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An introduction to financial accounting within the context of business transactions and business decisions. This course is a broad introduction to using accounting information from the user's perspective with little emphasis on traditional debits, credits, journal entries and ledgers. Emphasis is placed on preparing and understanding financial statements.
Matriculated MBA students or MSF or MSEM or MGFB Certificate or PSM or MPA or Doctor of Engineering majors or permission of MBA coordinator.
Prerequisite: Student must be matriculated and must have completed foundation core courses. Focuses on the manager's view as opposed to the accountant's view of the decision process and related quantitative and qualitative information needs. The course material examines accounting information that will achieve faster, better, and cheaper operations. New strategic cost management models, such as ABC and target costing, are explored and contrasted with traditional cost approaches.
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA students who have completed ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, MKTG.5010, POMS.5010, MGMT.5010, MGMT.5110 or permission of MBA coordinator.
In the new environment of change, accountants are increasingly called on to support strategy through increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. This course will examine the different ways that accountants can add value through an understanding of value chain activities, use of technology, and extending value chain activities to develop a sustainability strategy.
Pre-req: MSA or non-MSA students who have completed the prerequisite of 60.601.
Presents accounting as a system designed to meet the needs of external and internal users. Accounting information system concepts are emphasized. Topics include accounting transaction cycles, internal controls, and systems development processes.
This course introduces students to financial accounting and reporting issues related to stat and local government and non-profit organizations. Students will learn how to prepare, analyze, and interpret these entities financial statements.
An examination of cost data in ambiguous situations to assist managers in decision-making and strategy implementation. Emphasis is placed on advanced cost management for strategic planning, management control and, performance evaluation in multinational business entities.
Pre-req: MSA or MBA students who have completed the prerequisites of 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501, 66.501, 66.511 and 60.601 or permission of MBA Coordinator.
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Pre-req: Matriculated MBA students who have completed 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501, 66.501, 66.511, 60.601 or permission of MBA coordinator or MSA students or permission of MSA Coordinator.
Significant and rapid changes in accounting rules are impacting the financial reporting and analysis that management uses to make business decisions. This course will explore contemporary accounting topics that accounting professionals will face in the workplace and how the accompanying requirements are changing the way that companies and their business partners use, report, analyze, and interpret financial data. Subjects covered will vary as conditions change but may include International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Fair Value Measurements, Post-Retirement Benefits, Revenue Recognition, or other current accounting topics.
This course provides coverage of gross income and business deductions, and provides a comprehensive overview of the taxation of corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. This course will also cover the history of federal taxation, estate and gift taxes, and how the taxation of business entities fits into the entire tax system.
A comprehensive exposure at an intermediate level to accounting theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on applying underlying accounting theory to complex accounting measurement problems. The effects of alternative methods are considered throughout the entire course.
Pre-req: MSA or MBA students who have completed the prerequisites of 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501, 66.501, 66.511 and 60.601 with permission from the MSA Coordinator.
Corporate Financial Reporting - II is a comprehensive analysis of financial accounting topics involved in preparing financial statements and in external reporting that began in Corporate Financial Reporting- I. It includes topics such as current and long term liabilities and contingencies; stockholders' equity; dilutive securities and earnings per share calculations; investments; pensions; leases, financial statement analysis; the statement of cash flows; and full disclosure in financial reporting.
Fraud is an extremely costly business problem. Wells, Chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, estimates that all forms of corporate dishonesty from "cooking the books" to embezzling could run as high as $660 billion annually. Business owners, executives, managers and accountants will benefit from understanding the causes, types and scope of fraud, fraud prevention, fraud detection, and fraud investigation. This course will cover management fraud, employee embezzlement and other types of fraud. The principles and methodology of fraud prevention, detection and investigation (e.g., forensic accounting) will be discussed.
This course integrates International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into a financial accounting course and leverages comparisons between US GAAP and IFRS (the two most commonly applied sets of accounting standards in the world) to enhance the development of a "critical thinking" approach to financial accounting and reporting. The goal of the course it to enhance student understanding of the links between the underlying transactions, the application of reporting standards for those transactions, and the financial reports obtained from a global/international perspective. Accounting standards set in the US and internationally (US GAAP and IFRS) are guided by general concepts but the specifics of the standards, and national cultures across different countries and geographical areas. In this course, we will consider those differences to better understand both US GAAP and IFRS accounting standards and the financial reports produced by then. In addition, the course will provide students with a basic understanding of IFRS, a relatively new set of accounting standards gaining wide acceptance throughout the world and being considered for adoption within the US.
This course provides a more in-depth study of auditing topics including audit planning, evidence gathering and evaluation, professional standards and regulatory agencies, and a practical approach to accounting and auditing research. Applications will be drawn from public and private sector audits.
Pre-Req: MSA students, or permission of MSA Coordinator.
Fraud is an extremely costly business problem. Wells, Chairman of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, estimates that all forms of corporate dishonesty from "cooking the books" to embezzling could run as high as $660 billion annually. Business owners, executives, managers and accountants will benefit from understanding the causes, types and scope of fraud, fraud prevention, fraud detection, and fraud investigation. This course will cover management fraud, employee embezzlement and other types of fraud. The principles and methodology of fraud prevention, detection and investigation will be discussed.
This course situates accounting and organization management research in the context of scientific inquiry generally, and social science in particular. In introduces students to the philosophical background of epistemological and metaphysical issues, the framing of scientific research, theory development, and the formulation of testable hypotheses. Operationalization, measurement and validity issues are studied, and a wide range of research paradigms and methodologies for accounting and organization management research are introduced and illustrated.
This is part I of a two part doctoral seminar in Empirical Financial Accounting Research. This course introduces and develops a broad understanding of empirical accounting research in financial reporting. The intent is to provide an overview of archival research and an in-depth analysis of current financial accounting research. This course will focus on the types of questions and innovative methods accounting academics are currently pursuing and developing.
Pre-req: 60.751 Accounting Research Methodolog.
This is part II of a two part doctoral seminar in Empirical Financial Accounting Research. This course introduces and develops a broad understanding of empirical accounting research in financial reporting. The intent is to provide an overview of archival research and an in-dept analysis of current financial accounting research. This course will focus on the types of questions and innovative methods accounting academics are currently pursuing and developing.
Pre-req: 60.751 Accounting Research Methodology and 60.761 Empirical Financial Accounting Research I.
This course is designed to expose doctoral students to major research areas in auditing and corporate governance research, with an emphasis on primarily archival research and secondarily judgment and decision making research. In line with Empirical Financial Accounting Research, emphasis will be placed on a significant number of research topics and methods by participating in active discussions about challenging research opportunities and auditing and corporate governance research.
Pre-req: ACCT 7510 Accounting Research Methodology, and ACCT 7610 Empirical Financial Accounting Research I and ACCT 7620 Empirical Financial Accounting Research II.
Doctoral dissertation research.
The course will involve an on-going monthly presentation from across scholarly disciplines. Speakers will be drawn from local, national, and international universities. Attendance will be mandatory; PhD students should gain an appreciation for high level scholarship and corporate governance research.
Good standing in the BA-PhD program.
An internship, practicum or other type of employment that is either required by the student's academic program or an experience for which a student receives academic credit. To be eligible the student must be in legal F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time for one academic year. CPT work experience must be in the student's field of study and contain a curricular component.
This course is designed to help master's level students, often from fields outside of business, understand how technological and social innovations lead to new businesses and how those are created, funded, governed, and grown.
The Course is offered as a 2-week intensive experiential learning of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It is designed to help students to understand the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today's global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set among the students in the UMass Lowell Students will work in inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural environments exploring problem solving techniques, opportunities identification, business concept development and venture planning using standard business model framework and bringing ideas to reality.
The Course is offered as a 2-week intensive experiential learning of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It is designed to help students to understand the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today's global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set among the students in the UMass Lowell. Students will work inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural environments exploring problem solving techniques, opportunities identification, business concept development & Venture planning using standard business model framework and bringing ideas to reality.
This course focuses on strategies for financing innovation and new technology ventures both within a firm and on a stand-alone basis. Topics covered will include: different types of business organizations; different sources of funding including internal sources and external sources such as angel investors, venture capitalists, etc.; short-term and long-term financial planning and forecasting; business valuation; term sheet negotiation and exit strategies including mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. Each aspect of the course will be covered within the context of a business plan and venture life-cycle.
Pre-Req: MSITE program or PSM sub-plan or permission of Grad Prog Coordinator.
This course is designed for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. The focus is on entrepreneurship as generic activity. It explores the opportunities and challenges face by individuals who seek to start a new ventures and the probable career development paths that are available. For those who may be interested in starting or running a new business, the course will provide an essential foundation for this process, identify the skills and resources required, and explore the opportunities available to the young entrepreneur.
Matriculated MBA students who completed ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, MKTG.5010, POMS.5010, MGMT.5010,MGMT.5110 OR MSITE major OR New Venture Certificate OR PSM major OR MSA major OR permission of graduate program coordinator.
This course will enable students to understand the complexities involved in new innovation and technology-based product development. Through examples and exercises, students will be exposed to such topics as creative problem solving, customers/suppliers/partners involvements and inputs processes, integration among all functions, building and managing cross functional teams, rapid prototyping and development, creating a learning organization and measurements.
This course examines technological innovation and its relationship to value-creation and business strategy. Emphasis is placed on emerging scientific and technical innovations and the opportunities and challenges they present to both existing businesses and new venture entrepreneurs. The overall goal of this course is to help you to understand, appreciate and learn to manage the technology innovation process. Students examine innovation strategies, planning models, evaluation models, licensing and the commercialization process required to launch new businesses around innovative products and technologies.
This course focuses on entrepreneurship in established companies. Corporate Entrepreneurship (CE) is a process by which companies adopt a conscious strategy to encourage creativity, innovation, outside-the-box thinking, experimentation and risk taking. As a result, companies promoting and implementing CE strive for competitive advantages in rapidly changing global markets. The course will cover components of CE, developing & implementing CE strategies and managing CE.
This course discusses state of global entrepreneurship and the opportunities for it. It will cover different forms of global entrepreneurship, influences of macro forces and factors for global entrepreneurs consideration. The course will offer a structured approach to thinking and creating entrepreneurship beyond domestic markets and operations. It will present entrepreneurship framework, case studies, group projects and connections with global entrepreneurs to understand real-life global entrepreneurship.
Capstone I-New Venture Planning (64.680) and Capstone II-New venture Implementation (64.681) focus on technology commercialization, business planning and initial incubation of an early-stage business by project teams, and the development of an investment proposal to launch a new business. In Capstone I students will be exploring, identifying and analyzing the path "from Idea to Market" for technology and research projects. They will evaluate selected technology and research projects for commercial applications and explore different options available to productize and introduce these projects to market. Where appropriate, teams will complete a new venture business plan and launch a new business (Capstone II). These two courses together will comprise the M.S.I.T.E program Capstone experience and will require students to actually develop these commercialization projects. Each student team will be assigned to a faculty member(s) who will instruct and guide them throughout this process. In addition to M.S.I. T. E. students, Capstone I may be taken by M.B.A. students as an elective and students in the New Venture Certificate program.
Capstone I-New Venture Planning (64.680) and Capstone II-New Venture Implementation (64.681) focus on technology commercialization, business planning and initial incubation of an early-stage business by project teams, and the development of an investment proposal to launch a new business. In Capstone I students will be exploring, identifying and analyzing the path "from Idea to Market" for technology and research projects. They will evaluate selected technology and research projects for commercial applications and explore different options available to productize and introduce these projects to market. Where appropriate, teams will complete a new venture business plan and launch a new business (Capstone II). These two courses together will comprise the M.S.I.T.E program Capstone experience and will require students to actually develop these commercialization projects. Each student team will be assigned to a faculty member(s) who will instruct and guide them throughout this process. Capstone II may only be taken by students in the M.S.I.T.E. program.
MSITE program OR permission of Graduate Coordinators.
This course is designed for an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur that focuses on key marketing concepts, methods, and strategic issues relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs and new ventures within an established company. It will give students a broad and deep understanding of such topics; Entrepreneurship and marketing; Marketing Opportunities; Market Development; Distribution strategy; pricing Strategy; Customer Relationship Strategy; Communication Strategy; and Effective use of Social Media. Start-up entrepreneurs and intrapeneurs face the challenge of matching large resources of established companies and thus have to utilize different ("entrepreneurial") marketing methods to succeed."
Pre-Req: Matriculated MBA students, MBA Foundation Core, MSITE program, or PSM sub-plan, or permission of Grad Prog Coordinator
This is a full-semester seminar devoted to the diverse field of entrepreneurship. During the semester, we will cover seminal articles as well as contemporary topics and debates. Our emphasis is on reading and discussing academic articles from various perspectives on entrepreneurship. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussions as well as prepare a research proposal.
The course investigates the extant literature on innovation within the confines of an established organization. Corporate entrepreneurship is concerned with firm level entrepreneurship, specifically the notion of strategic renewal. Specific attention will be paid to underlying theoretical constructs associated with innovation, such as risk, culture, top management disposition, as well as their affect on organizational performance.
In this course, students will become familiar with and develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, models, and paradigms that collectively form the foundation for corporate entrepreneurship. The purpose is to develop a keen awareness of major gaps that exist in the literature. Students will develop the ability to critically integrate findings from the literature and strengthen the skills needed to conduct original research in the related areas.
Pre-Req: Business-PhD Students only or permission of the Instructor.
This seminar is on the progress of the scholarly research on innovation and new product development. Topics include: types, drivers, and outcomes of innovation; new product development processes, how innovations and new products can help an organization develop a sustainable competitive advantage.
This course examines current topics facing entrepreneurs and companies in strategic marketing of their innovative products and services. The specific issues covered include customers risk and value perceptions, buyer-seller relations, customer lifetime value, international
Introduces students to the finance function in a firm. Students are exposed to a variety of analytical techniques and to theory applied to financial decision making. Study will include effects of major financial decisions such as investment, financing and dividends on the value of a firm, in the light of their risk-return relationship under the assumption that the maximization of shareholder wealth is the goal of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs or Permission of MBA Director.
ACCT.5010 AND MBA, MSEM or MGFB Certificate or PSM or Doctor of Engineering majors or permission of MBA coordinator.
Relates working capital strategy, capital investment analysis, long-term financing, and capital structure decisions in a risk-return framework to the dynamics of the firm and the market in which it operates.
Pre-Req: Matriculated MBA Manning who have completed ACCT.5010,FINA.5010,MKTG.5010,POMS.5010,MGMT.5010 and MGMT.5110 OR Matriculated MSF who have completed ACCT.5010 and FINA.5010 OR permission of MBA coordinator or MSA or MS ITE students.
This course covers advanced topics of financial decision-making concepts such as financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, different forms of debt and equity financing, leasing, and real options. The course includes techniques to incorporate uncertainty in financial analysis, to hedge corporate risk, and to restructure a firm through leveraged buyouts or under bankruptcy protection. It also includes advanced topics such as real options, theories of behavioral corporate finance, and the process to navigate extraordinary financial situations such as financial restructuring and liquidation.
Pre-req: FINA.6010 Corporate Finance.
This course examines the process by which takeovers and other corporate control transactions take place. Of particular interest will be the empirical evidence of capital market reactions to control transactions, to defensive measures by management against takeover bids and the valuation effects of these activities. We will also investigate restructuring activities that have significant effects on firm assets, liabilities, and equity claims, as well as their underlying economic motives. A Major focus will be the interaction of strategic planning, valuation, financial strategies, and investment decisions in the life cycle of the firm. This course is indispensable for those who plan to pursue careers in corporate finance, investment banking, private equity, and management consulting.
This course examines the interactions between changing perceptions of macroeconomic conditions and movements in the prices and yields on financial market instruments. The orientation of this course is heavily institutional with emphasis on helping students develop a "Wall Street" perspective on asset choice and the likely impact of macroeconomic conditions and policies on financial market prices. At the same time, the dependence of macroeconomic policy outcomes on global financial markets' expectations of future real growth in the US and in the world economy, expectations of inflation, sovereign default risk and of interest rates will be stressed.
This course introduces to students a comprehensive financial statement analysis and valuation framework that integrates financial reporting, financial analysis and valuation, and the application of this framework to fundamental analysis. This course provides students with hands-on experience in financial statement analysis. Students will be introduced to general tools of financial analysis, theoretical concepts, and practical valuation issues. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable with using firms financial statements to develop an understand of their performance and to establish a basis for making reasonable valuation estimates.
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA Professional, MSF, or MSA students who have completed 60.501, 61.501, 62.502, 63.501, 66.501, and 66.511 or permission of MBA coordinator.
This course introduces the student to the main theories and practice of investments and portfolio management. The student will learn about various investment opportunities including real and financial assets; the investment environment including the money and capital markets; the investment process including identification of goals, data gathering and analysis etc.; and, decision making under a changing market environment. The material covered will include: selection of assets - with special emphasis on securities selection through technical analysis and fundamental analysis, computation of risk and return of individual assets, asset allocation and portfolio formation, computation of risk and return of portfolios, measurement of portfolio performance and rebalancing of portfolios. Also included in the material will be topics such as the "pyramid" approach, forecasting and the use of indicators and, market and industry indexes, models such as the CAPM, bond and stock valuation, mutual funds, domestic versus global investment etc.
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA, MSF, or MSA students who have completed FINA.5010 Business Financial Analysis, ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting , or permission of MBA/MSF coordinator.
This course develops investment theory as applicable to portfolio management and securities selection. Topics covered include identification of investor goals, identification of investment opportunities in real and financial assets under volatile capital market conditions as well as analysis and decision making under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Related concepts include technical analysis and fundamental analysis, pyramid approach to investing, changing risk and return through asset allocation and portfolio formation, valuation of basic securities and rebalancing of portfolios.
Pre-req: FINA.6210 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management.
Financial securities whose valuation depends on interest rates, such as Treasury securities, municipal bonds, and corporate bonds are called Fixed Income Securities. In this course, students will learn how to value and manage the risk of these securities.
Analysis of the theory and practice of financial intermediation by institutions in the financial markets, including debt, equity, and foreign exchange markets. Study of the role of financial intermediaries including commercial banks, investment banks, and brokers. Other topics include financial market policy making and regulation in financial markets with an aim to understanding the rationale and nature of such policies and regulations.
This course will provide an in depth survey of some of the major regulatory regimes within which the global financial services industry operates. Participants will learn the principles and techniques required to establish and maintain an effective compliance regime consistent with a strong ethical corporate culture. The course will rely upon examination of real-world examples; and, students will participate in a significant case study, requiring them to design an effective compliance program for a hypothetical firm operating in multiple jurisdictions.
Pre-req: FINA.6010 Corporate Finance, and Matriculated status in the MBA, or MSF, or MSA programs, or permission of the Graduate Program Director.
This course deals with the theoretical and practical approaches to effective financial risk management. It covers risk management techniques for corporations and for management of equity, bond, derivatives and investment portfolios. Topics include measurement of corporate risk exposure, portfolio risk exposure and value at risk (VAR) for financial institutions; risk and diversification, modern portfolio theory, concentrated equity positions, portfolio benchmarking, the importance of asset allocations; market risk management, currency risk exposures, credit risk management, interest rate risks, and operational & integrated risk management; and computer applications.
The primary emphases in this course are the valuation and practical application of derivatives for both hedging and speculation. Topics include the characteristics of options, forward contracts, futures, and swaps; arbitrage and the valuation of derivatives; creating value and profit diagrams; and the structure of the derivatives markets. Ethical and economic issues associated with the use of derivatives as reported in the current financial press are also covered.
Pre-req: FINA.5010 Business Financial Analysis.
Pre-Requisites: MBA Foundation Core and 61.601, or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Pre-Req: 61.601 Corporate Finance, MBA Foundation Core, or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Topics of current interest in Finance. Subject matter to be announced in advance. For a current semester course title, please log on to ISIS, the Inter-Campus Student Information System.
The international dimension of the finance function of the firm. Financial constraints of the international environment and their effect on the standard concepts of financial management. The techniques of adapting risk analysis to the international situation. Study of international currency flows, monetary systems, forward cover and international banking policies.
MBA Professionals only or Masters of Accounting or Masters of Finance or permission of MBA coordinator.
This doctoral-level course will introduce students to financial economics and the research methodology that supports advancement in the field. One major course objective is to provide the core theoretical foundations on which the various subfields, such as corporate finance and investments, rely upon. The second objective is to become familiar with financial data and the methodology to test the empirical evidence to validate theoretical arguments. Topics will include utility theory under uncertainty, stochastic dominance, state preference theory, mean-variance portfolio theory, asset pricing, and contingent claims pricing. Topics that support corporate finance, such as information asymmetry and agency theory, will also be introduced.
This course covers topics in corporate finance including agency theory, theory of the firm, market for corporate control, financing policy, and dividend policy, among others.
This course covers topics in optimal portfolio choice and asset pricing including discrete-time and continuous time models for portfolio choice and security prices, Black-Scholes model of asset pricing, and general-equilibrium asset pricing models, among others.
Doctoral Student in good standing or with Instructor's Permission.
This course is a doctoral level seminar covering both theoretical and empirical research in the area of corporate finance.
This course is a doctoral level seminar covering both theoretical and empirical research in the area of investments and asset pricing.
This course is an -in-depth analysis of contingent claims valuation. Financial assets considered will include European and American style options, forwards, futures, swaps, real options, and corporate securities.
This course investigates issues in corporate financial management for multinational firms including foreign exchange forecasting and risk management, multinational capital budgeting, multinational capital structure, and international financial markets.
This is a doctoral level course covering both theoretical and empirical research in an area of finance as determined by the instructor.
The course will involve an on-going monthly presentation from across scholarly disciplines. Speakers will be drawn from local, national, and international universities. Attendance will be mandatory; PhD students should gain an appreciation for high level scholarship. and corporate governance research.
Introduces students to management and organizational behavior. Its general purpose is to study and understand the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. It is directed toward behavioral action components and emphasizes the close relationship between the study of organizational behavior and the practice of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director.
An internship, practicum or other type of employment that is either required by the student's academic program or an experience for which a student receives academic credit. To be eligible the student must be in legal F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time for one academic year. CPT work experience must be in the student's field of study and contain a curricular component. Contact the Manning School of Business Graduate Programs office for additional details.
To be taken as last course in foundation core. Is an integrated investigation of global competitive issues to help students understand the processes of organization and technological innovation which permit businesses to achieve competitive advantages in a global environment. This course also deals with the nature and techniques of industry analysis necessary to the formulation of effective global strategy for the firm.
Pre-req: ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, MKTG.5010, POMS.5010, MGMT.5010, and MBA or MGFB Certificate or PSM or Doctor of Engineering majors or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Is designed for science and other non-business professionals seeking to excel as managers. This course will introduce core business principles. Starting with
managing ourselves, and others, we will move through the functional business
disciplines. There will be weekly, theme-based case studies and related articles
that will provide ample opportunity to work individually and in teams. The goal
of this course is to build your knowledge of business principles and develop the
analytic and practical skills necessary to contribute in decision-making and
Examines how business enterprises are designed, managed and changed to operate efficiently and perform effectively within their competitive environments. It critically examines organizations that vary in terms of such characteristics as size, complexity, goals, and technology as they operate under different circumstances and at various stages of their life cycles. The role and impact of individual managers receive particular attention.
This course examines leadership theory and research with an emphasis on preparing students for the leadership challenges they face in their professional careers. Topic covered include: the difference between management and leadership; the role of experience; effective use of power and influence; leader traits and characteristics; and the situational factors leaders must assess in facilitating group effectiveness and teambuilding. Students will have the opportunity throughout the course to develop specific leadership skills and practice these skills through exercises, applied reading and class projects.
Pre-req: ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting, FINA.5010 Business Financial Analysis, MKTG.5010 Marketing Fundamentals, POMS.5010 Operations Fundamentals, MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior, and MGMT.5110 Global Enterprise and Competition.
This course addresses the issues involved in doing business overseas, and how it differs form purely domestic business. It surveys the changing international business landscape, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that company decision makers face in the global marketplace, and the factors that influence their decision to internationalize. Special attention is given to the broad concept of globalization - of markets and production - multinational enterprises include: governments, central banks, financial markets, regional and multilateral institutions (e.g., World Band, IMF, WTO), and the role of individuals who shape the international environment.
Pre-Requisite: MBA Foundation Core.
Pre-Req: MBA, Business Certificate, Doctor of Engineering programs, or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Management Consulting is a global industry with over 4200 billion in annual revenue. This course provides students with an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of the consulting industry; how consulting firms are organized; project proposal writing; project life cycles; management of the consultant-client relationship; and consulting processes and tools relevant to the management and organizational issues many companies often face and that consultants often address. Upon completion of the course students will have a sufficient understanding of the consulting profession to explore this field as a potential career option.
One critical determinant of success in an on-going corporate venture or launch of a new product, service or company is the performance of teams. This course examines the key roles of leader and follower in the development of project teams in both start startups and existing companies. It will address issues relating to team composition, team member capabilities, and team dynamics as teams develop and change over time. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills necessary for effective team performance.
Workforce analytics is the use of empirical data to improve the management of an organization's human resources. The goal is for students to develop analytical literacy that will enable them to understand and apply fundamental analytic techniques, engage knowledgeably with data scientists in the application of more complex forms of analysis, interpret the analytical reporting of others with greater sophistication, and apply empirical evidence to employee-related decisions. The course emphasizes the link between workforce analytics and strategic decision making at all levels of leadership that will guide strategic performance management, talent development, and optimal investment in human capital. It is thus a high value leadership tool central to the achievement of organizational goals.
An introduction to the primary human resource functions-job design, recruitment, selection, training, managing workforce diversity, employee development, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, with an emphasis on how these functions are affected by Equal Employment Opportunity requirements. 3 credits
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA Manning; ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, MKTG.5010, POMS.5010, MGMT.5010, MGMT.5110 and MIST.6010 or permission of Grad Prog Coordinator.
This reading and discussion course for advanced MBA students explores the new skill and performance requirements imposed on middle managers by globalization and technology. Particular attention is given to emerging organizational forms that expand the emphasis on such things as individual free agency, the creation and synthesis of innovations, internal entrepreneurship, influence without authority and the coordination of activities over remote work sites.
Automation, artificial intelligence, and other disruptive technologies are changing the fundamental nature and characteristics of work. This tidal wave of change is being referred to as the "future of work." The purpose of this course is to help students understand these shifts to make them become better managers, entrepreneurs and strategist. Specifically, it will enable students to: 1) identify and understand the technological drivers that are changing the nature of work; 2) assess the industry implications of such changes; 3 examine how these larger changes are affecting how we organize and strategize; 4) understand the challenges of implementing new approaches to work; and 5) assess the ways in which individuals can adapt to the new work environment.
This course exposes students to managerial challenges in the digital economy with a focus on platform businesses such as Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and others. Also addressed are the challenges faced by traditional firms in competing and interacting with platform firms. The course considers strategic and organizational issues, and explores subjects such as open and user innovation, crowdsourcing, ecosystem-based business models, and building and managing network effects. It is highly interactive case-based.
Prerequisite: MBA Foundation Core and 66.601, or permission of MBA Coordinator
Pre-Req: 66.601 Managing Organizational Change and MBA Foundation Core, or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Topics of current interest in Management. Subject matter to be announced in advance. For a current semester course title, please log onto ISIS, the Inter-Campus Student Information System. Please see "notes" for the class to see the full description for individual topics.
Reviews strategies for positioning a firm within its competitive environment. Fundamental concepts in strategic management; role of the CEO, levels and components of strategy, competitive analysis, and formulation and implementation of strategy are explored. Pre-Requisite: MBA Advanced Core.
Pre-req: ACCT.6010 Acct. Info. for Mgmt. Decisions, and FINA.6010 Corporate Finance, and MKTG.6010 Customers and Markets, and MIST.6010 Mgmt. Info.Sys., and POMS.6010 Operations Mgmt., and MGMT.6010 Managing Organization Design and Change.
Seminar will address study design, including but not limited to methods, hypothesis development and testing, reliability, and validity.
Expanding beyond Research Design Methods I Student will begin the design of a research project which considers the range of research methodologies and the implications of their use.
This course will help students develop a strong understanding of the theoretical lineage of leadership, from great man theory and trait theory up until more recent dynamic leadership theories. In addition to an understanding of the historical theoretical development, students will also gain an appreciation of current knowledge concerning leadership.
This course will examine the manner and nature in which leaders make decisions, specifically decisions as it relates to the larger organization. The course will draw from a diverse spectrum of organizational theories, such as economics, behavioral economics, and psychology. Additionally, we will examine the manner which heuristics, bias and perception influence otherwise rationale decisions. The course will also examine decision making dynamics within the confines of senior leadership teams.
The course will focus on research that examines leaders within the context of organizations that are undergoing significant change and restructuring initiatives. Specific attention will be paid to the moderating role of leadership on change and organizational outcome. Numerous research streams will be examined including but not limited to leaders ability to interpret shifts in the environment, leaders role in various phases of the change process, the role of leaders in addressing culture within change efforts, and leaders' ability to manage continuous change and strategic renewal.
This course will focus on ethics as it pertains to organizational leaders. Theoretical principles underlying business ethics, specifically as it related to organizational leaders will be addressed, such as the role leaders play in establishing ethics within the organization, the manner in which ethics impacts top management team decision making, and ethical culture.
Students will be expected to establish a relationship with a faculty member and develop and submit a paper to a top academic conference within their first two years.
This course focuses on the theories that explain the manner in which organizations form, behave, thrive, and decline. The course will draw from the contemporary literature in organization theory. Specific attention will paid to the major school of thought including but not limited too classical management theory, bureaucracy, behavioral decision theory, contingency theory, resource dependence theory, population ecology theory, organizational economic theory, institutional theory, and network theory.
The doctoral seminar in organizational behavior focuses on theoretical perspectives that explain individual behavior and social processes in organizational settings. The course will draw on literature at the micro and meso levels of analysis. It will provide a broad exposure to the major research domains of this discipline such as motivation, organizational justice, decision making, leadership, power, and organizational change. Emphasis will be placed on critical evaluation of existing paradigms and emerging trends.
This doctoral seminar will provide an in-depth review of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that characterize organizational leadership research, and provide an overview of the empirical research stemming from these frameworks. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and an ability to engage in the scholarly discourse surrounding leadership. The course will also help students develop their ideas regarding their own contribution to the field.
Examines the larger context of technology, specifically the role that government policy plays in stimulating technology industry clusters. The course will focus on public policy, public economics, and drivers for government support Specific attention will be paid to research that examines national and regional competitiveness, as it related to role of state and federal government. The class will address comparative policies with other developing economics, such as China and India. Significant emphasis will be placed of the competitiveness of the U.S. technology industries, such as pharmaceuticals, information technology, etc. Students will be expected to put forth original research that addresses current public and business policy concerns, such as whether or not the United States is in decline? Such introspection is not only meant to be provocative, but relevant to the current discussion going on in business policy and public policy circles.
The aim of the doctoral seminar is to help students develop an advanced understanding of the evolution of international business theories and the present state of international business literature. It introduces a variety of economic and management theories as well as their relevance and application in the field of international business, including models of international trade, product cycle model, competitive advantage model, eclectic paradigm, etc... The course also discusses selected research topics on international trade, international production, and multinational enterprise practices with emphasis on theoretic contributions to international business study.
Pre-Req: 66.511 Global Enterprise and Competition
This seminar provides an in-dept review of the evolution of the multinational enterprise and the theoretical and empirical literature on international management research. In introduces multiple theoretical lenses through which multinational enterprise management practices can be studied, including international economics, organizational behavior, strategic management, organizational theory, and public policy. The topics include culture, global corporate strategy, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, corporate governance and organizational form cross-nationally and international human resource management issues. It emphases on developing a critical understanding of theory, concept development, research design and research results within the field of international management.
The course is designed to provide students with an overview of methodologies (specifically multivariate data analysis) used in international business research. In the process, students will also tackle methods in international business research and what it takes to write a high-impact international business article.
This course will focus on the various schools of thought for explaining firm performance variance, specifically industry structure, competitive advantage, and competitive position.
This class would primarily be an onsite placement in a country/region worked out between the student and their advising committee. Prior to the onsite placement, student would go through an in-depth review of issues related to the overseas placement: economic, technical, financial, management, political, legal, organizational formalities and issues. Of particular importance would be a demonstration of language skills necessary to work successfully in the specific area of the world.
This course will involve mandatory attendance at on-going monthly presentations by invited scholars from local, national, and international universities. The goal of the course is to enhance PhD student appreciation for, and familiarity with, high quality research in various business-related disciplines.
Examines computer technologies, database management, and data communications as vehicle to improve and/or restructure business processes and decision making effectiveness to create competitive advantage.
This course provides students with in-dept knowledge for modeling, designing, implementing, and managing database systems for operational and decision support purposes. Topics covered include relational database model, entity-relationship modeling, normalization, SQL language, data warehousing, data quality and integration, data and database administration, and object-oriented database.
Pre-req: MIST.6010 Management information systems, and Matriculated MS Business Analytics, or Business Analytics Certificate, or Permission of Program Coordinator.
This Course introduces the concepts and technologies of business intelligence and data mining. The course studies how data-oriented business intelligence techniques can be used by organizations to gain competitive advantages, as well as how to design and develop these techniques. Topics include classification, clustering, association analysis, prediction, and text and web mining. Data-mining related ethical issues will also be discussed.
This course provides a foundation on digital commerce and e-business for MBA students. It will cover both technological and managerial aspects of managing e-business operations in either a traditional or pure "dot.com" organization. Issues covered include interactive marketing and market-spaces, agent-based commerce and intelligent markets, electronic shopping carts, user interface issues, EDI transaction via Extranets, database interfaces, personalization and targeted communications, security, encryption, and payment systems, privacy and intellectual property.
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA Manning; ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, MKTG.5010, POMS.5010, MGMT.5010, MGMT.5110 and MIST.6010 or permission of MBA Coordinator.
This course, an MBA elective, will focus on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that integrate information spanning the functional boundaries within an organization. ERP systems include like SAP/R3, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) like Seibel, Tariva, etc. The goals of the course are to help students understand ERP systems and their underlying components and technologies, the implications of implementing ERP in organizations. Course will cover management and technical issues during the pre-implementation, installation, and post-installation stages of the ERP and/or CRM software in organizations. This course will cover topics such as: ES planning, business process re-engineering, selection of ES software and vendors, role of outside consultants, budgeting and resource planning, systems conversion, testing, user training, stabilization, role of top management, IT staff, consultants, design teams, and employee, and other topics.
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA students who have completed 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501, 66.501, 66.511 and 63.601 or MSA students or Perm of MBA Coordinator.
Independent Study in MIST
This course examines in detail, the two major technologies for establishing the Information Technology (IT) architecture & Infrastructure in an organization Topics include Multi-user Database environments, review of IT architectures, the migration of legacy systems, network (WAN, LAN) design, deployment, and management, and role of the Internet, Extranet, and Intranet.
Pre-req: 63.601 Management of Information Systems or permission of instructor.
This course introduces the concepts and technologies of social network analysis. The course studies how social media analytics can be used by organizations to gain competitive advantages, as well as how to develop and implement the techniques of network analysis. We cover graph theory, graph database, social influence , community detection, information diffusion, and applications of network analysis of recommendation and feature selections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will possess a working knowledge of many concepts of social media analytics and associated techniques and will be able to solve real-world data-driven decision problems at strategic, tactical, and operational levels.
Pre-req: MIST.6010 Management Information Systems, or Matriculated MS Business Analytics or permission of program coordinator.
This course provides students with knowledge and skills to process data for business analytics. Topics include data quality requirement and data preparation for business analytics, impact of data quality on analytics, and methods for assessing and improving data quality in the context of business analytics.
The course will cover advanced data mining techniques with applications in different business domains. Students will be introduced to advanced analytic solutions aimed at addressing issues related to big data including volume, variety, and velocity. Topics will focus on performing descriptive and predictive analytics through programmatic analytic platforms as well as text analytics techniques for unstructured or semi-structured data. Concepts will be introduced through a hands-on approach using state-of-the-art analytic platforms and tools.
Pre-req: MIST.6060 Data Mining for bus. Intel., or POMS.6120 Stat. for Predictive Analytics, or POMS.6220 Decision Analytics, or Permission of Program Coordinator.
This course examines information privacy and security from various perspectives. The course provides students with in-depth understanding of the privacy and security issues due to advances in information technology, as well as related legal, organizational, social and economic implications and consequences. The course also explores approaches to analyze, design and implement the privacy and security components/functions of information systems.
This course will focus on managing innovation and technology projects and the critical role that a project manager plays in successful execution. Topics included in the course are: project planning, deliverables, managing quality, change management, documentation, communication, risks management, project team and human resource management approaches and creating and managing expectations.
Application and integration of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) areas to managing information technology (IT) projects. Focuses on project management tools and techniques for defining and managing the project's goal, scope, schedule, and budget. Other topics include quality management, risk management, change management, and knowledge management as they are related to IT projects.
Pre-Req: MIST.6010 or permission of Instructor or MBA office.
Students will be guided through the process of developing and delivering a business analytics project to support decision making in organizations. In this culminating project, students draw on the breadth and depth of the curriculum to address an industry supplied problem in small teams. The capstone project will involve application of industry accepted methodologies and analytical tools to solve real-world problems in R&D, marketing, supply chain, healthcare, finance and/or other disciplines.
Pre-req: MIST.6030 Business Database Management, and MIST.6060 Business Intelligence and Data Mining, and POMS.6120 Stat. for Predictive Analytics, and POMS.6220 Decision Analytics, or Permission of MS Business Analytics Program Coordinator.
Selected topics having current and future impact in the field of MIS. Subject matter to be announced in advance.
This course introduces the concepts and technologies of data analytics and data mining for transforming data into insight and business intelligence. The course studies how the data-driven analytics technologies can be used by organizations to gain competitive advantages, and how to design and develop these technologies. Topics include data integration, data transformation, prediction, classification, clustering, association, text mining, optimization, model and performance evaluation, and data-mining related privacy and ethical issues.
Pre-req: ECON 2110 Statistics for Business and Econmonics I or equivalent, MIST.3050 Application Systems Development or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
This course provides a foundation on digital commerce and e-business research for PhD. students. It will cover both technological and managerial aspects of managing e-business operations in either a pure (Dot.Com) organization or traditional organization (bricks-and-click). Issues covered include interactive marketing and market-spaces, agent-based commerce and intelligent markets, electronic shopping carts, user interface issues, EDI transaction via Extranets, database interfaces, personalization and targeted communications, security, encryption, and payment systems, privacy and intellectual property. Students will be conducting literature review in each of these key e-business areas and identify potential future research directions.
Pre-req: 49.731 Statistics.
The course will focus on implementation issues with Enterprise Systems (also called Enterprise Resource planning -- ERP) which integrate the informational and functional boundaries within organization. The goals of the course are to help students understand the underlying ERP components and technologies, change management, and process integration in organization. Conceptual models will be analyzed on topics such as business process management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, privacy and security, and outsourcing issues as related to the implementation of enterprise systems. Students will be assessed through case analysis, exams , and research paper proposals.
An opportunity for the student to carry out individualized study relating to the field of Management Information Systems under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Pre-requisites: MBA Foundation Core and Permission of MBA Coordinator
This course introduces statistical methods and techniques for multivariate data analysis. The course studies basic ideas underlying multivariate statistical methods and covers various applications of multivariate statistical analysis. The course discusses the design of a multivariate study, the choice of a multivariate method, the procedure of multivariate statistical analysis, and the interpretation of the analysis results. Topics include multivariate normal distribution, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance (MANOVA and MACOVA), principal components, factor analysis, structure equation modeling, canonical correlation, discriminant analysis, and cluster analysis.
This course covers the concepts,, practices, processes, tools, techniques and resources used by information system (IS) project managers. The entire project life cycle will be covered from project initiation to project termination. The course will closely apply the framework of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) to carry out IT projects. The course will focus on how to manage the scope, schedule, budget and change of projects, with research emphasis on information systems and information technology projects.
This course focuses on the contemporary topics in information systems research. The materials discussed in this course will be selected form leading IS research publications. Subject areas may be organizational, social, or technological in nature. Research methodologies may be empirical, computational or economics oriented. This course will normally be taught by multiple faculty members jointly.
This course addresses one or more topics having current or future impact on the research fields of Information Systems. Topics can change at each course offering. Typically, the course will focus on emerging research streams in Management Information Systems, exploring new techniques and research methodologies used in the literature that yield high-impact research results.
Describes how marketing strategies and plans of a competitive enterprise are formulated, implemented, and adjusted over time. Behavioral and quantitative aspects are covered, as well as analysis of the environmental forces affecting marketing decisions. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director.
Prerequisite: Student must be matriculated and have finished foundation core. Pursues the development of comprehensive and integrated marketing plans using industry/competitor analysis, market value chains, and forecasting. An emphasis is given to business-to-business marketing situations which require an in-depth analysis of the firms' complex organizational behavior and evolving buyer-seller relationship.
Pre-Req: Matriculated MBA students with completed MBA Foundation Core; or permission of MBA Coordinator.
This course offers students the opportunity to understand how sales management is conducted in small entrepreneurial organizations and large established enterprises. Topics include aligning the sales function with overall organizational objectives, integrating sales into the value delivery process, recruiting a talented sales team and meeting enterprise goals through target setting, compensation schemes, effective use of sales automation systems, and the importance of the Internet and other emerging technologies in the sales discipline. The course will explore the range of sales skills from the consultative selling of complex deals to transactional account management, as well as structural options such as product specialization, customer segment focus and territory alignment.
This course combines a strategic view of digital marketing and its challenges and opportunities with a tactical approach whereby through case studies, interactive sessions, class exercises, and client projects, students learn about the latest research and best practices in the industry. Topics to be covered include digital marketing strategy, digital marketing and business model innovation, social media marketing, search engine optimization, mobile marketing, video marketing, web analytics and measurement, legal and security issues, and multichannel integration. Students will leave the course with a working knowledge of the tools and processes for creating, managing, and executing digital marketing plans.
In this course students will learn and apply various marketing research techniques that will enable them to make soundly based decisions about new products or services in either an existing firm or new venture. Some of the topics covered include: assessing customer needs, estimating market demand, deciding the features of a proposed product/service and the price that would be most attractive in its target market. The course will provide students with an overview of key marketing concepts, and understanding of the statistical methodology behind market research techniques and practical application of these techniques through cases and projects.
This course gives students a comprehensive view of marketing planning activity related to foreign markets. It is aimed a developing your understanding of the various dimensions in a business enterprise that are influenced by marketing. Marketing is a leading, integrated activity that influences the enterprise as a whole. Understanding of key trends in the global context and how they might affect a firm's marketing activity is fundamental for all employees, particularly marketers, executive management and the leadership team including the CEO, and managers at all levels in various functions of the company. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating subject in business management.
Pre-Req: Matriculated MBA students who have completed 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501,66.501 and 66.511, or MSITE program or PSM sub-plan or MSA students or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Pre-Requisite: MBA Foundation Core and 62.601 or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Pre-Req: 62.601 and MBA Foundation Core, or permission of MBA Coordinator.
Topics of current interest in Marketing. Subject matter to be announced in advance. For a current semester course title, please log on to ISIS, the Inter-Campus Student Information System
Pre-req: Matriculated MBA students who have completed 60.501, 61.501, 62.501, 63.501, 66.501, 66.511 or MSA students or permission of MBA coordinator.
The doctoral seminar is designed to expose students to the cutting-edge research in marketing models and discuss the relevance and implications of these marketing theories in a global business environment. It covers various research topics including pricing, new product development, marketing, brand management, and consumer behavior in a cross-national setting, with emphasis on developing a critical understanding of theory, concept development, research design, and research results within the field of international marketing.
Provides students with an introduction to operations management and operations analysis. The latter furnishes the student with a set of quantitative tools which are useful in designing and operating the former. These techniques are also generally applicable to other functional areas/courses within the MBA Program. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director.
Curricular Practical Training
Examines the strategic and tactical operations processes of manufacturing and service firms that foster global competitiveness. This course focuses on traditional and newer approaches including just-in-time, total quality management, MRP, flexible manufacturing systems, and capacity and management that lead to an integrated operations strategy. Cost reductions, flexibility, and market responsiveness are also considered.
Supply chain management has become a crucial factor in the success of many leading organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit companies, government agencies, and humanitarian relief efforts. This course will start with principles and concepts of supply chain management, tracing the flows of materials, funds, and information required to develop and deliver products and services around the globe. Topics covered include sourcing, logistics, demand planning, and inventory management, along with the use of quality tools and lean methodologies to improve supply chain operations and develop supplier relationships. This course will also discuss the challenges, key issues, and trends in global supply chain management, such as sustainability, disruptions, security, and innovation.
This course introduces statistical methods and techniques for predictive analytics. This is part of the business-analytics umbrella of courses. The main focus of this course is on regression, a powerful and widely used predictive method. Topics covered include simple linear regression, multiple regression, variable selection, model diagnostics, and systems of regression equations. The course also covers classification techniques using statistical methods such as linear discriminant function and logistic regression. Spreadsheet software, such as MS Excel, and statistical software, such as SAS and R, will be heavily utilized.
Pre-req: POMS.6010 Operations Management, or Matriculated MS Business Analytics, or Business Analytics Certificate, or matriculated MS Engineering Management, or permission of program coordinator.
This course introduces important statistical techniques in business analytics such as time series analyses, multivariate analyses, and fundamental concepts in casual inferences. This course is practice-oriented with a focus on business contexts such as housing finance, e-commerce and online marketing.
Pre-req: POMS.6120 Stat. for Predictive Analytics, or MIST.6060 Business Intelligence & Data Mining, or Permission of Program Coordinator.
This course covers the three main facets of business analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Students will gain the knowledge of managerial decision-making (commonly referred to as data analytics, decision support systems-DSS, data mining). Some of the business analytic topics covered include neural networks, decision trees, support vector machines, k-means, association rule mining, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Data Envelopment Analysis, expert systems, optimization, and simulation.
This course covers principles and techniques of applied mathematical modeling for managerial decision making. Emphasis is on the methods of prescriptive analytics, including optimization models, decision analysis, simulation modeling, and risk analysis. Problems studied will include applications in finance, health care, marketing, operations, and management. Cases studies will be used extensively to demonstrate the practical use of models to improve managerial decision making. In addition to developing and applying models, emphasis will be placed on explaining the models and interpreting their results.
Pre-requisites: MBA Foundation Core and Permission of MBA Coordinator