Strategic Issues in Management Series (SIMS)

Forward-thinking seminars geared toward managers and administrators who want to sharpen management skills and enhance their careers.

The Strategic Issues in Management Series (SIMS) provides today’s executives and managers with an opportunity to both update and broaden their business skill set and knowledge. World-class faculty from the Merage School and the business community conduct highly interactive seminars designed to address today’s most pressing management needs.


Each SIMS session starts with a breakfast and networking opportunity.  Sessions are held on the UC Irvine campus in executive classrooms using the latest teaching technology.


  • Gain practical tools and techniques today – apply them tomorrow!
  • Network with peers in a dynamic classroom setting
  • Learn new approaches and perspectives from our world-class faculty and fellow participants





Topics offered vary from year to year and we continue to evaluate the addition of new topics.







“The Strategic Issues In Management Series offers a refreshing approach to relevant business topics and the dynamic structure of the sessions provides participants with a unique arena to pool points of view and share sound managerial experience in various sectors. Additionally, we were most impressed with the excellent design of a customized Executive Education program for the Palace Entertainment management team that resulted in a promptly, well organized and carefully conducted training that addressed key issues perfectly connected with the day-to-day business situations within our company.”


Fernando Eiroa

President & C.E.O.

Palace Entertainment



“The Strategic Issues in Management Series at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business have provided a welcomed resource of knowledge and training to accent our in-house learning programs.  The presentations are first rate and provide the broad understanding of the convergence of a multitude of decisions made by leaders in everyday business.”


Dan Trautmann

Director, Human Resources

Panasonic Avionics Corporation



“The SIMS sessions  provide theory and exercises to strengthen skills needed for effective decision making, particularly important due to budgetary constraints.   Sessions also provide hands-on strategies to improve collaboration and negotiation skills as well as in-depth information regarding effective team dynamics, critical to providing core response activities to address emerging events.”


Elisabeth J. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Epidemiology & Assessment Program Manager

County of Orange Health Care Agency



“I had the opportunity to attend several  sessions of the Strategic Issues in Management Series. I found the topics selected interesting and very relevant to the times and also the needs of my business. The subject matter was presented in an interactive manner by well prepared and up-to-date faculty. I looked forward to those special Thursday afternoons of interacting with professionals from other industry segments and learning from their different  perspectives.”


Rahul Vir

General Manager

Marriott International – Irvine Marriott Hotel



"The University of California Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business' Strategic Issues in Management Series was a wonderful supplement to my corporate training and the classes keep me current on issues.  The topics presented are relevant to today's business world and the professors are experts in their field.  It's a great way to refresh your skills and I always learn something new."


Andrea Caballero Dilweg

Vice-President for Health Policy

UnitedHealth Group



“The Strategic Issues in Management Series at UCI, allows UCI alumni and other business professionals to engage in cutting-edge issues and discussions.  I have found the many sessions I have attended to serve as a great resource for stepping out of the day-to-day grind and into a 4 hour session focused on my self-development and increasing my strategic management and leadership skills.”  


Mike Bushey, FEMBA '97

Senior Manager, Customer Service Operations

Southern California Edison Company


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