Graduate Courses




DES7500: Re-Imagining X 3 graduate elective credits Over the past two decades, changes in political, technological and cultural arenas have dramatically increased the need for companies, organizations, and individuals to innovate. In the future, inventing, developing, and implementing new solutions, be they products, processes, services, initiatives, business models, policies or entire organizations, will require at the minimum two sets of skills. First, with many saturated markets and solutions that are only superficially beneficial for users and consumers, a deeper and more empathetic understanding of user needs and aspirations is critical. Second, technological and political developments have made the world a much more interconnected place. People and devices today are much more connected than in the past. Similarly, many problems have grown in complexity, and require involvement of various stakeholder groups and the consideration of how they might be affected. As a result, a systems understanding is the second required skill set. In this course, Human-Centered Design and its recent version Design Thinking, coupled with a System Thinking perspective, will provide the mindset and the tools that participants learn to apply, and with which they will work to invent and develop new opportunities. The course combines reflective reading and case discussions with hands-on in-depth project work for students to learn and develop the relevant skills along with the new opportunities. Prerequisites: None

3.00 credits



MBA7502: FutureLab: Mobility Opportunities 3 elective credits With support from The Toyota Mobility Foundation, FutureLab: Mobility Opportunities course offers students the opportunity to experience the action learning approach to real-world mobility issues and opportunities. Action learning is an approach to complex problem solving. It involves seeing, planning, taking action and reflecting upon the results. Students in the course will work in small groups and with local community partners working on real mobility-related needs. They will develop essential problem solving skills for complex social needs. First, they will learn how to develop a deeper and more empathetic understanding of mobility needs for community and various stakeholder groups. They will develop a learning mindset towards, and acquire robust experience in, co-creating opportunities with community partners and community leadership for social change at scale. Second, they will learn how to take a versatile approach to complex mobility problems and become confident with tolerance for ambiguity. Third, they will deal with adaptive problems in complex environments with the aim of making social change at scale. The 14-week course is designed for deep work on identifying the needs and opportunities. It has mandatory class sessions, which are hands-on workshops to provide a foundation in the principles of action learning, human-centered design, systems thinking and practice, and social change. Student teams will later use this scheduled time for community visits (fieldwork) and weekly working team meetings (labwork). It is important to know that this is a team-based course and anticipate the flexible investment of time and effort that high-performance team and deep work often demands. About Mobility FutureLab. Mobility FutureLab is a year-long incubator experience with action learning. FutureLab offers two courses to Babson students who are interested in the fields of entrepreneurship, design, technological innovation, new venture startup and growth, business model innovation, social innovation and sustainability. FutureLab: Mobility Opportunities course is the first course of two-part course series with a focus on exploring the community needs in great depth and better framing the mobility problems. The findings of this course will be used in the follow-up lab course, Mobility Entrepreneurship, for experimenting with the identified entrepreneurial opportunities and developing new business models. Students can complete the lab course with a working prototype and business model that is pitch-ready to financiers and accelerators or ready to

3.00 credits



MBA7515 Enterprise 2.0 Building Social Networks to Improve Business Performance 3 credit blended elective Meeting Dates: F2F days: September 15th, October 6th and October 20th 8:30 - 4:30PM. The other weeks will be asynchronous, online weeks where there is no specific meeting time. Enterprise 2.0 is the term to describe organizations that use strategies, business practices, and technologies that enable emergent collaboration. Many organizations are now interested in capturing, distributing and applying the knowledge of their employees for business benefit. Also, companies need to keep track of knowledge outside of their corporate walls, for example, understanding market trends and being aware of what customers are saying about their products. Ultimately, the goal of Enterprise 2.0 is to break down traditional information silos and to allow employees and managers to tap into the right expertise when they need it. A major objective of this course is to understand social networks using social network analysis (SNA). SNA is a methodology to analyze the structure of social networks, or the people-to-people connections in organizations. SNA is an increasingly popular application used by both management consultants and internal organizational practices (e.g., Marketing, HR, R&D, and HR-Talent Management) to understand information flows inside and outside a company. The SNA results in both visualizations as well as metrics to determine: where information silos exist in the organization and people's position in the "informal" structure of the organization, such as central, peripheral, and broker positions (i.e., connecting different subgroups). From this analysis, we can then determine knowledge management/talent management/marketing interventions that improve collaboration and business practices. We will also discuss how SNA techniques can be used to analyze employee connections through social media (e.g., who is blogging and responding to other employees' blogs, following other employees' social profile, etc.) Students will gain valuable "hands-on" experience using and applying SNA from their group project. Finally, we will explore how the latest social collaboration tools, including social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and applications such as blogs, wikis, and bookmarking/tagging tools, are being adapted and used by organizations, for example, to leverage the "wisdom of crowds". Through case studies, group projects, and hands-on exercises, we will discuss the value proposition to companies and their employees from using social media. For example, groups will come up with a social media strategy for an organization, including providing metrics on how to evaluate the success or "ROI" of their strategy. This is a "blended" course - consisting of both face-to-face and on-line classes. The course will consist of lecture material, discussion of real-world case studies, and interactive group exercises. Your grade will consist of three equal components: class participation, group projects, and an individual paper. Prerequisites : none

3.00 credits



MBA7545 Analytical Managers and Organizations 3 credit blended elective This course is designed to teach MBA students what it means to be an analytical manager, and how to build the capabilities required to be a highly analytical organization. It addresses the non-statistical topics in analytical decision-making at the individual level (including framing the problem and communicating the results), which should complement statistically-oriented courses at Babson. It also addresses the key factors (in the DELTTA modeldata, enterprise, leadership, targets, technology, and analysts) necessary to succeed with analytics at the organizational level. It incorporates new course content specifically relevant to big data and analytics based on it. The course specifically delves into how both large and entrepreneurial organizations are addressing big data and analytics, and focuses in particular on how digital and online firms use and manage analytics. Well discuss various industries and functions use of analytics, but the only one addressed in any depth is web analytics for digitally-oriented businesses.

3.00 credits



MIS6110 Information Technology This course prepares students to become digital innovatorsglobal entrepreneurs and business leaders who can make strategic business decisions involving data, digital products, and digital services; experiment with information technologies and platforms; build and work in diverse teams; and create social, environmental and economic value from data in a business context.

1.50 credits



MIS6300 Information Technology 3 credits Blended This course is an information technology course that educates knowledge workers to use information and technology to think and act entrepreneurially to create and sustain social and economic value in a global environment. Topics that will be covered: Value of Data and Digital Technologies, Databases SQL/no SQL, Structured Query Language, Competing Using Business Analytics, Agile and SCRUM, Analytics and Enterprise Transformation, Technology Platforms and R programming. Prerequisite: Admission in to the MSBA program. CAM students should contact Graduate Adacemic Services to pursue enrollment in this course.

3.00 credits



MIS7200 Global Connections through Technology Global Connections through Technology (GCTT) - This course is an information technology course that educates knowledge workers to use information and technology to think and act entrepreneurially to create and sustain social and economic value in a global environment

2.00 credits



MIS7515 The Business of Health Information Technology 1.5 credit blended elective This course describes the burgeoning field of health information technology (HIT) and will equip students to be more successful in seeking opportunities and careers in this expansive field. The flow of federal stimulus for healthcare digitization is now exceeding $33 billion. This financial environment enables start-up companies to proliferate, venture capital to thrive ($7.6B in 1300 deals over the past 4 years) while forcing the established industry to consolidate through M&A. During this course you will learn about the healthcare technology market including electronic medical records, new methods of care delivery such as tele-health, networks for information exchange, healthcare informatics, predictive analytics and disruptive consumer technology. Beyond the healthcare information technology you will develop an understanding of the regulatory, entrepreneurial, and managerial impact it has on the healthcare business. Assignments will be a mixture of cases and readings to prepare for WebEx session interaction and guest lecturer Q&A. Student performance will be measured through demonstrated class and WebEx preparedness, quality of participation in online group sessions, and a short paper with presentation. Prerequisites: Evening: OPS7200 Blended Learning MBA: (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: OPS7200 Two Year: OPS7200

3.00 credits



MIS7535: Thought Leadership in Technology 3 elective credits A technology thought leader has a well-developed understanding and ways of reasoning about the impact of technology on business and society; can identify patterns of technological transformation; can critically evaluate emerging ideas, practices and technologies; and is sought after because of their ability to contribute to the conversation, inspire and lead change. As future managers, executives, entrepreneurs and consultants, graduate students in business should identify and walk their path towards technology thought leadership. Through research, reflection, peer critique, presentations and extensive writing, this course will help you develop a personal and critical understanding of technology in your area of interest, publish your insights, position yourself as an emergent technology thought leader, and promote your professional growth. Prerequisite: none

3.00 credits



MIS7545: Artificial Intelligence for Business (Previous title :COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES) 3 credit blended elective F2F Meeting Dates: TBD This course introduces students to cognitive technologies (another phrase for artificial intelligence") and addresses their value and implementation in business. A variety of cognitive tools will be covered, from machine learning to natural language processing to deep learning. Both the functions performed by these technologies and the business issues they generateincluding the roles to be performed by humans in knowledge work processes of the futurewill be addressed in the course. Some instruction is provided by online videos on cognitive technologies. There will be several guest lectures from external experts on various cognitive technologies and management issues. No programming background is required, although students will need to study materials about how cognitive technologies work.

3.00 credits



MIS7555: Cybersecurity 1.5 elective credits 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 managers 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

1.50 credits



MIS7560: Bringing the Blockchain to Life: Launching an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) 3 Credit Elective In 2017, more money was raised for blockchain start-ups from Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) than from traditional venture capital sources. Investment activity at this level has not been seen since the internet boom in the 90s. Blockchain, the underlying technology driving the Bitcoin phenomenon, has the potential to disrupt industries across the board and has the big financial services companies scrambling to figure out how to adopt and adapt before they lose out to the upstarts and new starts. The overall goal of this course is to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of Babson students willing to learn about this technology, develop a use case, and work in teams to develop a prototype product or service and simulate the raising of start-up capital via a fictitious ICO. Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to have an interest in application and software development

3.00 credits



MIS7565: Blockchain Ventures 1.5 elective credits Blockchain Ventures takes students through a series of frameworks and case studies to highlight the specific benefits of blockchain and its applicability into various markets. Some existing markets, some new markets = new ventures. We will cover introductory overview and get into case studies of new ventures and projects within larger enterprises. We will also cover ICOs and fundraising mechanisms. And the regulatory environment in the US and globally. We will cover cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ethereum, zcash, ripple, others) and Web3.0, DAPPS and emerging business models in these new frameworks. Prerequisites: NONE

1.50 credits



MIS7580 Independent Research ******Independent research is available for all academic divisions. Registration is manual for students through Graduate Eform approved by a faculty and Office of Graduate Academic Services****** 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 Academic Services. 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 Academic Services. The research project normally carries 1.5 or 3 credits.

3.00 credits



MIS9530 COMPETING ON ANALYTICS 1.5 Credit (Intensive Elective) Meeting Dates: DROP DEADLINE: McKinsey Global Institute is predicting a shortage of over a million managers and analysts with the analytics know-how to make effective decisions. In this course, you will learn about some of the most important analytics-related trends, how enterprises and entire industries are being transformed by analytics, and how to build a competitive data strategy and team. We will also discuss various approaches and tools for analyzing structured and unstructured data. To complement our strategy discussion, we will explore some popular business intelligence tools. You will have the opportunity to get hands-on with a few of these tools. The highlight of this course will be an industry-specific team project employing concepts and best practices discussed in class. Note (1): If you have professional analytics experience, please contact the professor in advance of registering to assure alignment with your interests and needs. Note (2): You will need a reasonably current PC or Mac. Mac users will need to download an app from the Apple AppStore. Details will be provided in advance of class.

1.50 credits