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Entrepreneurship

EPS9508 - CORPORATE INNOVATION AS A PROFESSION: DESIGNING iNNOVATION ROLES

CORPORATE INNOVATION AS A PROFESSION: DESIGNING iNNOVATION ROLES

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.

3 credits

EPS9551 - CRITICAL QUESTIONS FACING BUSINESS FAMIL

CRITICAL QUESTIONS FACING BUSINESS FAMIL

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.

1.5 credits

EPS9553 - FAMILY BUSINESS TO NEXT STAGE OF GROWTH

FAMILY BUSINESS TO NEXT STAGE OF GROWTH

EPS9553 FAMILY BUSINESS TO NEXT STAGE OF GROWTH

1.5 Credits

Meeting Dates TBD

Drop Deadline TBD

Growth is the necessary condition for a trans-generational enterprising family. This course will explore the challenges and complexity of growth in the generational context of the family. The inflection point question, _How do we take the family business to the next stage of growth?_ requires that families discover the _power of f_ in wealth creation. The question of growth raises additional questions for reflection and conversation:

o Do you have a compelling multi-generational vision for growth?
o What is the difference between an enterprising family and traditional family business?
o What are the constraints to growth in your family business?
o How does the family context create a unique _entrepreneurship to the power of f_?
o What is your _power of f_ familiness advance performance model?
o How does your governance support or constrain growth?
o How do your planning capabilities support growth?
o How do you align the family risk profile for growth?
o What do you do if family shareholders don,t want to grow (but don,t know it)?
o How do you establish an ownership strategic options continuum to support growth?

The Inflection Point Question Course is a Friday/Saturday _family retreat_ format that provides personalized coaching to participants based upon their individual family cases - family members are welcome to join students. The Goal is to stimulate deeper personal and professional Reflectionfacilitate peer collegial Conversationset participants up for Collaborative decision making in the familyand lead to an action plan for Execution by the students on their goals.

1.5 credits

EPS9555 - PUBLIC POLICY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

PUBLIC POLICY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS9555 PUBLIC POLICY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
1.5 Intensive Elective Credits


Meeting Dates TBD
Drop Deadline TBD

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 levels-local, 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

1.5 credits

MBA7601 - SPECIAL TOPICS: ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH

SPECIAL TOPICS: ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH

MBA7601 SPECIAL TOPICS -ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH
3 Elective Credits


This course provides students insight into the challenges and opportunities that arise as a company grows. It provides students with concepts and frameworks necessary to facilitate entrepreneurial management in organizations of all sizes and types. It is relevant to individuals interested in managing growth in their own companies as well as those growing an existing company.

Prerequisites: None

3 credits

MBA7602 - SPECIAL TOPICS: SOCIAL INNOVATION

SPECIAL TOPICS: SOCIAL INNOVATION

MBA7602 SPECIAL TOPICS: 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

MSM6110 - GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE

MSM6110 GLOBAL ENTREPREURSHIP EXPERIENCE

3 Credits

At Babson, we consider a global mindset necessary for the 21st century. In addition to learning from the diversity of students in the program, in this course students will explore entrepreneurial ecosystems in a context different than the one in which they grew up. Groups of approximately 25 students will travel with instructors to other regions of the world to engage with locals on topics of entrepreneurial concern. Travel for this course occurs for 8-12 days during winter term and the course includes pre-departure preparation sessions, as well as post-return reflection exercises.

3 credits