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.
Graduate Course Catalog
MBA7603 - SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISING
SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISING
MBA7603-E01 SPECIAL TOPICS - GLOBAL ENTERPRISING
This course addresses the ways in which entrepreneurial value creation is affected by (and sometimes inspired by) social institutions and national business systems. In the proposed Miami Blended Learning program, we will provide students a chance to study the business environment of Latin America. The goal is to encourage students to practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) within the institutional (e.g., social, political, cultural) environment in Latin America.
MBA7800 - BABSON CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
BABSON CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
MBA7800 BABSON CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
If you have taken and passed MBA7201, you cannot register for MBA7800, as these two courses are equivalent
During the Fall Semester all MBA students will enrolled in the Babson Consulting Experience (BCE) and assigned to a team of five to six other one-year students to work on consulting project for a partner organization. Guided by a faculty advisor (who also is the instructor of the course), BCE teams work directly with company representatives to address a real organizational opportunity or challenge and create value-added solutions.
A signature learning experience, BCE gives students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of conceptual and developmental tools learned in the classroom through hands-on applications in messy real-world contexts. Students will sharpen their ability to analyze and frame complex problems, and to effectively present insights and action recommendations, in both oral and written form. Finally, by working in teams and with external organizations, students will have many opportunities to practice the teamwork and leadership skills that they will need as you continue your professional development.
**It is strongly recommended that students take this course after completing a majority of the core courses.**
Prerequisites: Minimum of 12 credits completed
MOB6100 - STRATEGY
The goal of this course is to develop knowledge and skills needed to understand and evaluate a firm's strategy as an analyst, recommend future strategic actions as a consultant, and manage the strategic direction of a firm as a manager. By the end of the course, students will: become familiar with the analytical tools used to perform dynamic industry analyses; discover how competitors' different competitive positionings respond to, and build on, industry structures; understand the nature of competitive dynamics in an industry; discover the link between competitive positioning, internal capabilities, and business model development; understand the specificities of competing in a variety of industries and countries simultaneously; and develop the ability to search for, identify, and research diverse strategic issues, challenges and opportunities, and to design and develop innovative solutions. An important part of the course is devoted to a real-life consulting project, in which students work as a team to develop a strategic recommendation for a partner firm.
MOB6110 - CREATING YOU:BLDG PROFESSIONAL LIFE
CREATING YOU:BLDG PROFESSIONAL LIFE
CREATING ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERS (3 credits)
Creating You is designed to prepare students for the lifelong process of building and managing their career in a global context. Becoming an entrepreneurial leader is a process of self-discovery and self-creation that is enhanced by time for active experimentation and reflection. This course will guide students through the process of developing their professional identity and foster the skills necessary to navigate the journey after graduation.
MOB6600 - ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP
MOB6600: Entrepreneurial Leadership
1.5 Credits (MSAEL Core)
This course focuses on how to develop and deploy an entrepreneurial mindset as an organizational leader. It will examine key entrepreneurial leadership competencies, including how to mobilize and enlist others to get things done; how to develop emotional intelligence for leader effectiveness; how to cultivate positive work relationships; and, how to diagnose organizational dynamics and processes. There will be opportunity for practicing entrepreneurial leader behaviors including self-assessment and reflection, influencing and relationship building inside and outside the organization, organizational analysis, action planning, and peer coaching. Students will be exposed to a wide range of leaders and organizational contexts throughout the course and will be challenged to consider how to advance their own entrepreneurial leadership.
MOB6601 - STRATEGIC PROBLEM FORMULATION
STRATEGIC PROBLEM FORMULATION
MOB6601: Strategic Problem Formulation
1.5 Credits (MSAEL Core)
This course prepares students to become effective problem solvers and lead strategic growth and renewal initiatives in companies. Through case studies on real-world business problems, students will become familiar with conducting analyses on industries and ecosystems, competitive advantages, organizational capabilities, and business models that enable them to identify strategic issues, challenges and opportunities facing companies, and formulate comprehensive problem solving approaches that generate effective solutions.
Prerequisites: EPS6600 and MOB6600
MOB6602 - STRATEGIC TRANSFORMATION
MOB6602 STRATEGIC TRANSFORMATION
In order to effectively guide their organizations' strategic renewal through innovation, company leaders must have a vision of what their companies will become. They must be able to envision, shape and imagine a future, design processes for ensuring that happens, and gain the company's commitment to that shared vision. To execute on the strategic transformation agenda, a resource deployment plan must be implemented and metrics for tracking progress toward the future state need to be developed and monitored. In this course students will develop foresight skills, use them to draft domains of innovation intent and learn how to position those to company leaders.
Prerequisites: MOB6600 and EPS6600
MOB7200 - CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
MOB7200 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS
Creating and Leading Effective Organizations (CLEO) - This course studies the core issues of entrepreneurial leadership: how to get things done when you can't give orders, how to develop influence and build effective teams and organizations, and how to design and implement management structures and processes for high performance. There will be opportunity for practicing influence, stakeholder analysis and action planning skills.
MOB7201 - MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS
MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS
MOB7201 MANAGING TALENT: YOUR OWN AND OTHERS
The purpose of this course is to think strategically about the management of talent, your own in particular, but also the talents of those with whom you work. Talent management and development is the key to leveraging that most important of all business assets: people. This is an action-oriented course that will require you to self-assess, reflect, obtain feedback and create a development plan for attaining your career goals. Such an experience often equips individuals with the skills and desire to reassess how talent is managed and developed in their current organizations. In this course, you will learn how to effectively deploy your own talent and build the ability to identify and help to develop talent in others.
MOB7202 - STRATEGY
This course focuses on strategic and competitive analysis to enable entrepreneurial action. How should we position our business strategically to compete effectively? What sources of competitive advantage can we create, exploit and sustain? What capabilities do we need to launch the business, grow the business, and adapt successfully to changes in the environment?
Prerequisites: MOB7200, EPS7200, MKT7200 and QTM7200
MOB7500 - STRATEGY EXECUTION
MOB7500 STRATEGY EXECUTION
This course in Strategy Execution is designed to introduce students to the complexity, and challenges associated with implementing a developed strategy into both emerging and existing markets. There are three major objectives in the course.
1. The first is to help students articulate a philosophy designed to guide in successfully executing strategic initiatives. Here, you will explore the concepts of intended versus emergent strategy, the operating environment versus the executing environment and the various levers of power available to managers to utilize in the successful execution of business-level strategy.
2. The second objective is to explore both successful and unsuccessful firm-level strategy executions. Using the case method, we will explore the various levers of power available to managers analyzing and critiquing the outcomes of various firms' efforts to execute a business level strategic initiative.
3. The third objective is in two parts. The first part is to give students hands-on experience via an online simulation in strategy execution. Strategy execution is best learned by doing. The intent is to expose students to the complexities of strategy implementation where information is incomplete and unanticipated challenges to implementing a strategy emerge from unexpected sources. Students learn to prioritize, work within tight time schedules, learn to cope with limited resources, and respond to unexpected demands. The second part is to fully demonstrate your understanding of the complex relationships that characterize strategy execution during the final exam.
Prerequisites: MOB7202 or MOB7801
MOB7502 - PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
MOB7502 PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
Managers and entrepreneurs need effective presentation skills to persuade key audiences, such as employees and team members, investors, and prospective clients. A successful presentation depends on delivery and non-verbal factors as well as careful preparation and a logical organization of ideas.
In this workshop format class, you will deliver four or five formal presentations, which we will video record to help you evaluate your technique. We will also give you some opportunities for impromptu speaking. Topics may include: rocket pitch to investors, B2B sales presentation, strategic recommendation to senior management, and a technical financial or data-driven presentation. Students are encouraged to use material from other courses or from your work context. We will also cover creating effective visuals and interacting with your visuals to tell a compelling story. The focus will be on providing extensive and constructive feedback and coaching you on assessing and improving your own capabilities.
MOB7504 - MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND IMAGINATION
MYSTERIES, PUZZLES AND IMAGINATION
MBA7504 MYSTERIES, PUZZLES, AND IMAGINATION
(Previously titled MYSTERIES, PUZZLES, AND WICKED PROBLEMS)
3 Elective 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.
MOB7507 - MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER: CATALYZING YOUR NETWORKS FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER: CATALYZING YOUR NETWORKS FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
MOB7507 MENTORING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER: CATALYZING YOUR NETWORK FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
1.5 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, 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 alumnae and friends of the Babson community that are senior leaders or have 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.
NOTE: Students of all genders are welcome to enroll in this course
MOB7509 - DECISIONS
MOB7509 DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS - HOW MANAGERS MAKE GOOD AND BAD CHOICES
MBA students are exposed to a wide variety of concepts and tools which should enable them to make intelligent decisions. However, the decision making performance of corporate managers, most of them trained in these concepts and tools, is very uneven.
This course will seek to enable a student to understand some key factors that can influence the quality of decision making. Using case examples from both business and government, the course will build on a basic understanding of analysis and decision making to expose participants to the circumstances that can limit the effectiveness of the techniques they have learned and help them understand the challenges they will face as members of leadership teams making complex choices throughout their careers. Students will also learn about the factors involved in providing information for decision-making, and the roles that information technology plays in decision situations.
At the conclusion of the course, students will have an appreciation for the factors they will encounter in leadership roles and the methods they can employ to ensure that they contribute to the making of good decisions. Their exposure to the broad topics presented should also acquaint them with areas which may draw their interest for more intensive study in specific academic disciplines.