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EPS9555: Public Policy Entrepreneurship Intensive elective 1.5 Credits Meeting Dates: DROP DEADLINE: COURSE DESCRIPTION: The fiscal cliff. Congressional gridlock. Sequester. A growing multi-trillion dollar deficit. The curtailment of local services and the threat of local community bankruptcies. Policy challenges at all levelslocal, regional, national, international. Have you ever wondered how your Babson MBA skills can be applied to help policy-makers meet these challenges effectively and intelligently and how you can get involved now or later in your career as a policy-maker yourself? EPS 9555: Public Policy Entrepreneurship is a 1.5 credit intensive elective focused on applying Entrepreneurial Thought and Action to answering these questions. The course makes extensive use of guest speakers, including government officials and public and private sector executives who share their practical experience in using entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Recent speakers have included a governor, a lieutenant governor and college president, a state secretary of housing and economic development, a state secretary of health and human services, venture capitalists, private charitable foundation board members, a board of selectman chair, a town executive director, and a founder of Mass Challenge and directors of the Mass. Institute for Political Leadership. Public Policy Entrepreneurship focuses on how governments, private companies, NGOs, and economic development organizations can apply entrepreneurial thought and action to accomplish their goals. Course topics include: how MBAs can get involved in applying their professional skills to public policy challenges at different points in their careers either as a part-time volunteer or on a full-time basis how governments can create conditions to encourage private sector entrepreneurship how private companies can work more effectively with government entities in accomplishing their goals how government agencies can become more entrepreneurial in order to accomplish their objectives The course uses lectures, readings, videos, and podcasts to provide students with analytical frameworks and practical knowledge which they can apply in developing solutions to policy issues. In the course final paper, students assume the role of a government official or NGO executive and detail how they would apply entrepreneurial principles in creating solutions to challenges facing their state or city or country or NGO. *THERE IS PREWORK FOR THIS COURSE



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