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Residential MBA - Spring Course Offerings (subject to change each year)

AC623 Financial Statement Analysis - This course helps students utilize the information contained in financial statements to make decisions. It specifically discusses (1) institutional forces underlying the provision of financial statement data, (2) properties of numbers derived from financial statements, (3) key aspects of decisions using financial statement information and the environment in which they are made, (4) design of information appropriate to these decisions. The objective is to allow the student to employ these factors to exploit fully the richness of the information contained in financial statements, while appreciating its limits.

AC636 Auditing - An examination of auditing standards and procedures currently followed by independent public accountants. Ethics, audit evidence and reporting standards are also considered. Prerequisites: AC 603 and AC 623 or the equivalent of these courses.

AC648 Seminar in Accounting Information Sytems and Auditing - A graduate level introduction to accounting information systems.  Coverage includes the basic systems methodology and design, internal control mechanisms, documentation and audit problems associated with specific accounting subsystems, i.e. payroll, general ledger, inventory-production or procurement-receivables.  The course introduces students to three typical aspects of information technology (IT) systems and audits: audits of computerized information systems, the computer facility, and the process of developing and implementing accounting information systems.  A major course segment involves a detailed study, including hands-on experiences using commercial software of at least one specific subsystem.

AC650 Accounting Research and Theory - Introduces graduate students to accounting research and theory.  Focuses on how research can help address management, uniformity and disclosure issues that regularly arise in business.  Investigates ethical perspectives and emerging issues.  Evaluates policy formulation of accounting standards and their impact on financial reporting.  Students research, analyze, develop and present proposed solutions to accounting and related business cases encountered in practice.

EC651 Industrial Organization in the Supply Chain -This is an industrial organization course that focuses on the strategic interactions within the supply chain under various market conditions. Models of industry structures are explored along with the discussion of business clusters and networks. Topics include horizontal and vertical integration, outsourcing, contract negotiations and incentives, logistics issues, capacity constraints, pricing strategies, and network issues all from the perspective of the supply chain. Students apply the models covered in class through several case studies to evolve in the art of strategic thinking.

EC660 Environmental Economics - This course considers environmental problems from an economic perspective. Topics include the theoretical foundations of environmental economics, measuring the costs and benefits of environmental policies, environmental policy issues, and special topics including risk and uncertainty in environmental regulation, sustainable development, and issues in natural resource damage assessment.

EC675 Personnel Economics - Economic analysis of human resource issues within business organizations. Topics include, but are not limited to recruitment and hiring, turnover, downsizing, incentives, compensation, productivity, teamwork, worker empowerment, and evaluation. Offered spring semester.

FN655 Venture Capital and Private Equity -This course is designed to address financial issues relating to high tech industries and the new economy. Topics covered will include investment management and fundraising, entrepreneurial finance, exit strategies that bring in the public markets (IPOs), venture capital, an in-depth study of the IPO process, valuation, capital structure, long run performance and other issues related to new industries.

FN667 International Finance - Global credit and capital markets, corporate investment decision-making, and working capital management are covered in addition to more detailed risk hedging and corporate practices. Students are encouraged to develop an in-depth knowledge in either the investment environment of a particular country or a management practice such as forfeiting or netting of receivables and payables.

FN672 Investments - This course presents the investment decision-making process based on both theory and practice. In addition to the coverage of the standard investment securities and contracts, active investment based upon market inefficiency determination is examined. Related topics may include initial public offerings, risk arbitrage, and speculation with derivatives. Prerequisites: FN607 or equivalent. Offered fall semester.

FN680 Strategic Financial Management - This course examines in depth (1) financing courses for entrepreneurs and business developers, as well as (2) risk management methods. Besides the capital markets, the sources for operating and fixed asset financing for firms in development or with strategic alliances include venture capital, vendor and customer financing, bank and insurance company loans, and leasing. In addition to financing topics, commodity price risk management, as achieved with forward contracting, futures contracts, over-the-counter options and swaps, is examined as means to control price uncertainty.

MK689 New Product Marketing - New products marketing, both the development and management of new products, is a critical strategic activity for firms. As technology advances at ever increasing rates, the ability of firms to anticipate and develop new products that consumers value becomes a critical competitive advantage. This environment has lead to constantly increasing rates of new product introductions. This course is designed for the graduate student desiring to understand and be able to manage new products marketing. It will provide students with the ability to manage new products, particularly new product development, through the use of cases and a highly involving and detailed project. Moreover, marketing research methods, current critical topics in new products, critical examination of traditional management strategies, and organizational issues applicable to new products development and management will be explored through lecture, case analysis and discussion, and general discussion.

MK694 Supply Chain Distribution Management - Effective management of the distributive networks that constitute a key component of supply chain networks is increasingly being recognized as a critical corporate activity. This is especially true in contemporary supply chain networks as firms strive to survive in today's competitive marketplace that demands quality product and service offerings at minimal transaction costs. Moreover, technological advancements like the Internet have significantly altered the rules of the game, and hence the practices associated with distribution management. This course will identify the chief decision areas associated with supply chain distribution management, and subsequently examine the latest distribution network design models and activities based on the principles of agency theory, transaction cost economics, and relational exchange theory. Other topics to be covered include crafting and coordinating strategic alliances with distributive intermediaries, conflict management, role of customer service audits in channel design decisions, performance appraisal systems, strategic sourcing, and benchmarking.

MK696 Marketing Research Methods -Intended to equip the student with a thorough knowledge of an arsenal of research methods, including the assumptions, methodology, and limitations of these methods. Enhances students' ability to conceptualize and operationalize a research question. Some statistical content is included as an introduction to data analysis. Applications of these methods are discussed within the context of research problems faced by both academic researchers and practitioners (e.g., managers, engineers, economists, marketing researchers, information system designers). A research project will be an integral part of the course.

OM615 Supply Chain Systems Management - To survive in today's competitive global markets, it is critical that business enterprises integrate their supply chains effectively to meet rising customer expectations and declining product life cycles at a reasonable cost. This course considers management of supply chains in both a domestic and global environment. Topics covered include supply chain design and operations, logistics strategies, inventory management, information requirements and management, warehousing and materials handling systems. Case studies will be performed on an individual and team basis to demonstrate effective supply chain management techniques.

OM671 Supply Chain Environmental Management - Manufacturing organizations have increased their interest in environmental management through activities such as green purchasing, reverse logistics, product stewardship and design-for-the environment. These activities, usually involving several organizations, are often part of what is known as supply chain environment management. This course aims to gain a greater understanding of supply chain environmental management by examining: (i) the advantages and business risks of adopting and implementing environmental practices and technologies in the supply chain, (ii) the role of suppliers and customers to facilitate the adoption/ implementation of environmental practices and technologies, and (iii) the implications of such supply chain activities on an organization's operations strategy. This course consists of a mix of lectures and class discussion and relies primarily on a set of readings and a series of cases that will be analyzed in class.

OM676 Developing and Managing Technology - This course covers the creation, design, development, implementation, diffusion and transfer of product and process innovation. The course covers the full range of activities from laying a foundation of technical knowledge in research, through the creation of new products and processes, to the integration of marketing, manufacturing and engineering, to commercialization. Topics include innovation management, managing R&D, product and process development, concurrent engineering, project selection, initiating new ventures, and technology transfer. Lectures, cases, reading, and projects focus on managing technology in companies.

OM680 Strategic Project Management - Project management from a decision-making perspective and how projects can be used to implement organizational strategy. The course follows the project life cycle model from project initiation to implementation to termination. Topics covered include project selection organizational strategy, planning, conflict resolution, budgeting, scheduling (PERT and CPM), resource allocation, information management, control, auditing, and termination procedures. In addition, there is a special section on information technology (IT) project management standards and techniques. Computer applications, case studies and student project teams will be an integral part of the course.

OM685 Quality Management and Process ImprovementThis course will introduce the students to both the managerial and technical aspects of quality improvement techniques. The discussion of statistical topics will be tied to the Six Sigma methodology for the improvement of quality, productivity, and competitive position.  A systemic and strategic approach to quality management will be provided, with emphasis on process improvement tools and methodologies. The course is designed to expose students to the integral elements of a total quality management system within both manufacturing and service organizations.  Several individual and team projects involving class presentations, discussion of supplemental articles, case students and a hands-on process improvement project are utilized to demonstrate real world issues and applications. 

OS554 Special Topics in Human Resource Management - This course will examine human resource management topics at an advanced level, with a focus on the strategic use of human resources in organizations and the development of students' people management skills. Students will have opportunities to apply and expand their knowledge of recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and employee discipline programs, reward systems and the motivation of employees, employee relations and union/management issues. The course will utilize one or more of the following approaches: field trips and related research papers, case studies, exercises, small consulting projects, interactions with managers and human resource professionals, and class discussions. This course is appropriate for future managers, human resource professionals, and consultants.

OS610 Strategic Planning (MBA Module) - This course emphasizes an integrative approach to recognition, analysis and solution of problems in the development and implementation of strategic organizational policy and planning for firms operating in an international economy. Formal written and oral communications are used in conjunction with case analysis.

OS652 Strategic Human Resource Management -This course emphasizes the potential for strategic human resource management (HRM) to enhance organizational effectiveness. In the course students should gain an understanding of how to manage people, including the recruitment and selection of employees, training and development, performance appraisal, employee motivation, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor-management relations. These topics should be understood in the context of business strategy, pressures external to organizations, and relevant theories of human and organizational behavior.

OS657 Leading Organizational Change - This course examines the processes of organizational change in dynamic technological and global business environments to enhance organizational quality, productivity, and overall operation. The course focuses on leadership approaches that facilitate stakeholder acceptance of change and employee contribution to the management of change. Topics include: change models and theories, the various types of organizational change, resistance to change, the role of change management consultants, and human resource management practices that facilitate change. The types of change considered range from minor change interventions to transformational change, including technological, cultural, and work design changes. The course utilizes case studies, skills development exercises, and group projects in the study of organizational change.

OS666 Negotiations and Relationship Management - This course examines the complex problems associated with the management of stakeholder relationships under conditions of rapid economic change and intense global competition. The course emphasis is on the establishing, negotiating, building, sustaining, and repairing of both workplace and external relationships, including relationships with employees, management, customers, suppliers, manufacturers, shareholders, society, and other key stakeholders. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the theories of negotiation, conflict, complaint handling, and norms and ethics of fairness. The course also provides a foundation on labor relations, collective bargaining, and U.S. labor and employment laws, with an emphasis on the corresponding implications for union and nonunion workplaces. The course is intended to be applicable to a broad spectrum of work- or business-related relationship issues faces by managers and professionals.

SB641 Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management - This course provides a theoretical and analytical framework for managing critical supply chain components. Topics include revenue management, dynamic pricing, supply chain risk and disruption management, supply chain agility and flexibility, supply chain network design under uncertainty, and supply chain contracts. Hands-on simulation provides an opportunity to gain experience dealing with complex strategic and tactical global supply chain issues.

SB613 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation - In this course, students will execute the 'entrepreneurial process,' a sequence of activities related to the creation of a new business venture. As such, this course is intended for students whose personal and near-term objectives involve entrepreneurship. The major components of the entrepreneurial process include idea creation and opportunity assessment, industry research and analysis, strategic and operational planning, and resource mobilization and implementation. These process components will be discussed and implemented throughout the semester; as such, this course is very experiential in nature. Fulfillment of these activities will include extensive out-of-class research, in-class peer reviews and brainstorming sessions, and the development of formal business plan proposals. Students are required to sign non-disclosure agreements, and may elect to present their finished proposals to a panel of small business executives for review.

SB693 Global Business Programs

SB696 Global Business Strategies - This course attempts to familiarize and sensitize students to current issues and practices relating to the globalization of markets.  Topics include global manufacturing and international competitiveness, international marketing, international finance and international management strategies.  The case study approach is used to introduce a diversity of perspectives into the classroom.  This course is team-taught by faculty from the Production/Operations Management, Marketing, Finance and Organizational Studies areas.

POL570 Environmental Policy - Public policy is developed in response to problems or issues in society that are presumed, for whatever reasons, not to be resolvable by the private sector. In theory, public policy as it relates to environmental issues is used to intervene to alleviate problems, such as industrial pollution, that threaten the integrity of the natural resource base and the natural and built environments on which our lives and livelihoods depend. However, public policy development and implementation in general, and environmental policy in particular, are not immune to political forces and influences. Even scientific institutions that often provide the empirical basis for environmental policy are potentially influenced and shaped by the political process and political and economic interests. This course introduces students to the distinctive features or characteristics of environmental policy development and implementation. The course primarily focuses on the United States but includes international environmental issues and policies. The course will help students understand how environmental policy fits within the large-scale social and economic changes in the U.S. and elsewhere that have resulted in greater environmental awareness. We will also consider how scientific evidence is created and marshaled in support of competing interpretations of environmental problems, and the appropriate policies to address such problems. Case studies of particular environmental policies, such as regulation of transgenic crop development and commercialization, will be used to help students grasp the complexities of, and driving forces behind, environmental policy.