The Course Catalog includes course descriptions of all courses offered by F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business. For descriptions of the courses offered in the current or upcoming semesters, please see our Course Listing

Entrepreneurship

EPS6300 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ANALYTICS, AND STRATEGY OF THE FIRM

EPS6300 Entrepreneurship, Analytics, and Strategy of the Firm
3 Blended Credits
This course provides an overview of the entrepreneurship method that will enable students to create, identify, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts and organizations, while also introducing students to the use of analytics throughout the lifecycle of business applications. The method, called Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A), is teachable and learnable, but is not predictable. This is a results-oriented course that emphasizes early action in order to test and refine new venture concepts. Topics will include: innovation uncertainty in the corporate environment, Design Thinking, Shareholder Value and EVA//Multi Business Strategy in Large Corporations, Industry Analysis, Ecosystems and Competitive Positioning and How Big Companies Make Decisions.

Prerequisites: Admission in to the MSBA program. CAM students should contact Graduate Academic Services to pursue enrollment in this course.

3 credits

EPS6600 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS6600 Entrepreneurship
1.5 Credits (MSAEL Course)
This course introduces you to a methodology that we practice at Babson, called Entrepreneurial Thought & Action? (ET&A). You will have several opportunities to practice the skills associated with this method, such as the ability to effectively pitch your ideas, enrolling others on to your entrepreneurial journey, and managing risk through a process of trial-and-error learning. You will also examine the importance of creativity and lateral thinking in this process, and develop your abilities as they relate to entrepreneurship. Through this process, you will become more adept at both recognizing and acting upon entrepreneurial opportunities. Lastly, you will integrate these skills to define, iterate, and communicate the feasibility of an early stage business concept.

1.5 credits

EPS6601 - CORPORATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS6601 Corporate Entrepreneurship

3 Credits (MSAEL Core)Corporations caught up in the web of commoditization and stagnation have come to realize that they need entrepreneurial capabilities to create new platforms of business that will be the promise of the future. Yet overall, these efforts have produced uneven success. Although entrepreneurs in organizations can benefit from the resources, experience, financial assets and networks of the large company, they are constrained by its bureaucratic practices. Recent evidence points to corporate leaders' renewed attention to developing management systems that work with, rather than against intrapreneurs. In this course we will examine various approaches companies have taken to build this organizational capability. We examine five different approaches and consider the shortcomings or each. We will build the rationale for why innovation must become an organizational function if a company truly wishes to compete for the Future. We focus at the organizational level rather than the individual project level, seeking insights about how organizations can institutionalize structures and processes for entrepreneurship, even within a dominant culture of operational excellence that, of necessity, pervades most large established firms.

Prerequisites: MOB6600 and EPS6600

3 credits

EPS6602 - INNOVATION ROLES

EPS6602 Innovation Roles
1.5 Credits (MSAEL Core)

It's no secret that disruptive innovation is extremely challenging for large mature companies. In this short course we'll examine one crucial reason for the lack of progress in companies toward building a capability for breakthrough innovation, and that is talent management.

Companies rely on champions to break rules in order to make breakthroughs happen. But for every champion that made it, scores of others saw fantastic opportunity for their companies but couldn't execute on it effectively. This course considers a different approach. The argument we'll make is that innovation must become a business function in its own right, with its own management system, capabilities and expertise. In order to make that happen, innovation roles need to be defined and instituted, so that when a champion cannot get it done alone, a team of innovation experts is there to make sure the breakthrough doesn't get buried. A framework of innovation roles is developed, along with selection, development and retention practices. A self-diagnostic tool is offered for students to assess their fit with various roles within Strategic Innovation.

Prerequisites: MOB6600 and EPS6600

1.5 credits

EPS6603 - INNOVATION ROLES

EPS6603 Innovation Roles
1.5 Credits (MSAEL Core)
It's no secret that disruptive innovation is extremely challenging for large mature companies. In this short course we'll examine one crucial reason for the lack of progress in companies toward building a capability for breakthrough innovation, and that is talent management.

Companies rely on champions to break rules in order to make breakthroughs happen. But for every champion that made it, scores of others saw fantastic opportunity for their companies but couldn't execute on it effectively. This course considers a different approach. The argument we'll make is that innovation must become a business function in its own right, with its own management system, capabilities and expertise. In order to make that happen, innovation roles need to be defined and instituted, so that when a champion cannot get it done alone, a team of innovation experts is there to make sure the breakthrough doesn't get buried. A framework of innovation roles is developed, along with selection, development and retention practices. A self-diagnostic tool is offered for students to assess their fit with various roles within Strategic Innovation.

1.5 credits

EPS7200 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY

EPS7200 Entrepreneurship & Opportunity

2 CreditsEntrepreneurship & Opportunity (E&O) - This course provides an overview of the entrepreneurship method that will enable you to create, identify, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts and organizations. The method, called Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ETA), is teachable and learnable, but is not predictable. This is a results-oriented course that emphasizes early action in order to test and refine new venture concepts.

2 credits

EPS7201 - STRATEGIC INNOVATION MATURE ORGANIZATIONS

EPS7201 Strategic Innovation in Mature Organizations

3 Core Credits - Blended Miami Program Core Course

Corporations caught up in the web of commoditization and stagnation have come to realize that they need entrepreneurial capabilities to create new platforms of business that will be the promise of the future. Yet overall, these efforts have produced uneven success. Although entrepreneurs in organizations can benefit from the resources, experience, financial assets and networks of the large company, they are constrained by its bureaucratic practices. Recent evidence points to corporate leaders' renewed attention to developing management systems that work with, rather than against intrapreneurs. In this course we will examine various approaches companies have taken to build this organizational capability. We examine five different approaches and consider the shortcomings or each. We will build the rationale for why innovation must become an organizational function if a company truly wishes to compete for the Future. We focus at the organizational level rather than the individual project level, seeking insights about how organizations can institutionalize structures and processes for entrepreneurship, even within a dominant culture of operational excellence that, of necessity, pervades most large established firms.

3 credits

EPS7500 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS7500 New Venture Creation

(Formerly Entrepreneurship)

3 CreditsThis course integrates many of the concepts, tools and practices of entrepreneurship. Students will learn to be superior opportunity assessors and shapers, to understand the integration of people and process in entrepreneurship, to write, articulate and present a new venture execution plan, understand the alternatives and trade-offs in financing, starting and operating a venture, and gain a better understanding of their personal entrepreneurial capabilities. Students will engage in feasibility assessment, venture viability analysis and resource acquisition. Students will learn how to conduct rigorous business-planning, and also how to network for resources and to be able to communicate about a new venture in a confident, articulate and effective manner. The course builds on foundation concepts from the Opportunity and Entrepreneurship courses, and is designed for students seriously considering launching a new venture in a variety of contexts (e.g. corporate, family, organization, franchise) or students planning to work in an early stage venture.

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


Prerequisites: EPS7200 or EPS7800

3 credits

EPS7501 - ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILIES

EPS7501 Entrepreneurial Families
(Formerly Family Entrepreneurship Amplifier)
1.5 Elective Credits

The Family Entrepreneurship Amplifier course is created specifically for students who come from family businesses. The purpose of the course is to enable students and their families to enhance their ability to utilize entrepreneurship in their families and their businesses in order to create sustainable value. In this course students engage with at least one family member in a series of exercises that explore the family's entrepreneurial history, current capabilities, and, future goals. Course sessions involve peer to peer sharing about their families and their businesses in a series of guided sessions with family business experts. This course provides the foundation for a follow-on course where students pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity in conjunction with the family.

1.5 credits

EPS7502 - SUMMER CATALYST

EPS7502 Summer Catalyst
3 Elective Credits
**This is an application-based course. Students who are accepted will be notified by end of day, April 24th.**


The SC provides students the opportunity to gain course credit for developing their startup during a 10 week summer program at Babson. This application-based elective will help founders learn skills and processes necessary to launch and run a successful startup that creates social and economic value simultaneously.

The milestone driven curriculum will allow students to learn market research, market testing, business model development, go to market tactics, prototyping, financial analysis and forecasting, human resource and operations planning to their own venture. Students will examine how to apply systems thinking to decision making that supports integrated sustainability for the venture, its stakeholders and the community. In addition, communication and presentation skills will be honed over the course. Students who complete this program will learn functional skills as mentioned but also the entrepreneurial capabilities to use ET&A along their entire startup journey.

The course will take place over 10 weeks, beginning on June 1st - August 7th. Students in SC will have access to focused mentorship, training, experts in residence and serial entrepreneurs, as well as a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs with the common goal of developing high growth ventures. Students are expected to fully embrace the "give and get" model of the cohort and actively participate in group meetings, peer to peer mentorship, and skill building workshops.

3 credits

EPS7503 - CREATING EPIC ORGANIZATIONS

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.

3 credits

EPS7504 - INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS7504 International Entrepreneurship
3 Elective Credits

Generating economic growth, fueling social development, and increasing individual wealth in developed and emerging economies around the world, entrepreneurship has drawn the attention of a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., government, academic, corporations, non-profits, etc.). International entrepreneurial opportunities abound as a result of technological advances, environmental challenges, and increased market access. International Entrepreneurship explores and analyzes these opportunities and challenges of launching and leading ventures in an international context. To accomplish this, the course uses a variety of frameworks, analytical models, and decision-making tools to better understand the entrepreneurial process and leadership in the context of cultures, economies, governments, and legal systems, primarily outside the United States. The primary assignment is an international venture plan completed by teams.

3 credits

EPS7506 - SOCIAL INNOVATION

EPS7506: Social Innovation
3 Elective Credits
We are living in a world where societal expectations of business have shifted and the lines between business, government, and the social sectors are being blurred. Businesses are called upon to create both economic and social value in new ways. This course addresses issues related to the social, economic, and environmental responsibilities of business. The topic of sustainability is also addressed.

3 credits

EPS7507 - CORPORATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS7507 Corporate Entrepreneurship

3 credits Corporations caught up in the web of commoditization and stagnation have come to realize that they need entrepreneurial capabilities to create new platforms of business that will be the promise of the future. Yet overall, these efforts have produced uneven success. Although entrepreneurs in organizations can benefit from the resources, experience, financial assets and networks of the large company, they are constrained by its bureaucratic practices. Recent evidence points to corporate leaders' renewed attention to developing management systems that work with, rather than against intrapreneurs. In this course we will examine various approaches companies have taken to build this organizational capability. We examine five different approaches and consider the shortcomings or each. We will build the rationale for why innovation must become an organizational function if a company truly wishes to compete for the Future. We focus at the organizational level rather than the individual project level, seeking insights about how organizations can institutionalize structures and processes for entrepreneurship, even within a dominant culture of operational excellence that, of necessity, pervades most large established firms.

3 credits

EPS7510 - ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE

EPS7510 Entrepreneurial Finance
(Formerly Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture)

3 CreditsFocuses on raising seed and growth capital from venture capital, business angels, investment banking, and commercial banking sources; and financial problems unique to the small- and medium-sized firm undergoing rapid growth. Examines actual proposals made to venture capital firms, particularly in terms of their financial viability. Course also examines financial management for entrepreneurs over the life of a business project. Includes financing start-ups, financial planning for the nonpublic smaller enterprise, going public, selling out, bankruptcy, sources of capital, and other related topics.

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


Prerequisites: None

3 credits