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Module 4

Active Learning Project I (1 credit)

Lead by Mary Pilotte

Active learning means learning by doing: it is about solving real management problems for external organizations, participating in challenging projects provided by company project owners. Project owners are managers who need advice on how to solve specific problems like entering new markets, launching new services, initiating organizational change, making important investment decisions, restructuring functions or processes. A project looks like a consulting assignment: a problem is raised at the beginning and you and your team must define the scope and solve it by the end of the course.

Meet Dr. Pilotte and learn more about the ALP course.

Business Law & Ethics (2 credits)

Taught by Judge James Kirsch

The purpose of this course is to give you an insight into the structure and operation of both the domestic and international legal process as it affects managerial decision-making. The course relates the operation of law and the legal system to the structure of contracts; the resolution of disputes; accounting and financial practices; marketing law and regulation including consumer and anti-trust law; personnel and labor relations; corporate social responsibility; and the law of business organizations.

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.

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Leadership & MIS (Functional Elective) (2 credits)

Taught by Karthik Kannan

Information technology has practically transformed every industry. Organizations in some industries (e.g., music) are simply responding to the transformations, whereas other organizations (e.g., ready-mix concrete delivery) are leading the transformation. There are many examples of organizations that have failed because of their senior leadership's inability to respond to the transformations. With newer ideas such as Facebook or big data analytics making waves and yet others to come in the future, the main objective of this course is to provide you with core ideas that can withstand the test of time. The students will be pushed to think about should their company's IT be organized so that it is a strategic asset and not a liability. The focus of the course is to develop insights through cases, lectures, discussions, and examples into when and how information and digital strategies can be used to create and enhance an organization’s competitive advantage.

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.