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Management

MBA7603 - SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISING

SPECIAL TOPICS: GLOBAL ENTERPRISING

MBA7603-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.

3.00 credits

MBA7800 - BABSON CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

BABSON CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

MBA7800: Babson Consulting Experience 3 core **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.

3.00 credits

MOB6100 - STRATEGY

STRATEGY

MOB6100 STRATEGY The goal of this course is to develop knowledge and skills needed to understand and evaluate a firms 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.

3.00 credits

MOB6110 - CREATING YOU:BLDG PROFESSIONAL LIFE

CREATING YOU:BLDG PROFESSIONAL LIFE

CREATING 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.

1.50 credits

MOB6111 - CREATING YOU:BUILDING YOUR PROF LIFE

CREATING YOU:BUILDING YOUR PROF LIFE

CREATING 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.

1.50 credits

MOB6400 - EPS IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY

EPS IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY

Entrepreneurship & 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.

1.50 credits

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 cant 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.

2.00 credits

MOB7201 - MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS

MANAGING TALENT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS

MOB7201 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.

1.00 credits

MOB7202 - STRATEGY

STRATEGY

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?

2.00 credits

MOB7250 - LEADING AND MANAGING EFFECTIVELY

LEADING AND MANAGING EFFECTIVELY

MOB7250 Leading and Managing Effectively (3 credits) Leading and Managing Effectively studies the core issues of entrepreneurial leadership: how to get things done when you cant give orders, how to develop influence and build effective teams and organizations, how to identify the ways in which organizational processes and culture create the context for effective or ineffective organizational performance, and how to identify and help develop talent in yourself as well as others. There will be opportunity for practicing entrepreneurial leader behaviors including influence, stakeholder analysis, action planning, self-assessment and reflection; students will be exposed to a wide range of leaders and organizational contexts throughout the course and will be challenged to consider how to make progress to becoming a truly effective leader and manager.

3.00 credits

MOB7500 - STRATEGY EXECUTION

STRATEGY EXECUTION

MOB7500 Strategy Execution 3 credits Strategy Execution helps participants achieve superior results for their enterprises and for their own performance in both managerial and consulting roles. The course focuses on how managers and executives make strategy happen in their enterprises. It focuses on the distinctive challenges that managers face as they try to create the conditions in their enterprises for achieving superior results. It seeks to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivities that will help them execute strategies with a very hands-on approach. At the same time, it also seeks to provide the most current ideas in the field of strategy and execution. We define Strategy Execution as the set of capabilities that an enterprise has to build and develop, decisions that it has to make, and actions that it has to take in order to realize the results that are potentially possible with the strategy it is pursuing. The course is structured to first explore and develop the different levers managers have in their repertoire to implement and execute a specific strategy such organization structure, systems and processes, metrics, capabilities, leadership and governance, and enterprise culture. We then discuss in depth how these levers can be deployed to achieve superior results many different contexts including entrepreneurial start-ups, multi-business corporations, collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, scaling up and global expansion, and turnarounds. The course uses case studies, presentations, role playing, and projects to achieve its learning objectives Prerequisite: MOB7202 or MOB7801.

3.00 credits

MOB7501 - STRATEGIC WRITING FOR MANAGERS

STRATEGIC WRITING FOR MANAGERS

MOB7501 Strategic Writing for Managers 1.5 credits This course helps students become more efficient and effective writers of strategic professional communications. Cases, readings, and assignments illustrate challenging communication problems that demand readable, succinct, substantive, and persuasive writing. Assignments may range in applications to as internal formal and informal communications, and external communication such as media and public relations, client relations, and social media. Class activities involve extensive peer review and editing of students' own writing. Prerequisite: None

1.50 credits

MOB7502 - PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

PERSUASIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

MOB7502 Persuasive Business Presentations 1.5 credits 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 videorecord 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. Prerequisite: None

1.50 credits

MOB7504 - MYSTERIES, PUZZLES, AND WICKED PROBLEMS

MYSTERIES, PUZZLES, AND WICKED PROBLEMS

MBA7504: 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. Prerequisites: None

3.00 credits

MOB7509 - DECISIONS

DECISIONS

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions-How managers make good and bad choices 3 credits 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. Prerequisite: None

3.00 credits