Pblm Slv & Decis Mkg for Mgmt
Study of decision making and problem solving processes in business. Evaluation of processes prone to failure and best practices that lead to effective or improved decisions. The framing of business decisions, the causal analysis of problems, identification of alternatives, and the assessment of potential consequences of decision choices.
Chinese Business Practices
A study of current business practice and protocol in China. The course consists of the following three major components: (1) lectures to be delivered at Soochow/Suzhou University, (2) tours and briefings at multinational enterprises in various Chinese cities, and (3) cultural exchange activities with Chinese students and tours of cultural sites.
Examination of managerial, marketing, financial and accounting implications of the international operations of business enterprises. The underlying economic principles, institutional and regulatory frameworks, and the environmental and political constraints. Emphasis on multinational enterprise.
Business applications of sustainable development and corporate strategies based on economic, environmental and social criteria. How the corporate world plays a central role in making progress toward sustainability. The inter-relatedness of business and natural systems, and how corporations use sustainability as a value driver.
Issues associated with the manufacture of products and the delivery of services. Topics include operations strategy, quality management, product and service design, process planning, technology decisions, facility location and layout.
Operations and Technology Mgmt
Issues associated with the manufacture of products, technology and the delivery of services. Topics include operations strategy, quality management, product and service design, process planning, technology decision-making, facility location and layout. Available only via Business Block.
An introduction to statistical and predictive analytical tools to find patterns in data, identify relationships among operational variables and business outcomes, and to provide insight into complex decision making situations.
Entrepreneurship in society and the characteristics of entrepreneurs and their organizations. Topics include: how opportunities are discovered, the conditions of markets and industries that must be weighed in choosing to enter them, and the resources to establish a new venture and build it into a successful enterprise.
Individualized internships approved by a designated faculty sponsor. Students develop objectives for the internship experience, read relevant literature, prepare written assignments, and submit reflective summaries of their internship activities. Course will not count as a major elective for accounting or business administration majors. Pass-fail only.
Whether working in private sector, not-for-profit, or government organizations, managers are confronted with the needs to 'manage by the numbers' and to motivate, lead and inspire the people who surround them. These two aspects of management are fraught with hazards associated with mathematical reasoning, the interpretation of data, and the understanding of human behavior. This seminar examines the key issues associated with management literacy, with illustrations drawn from situations that confront today's managers and leaders in their professions and everyday lives.
Survey of European Issues
Survey of history, politics, economics, and culture of the European continent. Content will include appropriate readings, guest lectures by European experts, structured group travel to selected sites, and independent travel assignments. Open only to students participating in the Brussels travel study program.