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
MBA7504 - SYSTEMS DYNAMICS IN BUSINESS,SOCIETY&ENV
SYSTEMS DYNAMICS IN BUSINESS,SOCIETY&ENV
MBA 7504: Systems Dynamics in Business, Society and the Environment
3 elective credits
Whether within smaller business organizations we lead and manage, or across extended global
enterprises so critical to our venture's success, or the hyperconnected societies in which we live, or
the environment engulfing us and our shared resources, a common element is the prevalence of
interconnected "systems" complex networks of parameters, actors, decisions, actions, and states
(of variables; not nations). The systems feature exogenous inputs and endogenous relationships,
transformations, flows, and feedback loops all playing out over time and, by so doing, making the
systems dynamic. It's just the way the world is: webs within webs of dynamic systems with all sorts
of intended and unintended convergence, divergence, equilibria, disequilibria, resilience, fragility,
and, yes, so-called butterfly effects.
And then, there are "us": biased, compartmentalized, bounded, and myopic in mindsets,
timeframes, choices, and ability to think through connections and second-, third-, and higher-order
effects. The course on "System Dynamics in Business, Society, and the Environment" is intended to
break through these very human traits and constraints.
Specifically, the course will
(1) introduce systems and systems thinking;
(2) immerse the learner in the schematic mapping, analytical modeling, and quantitative as well as
managerial analysis of dynamic systems in business, society, and the environment;
(3) introduce the notion of the "three singularities" (possibly existentially threatening disruptions in
the areas of computational, life, and environmental sciences) and explore the consequent system
dynamics for business, society, and the environment; and
(4) conclude with lessons for citizens, managers, policymakers, and leaders.
MBA7511 - INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
MBA7511: Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive Entrepreneurial Leadership will be a 3 credit graduate course delivered within the Certificate of Advanced Management (CAM) initiative at Babson College.
Rationale: The CAMs team has identified extensive interest in the marketplace for a foundational course on inclusive leadership.
This course begins with an overview of the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and the imperative for inclusive leadership practices to drive innovation and growth. Students will build requisite "inclusion acumen" through self-assessments, experiential exercises, readings, peer discussion forums, and entrepreneurial action experiments designed to enhance inclusive leadership behaviors and effectiveness. Topics explored include implicit and explicit bias; identity, power and privilege; gender and women in the work place; inclusion, bias and race; intercultural competence and work place cultures. Through increased self-awareness, expanded mindsets and refined skill sets, students will be prepared to leverage difference as a strength as they co-create reciprocal value with their colleagues, employees, and other strategic stakeholders.
Broader Perspective: If this course is successful, all or part will be available for inclusion within future DE&I focused courses within the undergraduate and graduate programs.
NOTE: This course was designed with an intentional inclusion strategy. 20+ faculty and staff members from across the campus provided input and several have agreed to host deep dive office hours on their topic of expertise.
MBA7603 - SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISING
SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISINGMBA7603-E01: Special Topics Global Enterprising 3 credits 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
STRATEGYMOB6100 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 LIFECREATING YOU: BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (1.5 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.
MOB6111 - MSEL MGT
MSEL MGTCREATING YOU: BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE (1.5 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.
MOB6400 - EPS IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY
EPS IN A SERVICE INDUSTRYEntrepreneurship & Innovation in Service Industries (1.5 credits) This course focuses on appreciating and understanding the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in service industries; specifically, in the areas of Accounting, Financial, Law, Audit and Tax Services (AFLAT). You will learn the tools, concepts, and methods of the disciplines of entrepreneurship and innovation at the broad level and then apply them in the AFLAT context. The application of the learning will come in a team Signature Learning Experience (SLE) that will run throughout the course.
MOB6600 - ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP
ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIPMOB6600: Entrepreneurial Leadership 1.5 Credits (MSEL 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 FORMULATIONMOB6601: 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.
MOB6602 - STRATEGIC TRANSFORMATION
MOB6602: Strategic Transformation
1.5 credit (MSAEL core)
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.
MOB7200 - CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGSMOB7200 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 OTHERSMOB7201 Managing Talent: Your Own and Others Managing Talent: Your Own and Others (MTYOO) 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
Strategy (STRAT) - 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