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This is the required advanced management course that builds on the required foundation (FME, Business Law, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, and Probablity, Statistics and Quantitative Methods) and intermediate management courses previously taken (OEM and MCE). The course develops skills in critical and integrative thinking and strategic problem solving. After introducing essential concepts and frameworks in strategy, the course will introduce problem solving techniques. The latter part of the course provides occasion for practicing these skills. A project is an important part of the course to further apply and demonstrate these skills. ASM3300 is a new pre-requisite for all strategy electives as IME is phased out. Students concentrating in strategy are urged to take this course in the fall of their junior year. Students who have completed IME3 are ineligible to register for this course. Prerequisites: OEM, MCE or SME (ECN2300 or ECN2000 may be taken concurrently), (LAW13xx, or LAW1000) (QTM2420 or QTM1010 may be taken concurrently),and (ACC1300 or ACC1000)


STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED AND ENROLLED IN THE BRIC PROGRAM TO TAKE THIS COURSE BRC2401 India: Urban Challenges in a Globalizing State 3 credit Intermediate Liberal Arts (CVA) This portion of Babson's BRIC course will be a three-credit intermediate liberal arts experience. The guiding framework for this course will be an historical, cultural, social, and political study of public policy issues facing India today, particularly in urban areas. Cities have boomed as India has economically developed over the past decades, bringing to the forefront problems around inequality, energy, water, sanitation, transportation, and education. The urban fabric has changed with processes of globalization and how internal migration has brought together deeply ingrained identity groups, opening up new forms of cooperation and conflict. Government at all levels is facing increasing demands from citizens while being hampered by capacity problems, corruption, and political in-fighting. International corporations, local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits are stepping into these areas in a myriad of ways. Supplemented with a variety of readings, this course will use Indian urban areas as complex texts to examine public policy in developing states.


STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED AND ENROLLED IN THE BRIC PROGRAM TO TAKE THIS COURSE BRC2402 Russia in Modernity: History, Politics and Culture 3 credit Intermediate Liberal Arts (LVA) this course was formerly numbered BRC3602 The second in the sequence of three countries visited in the 16-credit China- Russia-India (BRIC) program, this two-week, 3-credit intermediate LVA course in St. Petersburg, Russia will include an overview of modern Russian history and politics, but will focus primarily on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian history, politics, and culture. Prerequisites: RHT and Foundation (H & S and A & H) or AHS


STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED AND ENROLLED IN THE BRIC PROGRAM TO TAKE THIS COURSE BRC3603 Encounters with the BRIC: Comparative Analysis in Cross Cultural Contexts 2 credit Advanced Liberal Arts Encounters with BRIC is a two credit course with two components: the intensive pre-departure program and the offshore program, which includes weekly meetings, journaling assignments and a BRIC capstone project in the last week of the whole program. This course is designed to help you prepare to get the most out of your experience before you leave the Babson campus and also give you new tools along the way to deepen your connection with your host countries, trouble shoot problems, reflect on your learning and harvest your experience upon your return.


CXD3520 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE 4 CREDIT (general credit) The Global Leadership Development Experience is an intense immersion program where students partner with innovative student-entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit executives, and world-class faculty while working to create innovative, real-world solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues in a collaborative and challenging environment. The course combines classroom with experiential learning (we will divide our classroom time between academic work and project management of applied learning/consulting projects). It also comprises a living-learning environment in which students form a cohort for four weeks of on-campus life, off-campus exploration, and intellectual and applied work. Exploring the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as a framework for the course, we will consider causes and effects of global poverty and uneven development, using case studies and concrete data to consider the problems and possible solutions. We will study the structures of current global partnerships as they attempt to address these issues, while learning a framework for how to develop an actionable approach for solving these challenges. As we are approaching the MDG deadline of 2015, we will assess progress thus far, considering work yet to be done. In addition to our academic work, a key part of the program is the opportunity to work with a corporation, entrepreneur, or nonprofit organization to help enhance their social impact.


FME1000 Foundation of Management & Entrepreneurship, Revised (2 semesters) (Foundation Mgmt) This full-year, introductory course exposes students to key entrepreneurship, marketing, business management and organizational behavior concepts. Central to the course is a "learn by doing” approach in which students teams develop and implement an actual business that the College funds. Profits generated by the business activity are used to support a charitable project that the students also coordinate. Through these activities students will have a personal opportunity to explore the challenges and complexities of creating social as well as economic value. In the organizational behavior stream of this section of FME, students will explore their personal entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and how to work with and through others and effectively participate in their business organizations. This section of FME will meet Babson’s undergraduate requirements for a semester long course in organizational behavior. Prerequisites: NONE This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall


IMH2512 Honors Seminar II - This Seminar will meet every other week beginning 1/21 Honors Seminar II is designed to guide Honors Program students through the writing process for their honors project proposal. In this seminar students will identify a research topic, develop a research question, learn how to do a scholarly literature search and use research in their writing, and write a final, polished version of the honors project proposal. The course will be run as a workshop so attendance at all sessions and adherence to all deadlines is essential. This course is required for all junior Honors Program students. Prerequisite: IMH2511, Instructor Permission




The sophomore management experience MAC and TOM module (SME) integrates two subject streams: Technology and Operations Management (3 credits) and Managerial Accounting (3 credits). This module focuses on the internal organization and processes required for entrepreneurial leaders and managers to successfully test and execute business strategies. To be effective, entrepreneurs and managers must design operations, model the expected performance of operational designs, make decisions that strategically manage costs, and take actions that achieve desired results in an ethical manner. The two streams in this module will help build the skills you need to become ethical entrepreneurial leaders and managers. You will experience how the design of operations impacts measured performance, and how modeling expected results before action is taken leads to improved operational decisions. SME will also provide learning experiences that demonstrate the interconnections between the streams. SME2001 Managerial Accounting 3 credit intermediate management The Managerial Accounting stream in SME builds on knowledge acquired in Financial Accounting but shifts the focus to providing entrepreneurs and managers with relevant information that supports decision making and performance measurement. The stream introduces the language of managerial accounting and teaches students to perform basic management accounting analyses (e.g., costing of cost objects, cost behavior, differential analysis, and performance measurement). The stream requires students to use the results of their analysis to evaluate the design of operations, to make strategic decisions, and to propose action. Issues covered include selecting a profitable mix of products and services, analyzing profits and costs during product development, budgeting for operations, analyzing whether to outsource or insource activities, and managing performance through measurement systems. Throughout the semester we will explore interconnections between management accounting analyses and operational actions. SME2002 Managing Operations 3 credit intermediate management Managing operations is vital to every type of organization, for it is only through effective and efficient utilization of resources that an organization can be successful in the long run. This is especially true today, when we see that significant competitive advantages accrue to those firms that manage their operations effectively. We define operations in the broadest sense, not confining the focus within a set of walls but defining the scope to the thoughts and activities necessary to supply goods and services from their conception to their consumption. This course introduces you to the operational challenges that entrepreneurs and managers face and provides a set of tools to aid you in designing, evaluating and managing business processes to meet your organization’s objectives. Throughout the semester we will explore interconnections between operational actions and management accounting analyses. PREREQUISITES: ACC1000 and FME1001


Marketing is involved with the task of ethically marketing products and services in a global environment. In order to survive in the contemporary business world, organizations have to continually bring new ideas and products/services to the market – think creatively, act entrepreneurially and utilize analytical rigor. The Marketing stream of SME will examine how marketers can recognize and utilize changes in the political, economic, social, and technological environments to identify and target opportunities; how to develop and communicate value propositions; and how to develop successful marketing strategies. These strategies will emphasize market analysis and the Four Ps (product, pricing, place, and promotion). Students will also be introduced to the analytical tools and methods crucial to understanding the role of these variables in achieving marketing goals and reaching performance metrics. This stream will also explore issues associated with: social media, marketing research and marketing analytics, buying behavior, market segmentation, branding, retailing, value-based pricing, advertising, sales, and other marketing topics as they are applied to the management of marketing goods and services. Methods of instruction will include lecture, discussion, experiential (involvement) learning, integrative teaching, simulations, and case analysis. Methods of assessment will include: quizzes, presentations, exams and participation. The material and the various methods of instructions are guided by Babson’s learning goals. The marketing stream of SME will primarily integrate with Managing Technology and Information Systems. There will be a joint social media related project and presentation MKT2011 Marketing 3 credit intermediate management The sophomore management experience MKT and IT module (SME) integrates two subject streams: Marketing (3 credits) and Managing Technology and Information Systems (3 credits). This module focuses on helping students develop an understanding of the marketplace and the role of informational data bases, marketing research and marketing analytics in adding this understanding. The two streams highlight the role of marketing and information technology interface in a variety of contexts to enhance the effectiveness of business strategies. Businesses are actively using social media, mobile and online to market their products and services. The two streams will jointly highlight the importance of these information technology advancements in enabling businesses (and marketers) to better serve their customers. SME will also provide learning experiences that demonstrate the interconnections between the streams. SME2012 Managing Information Technology and Systems 3 credit intermediate management Managing Information Technology and Systems (MITS), part of the second year management curriculum, is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts in Information Technology and Systems (ITS) and their application in managing innovation, ITS infrastructure, and organizational partners (suppliers/customers) in the context of a medium/large business. The course will integrate primarily with Marketing and Operations using common/linked cases and joint exercises. The pre-requisites for the course is FME (Foundation of Management and Entrepreneurship). Prerequisite: FME1001



SUS3600 Sustainability Synthesis 5 credit advanced liberal arts Professor James Hunt (Babson) Jay Turner (Wellesley) Abigail Metchenberg (Olin College) This course is the required synthesis course of the three College undergraduate Sustainability Certificate. Students will learn about real world sustainability practices through identifying a sustainability issue important to an actual client, collecting inter-disciplinary data from multiple perspectives, developing alternative solutions, and making an actionable recommendation for addressing issue. Concurrently, students will learn more advanced conceptual perspectives on sustainability including the social causes and consequences that contextualize sustainability efforts, change management and client relations, how to assess the scalability an impact of proposed solutions and advanced tools and models helpful to assessing sustainability projects. Prerequisite: SUS1201