FIN7511 Corporate Finance: Raising Capital

(Formerly Financing the Firm)

3 Elective Credits

This course is designed to help students develop analytical and communication tools and skills to build and present financing strategies and manage the right hand side of the balance sheet. It explores the theoretical and practical issues of capital structure design and considers firm financing alternatives, including equity, long-term debt, hybrid securities, leasing, securitization, project finance, and It also examines the processes through which securities are issued and capital is raised, such as angel financing, venture capital and private equity, and public offerings. The course also explores share repurchase, dividend policy, and risk management.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall and Spring

Prerequisites: FIN7200 or FIN7800

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Finance
  • Level: MSF Elective (Grad),Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: FIN7511
  • Number of Credits: 3

EPS9508 Corporate Innovation as a Profession: Designing Innovation Roles
1.5 Intensive Elective Credits
F2F Dates: TBD
DROP DEADLINE: TBD


Corporate Entrepreneurs get by through breaking rules and seeking protection by senior leaders. It doesn't need to be this way and, in fact, leading edge companies are working to design innovation functions that require clearly defined roles. In this course we'll examine emerging roles for the corporate innovator, possible career paths, and examine newly designed tools for their selection and development.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Entrepreneurship
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: EPS9508
  • Number of Credits: 3

MBA7506 Covid Sprint
3 Elective Credits
The Covid Sprint is an intensive five week learning and problem-solving experience. Hosted by the Future Lab on Mobility at Babson College and made possible by the generous support of the Toyota Mobility Foundation, the Sprint will deploy small teams made up of graduate and undergraduate students, Babson faculty members experienced in real-world problem solving, and subject matter experts. Each team will be paired with an organization or business, and will work to develop innovative solutions to mobility related challenges in the Covid 19 pandemic and its aftermath. Because these problems are urgent and cannot wait to be solved at a more convenient time, the work of the Sprint will begin this month and run in a 5 week project "sprint". This course and the subsequent project work will be conducted remotely, but work will take place synchronously and asynchronously. A collateral benefit of these constraints is that the Covid Sprint teams will be pioneering methods of problem solving that might be needed if the pandemic is slow to abate or reappears in the "sawtooth" pattern that is expected by some epidemiologists.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Other
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: MBA7506
  • Number of Credits: 3

MOB7200 Creating and Leading Effective Organizations

2 CreditsCreating 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.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Management
  • Course Number: MOB7200
  • Number of Credits: 2

MOB6110 Creating Entrepreneurial Leaders

3 CreditsCreating You is designed to prepare students for the lifelong process of building and managing their career in a global context. Becoming an entrepreneurial leader is a process of self-discovery and self-creation that is enhanced by time for active experimentation and reflection. This course will guide students through the process of developing their professional identity and foster the skills necessary to navigate the journey after graduation.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Management
  • Course Number: MOB6110
  • Number of Credits: 3

EPS7503 Creating Epic Organizations
3 Elective Credits
This course welcomes students who seek an intellectual and professional "sandbox" to pursue "EPIC" opportunities for themselves or for their companies. EPIC opportunities empower you and others to pursue big, bold initiatives, pioneer new technologies, markets, or business models, inspire new solutions to address the UN Global Goals, and require courage to tackle different problems. You will wrestle with managerial and societal issues that call for entrepreneurial leaders to take a stand and chart a new path with EPIC initiatives.


In this course, you will study historical and contemporary examples, role models, and scenarios of EPIC opportunities and pursuits. You will examine both academic research and practical resources to understand the core principles of operating with an EPIC mindset. You will learn a set of EPIC tools to apply immediately in your own ventures, workplace, or careers. You will create an action plan that outlines how you intend to pursue an EPIC opportunity - now or in the future.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Entrepreneurship
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: EPS7503
  • Number of Credits: 3

EPS9551 Critical Questions Facing Business Families: A Coaching Retreat
1.5 Intensive Elective Credits
How do I move from a parent-child to a professional-peer relationship with my parents?


Topics include, how to build relationship capital in the family, living with your family history, understanding the goals for effective communication, developing next stage communication skills, learning to have hard conversations, how to stop acting like a child, how to get your parents to start acting like a peer, giving and taking feedback in the family, creating a self-coaching family team, creating sibling unity, having successful family meetings, and many more.

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Entrepreneurship
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: EPS9551
  • Number of Credits: 1.5

OLN7500 Engineering for Humanity: Helping Elders Age in Place Through Partnerships For Healthy Living (Olin College Spring 2013 Course, specially aimed at 3-College students)Olin College: Engr 2141/AHSE 2141
Instructors: Caitrin Lynch and Ela Ben-Ur
Day/Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 12:30-3 [time can be shifted slightly to accommodate
commute time and lunch; contact the profs]

Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults in the local
community? We're looking for students with passion to help others and with diverse
backgrounds in arts, humanities, social sciences, business, and/or technical fields. This
innovative, intergenerational course is a partnership between college/graduate students
and local senior citizens. It is co-taught by two Olin College professors with experience in anthropology, design, and mechanical engineering, and will take place at Olin College and in the local communities (home visits and fieldtrips). We will partner Wellesley-Babson-Olin student teams with local senior citizen volunteers, and ultimately the students will design real, implemented solutions to specific everyday problems.

Projects will be customized to meet the needs of the senior citizen partners. Possible projects: students might design a device to help someone who has difficulty reaching up to change a light bulb, something to help hold a newspaper steady with shaky hands, or something to enable someone to get clothes out of a dryer that is difficult to stoop down to reach. The class meets 2x/week; some sessions are devoted to co-design with the client population or to team meetings, other sessions involve guest speakers and fieldtrips, others are for discussion of topics relevant to aging and/or design. No prerequisites; a sense of adventure highly recommended.

More info? See http://e4h.olin.edu/spring2013.html
Questions? Contact Caitrin Lynch clynch@olin.edu


Prerequisites: None

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Other
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: OLN7500
  • Number of Credits: 2

MBA9502 Customer Acquisition and Persuasion
(Formerly Selling Ideas, Products and Services to Executives)

1.5 CreditsThe growth of business revenue depends directly on a firm's ability to create additional value for
current and potential customers. This course will focus on the professional selling process, to include identifying opportunities, gaining access to and engaging decision makers, asking high gain questions, building long term relationships with decision makers and influencers, presenting winning proposals, handling resistance and objections, completing the sale or obtaining commitments and following up. The course will use the value creation methodology to identify solution options aimed at creating value and enhancing the other party's (e.g., customers) competitiveness. The course will use a number of inputs to share current academic thinking and best practice. Course participants will also be challenged to apply the learning to potential opportunities. The art and science of ethically and effectively convincing another party about self, ideas, solutions, products, services, etc., is an imperative for everyone, whether in family or social settings, profit or not-for-profit ventures. It's a life skill. This course is therefore for everyone.

Prerequisites: None

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Other
  • Course Number: MBA9502
  • Number of Credits: 1.5

OIM7556 Cybersecurity
(Formerly MIS7555)
1.5 Elective Credits

If you took and passed MIS7555, you cannot register for OIM7556, as these two courses are equivalent

The course is designed for the next generation managers who need to appreciate both the technical aspects and business impacts of cybersecurity in the enterprise. Different types of security break from a manager's perspective are explored. Students will also learn to design or support cybersecurity initiatives such as a risk management, policy creation, incident response and continuous improvement. The course uses a combination of readings and current events, class discussion and quest speakers for learning.

Prerequisites: None

  • Program: Graduate
  • Division: Operations and Information Management
  • Level: Graduate Elective (Grad)
  • Course Number: OIM7556
  • Number of Credits: 1.5