Business problems aren’t addressed in silos in the real world, so why should they be in business school? How does a dilemma in a company’s operations division, for instance, affect the finance and/or marketing departments?
Integration across disciplines is a fundamental part of our academic pedagogy and is purposely built into the curriculum of the Babson MBA. Unlike most business schools that teach entrepreneurship as a discrete, siloed subject, Babson incorporates entrepreneurial thought and action across disciplines in the pursuit of both economic and social value.
The Core Curriculum reflects the following courses:
- Entrepreneurship and Opportunity
- Creating and Leading Effective Organizations
- Financial Reporting
- Managing Talent: Yours and Others
- Data, Models and Decisions
- Introduction to Financial Management
- Managerial Economics
- Technology and Operations Management
- Measuring and Managing Strategic Performance
- Managing at the Crossroads: International Economics, Business and Government
- Global Connections Through Technology
Our unified core curriculum is offered across all four program delivery models. Learn more about the curriculum delivery in each program:
Signature Learning Experiences
The Babson MBA incorporates Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs) into the curriculum to develop entrepreneurial leaders. These courses and educational activities occur throughout the program, giving students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it to entrepreneurial decision making through action learning. SLEs challenge students to apply their business skills for complex problem-solving and frequently provide an opportunity to practice leadership and teamwork skills, apply ethical and socially responsible reasoning, and examine decisions in the context of a global and ever changing economic environment.. Here are a few examples of how these experiences are brought to life:
Creating. Where do great ideas come from? Creating is the first step in entrepreneurial thought and action. You will explore and experience something new. We will give you a challenge to take risks, make a difference, be innovative and unconventional. Your group will then perform or share a creativity presentation for your MBA peers, faculty, and the Babson community.
Team Process Day. In Module 1, you'll also start tackling the question of how to build effective teams. In a day-long set of indoor and outdoor activities, you'll get insights into your own and your peers' behavior in teams. You'll also have an opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback, and use tools to help others contribute positively to team endeavors.
Feasibility Analysis. Once you have an idea in mind, the next step is to analyze its feasibility. Feasibility is critical, whether you are interested in new venture creation, corporate or social entrepreneurship, or any new project or process. In this project, you'll work to understand the customer group and its needs, assess the durability of the opportunity, understand the competitive landscape and identify possible business models that provide value to both the business and its stakeholders, most notably customers.