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:
- Opportunity and Entrepreneurship
- Creating and Leading Effective Organizations
- Financial Reporting
- Managing Talent: Yours and Others
- Data, Models and Decisions
- Introduction to Financial Management
- Defining, Offering and Delivering Value to Customers
- 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
Building off the classroom curriculum are the Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs). These experiences reinforce and expand classroom learning through hands-on activities that require students to put theories into practice. Students continually praise these experiences as an “invaluable means to act in real world situations in real time”. The focus is not only on the development of the business skills necessary to be successful in an ever changing global environment, but also to give the students the skill sets necessary to manage self and others in this context. 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.