Entrepreneurship (Functional Elective) (2 credits)
Taught by James Davis
Entrepreneurs exploit innovations to create value and build companies and industries. While entrepreneurship and innovation occur throughout the industry lifecycle, the nature and type of innovations and the manner in which entrepreneurs exploit innovations is more prevalent at various industry stages. In this course, we will examine the context for innovation: the factors that shape industry emergence and dictate the nature of early competitive forces. We will explore the contextual factors that drive entrepreneurship and seek to understand how these contexts are formed by innovation and institutions. We will use the industries in which you work as the lenses through which we will make these examinations.
Legal & Social Foundations of Management (2 credits)
Taught by Judge James Kirsch
The purpose of the class is to provide the student with an understanding of the legal environment as it pertains to transnational business transactions and of the ethical considerations and social, cultural and political influences that affect such transactions. Such an understanding is essential to business management. Students will examine the law of contracts and sales across national boundaries. This examination will provide a framework for a discussion of the ways in which managerial decision making in a transnational context affects and is affected by legal considerations.
In lieu of a traditional text, the readings will be law review articles and case studies and materials drawn from various sources.
Strategic Foresighting & Instinctual Design (Functional Elective) (2 credits)
Taught by Karthik Kannan
This course will build on design thinking and game design techniques to develop process, policies, and/or products that appeal to human instincts. The material we discuss will provide insights into new product development, entrepreneurship, and designing HR policies.
In this course, you will examine the mechanisms behind designing for human instincts, and you will develop an understanding of their effective use in modern firms. You will learn to incorporate clearly defined strategies and well-managed execution to create an effective design. We will draw upon interdisciplinary source material as well as real-world case studies to identify effective strategies and use specific metrics for applying these techniques to business. You will also be able to identify significant pitfalls to these techniques, noting legal and ethical issues as well as the problems associated with implementing radical change in established firms. As an added bonus, you will be designing, playing, and evaluating various games.
How can this course aid in your career? Managers who can blend creative and technical vision for delivering value are highly sought after in today's global digital economy. IT and management consulting, consumer products sectors, manufacturing, and retail firms (among others) would find these skills highly valuable.
Strategic Management (3 credits)
Taught by Filip Caeldries
Strategic management takes the perspective of the general manager who is involved with managing an entire business unit. One of the most important notions that we will develop in this course is that of competitive advantage. This course focuses on the fundamental conditions that permit a firm to conceive, develop, and sustain a superior strategic position. The course provides an opportunity to develop approaches to general management based on an integration of multi-functional and administrative perspectives. As the course develops, you will practice the application of concepts, tools, and approaches developed in the various readings and during the class discussions.
Please note course offerings and faculty are subject to change.