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 Undergraduate Course Catalog




BRC3502 The Business Environment in Russia 4-cr General Credit A component of the 16-credit Russia-China course, this two week, 4-credit advanced general credit course in St. Petersburg, Russia will build upon the work done in the preceding two weeks in the Russia in Modernity: History, Culture and Politics course taught by Prof. Brian Seitz. One premise of the course is that you cannot understand the business environment of a country without understanding and having an appreciation of the history, politics and culture of that country. So although this is a course about the business environment of Russia, it will explicitly build upon the foundation laid by Prof. Brian Seitz. By the time this course starts the students would have spent two weeks in Russia. So students will be familiar with their surroundings. They will see how things appear but they will not have an appreciation of the immense change in the business environment in a period shorter than they have been alive. So the course will start with a history of the transformation of the communist centrally planned Soviet Union to capitalistic Russia. They will see how Russia had to change its economic and legal system entirely. Areas such as the formation of a legal code, the creation of a banking system, and the privatization of existing companies and the creation of newly created companies will be explored. Then students will start to consider the current business environment. The role of oil and natural gas and other commodities will be analyzed on how it affects the economy of Russia. Business sectors such as retail and manufacturing will be considered. Tourism and trade, customs and import/export issues will be analyzed. Imbedded within the course will be discussions about the ethical business environment in Russia and the cost of corruption to the economy and to society. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a number of companies to illustrate and provide concrete examples of issued raised in class. Proposed company visits would be in the banking, retail, information technology and manufacturing sector. Prerequisites: OEM and MCE Co-requisites: BRC3501, BRC3601, BRC3602


MOB1000 Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management The content of MOB1000 is equivalent to the material covered in FME 1000 and FME 1001. Students who are enrolled in FME therefore cannot enroll in this course. Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management (FEM) introduces you to how to think and act entrepreneurially (ET&A). FEM will help you apply ET&A – a method of applying creative and predictive logic to achieve economic and social value creation -- to a variety of business situations you might encounter during your career, including: Starting and leading a new for-profit, non-profit or social venture; joining the team of a growing enterprise; or infusing an established organization or family business with entrepreneurial vigor. In FEM you’ll learn about Babson’s method for entrepreneurial thought and action, giving you the foundation to move on to intermediate level coursework and pursue your own entrepreneurial dreams. Prerequisite: NONE


MOB1010 Organizational Behavior 5 credit foundation management Organizational Behavior is designed to help you improve your effectiveness as an individual contributor, team member, and leader in your current and future work environments. This course centers on developing your critical thinking regarding the complex circumstances that surround why people behave as they do in organizations and on using your knowledge to take more effective action and influence individuals and the wider organization in an ethical manner. Topics we will explore include emotional intelligence, behavioral styles, managing diversity, power and influence, negotiations, and culture. To become an entrepreneurial leader in a start-up venture, an established organization, or a social venture, you need to engage your understanding of organizational behavior. Prerequisite: None


MOB2122 Career Exploration Lab 1 credit - general credit This course is designed as a companion learning course for students engaged in an internship experience. The goal of the course is to help students enrich their career learning through facilitated analysis and reflection on their work experience. Students will apply key career concepts to their own situations and be challenged to compare and contrast their experience with that of their peers. NOTE: The course will be conducted primarily using online pedagogy but students must attend an introductory class session on campus. Students must have secured an internship prior to registration in the course (internships will not be provided). Pre-requisites: Completion of FME


SUMMER INSTITUTE - This course must be taken together with CVA2019 MOB3505 Global Leadership Development 4 credits This Summer Institute is comprised of two courses about the world’s most intractable problems, and about conceptualizing ways to address them.  You have chosen an auspicious moment to engage this topic, as the United Nations is currently shifting from its Millennium Development Goals to the new Sustainable Development Goals which will be launched in September 2015.   Because Babson is part of the Champions Group of the UN Principles of Responsible Development Education (UN PRME), we have the opportunity to visit and to consult with this branch of the UN on how to translate the new SDGs so that they become relevant to business schools and business students.  As such, our course has a certainty urgency and practicality to it that will be reflected in the coursework.  And as a Summer Institute, we will travel to NYC to visit the UN, host exciting visitors who are leading in this space, and more!   In order to become a global leader, you must understand the context not only of the problems we face on a global level, but also of the partnerships among governments, businesses, NGOs, and concerned global citizens that are created in order to address them: this will be the topic in CVA2019.  In order to consider ways to use entrepreneurial thought and action to address those problems, you must learn to clearly identify and scope opportunities, develop feasible and actionable plans to address the opportunities and be able to articulate those plans to various audiences, which will make up the work in MOB3505.   


This course will run during the first half of the semester MOB3511 Business Presentations 2 credit general credit This is a performance course designed to build upon basic presentation skills and concepts. Focus will be directed toward presentation strategies for informative and persuasive speeches for business settings. Students will present virtual and in-class, high-impact presentations. The course will enforce communication concepts to allow students to become effective critical thinkers as creators and consumers of messages. Prerequisite: RHT II


MOB3512 Leadership (General Credit) Characteristics of effective leadership and the dilemmas of leadership, organizational structure and leadership, power and influence strategies, theories of leadership and leader's personality. Students will gain practice in leadership situations. Prerequisites: OEM or SME This course is typically offered in the following semester: Spring


MOB3515 Human Resource Management (General Credit) Provides an in-depth exploration of the challenges of managing through people. This course is appropriate for any student interested in serving in a management role, and particularly for those interested in careers in human resource management. Topics covered include human resource planning, personnel selection, interviewing, résumé construction, and performance management. Uses text, lectures, case studies, films, and experiential exercises. Prerequisites: OEM (or SME2001 and SME2002) This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall


** This course takes place during the first half of the semester MOB3521 Business Writing 2 credit - general credit In this course students will gain the tools necessary to produce effective business writing in a variety of multi-modal contexts. Students will read, discuss, and respond in writing to articles and cases that address scenarios such as communicating to colleagues (memos, emails, letters, executive summaries), responding to managerial issues (staffing, policy changes), and writing for public consumption (blogging, communicating to shareholders). The course material will focus on achieving rhetorical effectiveness through a consideration of argumentation, style, tone, visual effectiveness as well as the development of a strategic writing process. Prerequisite: RHT II.


MOB3527 SOLVING BIG PROBLEMS 4 CREDITS (GENERAL CREDIT) This elective course is about how big problems in business, society, and the environment may be solved. Big problems are those that, if solved even partly, will transform industries, change the way we live, and greatly better people's lives. Examples include viable alternate energy, affordable transportation not based on fossil fuel, addressing global warming and environmental damage, developing treatments for diseases neglected for economic reasons, alleviating food and water shortages, responding to disasters, bringing products and services to ignored markets, and many others. Solving these complex problems requires creativity and innovation, strategic and entrepreneurial thinking, and management and organizational practices. The aim of the course is to discover how big problems may be solved. Prerequisite: Babson Students: ASM3300 Olin or Wellesley students: ASM3300 or SUS1201 AND Junior or Senior class standing


MOB3545 Spain/Portugal Start-up Strategy Peter S. Cohan, MA, Adjunct Lecturer, Strategy The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) of two small European countries – Spain and Portugal -- with significant intellectual capital but very small local markets for their products. Travel Dates: May 11-20, 2014 (arrive in Lisbon on May 12th & depart from Barcelona on May 20th) Pre-departure Academic Session Dates: Saturday March 29 (9am-2pm) Saturday April 12 (9am-2pm) *All sessions are required



MOB3560 International Business Enterprise (General Credit) This course provides a broadly based introduction to management of international business ventures and the strategies and operations of multinational corporations. Prerequisites: ASM3300


MOB3580 Negotiations (General Credit) This course explores the many ways that individuals think about and practice conflict resolution. Students will have a chance to learn more about their own negotiating preferences and the consequences of the choices they make. The course requires both intensive involvement in negotiation and mediation simulations/exercises and thoughtful application of theory through class discussion and written analysis. Class materials will reflect a variety of contexts from the workplace, including interpersonal, global, and cross-cultural interactions. Prerequisite: OEM or (SME2001 and SME2002) This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall and Spring


Issues in Leadership and Ethics Instructor(s): Miller; Healey Credits: 2 general credits Pre-requisite: students in their final semester of their undergraduate program This course will explore the intersection between leadership and ethics in various contexts. It provides an opportunity for senior undergraduates in the last semester of their undergraduate studies to explore complex issues in societal and professional contexts while engaging in probing conversations with classmates from two or more campuses, faculty members, and guest speakers Enrollment will be limited to 8 Babson students, 8 Olin students, students in the final semester of their undergraduate program. If you are interested in taking this course, please fill out the application that was sent by email and return it to by the 21st of November. You cannot enroll in this course through the normal registration process. You must apply, and only 8 students will be selected!


MOB3582 Global Management Communication General Credit Effective communications are at the core of all international business relationships. So this course combines theory with practice in order for students to discover best practices in cross-cultural communication and then to apply them to the challenges of the global business leader. To become successful in this role, students will study the relationship between issues of culture, gender, and ethnicity and successful business communications. MOB3582 will be taught using lecture/discussion sessions, short case analyses, simulations, self-assessments, and the development of coaching skills that build collaboration across cultures and identities. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their oral and written communication competencies established within multi-cultural contexts. Prerequisite: OEM or (SME2001 and SME2002)


MOB4510 Strategic Decision Making (General Credit) This course is an extension of the core Strategy courses focusing on strategy formulation and execution. It draws upon the insights from the field of strategy, economics, decision making and corporate financed and is suited for students interested in management consulting, investment management or corporate planning. It is intended to complement the course, Economics of Competitive Strategy, by focusing on how strategies are formulated and executed in specific competitive situations. Prerequisite: ASM3300


MOB4572 MANAGEMENT CONSULTING 4 CREDITS Advanced Management This rigorous course is designed for seniors who are considering entering the management consulting field. Specifically, this course should help prepare students for roles as analysts in management consulting firms. The objective of this course is to communicate the basic skills and functions of the management consulting industry and to make students aware of the key issues and factors driving the business of consulting. This will be accomplished by inculcating the perspective of the client and helping students develop skills in problem analysis and communications used by consulting firms to assist clients. The course will also allow students to experience some aspects of the consulting process itself in the course. Enrollment is limited to 30 students Prerequisite: ASM3300