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Business Administration

5051/5052. Enterprise Management Consulting Experience (EMC)   (6 s.h.)
Prerequisite: Limited to students in final semesters of MBA program

The EMC Practicum is an innovative hands-on learning experience involving faculty and students.  During their practicum, cross-cultural student teams will assist firms or divisions on a live consulting project.  MBA student teams will integrate course work, business experience, and primary and secondary research into highly professional market entry strategies or business plans.

5111. Globalization   (1.5 s.h.)

Gives students an understanding of the nature and complexity of the dynamic global environment that serves as the external context for the operations of international companies and that is an integral part of understanding international business. Explores the phenomena of globalization and the interdependence of nation states as they impact companies and industries throughout the world.

5112. Managing Risk   (1.5 s.h.)

Examines in detail the holistic risk management process from the perspective of an international corporation and defines what risk management is and why organizations have risk managers. Class discussion topics include ethical risk and insurance management practices, as well as administrative and strategic aspects of global corporate risk management such as drafting risk management policy statements, setting risk management goals, and examining how a risk manager operates within a complex international organization.

5113. The Valuation of Firms   (1.5 s.h.)

Introduces the use of accounting numbers for valuation for both external purposes, including investor models of firm value and credit risk assessment, as well as internal purposes, including project assessment and performance evaluation. Focuses specifically on an accounting review of fundamentals, firm valuation, cash flows, earnings, modeling financial distress, and using residual income to evaluate performance.

5114. Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation   (1.5 s.h.)

Examines issues relevant for entrepreneurs engaged in start-up or early stage ventures as well as those important to managers and stakeholders of new ventures within established organizations, including concepts, skills, know-how, information, attitudes and alternatives. Focuses on two key success factors in new enterprise formation: the entrepreneur and his/her ability to create and recognize opportunities.

5115. Law and Ethics in Business   (1.5 s.h.)

Imparts a sense of when and how the legal system may affect business, particularly in the areas of contract, tort, and government regulation. Develops an appreciation of the fact that law and ethics seem many times in business to converge, while in other instances what is legal may not be ethically correct. Explores through discussion of business ethics case studies how such situations arise and how they might be resolved or prevented. Includes training for online research, especially in legal areas using Lexis-Nexis database, and practice in the art of making well-reasoned written and oral arguments.

5116. Information Technology Perspectives   (1.5 s.h.)

Provides through discussions of technological and organizational issues an overview of the basic concepts underlying the development and implementation of emerging information technologies that are reshaping businesses and business practices. Culminates in a case study development project.

5117. Managing People and Organizations   (3 s.h.)

Focuses on basic issues concerning the management of organizations and human resources, with major emphasis on critical analysis, problem solving and performance evaluation. Provides opportunities to improve managerial and leadership skills through verbal presentations, group work, and specific case analysis.

5187. IMBA Practicum: Corporate Visits and Mentoring.   (1 s.h.)
Prerequisite: Limited to students matriculated in the International MBA-Tri Continent program.

This practicum is established on a pass/fail basis. It consists of selected visits to a variety of multinational corporations in the Paris region. Students are exposed senior officials who outline the factors that go into their international strategic decision making. These interactive sessions, which include question and answer periods, are designed to provide real world insights to corporate behavior and to highlight factors that are important in the international arena. In addition, mentoring visits both in France and the U.S. are coordinated through this vehicle, as are several special seminars on cross cultural awareness and other selected topics.

5751. Multinational Management and Policy   (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: Limited to students matriculated in the International MBA-Tri Continent program.

Enhance the diagnostic and problem solving capabilities of decision-makers when confronted with a variety of strategic and/or operational problems in a diverse set of domestic and international environments and situations. Integrate material from functional and general management courses and apply it in the diagnosis and solution of problems that require an integrated company-wide approach. Relies heavily on the case study approach and builds on the Fall course of Management Processes in Global Corporations. Note: Enrollment limited to students in the IMBA program.

5800. Special Topics   (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: Limited to students matriculated in the Executive M.B.A. program.

Special topics in Business Administration

5851. Strategy Formulation and Administration   (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: Limited to students matriculated in the Executive M.B.A. program.

Participate in an interactive learning experience while examining the functions, role and skills of top-level executives. Knowledge gained and analytical methods used, in prior courses will be used in analyzing cases from the perspective of the chief executive. Implementation of strategies will be a primary focus. Enrollment limited to students in the Executive M.B.A. program.

5955. Policy Formulation and Administration   (3 s.h.)

(Intended to be taken in the final semester.) Policy and strategy decision-making roles of top-level managers. Total enterprise problems involving integration of organization objectives, relationships between organization objectives and societal values, policy formulation, corporate strategy, and implementation of top management decisions.

Limited to students admitted to MBA program prior to Fall 2005


9001 (0601). Organizations and Management Theory

This course acquaints students with classic works, current representative theories, and empirical research in the fields of organization behavior and management. Material is grouped into twelve perspectives/topic areas: bureaucracy, scientific management, human relations, contingency theory, lean & quality management, transaction cost theory, network approach, national culture, human resource development, power & politics, labor process, and complexity/chaos theory. Emphasis is on understanding the range of approaches in these fields and developing critical analysis skills.

9002 (0602). Scientific Inquiry-Management Research

This course examines the nature and logic of empirical science, with particular attention to theoretical and applied business research. Topics include: the scientific method, positivism, paradigms, interpretive approaches, postmodernism, and critical research. The course also introduces a range of methods and techniques current in business research, including “grounded theory,” measurement, interviewing, survey design, case studies, causal modeling, longitudinal and historical analysis, experiments, and research ethics. Students are asked to apply each of the course topics to the design of research on a topic of their own choosing. There is also a laboratory session in the use of the SPSS statistical package to analyze quantitative data.


Updated 10.26.2007