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MOB1010 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

MOB1010 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
4 Foundation Management Credits


The content of MOB1010 is equivalent to the material covered in FME1000 and FME1001. Students who are enrolled in FME therefore cannot enroll in this course.

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.

Prerequisites: None

4 credits

MOB3506 - MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND IMAGINATION

MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND IMAGINATION

MOB3506 MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND IMAGINATION

(FORMERLY MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND WICKED PROBLEMS)
4 Advanced Management Credits


The course will help you learn how to think insightfully and become a skilled problem solver. Excelling in both is essential for success, no matter what your choice of career. Employers routinely rank critical thinking and problem solving as prized skills that are difficult to find in business school graduates. A rising number of companies now look for these skills using case interviews.

We will solve problems that are puzzles and mysteries, and we will slay problems that are wicked. Wicked problems are messy, multifaceted, lack sufficient information, and are difficult to solve. It is easy to get them wrong, especially under time pressure. Using various techniques and ways to think, we will learn to frame problems well to make sense of messy, ambiguous situations; identify needed evidence without wasting time on irrelevant information, draw upon different business disciplines but not be limited by any, find the story in numbers, use judgment, be original, and so much more.
The course has a workshop format to emphasize in-class exercises and practice. We will minimize the use of conventional cases (14 pages of text and many more with exhibits). Instead, to simulate case interviews and workplace realities, we will use cryptic cases and live cases.

Few business schools teach problem solving rigorously. Acquiring this skill will differentiate you in the job market, prepare you for doing well in case interviews, and position you for success in your career of choice.

Prerequisites: None

4 credits

MOB3507 - AN IRISH JOURNEY: LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION&INNOVATION IN THE CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM IN IRELAND

AN IRISH JOURNEY: LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION&INNOVATION IN THE CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM IN IRELAND

MOB3507 AN IRISH JOURNEY: LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION & INNOVATION IN THE CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM IN IRELAND
4 Advanced Management Credits (Elective Abroad)


This course will provide undergraduate students a unique opportunity to experience and examine the current economic, social and political trends in the creative ecosystem in Ireland. We will directly engage and interact with Irish entrepreneurs, business executives, artists, performers, athletes and historians to strive to understand the ways in which creativity and innovation occur, flourish and extend far beyond the boundaries of this relatively small island nation. Our goal will be to immerse ourselves into the creative processes, systems, cultural norms and institutions that have led Ireland to gain the reputation and standing as one of the most innovative economies in the world.

4 credits

MOB3512 - LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP

MOB3512 LEADERSHIP
4 Advanced Management Credits


The focus of this course will be on leader development - your leader development. By wrestling with concepts and experiences, ideas and actions, identity and aspirations, we will explore leadership through the different lenses you all bring. Learning from experience is a critical part of this course. If you prefer to learn only the theories of leadership, this is the wrong course for you. We will work to identify and challenge assumptions and mental models of effective leader behavior and consider what it means to be an "entrepreneurial leader." This course is appropriate for those who are or want to become leaders, and for students who want to understand leadership whether they aspire to the role or not.

Prerequisites: SME 2001 and SME2002

4 credits

MOB3513 - MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER:CATALYZING YOUR NETWORK FOR CAREER ADVANCEDMENT

MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER:CATALYZING YOUR NETWORK FOR CAREER ADVANCEDMENT

MOB3513 MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER: CATALYZING YOUR NETWORKS FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
2 Advanced Management Elective Credits


Mentoring relationships are critical for career development and success in the 21st century. This course combines theory and practice to raise students' awareness of the value of developmental relationships for career advancement while providing experiential learning opportunities for building a developmental network of coaches, sponsors, and mentors-all of which are essential for career growth in today,s complex work environment. Students will apply course concepts through a series of relationship building activities, peer circle and group discussions, peer feedback, and structured reflection exercises.

During this course, students pair with mentors through the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Mentor Program*, based on compatibility and their career interests. Students will apply concepts learned in class to manage their mentoring experience and build their developmental relationships. CWEL Mentors are alumni and friends of the Babson community with 3-15 years of professional experience, who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the next generation of leaders. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries and have their own unique combination of expertise and networks to share.

*STUDENTS OF ALL GENDERS ARE WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE

Prerequisites: SME2001 and SME2002

2 credits

MOB3514 - LEADING IN A CONNECTED WORLD

LEADING IN A CONNECTED WORLD

MOB3514 LEADING IN A CONNECTED WORLD
(FORMERLY MANAGING THE HIGH-PERFORMING ORGANIZATION)
4 General Credits

This course will help you learn how to manage collaboration and networks for organizational performance and personal success. It will focus on ways in which successful leaders think about, analyze, and develop collaboration networks that help drive strategic advantage, innovation, and well-being in organizations. The course will also equip you with a range of network tools and frameworks that not only can make you a more effective leader and team member but give you a competitive advantage in the job market.

In this course we will specifically address:

- STRATEGY: Deriving strategic advantage in a knowledge economy. The ability to innovate and leverage expertise has become central to wealth creation for organizations and entire economies. The first 25% of this course will focus on how leaders can best define and develop networks that drive both organizational and personal success. In addition, we will review practices and unique technologies that high performing organizations employ to better leverage and share employee experience and expertise.

- ORGANIZATION: Attaining critical efficiencies and innovation through networks. In order to develop innovative products and services, leaders need to develop innovative organizations through new and better ways of collaborating. The middle 50% of this course will teach a specific process leaders can use for systematically assessing, improving and supporting collaboration inside organizations (especially in informal networks).

- EXECUTION: Driving performance through team and individual level learning and execution. The bulk of work done in organizations occurs in teams or other collaborative relationships. The last 25% of this class will address unique ways to drive performance through teams by helping them more effectively work through networks. In addition, specific focus will be paid to key things YOU need to think about in managing your own career and networks as you enter the work force.

Prerequisites: FME

4 credits

MOB3515 - TALENT MANAGEMENT:WHAT MANY LEADERS MISS

TALENT MANAGEMENT:WHAT MANY LEADERS MISS

MOB3515 TALENT MANAGEMENT: WHAT MANY LEADERS MISS

(FORMERLY DEVELOPING THE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE (WITH A HUMAN RESOURCES LENS))
4 Advanced Management Credits


This course is designed to make you think about managing people - or Human Resources - in new ways. The purpose of the course is to help you learn how organizational systems and processes impact how jobs are designed, who gets hired, and how individuals are developed (or not) within an organization. In addition to these topics, we'll discuss performance management, employee engagement, and employee separation. Overall, the course is designed to create comfort with the language of human resources management and understand how individuals, managers, and entrepreneurs ideally respond to human resource-related concerns.

This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall


Prerequisites: SME2001 and SME2002

4 credits

MOB3518 - LIGHTS,CAMERA, MGMT:LEADERSHIP IN ARTS

LIGHTS,CAMERA, MGMT:LEADERSHIP IN ARTS

MOB3518 LIGHTS, CAMERA, MANAGEMENT!: LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS

(FORMERLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT: BALANCING CREATIVE PASSION & BUSINESS SAVVY)

4 Advanced Management Credits

In this course, students will explore leadership and management issues that surround the business side of the arts industry. Arts managers are responsible for all activities associated with the creation, running, and ultimately closing of an artistic production. This includes engaging in entrepreneurial activities to create and fund a production; networking across various stakeholders; marketing, sales and financial management to run the production, and working with various unions. Further students will gain an understanding of the overarching business models and operations within the arts. In this survey course, students will explore these issues across diverse arts industries including: Theatre, Film, Music, Dance, Events, Visual Art, and more. The course will culminate with an experiential class project that will allow students to use what they learned through the duration of the course. This course is ideal for students interested in a career in arts management and for students who love the arts and want to understand the management side of this industry.

Prerequisites: FME1000 and FME1001

4 credits

MOB3523 - BUILDING INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION

BUILDING INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION

MOB3523 BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING IN THE WORKPLACE
4 Advanced Management Credits

People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. This course is designed to help students navigate diverse settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and global organizations. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference, bias, and equality of opportunity in organizations around the world and how they relate to organizational issues of equality of opportunity, inclusion, and effectiveness. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based. Readings, self-reflection, guest lectures, case studies, organizational audits, and a team project will also be emphasized.

Prerequisites: (FME1000 and FME1001) or (MOB1010 and EPS1000)

4 credits

MOB3526 - VALUES BASED ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

VALUES BASED ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

MOB3526 VALUES BASED ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP
4 Advanced Management Credits

This course has been created specifically for students who wish to develop their capability as a values based entrepreneurial leader. Specifically, the course is about helping students to better understand and develop their own values and learn how effectively apply those values as a leader. Being a successful entrepreneurial leader requires a clear set of values and a willingness to allow those values to govern decision-making beyond simple decision rubrics like profit maximization.

Prerequisites: (FME1000 and FME1001) or (EPS1000 and MOB1010)

4 credits

MOB3531 - BUILDING YOUR CAREER: INTERNSHIP EXP LAB

BUILDING YOUR CAREER: INTERNSHIP EXP LAB

MOB3531 BUILDING YOUR CAREER: INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE LAB
2 Advanced Management Credits

This course is designed to complement students, career/professional learning and development during an internship by facilitating deliberate observation, reflection and integration of the actual workplace internship experience. Students will complete assignments related to emotional intelligence, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, professionalism, and career management. This will be achieved through readings, assessments, written reflections, group discussions, peer engagement, and supervisor feedback.

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to explore their roles in organizations, while simultaneously building and enhancing their professional competencies. The curriculum is structured to work in lockstep with the students work experience, providing guidance and mentorship to succeed at their internship, explore and assess career readiness, evaluate organizational values and leadership, while developing and practicing professional behavior.

2 credits

MOB3540 - ISRAEL START-UP STRATEGY

ISRAEL START-UP STRATEGY

MOB3540 ISRAEL START-UP STRATEGY

4 Credits (Elective Abroad)

Program fee is paid to Glavin Office - program fee includes: accommodations, breakfast, bus transportation in Israel, program planned meals, and cultural excursions. Not included: tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) of Israel - a country of about seven million people with the highest rate of NASDAQ listings per capita of any nation.

Through direct interaction with entrepreneurs, capital providers, educators, and government officials in Israel, the students should come away with a new perspective on startup's opportunities and challenges and get experience consulting to local startups while applying concepts from two books - Capital Rising: How Capital Flows Are Changing Business Systems All Over the World, co-authored by Peter S. Cohan with Srini Rangan, and Hungry Startup Strategy: Creating New Ventures with Limited Resources and Unlimited Vision (November 2012), by Peter S. Cohan.

Israel's ability to spur entrepreneurial innovation vastly exceeds its size. Israel has 7.1 million people but the number of Israeli companies listed on the NASDAQ far exceeds its relative population. For example, India has three companies listed. Japan has six, Canada has 48, while Israel has 63. Israel has received as much foreign venture capital as the much larger Britain -- $2 billion in foreign venture capital invested there in 2008 alone. And Israel has the highest density of startups in the world 3,850 - the equivalent of one startup for every 1,844 Israelis. Moreover, during the last few decades, Israel's high-tech innovations have spread around the world.[i]

How did Israel accomplish this feat? Israel has historically been geo-politically isolated from its direct neighbors, limiting trade and cooperation. An Arab nation boycott made regional trade impossible and it has very few natural resources. In addition, it has borne the impact of multiple military conflicts, putting pressure on its economy. As a consequence, Israel looks to the spirit of its people to overcome its many limitations. The way Israel has managed its human capital - a critical element of its EE - has allowed Israel to become an innovation hub.

Israel's entrepreneurial success depends on the people it attracts and how it harnesses their skills. Since Israel remains under constant political threat, all its citizens serve in the military which creates social networks and leadership training. Furthermore, Israel's culture of critique, fostered by centuries of Jewish tradition, encourages a spirit of relentless improvement. Moreover, the Right of Return immigration policy for Jews augments Israel,s population with people motivated to build new lives and livelihoods. The result is a business climate that embraces risk and spurs the growth of good ideas.

Many examples of Israel's most successful start-ups spring from the application of its human capital to the gap between demand and supply. For example, drip irrigation was invented when a farmer in the Negev desert noticed one of his trees flourishing despite drought conditions. When he discovered a leaky underwater pipe, he had a moment of creative inspiration, developing a technology that spread around the world.

Many of Israel's greatest innovations were in the area of information technology. They include PC anti-virus software, to AOL Instant Messenger, and the Intel Pentium microprocessor chip. Israelis also created medical devices such as radiation-free breast cancer diagnostics and the "Gut Cam," an ingestible pill video camera that diagnoses abnormalities.

Hence one of the goals of the course is to explore how Israel has created such a vital EE and to give students a first-hand look at the Israelis who put the concept of entrepreneurship into practice.

The Israel Startup Strategy Elective Abroad is intended to provide students with the following benefits: to understand how Israel spurs startups, to get a deeper understanding of Israel's business culture, to meet entrepreneurs, business educators, government officials, and capital providers in Israel.

4 credits

MOB3560 - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

MOB3560 GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

(FORMERLY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE)
4 General Credits


This course provides a broadly based introduction to management of international business ventures and the strategies and operations of multinational corporations.

Prerequisites: ASM3300

4 credits

MOB3580 - NEGOTIATIONS

NEGOTIATIONS

MOB3580 NEGOTIATIONS
4 General Credits


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.

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


Prerequisites: FME1000 and FME1001 or MOB1000 and MOB1010

4 credits

MOB3582 - GLOBAL MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS

GLOBAL MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS

MOB3582 GLOBAL MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION
4 General Credits


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.

Prerequisites: SME2001 and SME2002

4 credits