About this Specialization

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The purpose of organizations is to produce and deliver goods and services of value to customers while generating a surplus for owners. Value chain management focuses on understanding what different customers value, measuring inputs and outputs to assess value, and generating higher value for customers and greater surplus for organizations. In this Specialization, you will gain competencies that are critical for managers in any functional area. You will learn to create, model, analyze, and maximize value in accounting, operations, and marketing. This Specialization is part of the University of Illinois iMBA Program. Each course fulfills a portion of the requirements for a University of Illinois course that can earn you college credit. When you complete the Value Chain Management Specialization, you will: · Understand how to apply a financial perspective of accounting for costs, understand how financial and non-financial accounting information facilitates strategic performance measurement, and integrate this information to continuously improve strategy. · Understand the role of operations management and process improvement, synthesize information to make decisions for organizational initiatives, and apply analytical techniques for tactical operations and process improvement decisions. · Understand how marketing works in the business world and how various marketing elements interact to create value for consumers and ultimately maximize value for your organization.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
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Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Vietnamese
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Vietnamese

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Managerial Accounting: Cost Behaviors, Systems, and Analysis

4.8
stars
775 ratings
163 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Managerial Accounting: Tools for Facilitating and Guiding Business Decisions

4.7
stars
461 ratings
58 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Operations Management: Analysis and Improvement Methods

4.6
stars
684 ratings
211 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Operations Management: Strategy and Quality Management for the Digital Age

4.6
stars
701 ratings
153 reviews

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This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Business Administration (iMBA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

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  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. Some courses do list other courses as prerequisites. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all six courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

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  • · You will learn how to apply financial perspective of accounting for costs, understand how financial and non-financial accounting information facilitates strategic performance measurement and integrate this information to continuously improve strategy.

    · You will understand the role of operations management and process improvement, synthesize information to make decisions for organizational initiatives and apply analytical techniques for tactical operations and process improvement decisions.

    · Finally, you will enhance your understanding of how marketing works in the business world and how various marketing elements interact to create value for consumers and ultimately maximize value for your organization.

  • Background and knowledge in statistical concepts is strongly recommended.

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