Classes

The Art and Practice of Systems Thinking

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020
How we explore the challenges we face is often framed by the approaches and strategies we use to examine them. This course in systems thinking assesses system behaviors by examining the entire system—including human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes—to get a holistic view into how organizations and individuals often look at the world, assess problems, and invent solutions. And since the way systems are designed determines outcomes, we also look at the intended and unintended consequences of various actions. Using nonlinear thinking to complement our typical... Read more about The Art and Practice of Systems Thinking

Strategic Management

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets both traditional and emerging. The way in which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This course introduces the concept of strategic management through case analyses, and considers the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The... Read more about Strategic Management

Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
With the developments of the world economy becoming ever more unpredictable, there is not only a need for executives to have a good idea what is happening around us right now—they need to also think about how the future could unfold, strategically. Even though this course is by no account claiming to be a crystal ball, it seeks to help executives and professionals gain a clearer understanding of the latest economic, social, and technological affairs happening around us. It is intended to build economic strategic thinking, grounded on competitiveness studies and social progress

Economics of Business

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
This course introduces economic concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the issues faced by business firms. These include the economic perspective on the nature, scale, and organization of the firm; the role of information and transactions costs in internal and external markets; principal-agent theory; contracting and the firm's relationships with customers and suppliers.

Sustainable Marketing and Branding

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018
This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully market sustainable products and services. At the end of the course students are able to understand the key elements of developing a successful marketing strategy and branding approach for a sustainable market offering. The course also reviews global trends and issues that influence sustainable product success.

Sustainable Marketing and Branding

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018
This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully market sustainable products and services. At the end of the course students are able to understand the key elements of developing a successful marketing strategy and branding approach for a sustainable market offering. The course also reviews global trends and issues that influence sustainable product success.

Principles of Real Estate

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018
This course offers practical, real-world knowledge for investing in real estate. It's designed both for those pursuing an active career in the industry as well as individuals interested in building wealth through passive real estate holdings. You learn what really drives land values. You explore how market forces shape your city and where to look for future growth. You practice spotting investment opportunities in the lifecycles of properties, neighborhoods, and cities. You study the four phases of the 18-year cycle which shape the real estate investment landscape. You receive hands-on... Read more about Principles of Real Estate

Sustainable Leadership for the 21st Century

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2018
This course aims to inspire and enable students to lead effective change toward environmental sustainability in a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, nonprofit, church, community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is and guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, interpersonal, organizational, and infrastructural dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are addressed. A variety of specific case studies and examples of sustainability in practice, including everything... Read more about Sustainable Leadership for the 21st Century

New Business Venturing

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
This course focuses on various dimensions of new business venturing and related business processes. Its aim is to prepare participants to effectively manage creativity in the process of generating ideas and converting them into astonishing new business ventures. The course provides a comprehensive foundation for additional learning in the context of entrepreneurship, more as practice than theory. The emphasis throughout the course is on drawing and synthesizing concepts, practices, and techniques from the functional areas of entrepreneurship and management, and implementing them on an... Read more about New Business Venturing

Managerial Accounting

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
This course introduces the basic principles, methods, and challenges of modern managerial accounting. It covers traditional topics such as job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, profitability analysis, relevant costs for decision making, and cost-plus pricing, as well as emerging topics such as activity-based cost (ABC) accounting. The material is examined from the perspective of students preparing to use management accounting information as managers, to support decision making such as pricing, product mix, sourcing, and technology decisions, and... Read more about Managerial Accounting

Business Rhetoric

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, memoranda, proposals, and presentations. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Corporate Sustainability Strategy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017
This course explores corporate sustainability through a collaboration with Harvard Business School Online. Leveraging HBS Online materials, including videos and case studies, we explore a variety of critical questions about how corporations are key actors in the drive towards a sustainable world. The course is organized around three modules from the HBS Online course Sustainable Business Strategy. These three modules (the business case for change, driving change at scale, and purpose driven... Read more about Corporate Sustainability Strategy

Organizational Behavior

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017
This course deals with human behavior in a variety of organizations. Conceptual frameworks, case discussions, and skill-oriented activities are applied to each topic. Topics include communications, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, and organizational design and development. Class sessions and assignments are intended to help participants acquire the skills that managers need to improve organizational relationships and performance.