Course Offerings

Winter 2022

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business

BUS 160 - Junkunc, Marc T.

Not open to BSADM or ACCT majors. Not open to students who have previously taken BUS 195A: Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship. An interdisciplinary introduction for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and in perhaps someday starting, owning or running their own businesses, or pursuing an entrepreneurial career inside of others' organizations. Although entrepreneurship is a creative process, it also requires specific skills, knowledge, and tools to enhance the probability of success. This course helps students explore all aspects of developing ideas for new business ventures, including nonprofits or social entrepreneurship, including starting on the actual process of pursuing ideas and working with others in small teams. Through this lens of entrepreneurship, students receive an introduction to all of the primary aspects of business.

Washington and Lee Student Consulting

BUS 197 - Tanlu, Lloyd J.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization provides pro bono consulting services to businesses and not-for-profits. Experiential learning draws from business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, e-commerce, database management, business strategy, and human resources. In addition to working on various projects, students gain experience managing the organization.

Entrepreneurship Field Consulting Experience

BUS 198 - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization provides pro bono consulting services to entrepreneurial businesses and entrepreneurial not-for-profits. Experiential learning draws from business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, e-commerce, database management, business strategy and human resources. Students gain real world experience through writing business plans, marketing plans, and strategic plans for real-world ventures.

Real Estate Society

BUS 199 - Jensen, John A.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization seeks to develop an enhanced understanding of real estate development and investment. The group hosts guest speakers, conducts and publishes market research, and acts as pro bono consultants to external constituents.

Marketing Management

BUS 211 - Sundie, Jill M.

An exploration of strategic marketing. The focus of the course is on the analysis of a firm's current marketing strengths and weaknesses and the development of a strategic plan to capitalize on key opportunities. Topics include environmental analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and management of the marketing mix. Throughout the course, significant attention is devoted to international issues, the interrelationships between marketing and other disciplines, and the role of ethically and socially responsible marketing.

Marketing Management

BUS 211 - Fox, Gavin L.

An exploration of strategic marketing. The focus of the course is on the analysis of a firm's current marketing strengths and weaknesses and the development of a strategic plan to capitalize on key opportunities. Topics include environmental analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and management of the marketing mix. Throughout the course, significant attention is devoted to international issues, the interrelationships between marketing and other disciplines, and the role of ethically and socially responsible marketing.

Management and Organizational Behavior

BUS 217 - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

A study of management in modern organizations. This course examines the factors which influence individual, group, and firm behavior in the context of the workplace. Topics covered include individual differences, motivation, leadership, business ethics, group behavior, decision making, and organizational design and change.

Management and Organizational Behavior

BUS 217 - Gilbert-Olson, Elisabeth K.

A study of management in modern organizations. This course examines the factors which influence individual, group, and firm behavior in the context of the workplace. Topics covered include individual differences, motivation, leadership, business ethics, group behavior, decision making, and organizational design and change.

Seminar in Management

BUS 304A - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

Topics vary by term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2022, BUS 304A-01: Seminar in Management: Business Communication & Technology (3).
This course examines people's interactions with and through communication technologies, especially the ways these technologies mediate, amplify, and direct social influence. In this course, students use design thinking to formulate communication strategies through unmet customer needs. From that insight emerges a process for innovation that encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. This project-based class teaches students to identify emerging trends, communicate ideas, build communities, and define new markets. Students use innovation as a way to analyze or disrupt current communication practices in business. Coulter.

Seminar in Management

BUS 304A - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

Topics vary by term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2022, BUS 304A-02: Seminar in Management: Business Communication & Technology (3).
This course examines people's interactions with and through communication technologies, especially the ways these technologies mediate, amplify, and direct social influence. In this course, students use design thinking to formulate communication strategies through unmet customer needs. From that insight emerges a process for innovation that encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. This project-based class teaches students to identify emerging trends, communicate ideas, build communities, and define new markets. Students use innovation as a way to analyze or disrupt current communication practices in business. Coulter.

Seminar in International Business

BUS 305A - Thakur-Wernz, Pooja

Offered from time to time when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2022, BUS 305A-01: Seminar in International Business: International Business (3).
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of international business. The course is designed to provide students with a richer understanding of why international business exist, the drivers of international expansion, and the complexity of international business decisions. The course will also focus on understanding the international business environment and how it affects multinational corporation (MNC) decisions. Emphasis will be placed on examining the causes and consequences of globalization, international trade, international finance, global strategy, and international marketing. We will also explore the differences between developed and emerging markets and its implications for MNCs.  Thakur-Wernz.

Seminar in International Business

BUS 305A - Thakur-Wernz, Pooja

Offered from time to time when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2022, BUS 305A-02: Seminar in International Business: International Business (3).
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of international business. The course is designed to provide students with a richer understanding of why international business exist, the drivers of international expansion, and the complexity of international business decisions. The course will also focus on understanding the international business environment and how it affects multinational corporation (MNC) decisions. Emphasis will be placed on examining the causes and consequences of globalization, international trade, international finance, global strategy, and international marketing. We will also explore the differences between developed and emerging markets and its implications for MNCs.  Thakur-Wernz.

Special Topics in Entrepreneurship

BUS 308A - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

This course is a special topics course related to entrepreneurship. The topics vary by term and instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Database Management for Business

BUS 315 - Larson, Keri M.

Not open to students who have received credit for CSCI 317.  An introduction to the theories, concepts, features, and capabilities of database management systems in a business environment. This course provides a greater understanding of how to design, develop and access database-driven business applications and emphasizes the use of database-management systems in real-world business settings and how this technology can be applied effectively to solve business problems. In this project-oriented course, students acquire the skills to document, design, create, test, and access a fully functional Oracle business database application. No prior programming or application development experience is assumed.

Data Mining for Business Analytics

BUS 317 - Ballenger, Robert M. (Bob)

A prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of an R tidyverse centric data analytics course.  Data mining is the science of discovering structure and making predictions in large, complex data sets. In the era of e-commerce and information economy, enormous amounts of data are generated daily from business transactions, networked sensors, social networking activities, website traffic, GPS systems, etc. Data-driven decision-making has become essential across a wide variety of functional areas in businesses such as targeted advertising, market segmentation, personalized recommendation, supplier/customer relationship management, product design, credit scoring, fraud detection and workforce management. This course serves as an introduction to Data Mining for students interested in Business Analytics. Students will learn about many commonly-used methods for predictive and descriptive analytics tasks. They will also learn to assess the methods' predictive and practical utility. 

Managing Uncertainty

BUS 335 - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

Uncertainty abounds.  Will AI usher in an era of peace and prosperity or will we be servants to our robot overlords? Given human biases, can one even make a rational decision?  In this interdisciplinary class, drawing on the psychology that underpins decision sciences, we will explore how to more effectively plan for and make sense of a fast-changing business, financial, technological and political landscape.

Foundations in Business Law

BUS 348 - Youngman, Julia F. (Julie)

An introduction to the law governing the relations between individuals and businesses in commerce, with a focus on exploring issues faced by both established businesses as well as innovation-driven startups. Topics are selected from the law governing business torts, contracts, products liability, intellectual property, employment law, and government regulation of business. Additional selected topics may be chosen in accordance with the interest of course participants. Assignments apply legal theories and legal ethics to actual business disputes and hypothetical situations.

Foundations in Business Law

BUS 348 - Bowden, Nathan P.

An introduction to the law governing the relations between individuals and businesses in commerce, with a focus on exploring issues faced by both established businesses as well as innovation-driven startups. Topics are selected from the law governing business torts, contracts, products liability, intellectual property, employment law, and government regulation of business. Additional selected topics may be chosen in accordance with the interest of course participants. Assignments apply legal theories and legal ethics to actual business disputes and hypothetical situations.

Integrated Marketing Communications

BUS 370 - Bower Maxham, Amanda

Nature and contributions of the elements of marketing communications (e.g., advertising, sales promotions, the Web) in creating brand equity and stimulating demand. A project-oriented course with an emphasis on the strategic application of concepts resulting in an integrated communication plan for products and/or services. Course has a complementary lab component to teach technical skills and reinforce concepts via practicum.

Leadership in Creative Industries

BUS 372 - Bower Maxham, Amanda

This course is designed to provide selected students (5-6) who have already taken BUS 370: Integrated Marketing Communication ("AdClass") with insight and practice in leadership in an applied creative environment as well as increased mastery in a particular field related to advertising. Students in BUS 372 will serve as the leaders ("advisors") to students ("teammates") enrolled in the BUS 370, guiding the project from the initial case study to final communication plan as contained in a submitted plans book and presentation.

Design Thinking

BUS 376 - Fox, Gavin L.

Open to both majors and non-majors. This course focuses on how to use design thinking to analyze problems and opportunities. The course is rooted in human-centered and ethical design considerations. The content draws heavily from creative writing, studio art, psychology, theater, and branding to help students engage in empathetic design solutions. The course follows the design thinking process developed by IDEO and follows through empathy, definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.

Strategic Management

BUS 398 - Thakur-Wernz, Pooja

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on global issues that impact the firm. Integrative in that it draws on concepts from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations. Practical problem-solving skills are emphasized. Case analysis and/or computer simulation are used extensively in oral presentations and written cases.

Strategic Management

BUS 398 - Hess, Andrew M. (Drew)

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on global issues that impact the firm. Integrative in that it draws on concepts from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations. Practical problem-solving skills are emphasized. Case analysis and/or computer simulation are used extensively in oral presentations and written cases.

Entrepreneurship

BUS 399 - Junkunc, Marc T.

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on business challenges in the context of entrepreneurial firms. Integrating concepts and analytical tools from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations, this seminar helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to excel in either new ventures or in today's increasingly entrepreneurial corporate environments. Among other activities, students learn from case studies, class discussions, and working together to develop and present a business plan.

Directed Individual Study

BUS 401 - Straughan, Robert D. (Rob) / Oliver, Elizabeth G.

The objective is to permit students to follow a course of directed study in some field of management not presented in other courses or to emphasize a particular field of interest. Credits may not be used toward the major requirements in business administration.

 

Directed Research in Business Administration

BUS 421 - Gilbert-Olson, Elisabeth K.

This course allows students to independently examine a current research issue in the broad field of business administration.  Students will work directly with a faculty member on a current research project and will assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection and analysis; literature review and theory development; writing and dissemination of research findings as appropriate. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Research in Business Administration

BUS 422 - Thakur-Wernz, Pooja

This course allows students to independently examine a current research issue in the broad field of business administration.  Students will work directly with a faculty member on a current research project and will assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection and analysis; literature review and theory development; writing and dissemination of research findings as appropriate. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Research in Business Administration

BUS 422 - Hess, Andrew M. (Drew)

This course allows students to independently examine a current research issue in the broad field of business administration.  Students will work directly with a faculty member on a current research project and will assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection and analysis; literature review and theory development; writing and dissemination of research findings as appropriate. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business

BUS 160 - Junkunc, Marc T.

Not open to BSADM or ACCT majors. Not open to students who have previously taken BUS 195A: Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship. An interdisciplinary introduction for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and in perhaps someday starting, owning or running their own businesses, or pursuing an entrepreneurial career inside of others' organizations. Although entrepreneurship is a creative process, it also requires specific skills, knowledge, and tools to enhance the probability of success. This course helps students explore all aspects of developing ideas for new business ventures, including nonprofits or social entrepreneurship, including starting on the actual process of pursuing ideas and working with others in small teams. Through this lens of entrepreneurship, students receive an introduction to all of the primary aspects of business.

Washington and Lee Student Consulting

BUS 197 - Tanlu, Lloyd J.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization provides pro bono consulting services to businesses and not-for-profits. Experiential learning draws from business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, e-commerce, database management, business strategy, and human resources. In addition to working on various projects, students gain experience managing the organization.

Entrepreneurship Field Consulting Experience

BUS 198 - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization provides pro bono consulting services to entrepreneurial businesses and entrepreneurial not-for-profits. Experiential learning draws from business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, e-commerce, database management, business strategy and human resources. Students gain real world experience through writing business plans, marketing plans, and strategic plans for real-world ventures.

Real Estate Society

BUS 199 - Jensen, John A.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  This co-curricular student organization seeks to develop an enhanced understanding of real estate development and investment. The group hosts guest speakers, conducts and publishes market research, and acts as pro bono consultants to external constituents.

Marketing Management

BUS 211 - Bower Maxham, Amanda

An exploration of strategic marketing. The focus of the course is on the analysis of a firm's current marketing strengths and weaknesses and the development of a strategic plan to capitalize on key opportunities. Topics include environmental analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and management of the marketing mix. Throughout the course, significant attention is devoted to international issues, the interrelationships between marketing and other disciplines, and the role of ethically and socially responsible marketing.

Marketing Management

BUS 211 - Sundie, Jill M.

An exploration of strategic marketing. The focus of the course is on the analysis of a firm's current marketing strengths and weaknesses and the development of a strategic plan to capitalize on key opportunities. Topics include environmental analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and management of the marketing mix. Throughout the course, significant attention is devoted to international issues, the interrelationships between marketing and other disciplines, and the role of ethically and socially responsible marketing.

Marketing Management

BUS 211 - Fox, Gavin L.

An exploration of strategic marketing. The focus of the course is on the analysis of a firm's current marketing strengths and weaknesses and the development of a strategic plan to capitalize on key opportunities. Topics include environmental analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and management of the marketing mix. Throughout the course, significant attention is devoted to international issues, the interrelationships between marketing and other disciplines, and the role of ethically and socially responsible marketing.

Management and Organizational Behavior

BUS 217 - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

A study of management in modern organizations. This course examines the factors which influence individual, group, and firm behavior in the context of the workplace. Topics covered include individual differences, motivation, leadership, business ethics, group behavior, decision making, and organizational design and change.

Management and Organizational Behavior

BUS 217 - Gilbert-Olson, Elisabeth K.

A study of management in modern organizations. This course examines the factors which influence individual, group, and firm behavior in the context of the workplace. Topics covered include individual differences, motivation, leadership, business ethics, group behavior, decision making, and organizational design and change.

Seminar in Management

BUS 304A - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

Topics vary by term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021, BUS 304A-01: Seminar in Management: Business and Communication Technology (3).  Introduces the essentials of how individuals and organizations develop and implement effective communication strategies, focusing on persuasion, audience analysis, and design. Students will learn effective document and pitch decks design as part of the changing landscape in our virtual workplace. The course includes oral presentations and writing assignments with feedback to help students improve their communication effectiveness. This course is designed to explore the nature of creative thinking and creative problem solving as integral strategic components of successful business. Coulter.

Seminar in Management

BUS 304A - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

Topics vary by term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021, BUS 304A-02: Seminar in Management: Business and Communication Technology (3).  Introduces the essentials of how individuals and organizations develop and implement effective communication strategies, focusing on persuasion, audience analysis, and design. Students will learn effective document and pitch decks design as part of the changing landscape in our virtual workplace. The course includes oral presentations and writing assignments with feedback to help students improve their communication effectiveness. This course is designed to explore the nature of creative thinking and creative problem solving as integral strategic components of successful business. Coulter.

Seminar in Management

BUS 304B - Coulter, Amanda B. (Andi)

Topics vary by term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021, BUS 304B-01: Seminar in Management: Social Media Strategy (3).  This course looks at the way social media can be harnessed for brand building, social impact storytelling, or grassroots marketing. This course specifically focuses on user engagement, audience analysis, and effective design as a way to drive analytics. Coulter.

Introduction to Data Science for Business

BUS 314 - Larson, Keri M.

Preference given to BSADM majors & DS / DSBA minors during the first round of registration. Not open to students with credit for BUS 316. Students looking for a more advanced business course in data analytics should register for BUS 316. No prerequisite or prior coursework assumed in statistics or programming.  This course covers organizational concerns related to data science such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive algorithms, Big Data, cloud computing, security and privacy, and the digitization of products and processes. Through readings, students develop a strong conceptual understanding of concepts prior to developing technical proficiency in some of them. Students learn SQL and the Exploratory UI (user interface) for R to quickly access capabilities including data wrangling and machine learning without programming. Assignments focus on how organizations can improve decision making and create new business opportunities using Data Science.

Business Analytics

BUS 316 - Ballenger, Robert M. (Bob)

Not open to students with credit for BUS 306: Data Management and Analysis for Business from Fall 2017 or Fall 2018. An examination of how business analytics help management make sound business decisions. Analysis of data is becoming a vital component of business decision-making. The course consists of three modules: 1) how to communicate and present data in business reports and presentations; 2) how to extract data from relational databases using MySQL and Structured Query Language (SQL) and to prepare data for analysis; and 3) data analytics -- the process of data wrangling, data visualization, discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful insights and patterns in data. Students learn to use industry-standard, data analysis software, though no previous programming experience is required.

Business Ethics

BUS 345 - Hess, Megan F.

An examination of the moral and ethical issues associated with management policy and executive decisions. The course examines the basic approaches to moral reasoning, macro-moral issues concerning the justice of economic systems, and micro-moral issues, such as the following: conflict of interest, whistle blowing, discrimination in employment, product safety, environment, and advertising.

Foundations of Business Law: Accounting Focus

BUS 346 - Bowden, Nathan P.

An introduction to the law governing the relations between individuals and businesses in commerce, with a focus on legal concepts tested by the CPA exam and recommended for students who plan to take that exam or pursue a career in accounting. Topics include the law governing torts, contracts, sales of goods under the Uniform Commercial Code, agency, the formation and operation of business associations, government regulation of business, and legal ethics. Assignments apply legal theories and legal ethics to actual business disputes and hypothetical situations.

Foundations in Business Law

BUS 348 - Youngman, Julia F. (Julie)

An introduction to the law governing the relations between individuals and businesses in commerce, with a focus on exploring issues faced by both established businesses as well as innovation-driven startups. Topics are selected from the law governing business torts, contracts, products liability, intellectual property, employment law, and government regulation of business. Additional selected topics may be chosen in accordance with the interest of course participants. Assignments apply legal theories and legal ethics to actual business disputes and hypothetical situations.

Social Entrepreneurship

BUS 381 - Hess, Andrew M. (Drew)

Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change though the application of entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders. The purpose of this class is to (a) introduce students to the strategic thinking that forms the foundation of successful entrepreneurial ventures, (b) engage students in the application of these strategic tools and frameworks through case analyses and discussion, and (c) to encourage students to change the world in a meaningful way by thinking about a social venture of their own.

Strategic Management

BUS 398 - Hess, Andrew M. (Drew)

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on global issues that impact the firm. Integrative in that it draws on concepts from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations. Practical problem-solving skills are emphasized. Case analysis and/or computer simulation are used extensively in oral presentations and written cases.

Strategic Management

BUS 398 - Thakur-Wernz, Pooja

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on global issues that impact the firm. Integrative in that it draws on concepts from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations. Practical problem-solving skills are emphasized. Case analysis and/or computer simulation are used extensively in oral presentations and written cases.

Entrepreneurship

BUS 399 - Junkunc, Marc T.

A capstone course designed to expose students to a strategic perspective on business challenges in the context of entrepreneurial firms. Integrating concepts and analytical tools from functional disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, accounting) in the diagnosis, analysis, and resolution of complex business situations, this seminar helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to excel in either new ventures or in today's increasingly entrepreneurial corporate environments. Among other activities, students learn from case studies, class discussions, and working together to develop and present a business plan.

Directed Research in Business Administration

BUS 421 - Gilbert-Olson, Elisabeth K.

This course allows students to independently examine a current research issue in the broad field of business administration.  Students will work directly with a faculty member on a current research project and will assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection and analysis; literature review and theory development; writing and dissemination of research findings as appropriate. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

FS: First-Year Seminar

BUS 180 - Straughan, Robert D. (Rob)

Topics vary by subject and term.

Spring 2021, BUS 180-01: FS: Business and Social Responsibility (3). First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only. An examination of the debate regarding the role of business as both an economic driver and a catalyst for social change. The course will examine competing perspectives on the mandate for business using readings, cases, and conversations with business practitioners. The course will take a global perspective, considering the impact of political, historical, and cultural variations in the role of business and society. Straughan.

 

Washington and Lee Student Consulting

BUS 197 - Tanlu, Lloyd J.

This co-curricular student organization provides pro bono consulting services to businesses and not-for-profits. Experiential learning draws from business fields, such as marketing, finance, accounting, e-commerce, database management, business strategy, and human resources. In addition to working on various projects, students gain experience managing the organization.

Seminar in Organizational Behavior

BUS 301A - Schatten, Jeffrey M.

Offered from time to time when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit. Prerequisites may vary by topic. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021, BUS 301A-01: Seminar in Organizational Behavior: Cryptocurrency (3).  Prerequisite: Instructor consent required, and at least sophomore standing. "Bitcoin is rat poison squared" warned Warren Buffett. Well, is it? In this interdisciplinary class, we will delve into the emerging world of cryptocurrencies. Topics will include: what is money, role of government in the financial system, regulation, Bitcoin, Ethereum, defi, fintech, and how crypto might change our world. This is a non-technical, broad-based class. No prior coding or crypto experience necessary. Schatten.

Seminar in Organizational Behavior

BUS 301B - Hess, Andrew M. (Drew)

Offered from time to time when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit. Prerequisites may vary by topic. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021, BUS 301B-01: Seminar in Organizational Behavior: Social Innovation in Scandinavia (3).  Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing. This course introduces students to the business, history, and culture behind the sustainability initiative in Scandinavia. We will take a theoretical and practical look at why and how social innovation has flourished in Scandinavia.  The class lectures and case studies on design thinking, local history and culture, and social entrepreneurship, are complemented with online visits with experts and entrepreneurs.  The class examines various approaches to tackling such pressing problems as climate change, immigration, economic and gender equality. Satisfies the international requirement for the BSADM major. A. Hess. 

Seminar in Organizational Behavior

BUS 301C - Christiansen, Anne Mette E. / Straughan, Robert D. (Rob)

Offered from time to time when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit. Prerequisites may vary by topic. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021, BUS 301C-01: Seminar in Organizational Behavior: Sustainability and Human Rights in Business (3).  Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing.  Expectations on companies for taking responsibility for their impacts on society and the environment have never been more prominent. Increasingly, investors, customers and employees are looking to companies to take a stand and manage climate impacts, impacts on people and on society at large. Therefore, business leaders need competences in how to manage sustainability and human rights in a corporate setting. This course takes a strategic approach to sustainability and human rights and explores the question of why we are seeing such a rapid shift in expectations, how companies can work with sustainability and human rights strategically and what it means in practice. The course consist of three parts: firstly, an exploration based on theory, case examples and trends; secondly, a number of company guest lectures to get real business insights; and thirdly, an independent research project allowing you to deep-dive into a topic of your choice. The class is taught by visiting professor Anne Mette Christiansen, who has been working as a strategy consultant for 20 years with a focus on strategic sustainability. The class will be taught in person for the first two weeks of the term and virtually for the remaining two weeks. Christiansen.

Special Topics in Entrepreneurship

BUS 308A - Junkunc, Marc T.

This course is a special topics course related to entrepreneurship. The topics vary by term and instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021, BUS 308A-01: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship:  Entrepreneurial Finance (3). This course addresses financing issues facing entrepreneurs including the financing of startups and high growth ventures, as well as other settings. The essential challenge of funding startups and entrepreneurial enterprises, "the funding gap," is examined closely along with its implications and solutions. The entire spectrum of financing entrepreneurship is covered in the course. Junkunc.

 

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Future of Work

BUS 333 - Gilbert-Olson, Elisabeth K.

From automation to machine learning and AI to people analytics, new technologies are rapidly transforming when, where, and how people work. In this course, we'll explore what these changes mean—not just for individuals attempting to navigate their careers, but for society. The class draws on the latest real-world perspectives from fields like business, psychology, sociology, economics, philosophy, and computer science, as well as fictional sources that shed light on the possible implications of today's technologies for the future of work.

Framing a Franchise: The Business of Entertainment

BUS 360 - Lind, Stephen J.

Entertainment franchises are big business that pervade our consumer culture. This course challenges students to evaluate the various practices used to "frame" such creative entertainment franchise properties. Students study a variety of global franchises, such as Peanuts, Star Wars, or Disney lines, analyzing key issues involved in creative product development. These issues include framing, fidelity, and audience management, as well practical processes like the role of development gatekeepers and product licensing structures. The course includes virtual field trips and meetings with with entertainment industry executives.