- Strategic Management
- Emerging Markets
Strategic Management - Undergraduate, Graduate, and Executive level CoursesStrategic management deals with the subject of how firm management decides what business activities to engage in and how good strategic decisions can result in organizational success. This course requires integrating the business knowledge you have been learning in your business courses such as production, finance, accounting, marketing, ethics and organization behavior as well as your general education courses. In this course, students learn to integrate seemingly disparate concepts into a coherent framework.
Efficiently integrating the diverse knowledge requires developing a clear sense of the firm's strategic direction and making decisions designed to move the firm toward achieving its objectives. To do this, managers must rely heavily on analytic and conceptual skills, hard work, and a keen devotion to the survival of the organization. In this course we use experiential exercises, in-class assignments, case studies, and practitioner books to understand the concepts and principles of strategic management.
Entrepreneurial Foundations - Undergraduate CourseEntreppartreneurship deals with starting a new business. This course is designed to help undergraduate students understand the basics of starting a new business. Students learn how new businesses are started, what factors to think about in starting a new business, and how to make a business financially sustainable. This course is basically an introductory course to expose students to entrepreneurship concepts and ideas as well as help students come up with a feasible idea to start their own business.
A good teacher is not someone who can ask questions, but one who can inspire students to ask good questions.
Doing Business in Emerging Markets: India (Also, India: Culture, Economy, and Society)The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the social, technological, economic, and political environment of India. Students will receive a foundational understanding of India. Rather than focus on one narrow aspect of India, we will learn about India broadly, which is useful for students interested in acquiring a reasonable understanding of a complex and historical country like India.
Learning about a new country requires open-mindedness and a willingness to step out of one’s ‘comfort zone’. In today’s globalized world, it is difficult to not have pre-conceived ideas and notions about other cultures, especially a country like India which has been so much in the news lately. You are likely to understand India better if you acknowledge your (positive and negative) prejudices and biases about it in advance, and not let them become an obstacle to your learning. Similarly, gaining a solid understanding of another culture is also accompanied with challenging and questioning things about one’s own country, society, and culture that one has always taken for granted. Arguably, unless you see yourself questioning and challenging at least some of your assumptions about your own country, you have probably gone no deeper than the surface in understanding another culture. This course seeks to achieve both objectives, asking you to go deeper into learning about India as well as motivating you to question how this course about India has helped you see your own country and culture differently.
Sustainable Business ManagementThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to the topic of sustainability. Sustainability can be defined as an emphasis on meeting present wants and desires without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In recent years, educators and policy-makers around the world have begun to understand and emphasize that the utilization of natural resources, allocation of investments, and the processes of technological development and organizational change should be in harmony with each other to create long-term value. Such an emphasis involves pursuing new opportunities for innovative products, services, and production processes that alleviate social and environmental concerns, make efficient use of natural resources, and harness new technologies that save costs and lower risks to society for the present and future generations. Students take many courses where they learn that businesses should focus on identifying opportunities that satisfy customer demands in a way that ultimately yields profits for founders and investors. It is hoped that taking a sustainability course will enhance salience of the need to balance traditional business goals with additional objectives of promoting sustainable living and environmental improvement.
Performance ManagementPerformance Management deals with the policies and procedures through which managements determine standards for employees, assign and evaluate work, provide feedback, determine training and development needs, and distribute rewards. Many consider performance management to be the ‘Achilles Heel’ of managing organizational human capital, and it is sometimes described as the most difficult HR system to implement in organizations. Hence, this course is an important experience for those who expect to manage people in their professional careers.