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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
MOB7543 Building Inclusive Organizations
(Formerly Managing in a Diverse Workplace)
3 CreditsThis course focuses on how to build inclusive organizations for enhanced innovation and performance. We will explore this essential topic for today's business world through the lenses of social context, individual leadership, and organizational policy and culture. The course begins by examining the opportunities and challenges to building inclusive organizations. Next, the course takes the personal perspective, considering what entrepreneurial leaders can do to build an inclusive organization. The course concludes with a focus on organizational policies and culture -- and how inclusive workplace practices contribute to positive outcomes. The emphasis throughout the course will be on how building inclusive organizations provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to develop and thrive. Students will work independently and in learning groups.
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MOB7523 Communication in a Global Context
3 Elective Credits In today's competitive, global environment, effective communication is at the core of business success.
This course assumes that our abilities to think strategically and to communicate powerfully in the global marketplace are profoundly influenced by culture, gender, ethnicity, and technology. We'll examine the knowledge, mindfulness, and behaviors that lead to more successful business engagements with our clients. We'll then combine theory with action in order to discover and enact best practices in global business relationships.
This course does NOT prescribe protocols of behavior in different geographies. Instead, by increasing our own cultural awareness, we'll be in a position to observe, respect, and communicate in ways that lead to success. The key is to adapt to other contexts - but without sacrificing our own cultural identities and authenticity.
MOB7200 Creating and Leading Effective Organizations
2 CreditsCreating 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.
MOB6110 Creating Entrepreneurial Leaders
3 CreditsCreating 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.
STR7509 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - How Managers Make Good and Bad Choices
3 CreditsMBA 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.
MOB7526 Doing Business in Brazil
3 Elective Abroad CreditsThis course applies and ETA perspective to entrepreneurship in a different country. The primary focus is on opportunity recognition and the potential for new venture creation. The context consists of a variety of institutions and firms in Brazil, focusing on the country's main business center, Sao Paulo, where Brazil's most important financial market and industrial concentration is located. We will also visit Paraty and Rio de Janeiro. The course is organized around the following themes: the context for business in Brazil, developing business issues in Brazil, economic transformation-from import substitution to regional integration, and the social dimension in Brazil.
MOB6600 Entrepreneurial Leadership
1.5 Credits (MSAEL 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.
MOB7549 Global and International Business Context
3 CreditsThe goal of this course is to explore how firms build competitive advantages by adapting to, and shaping, the business contexts in which they operate, and how they can develop integrated market/non-market strategies to build and strengthen their competitive advantage. To achieve this goal, we analyze the impact of the formal and informal dimensions of their environment, including, among others, corporate governance systems, innovation systems, policies, non-market ecosystems, corruption, and third-sector activism, on firms' strategies. In turn, this analysis helps understand not only how firms can adapt to and/or shape their environment to their benefit, but also why firms from different countries behave differently when they compete globally. This course is intended as a strategy elective in international business. It qualifies for Requirement B in the Global Management Concentration.
Prerequisites: MOB7202 or MOB7801
STR7559 Global Strategic Management
3 CreditsThis course is the only required course for those who seek a Global Management Concentration (Requirement A). The course aims at understanding the development and implementation of broad global strategies by businesses. The course expands students' strategic thinking and combines it with a global perspective. The strategic elements include business systems analysis, competitive strategies, key success factors, and strategic imperatives. We will look at a number of issues relevant to international business such as global opportunity analysis, market(s) selection, assessing international competitors, selecting generic or complex global strategies, geographic priority setting, resource allocation across geographies and products, global functional strategies, and organizational implications. Students learn to develop global strategies, paying attention to their implementation through organizational innovations such as fostering a global mindset within the organization and using global strategic alliances. Teaching is discussion driven and involves case analysis.