deadlines: Spring 2020

Aug 14, 2019

More MBA News

MBA Articles

Will One Year MBAs Take Off in the US?

Aug 13, 2019

A handful of big-brand US business schools have established one-year MBAs, which are more popular in Europe. Some schools believe the MBA will have to become a more flexible degree with multiple exit points

How to Survive the ‘Marathon’ MBA Course

Jul 29, 2019

Returning to the classroom after a lengthy spell in the workforce can be a daunting challenge. Loved ones, students and business schools can be a source of support

As Some MBA Programs in the US are Shuttered, What is the Future of the MBA?

Jul 22, 2019

While the full-time MBA is a shrinking market, other business school programs are booming

More Articles

Related Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists