General Graduate Studies (GS courses)
GS 601 Strategic Information Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): All Foundation (i.e. PPF and PF) Courses required for student's degree. Not open to DMBA, ELMBA, MSIT or students who completed IA 601.
Provides an enterprise-wide perspective on the role of information technology (IT) in business. The course focuses on the ways that IT supports organizational strategy and enhances business processes. Students learn about internal and external information exchange technologies, management challenges and opportunities, and transnational issues. Examines how companies in a variety of industries use IT to serve customers well, manage operations efficiently, and make better business decisions. Each new IT application entails opportunities and risks. A key theme -- IT as a double-edged sword -- reflects this central challenge: how to maximize the strategic benefits of IT investments, while minimizing the accompanying technical and business risks.
GS 602 Business Process Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): All Foundation (i.e. PPF and PF) Courses required for student's degree. Restricted to EMBA, PMBA, MSHFID & MSIT students. Not open to students who completed IA 602.
Provides a conceptual framework for understanding the fundamentals and characteristics of business processes. To set a solid foundation for accomplishing this aim, reviews the basics of process analysis and introduces process modeling. Included here are various methods of analyzing, measuring and evaluating processes. With these fundamentals in place, explores the concept of the value chain to offer a backdrop for understanding both intra- and interorganizational relationships and the associated dependencies that exist. The last part of the course focuses on how information technology can be used effectively in redesigning processes to improve their overall performance. Students are introduced to the enterprise resource planning system SAP. The course includes a project that focuses on an aspect of business processes.
GS 603 Leading Responsibly (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Restricted to MBA students. EMBA and PMBA: PPF 501, PPF 502 and PF 503 through 508. DMBA and ELMBA: GR 521 through GR 525 and GR 610 A&B. Not open to students who completed IA 604.
Examines the role of managers as ethical and responsible thought leaders, problem solvers and change agents. The complexities of, and challenges associated with, managing and leading change in a rapidly changing, international, diverse and information-based environment are emphasized. Through discussion, case analysis, role playing, decision-making simulations, and experiential exercises, students explore the responsibilities of contemporary business and the complex issues of leading and guiding organizations in a turbulent environment. Students have the opportunity to apply and develop a range of skills - analytical, problem solving, ethical decision making, interpersonal, communication, influencing, negotiation, conflict management, and change-related implementation - in a variety of leadership situations.
GS 604 Global Strategy (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Restricted to MBA students. EMBA and PMBA: PPF 501, PPF 502, PF 503 through 508, GS 601, GS 602, and GS 603. DMBA and ELMBA:GR 521 through 525 and GR 610A & B. Not open to students who completed IA 605 or GR 602. Must be one of the last 4 courses taken towards degree.
Focuses on how multinational companies and other firms create and sustain competitive advantage in a highly competitive, networked economy. Students learn about models of competition such as Porter's Five Forces model and D'Aveni's Hyper-Competition. Strategic innovation, the resource-based view of the firm, and new business models are other important topics. Emphasis is placed on formulating strategy at the corporate and business levels and on implementing strategy at all levels of the firm. The macro global environment, ethics, risk management and government regulation are covered. Serves as a capstone course, with discussion of comprehensive, international case studies that require financial analysis. Students use the college's Trading Room for research projects.