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Management

BL HEALTHCARE STRATEGY

Registration for this course will open on April 15th F2F Meeting Dates : Saturday, June 21st and Saturday, July 18th. This course will begin on June 2nd with an evening session. MOB7517 HEALTHCARE STRATEGY 3 credit graduate elective The healthcare ecosystem is arguably the most complex in the US economy. Its importance, profitability, and knowledge-intensity have led to many specialized and inter-connected organizations. No matter where one is positioned in this ecosystem, success requires an understanding of all of it. This elective course provides a broad overview of the healthcare ecosystem, its players, and the economic, demographic, and political factors that are driving rapid change. We will explore the system's various components and their roles: the patients the system is intended to serve, the players responsible for delivering care (clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and other delivery systems), the entities that pay for health care (insurance companies and health maintenance organizations), the entities that develop and commercialize medical advances (pharmaceuticals and medical devices), and the government (in its role as regulator and funder). We will examine how these organizations work and how they are changing, and look at the big challenges and opportunities they face. We will also touch on global health issues and the role of foundations and non-profits. Integral to this course is exploring the big problems that health care ecosystem participants face, and how those may be addressed through innovation and entrepreneurship.

BL1 GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

MOB7559 Global Strategic Management Required F2F Sessions Firday, August 1st and Saturday, August 30th Non- Blended Learning students will be able to add this class beginning on April 7th, provided there is space and prereqs, if any, are met. All non- Blended Learning students will be required to complete the Blended Learning Business and Social Communications pre-work by the first day of the course. Contact gradprograms@babson.edu to be added to the required pre-work. This course is intended as a strategy elective for students who are in the second half of their program. It is also the only required (or capstone) course for those who seek a global concentration. The course aims at understanding the development and implementation of broad global strategies by businesses. The course expands students' strategic thinking and combines it with a global perspective. The strategic elements include business systems analysis, competitive strategies, key success factors, and strategic imperatives. Looks at a number of issues relevant to international business such as global opportunity analysis, market(s) selection, assessing international competitors, selecting generic or complex global strategies, geographic priority setting, resource allocation across geographies and products, global functional strategies, and organizational implications. Students learn to develop global strategies, paying attention to their implementation through organizational innovations such as fostering a global mindset within the organization and using global strategic alliances. Teaching is discussion driven and involves case analysis. Prerequisites: Evening: MOB7000 or MOB8400 or MOB7202 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7202 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7301 or MOB7202

BL1 MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS

M0B7201 Managing Talent: Your Own and Others F2F Meetings - June 20 - June 21st. Managing Talent: Your Own and Others (MTYOO) – The purpose of this course is to think strategically about the management of talent, your own in particular, but also the talents of those with whom you work. Talent management and development is the key to leveraging that most important of all business assets: people. This is an action-oriented course that will require you to self-assess, reflect, obtain feedback and create a development plan for attaining your career goals. Such an experience often equips individuals with the skills and desire to reassess how talent is managed and developed in their current organizations. In this course, you will learn how to effectively deploy your own talent and build the ability to identify and help to develop talent in others.

BL1 NEGOTIATIONS

MOB7511 (formerly MOB7120) Negotiations Required F2F - Friday August 1 & Saturday, August 30th Non- Blended Learning students will be able to add this class beginning on April 7th, provided there is space and prereqs, if any, are met. All non- Blended Learning students will be required to complete the Blended Learning Business and Social Communications pre-work by the first day of the course. Contact gradprograms@babson.edu to be added to the required pre-work. Explores formal and informal ways that managers negotiate differences. Treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. Examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields, and looks closely at personal skills and experiences. Requires intense involvement in negotiation simulation exercises, and thoughtful application of theory and research. Prerequisites: Evening: (MBA8500 or MOB7010) or MOB7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7303 or MOB7200 This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer first and second sessions

BOS CRISIS COMMUNICATION

MOB7541 Crisis Communication 1.5 credit graduate elective This course focuses on helping leaders and entrepreneurs become more effective communicators in unexpected, stressful situations demanding rapid, strategic interaction with key stakeholders such as employees, shareholders, customers or suppliers. Students will examine how leaders responded to real crisis situations such as: withdrawal of a major investor, discovery of a harmful product defect, or employees being put at risk due to political instability. Students will learn how effective crisis communication depends on a careful analysis of the potential impact on each stakeholder group, anticipation of immediate and ripple effects of the crisis, and timely and consistent response from the leadership team. We will also explore how social media have become a channel for both information and mis-information in crisis situations. Case examples are drawn from a variety of industries and geographic areas, and are supplemented by relevant press releases and coverage in print, on the internet and other news media. Expected student deliverables include: a number of written assignments, active participation in case discussions, presentations of additional background to classmates, and taking part in a mock crisis situation requiring immediate written and spoken response.

CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS

M0B7200 Creating and Leading Effective Organizations Creating and Leading Effective Organizations (CLEO) - This course studies the core issues of entrepreneurial leadership: how to get things done when you can’t give orders, how to develop influence and build effective teams and organizations, and how to design and implement management structures and processes for high performance. There will be opportunity for practicing influence, stakeholder analysis and action planning skills.

DOING BUS IN BRAZIL

MOB7526-01 Doing Business in Brazil (summer) 3 credit elective abroad This course applies and expands on National Business Systems, Managing in the Global Economy, and MOB 8400 courses by examining competition and strategy at three levels of analysis: country, industry and firm. It also builds on Entrepreneurship courses in the Mods or MOB8150 by investigating opportunity recognition and the potential for new venture creation. Travel Dates: May 16 -25, 2014 (arrive in Sao Paulo May 17 & depart from Rio de Janeiro on May 24, 2014) Pre-departure Academic Session Dates: Sunday April 27th, 2014; 9:00 AM-2:00 PM; plus additional pre meeting work to be completed online *All sessions are required Babson Electives Abroad (BEA) Orientation Dates: Monday April 28th, 2014 (5-6:30pm)- OR – Tuesday April 29th, 2014 (5-6:30pm) Both sessions are held on Wellesley Campus 5-6:30 pm EST * Attendance at ONE is required

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

MOB7580 Independent Research ******Independent research is available for all academic divisions. Registration is manual for students through Graduate Programs and Student Affairs****** Independent Research provides an opportunity to conduct in-depth research in areas of a student's own specific interest. Students may undertake Independent Research for academic credit with the approval of a student-selected faculty advisor, the appropriate division chair, and Graduate Programs and Student Affairs. Please note that a student is responsible for recruiting a faculty advisor through the student's own initiative and obtain the advisor's prior consent/commitment before applying for an independent research project. Authorization for such a project requires submission of a formal proposal written in accordance with standards set forth by the Graduate School. The research project normally carries 1.5 or 3 credits. For more information and a proposal outline please visit: www.babson.edu/grad/gpsa

MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS

M0B7201 Managing Talent: Your Own and Others Managing Talent: Your Own and Others (MTYOO) – The purpose of this course is to think strategically about the management of talent, your own in particular, but also the talents of those with whom you work. Talent management and development is the key to leveraging that most important of all business assets: people. This is an action-oriented course that will require you to self-assess, reflect, obtain feedback and create a development plan for attaining your career goals. Such an experience often equips individuals with the skills and desire to reassess how talent is managed and developed in their current organizations. In this course, you will learn how to effectively deploy your own talent and build the ability to identify and help to develop talent in others.

NEGOTIATIONS

MOB7511 (formerly MOB7120) Negotiations Explores formal and informal ways that managers negotiate differences. Treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. Examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields, and looks closely at personal skills and experiences. Requires intense involvement in negotiation simulation exercises, and thoughtful application of theory and research. Prerequisites: Evening: (MBA8500 or MOB7010) or MOB7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7303 or MOB7200 This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer first and second sessions

PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

MOB7502 Persuasive Business Presentations - (formerly COM7500) 1.5 credit elective Managers and entrepreneurs need effective presentation skills to persuade key audiences, such as employees and team members, investors, and prospective clients. A successful presentation depends on delivery and non-verbal factors as well as careful preparation and a logical organization of ideas. In this workshop format class, you will deliver four or five formal presentations, which we will videorecord to help you evaluate your technique. We will also give you some opportunities for impromptu speaking. Topics may include: rocket pitch to investors, B2B sales presentation, strategic recommendation to senior management, and a technical financial or data-driven presentation. Students are encouraged to use material from other courses or from your work context. We will also cover creating effective visuals and interacting with your visuals to tell a compelling story. The focus will be on providing extensive and constructive feedback and coaching you on assessing and improving your own capabilities.

SF1 GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

MOB7559 Global Strategic Management Required F2F Meetings: Friday, August 8th and Saturday September 6th Non- Blended Learning students will be able to add this class beginning on April 7th, provided there is space and prereqs, if any, are met. All non- Blended Learning students will be required to complete the Blended Learning Business and Social Communications pre-work by the first day of the course. Contact gradprograms@babson.edu to be added to the required pre-work. This course is intended as a strategy elective for students who are in the second half of their program. It is also the only required (or capstone) course for those who seek a global concentration. The course aims at understanding the development and implementation of broad global strategies by businesses. The course expands students' strategic thinking and combines it with a global perspective. The strategic elements include business systems analysis, competitive strategies, key success factors, and strategic imperatives. Looks at a number of issues relevant to international business such as global opportunity analysis, market(s) selection, assessing international competitors, selecting generic or complex global strategies, geographic priority setting, resource allocation across geographies and products, global functional strategies, and organizational implications. Students learn to develop global strategies, paying attention to their implementation through organizational innovations such as fostering a global mindset within the organization and using global strategic alliances. Teaching is discussion driven and involves case analysis. Prerequisites: Evening: MOB7000 or MOB8400 or MOB7202 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7202 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7301 or MOB7202

SF1 NEGOTIATIONS

MOB7511 (formerly MOB7120) Negotiations Required F2F Meeting Dates: Saturday, June 14 and Friday, July 11th. Non- Blended Learning students will be able to add this class beginning on April 7th, provided there is space and prereqs, if any, are met. All non- Blended Learning students will be required to complete the Blended Learning Business and Social Communications pre-work by the first day of the course. Contact gradprograms@babson.edu to be added to the required pre-work. Explores formal and informal ways that managers negotiate differences. Treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. Examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields, and looks closely at personal skills and experiences. Requires intense involvement in negotiation simulation exercises, and thoughtful application of theory and research. Prerequisites: Evening: (MBA8500 or MOB7010) or MOB7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7303 or MOB7200 This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer first and second sessions

STRATEGIC WRITING FOR MANAGERS

MOB7501 Strategic Writing for Managers - (formerly ENG7500) 1.5 credit elective This course helps students become more efficient and effective writers of strategic corporate communications. Cases, readings, and assignments illustrate challenging communication problems that demand readable, succinct, substantive, and persuasive writing. Assignments may range in applications to such issues as ownership structure, finance, investor relations, internal communications, production planning, and media and public relations. Class activities involve extensive peer review and editing of students' own writing. (1.5 credit hours) This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall, Spring, First Summer SessionI, and Second Summer Session Prerequisite: None

STRATEGY

MOB7202 -Strategy (STRAT) This stream focuses on strategic and competitive analysis to enable entrepreneurial action. How should we position our business strategically to compete effectively? What sources of competitive advantage can we create, exploit and sustain? What capabilities do we need to launch the business, grow the business, and adapt successfully to changes in the environment? Students will need to demonstrate that they can write coherently about strategic developments and options.

BL1 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS

F2F Meetings - May 1 - 3, 2014

CORPORATE STRATEGIES

MOB7520 Corporate Strategies ( formerly) Advanced Strategic Management Focuses on alternatives and challenges companies face in deciding what businesses they should be in and then building and actively managing business portfolios which deliver attractive and sustainable returns from those strategic choices. Provides comprehensive and critical review of concepts and analytical tools companies and consultants use in devising corporate strategies. Coverage includes merits and success factors of different strategic investment vehicles in building business portfolios-greenfield expansion, acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate venture capital programs. Case examples range from small, young companies to large multinationals. Target audience: those contemplating careers in strategy consulting, new business development, and general management. Prerequisites: Evening: MOB7000 or MOB8400 or MOB7202 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7202 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7301 or MOB7202 This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall

DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL VENTURES

MOB7521 Developing International Ventures (Formerly MOB7170) 3 credit graduate elective Draws upon and integrates insight from fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, and corporate finance to improve practice in developing, justifying, and managing international ventures (or strategic investments) in multinational corporations. Focuses on complexities unique to international ventures, e.g. differential inflation, changing exchange rates. host and home country controls, and incentives and how such factors influence risk-return tradeoffs among various form of cross-border business activity: licensing, export, greenfield investment, joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers, and project finance. Cases are drawn from industry settings in both developed and developing economies. (3.0 credits) Prerequisites: Evening: MOB7000 or MOB8400 or MOB7202 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or MOB7202 Two Year: MBA7320 or MOB7301 or MOB7202 This course is typically offered in the following semester: Spring

FT1 STRATEGY

Face-to-Face Dates: February 27 - March 1, 2014 MOB7202 | STRATEGY 2 credits This course focuses on strategic and competitive analysis to enable entrepreneurial action. How should we position our business strategically to compete effectively? What sources of competitive advantage can we create, exploit and sustain? What capabilities do we need to launch the business, grow the business, and adapt successfully to changes in the environment? Students will need to demonstrate that they can write coherently about strategic developments and options.

FT2 STRATEGY

Face-to-Face Dates: February 27 - March 1, 2014 MOB7202 | STRATEGY 2 credits This course focuses on strategic and competitive analysis to enable entrepreneurial action. How should we position our business strategically to compete effectively? What sources of competitive advantage can we create, exploit and sustain? What capabilities do we need to launch the business, grow the business, and adapt successfully to changes in the environment? Students will need to demonstrate that they can write coherently about strategic developments and options.
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