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  • MBAMGT 641L  Organizations, Institutions and Social Change

    Description:
    Organizations are at the heart of societal governance; profit-seeking corporations mobilize and allocate economic resources, governmental agencies deliver services and regulate other organizations, while numerous non-governmental organizations, from unions to churches to advocacy groups, constitute the realm of civil society. In structuring our society in particular ways, organizations represent a form of structural power; some groups systematically benefit relative to others as a result of how organizations function. Organizations are frequently the target of public policy, as they are sites that generate and reproduce inequality, discrimination, pollution, and other social and economic problems. Organizations can also serve as agents of resistance and change; they are thus the vehicles of public policy. Policy regimes emerge through the interaction of many organizations of different types, with conflicting interests and differential access to power and resources. An understanding of organizations, their sources of power, their role in governance, and their structures and processes, is therefore highly relevant for policy analysts, for activists, and for public and private-sector managers. MBAMGT 641L and PPOL-G 641L are the same course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 650  Organizational Analysis and Skills

    Description:
    This course focuses on the organization of the future, identifying its characteristics and exploring the strategic design and political and cultural implications for working in and managing such an organization. It examines the impact of the new organization on the roles and careers of individual managers, the functioning of groups, the processes that exist within organizations, the relationships of organizations with their environments, and the learning and change practices needed to enhance global performance. First-semester MBA students are introduced to a variety of skills that they will be called upon to use throughout their MBA experience (case analysis, analytical writing, self-awareness, team-building, oral communication).   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 651  Prsnl Mgt&Hum Res Pl

    Description:
    This course familiarizes students with concepts of human resources management and the principles of planning and forecasting for human resources needs. Issues to be addressed include career planning and internal labor market analysis, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action practices. Students examine job design and pay systems, methods of personnel selection and training, issues of productivity and hours of work, the effect of government regulations on working conditions, and personnel administration.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 652  Labor-Management Relations and the Collective Bargaining Process

    Description:
    This course familiarizes students with the practice of labor-management relations in the United States. The nature of labor-management conflict, the development of the US labor movement, and a comparison to other Western labor movements provide the theoretical and historical framework needed to assess the effectiveness of current practice and trends in the development of new practices and institutions. The major areas of study are the tactics and strategies of management and union representatives and the legal and economic constraints on their behavior in the organization of unions, contract negotiation, and contract administration and interpretation.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 653  Organizational Diagnosis and Change

    Description:
    This course focuses on the theory, research, and techniques of organizational diagnosis and change. Students learn how to engage in systematic structural and behavioral analyses and to design effective strategies for intervention and change.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 654  Compensation and Benefits Management

    Description:
    The objective of the course is to understand and apply theories and practices of Compensation and Benefits management in a business enterprise. Topics and issues to be reviewed in this course include; strategic compensation, compensation practice, traditional bases for pay, building compensation systems, employee benefits, executive compensation.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 660  Business and Its Environment

    Description:
    This course looks at the relationship of business to the external environment and considers business in relation to legal, social, political, and economic systems, focusing in particular on the impact of governmental regulation on business. The course also addresses the functioning of the US business enterprise in the context of the international business environment. Finally, through an examination of the role of ethics in management decision-making, the course explores how business organizations can operate effectively and responsibly in the context of the external environment.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 664  The Legal Environment of Business

    Description:
    This course seeks to help students broaden their understanding of our legal and regulatory system and how it affects them as business managers. Businesses have become increasingly subject to laws and regulations. Legal and regulatory provisions pervade such aspects of business as the sale of securities; marketing practices; product liability; and business relationships with employees, customers, and other interested parties. This course assists students in developing their ability to meet the legal and regulatory demands and responsibilities of contemporary business.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 665  Cross-cultural and comparative management

    Description:
    This course provides students with frameworks to understand, analyze critically, and practice cross cultural/international management under globalization. In an economically interconnected world, the historical context of geopolitical and sociocultural relations among nations and people are important to not only conceptualizing management but also to understanding why different nations/people may have fundamentally different notions and practices of management. To this effect, this course allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of an critically analyze the ways in which cross cultural differences in values have consequences for management behaviors in terms of cooperation, ethics and decision making, leadership, negotiation, team work, and human resources. This approach will allow students to gain an understanding of how the broader context of difference and dependence among nations and people materializes into individual and group differences in conceptualizing and practicing cross cultural/international management.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 666  Diversity in the Global Workplace

    Description:
    This course will delve into a number of issues related to diversity in the global workforce: how to understand and appreciate the dimensions of diversity in the global workforce (including gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class); how to learn across differences in order to work more effectively together; how to contribute to and manage teams with diverse composition; how to be a leader and change agent on issues regarding diversity and inclusion; how corporations can be on the leading edge of policies to enhance economic opportunity for a diverse workforce; how diversity is understood and approached globally.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 667  Entrepreneurship

    Description:
    This course sensitizes students to the entrepreneurial process from the conception of an idea to the creation of a new venture. The course provides conceptual frameworks, tools, and techniques to understand different aspects of entrepreneurial process and helps students evaluate the entrepreneurial career for themselves. Students learn about assessing business opportunities, developing a business plan, understanding various ways of mobilizing resources, creating different forms of new ventures, and building a top management team for the growth of the venture.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 668  Real Estate& Eco Dev

    Description:
    This course introduces students to the field of urban economic development in the context of real estate development. Students will explore the principles of economic development, focusing on the role of real estate developers, companies, community organizations, and government agencies in the decline and revitalization of neighborhoods, cities, and regions. They will be exposed to diverse issues involved in economic development, with particular emphasis on practical aspects. Topics to be covered in this course include opportunity and impact assessments, stakeholder analysis, and project management. A combination of lectures, site visits, case studies, and group projects will help student to gain an appreciation of the role of real estate in urban economic development and develop the skills required to lead and assess development projects.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 669  Entrepreneurship Internship/Practicum

    Description:
    The Entrepreneurship Practicum course is a live experience for students who want to participate in the entrepreneurial start-up business process. The course is designed for those enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Specialization, and it will also accept selected student on a case by case basis with the requisite experience in and commitment to entrepreneurial and high-tech ventures. In addition to lectures, presentations and in-depth interactions between students and the Entrepreneur in residence each student will participate in an internship or be an employee with a start-up company connected to the Venture Development Center or through he University's venture capital backed start-up network, or through the students own efforts. Companies must be notified by the student that they are taking this course based on their internship or employment before enrollment in this program.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 671L  Introduction to Environmental Management

    Description:
    This course gives students an understanding of current environmental issues as they relate to managerial decision-making. The issues are examined from the worldwide perspectives of business and society. The course focuses on issues of waste and recycling, air quality (including ozone depletion, global warming, and acid rain), water quality, resource management, biodiversity, and sustainable economic growth. MBAMGT 671L and UPCD 671L are the same course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 673  Clean-Energy Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

    Description:
    Entrepreneurship is about inventing and implementing: creating a vision and organizing an imitative or venture to make it happen. Some of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures today revolve around technologies that advance a renewable energy economy, including innovations in energy capture and in solar, bio-fuels, smart-grid, wind, energy efficiency, LEED building techniques, electric transportation, and more. These are part of a growing Clean Energy economy in the Boston region, which reflects the broad movement for environmental and Social Sustainability - those companies and corporate endeavors to pursue 'net zero' impacts on our consumerism and material usage. That perspective reveals the huge entrepreneurial opportunities, in all sectors of that growing trend. We define the cluster as including these key sectors: renewable energy; Smart Power, Green Grid, Energy Storage; Energy Efficiency; Air, Water and Waste; Green Building; and Transportation. Overall the cluster - and the course - includes the Sustainability and CSR segment, and a New Economy component that incorporates Slow Food, Long-term Investments, local commerce. In the course, we will take an entrepreneurial look at those companies, through understanding their Business Model, and gaining an understanding of the core technologies that give rise to each of these fields. In the accompanying semester-long project, each students makes on small but tangible contribution to any of the fields they choose.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 674L  Climate and Energy: Law, Policy and Management

    Description:
    This course examines legal, public policy and management issues related to Climate Change as well as those related to the siting, development and distribution of renewable energy. It begins with an on international overview of the socio-economic forces shown to influence climate change, the legal and economic mechanisms that have emerged to address such change and the evolving global energy portfolio (particularly efforts to develop renewable energy). EEOS 674L and MBAMGT 674L and UPCD 674L are the same course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 675  Managing in the Global Economy

    Description:
    This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire an in-depth conceptual and operational understanding of a group of countries, with the purpose of acquiring the technical skills necessary to enter, network, structure, manage, and eventually exit effectively from a foreign environment.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 677  Multinational Corporations and Globalization

    Description:
    Multinational corporations are critical players in the global political economy. The larger MNC's have revenues greater than the GOP of many states, and their significance as economic actors leads them to play a dominant role in international trade, investment and development. Their investment, employment and location decisions have major impacts on their home and host countries, on the natural environment, on national cultures, and on labor markets. MNC's are also important social and political actors, engaging in the governance of global issues such as climate change and labor standards. The course draws from a range of perspectives to examine issues such as offshore sourcing, the rise of China and India as economic and political powers, and the shifting relationship among states, businesses and civil society.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 678  Environmental Management: Implementation Issues

    Description:
    During the past two decades, there has been growing pressure on businesses and other organizations to pay more attention to the environmental and resource consequences o f the products and services they offer and the processes they deploy. This course will explore the real life opportunities and pitfalls of designing and implementing sustainable operations in todays corporations and non-profit organizations. Topics addressed will include recycling, waste management, toxics reduction, green chemistry, green-product design, lean/green operations, closed loop production, the triple bottom line (profit, people and the planet), energy efficiency, water conservation, product stewardship, climate change strategies, life cycle analysis, and the footprinting of carbon, fuels, and water consumption. Case studies and guest speakers will delve into the successes and failures faced by todays sustainability managers.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 680  Mgt Health Orgnizatn

    Description:
    This course explores the roles of the health systems manager as planner, organizer, leader, and integrator of health programs. Particular attention is given to how these roles differ from industry's roles, as well as to the special demands made of the manager in a health systems organization.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 681  The Health System and Public Policy

    Description:
    Examines the interface of government, health, and the private sector. This course explores the various roles government plays as promoter, regulator, and buyer of health services.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 683  Leadership Management in 21st Century

    Description:
    This course will explore leadership as it is practiced in corporate and public-sector environments. The course will emphasize the role of leaders in guiding organizations through turbulent business climates, in motivating subordinates and teams, and in crafting strategic visions for their organizations. Change management, globalization, and human resource management factor strongly into discussions and readings.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 684L  Social Enterprise & Poverty Alleviation

    Description:
    Social enterprise thus represents an organization crossbreed, blending defining elements of the business and nonprofit models. Like a business, social enterprise tries to pay its own way with income derived from buying and selling, and like a nonprofit, it aims to fill a particular social deficiency or correct a certain market failure associated with poverty. As opposed to maximizing shareholder value the way a prototypical business does, a social enterprise may retain its surplus to further its social mission, distribute it to its membership, or even repay its creditors and investors at a modest return. MBAMGT 684L and UPCD 684L are the same course.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 685  Global Industry and Competitive Analysis

    Description:
    Examines techniques of industry and competitive analysis and ways of applying these techniques to gain a better understanding of industry trends and company strategies in sectors of significant importance to the regional economy.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 686  The Front End of Innovation

    Description:
    Innovation is a complex process that begins with creative ideas, refines them, and successfully brings them to market. The front-end of innovation is the first or creative phase, dealing with the generation and early development of creative ideas. It is sometimes referred to a the fuzzy front end because it is highly unpredictable, uncontrollable, unmeasurable and, as such, unmanageable. This course explores how individuals and teams in organizations, develop their creativity and how mangers and entrepreneurs foster creativity within their people and turn it into the creative results of innovation.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 687L  Nonprofit Management

    Description:
    Nonprofit organizations aim to improve society while facing similar management challenges to any organization as they provide valued goods and services. This large and growing sector includes colleges and universities, hospitals and social service entities, human rights. MBAMGT 687L and UPCD 687L are the same course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 688L  Global Warming and International Business Management

    Description:
    Global warming may be the most important challenge that the human race has faced to date; a broader public is finally coming to grips with the ramifications of the potentially disastrous changes wrought by such contributing factors as fossil fuel consumption, deforestation, rapid population growth, and pollution. The economic consequences of these changes, however, have not been well explored. Twenty-first century managers in nearly all fields will need to develop a profound understanding of the results of environmental policies, energy use, and lifestyle choices on this universal issue; those who work in environment-related fields will need in particular to come to grips with these concerns and our local, national, and international responses to them. CONRES 688L and MBAMGT 688L are the same course.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 689  Strategic Management

    Description:
    Considers the diverse situations typically confronted by upper-level management and strategies for managing these situations, using knowledge acquired through study of the MBA Core. These strategies are based on an analysis of the internal conditions of the firm and the constraints and opportunities afforded by the external environment. Students learn to develop strategy implementation plans that provide detailed descriptions of appropriate executive action.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 690  Master's Thesis Option Research Colloquium

    Description:
    This is the first part of the Master's Thesis Option (MTO). It covers research and research methods, and is intended to position students to successfully complete a year-long research project of publishable quality. Lectures and discussion will focus on the skills required to develop a research question, how to formulate an appropriate research strategy, and ways to identify necessary analytical tools and locate data sources.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 691  Emerging Markets in the Global Economy

    Description:
    The significance of the emerging economies in the global arena is on the rise. For students, it is imperative to understand what roles these economies play and how it shapes the nature of international business. The first part of the course will cover concepts that serve as a foundation to understand the dynamics of emerging markets. The second part will focus on practical issues related to entering and competing in emerging markets. Specifically, this course will help students study the institutions and the macro environment of emerging markets, examine the opportunities and the challenges of operating therein, evaluate local and global competition, and analyze the different strategies of firms.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    Independent study credit is granted only for academic work not normally offered in advanced courses. A student must find a faculty sponsor for his or her independent study project and then file a proposal for the project in the MBA Office. The proposal should be signed by both the student and the faculty sponsor.   More Info

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  • MBAMGT 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course addresses a specific topic in a particular discipline. Courses under this title are offered as one-time supplements to a given department's curriculum.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • MBAMGT 698  Practicum

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  • MBAMGT 699  Master's Thesis

    Description:
    Upon invitation by the faculty, MBA candidates may complete a Masters thesis. The thesis will be a substantial paper, which demonstrates extensive original research/scholarship in the field. The thesis will be prepared under the direction of an individual faculty advisor and defended before a committee of three faculty members. A thesis proposal must be approved in the semester prior to registration for the course by the proposed faculty advisor and by the Graduate Program Director. During the research and writing process, progress in research and drafts of the thesis will be critiqued in regular conferences with the faculty advisor.   More Info

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    • TBA