Masters in Business Administration

An MBA in the field of Strategic Management and Public Policy is directed toward understanding and analyzing the principal forces shaping the global business environment: governmental policies and programs, social and cultural change, and the structure, evolution, and fluctuations of the economy. Students in this field take courses that survey political, economic, social, legal, and ethical environments of business and the micro- and macro-economic foundations of government policies. Special attention is given to business response to these policies.

MBA Curriculum

All students in the MBAD program take three non-waivable core courses taught by faculty in the SMPP Department:

  • MBAD 6281, Business Ethics
  • MBAD 6284, Business and Public Policy
  • MBAD 6286, Strategy Formulation and Implementation

Core and Elective/Selective Courses

Course # Course Title Instructor Syllabus Description
MBAD 6281 Business Ethics
(Core Course)
Diener, J. Lenn, K. Martin, J. Dunfee, T. Radin Syllabus To clarify values, create ethical awareness and master a decision-making metric.
MBAD 6284 Business and Public Policy
(Core Course)
E. Englander, J. Lenn, J. Rivera, A. Beltran Syllabus This course examines current political, legal, economic, social, ethical, and environmental forces acting on business, addressing legislative and regulatory actions, policy making and implementing, and the interaction of the political-economic systems and public policy processes.
MBAD 6286 Strategic Form/Implementation*
(Core Course)
J. Thurman, J. Cook, J. Walter, J. Joseph Syllabus This course takes an integrative approach to strategic management, stressing the general manager’s perspective, strategy formulation, implementation of strategy and policy, and evaluation and control of strategy in various types of organizations.
SMPP 6202 Business-Government Relations E. Englander N/A Historical and philosophical foundations of the business-government relationship: regulations, international trade, and corporate political activities. Public Policy issues facing business and the business community’s political response.
SMPP 6290 Strategy for Sustainable Enterprise Chapple-Brown Syllabus The purpose of this course is to help students gain an understanding of how to leverage enterprises to contribute to a more sustainable world, and how to prepare and manage an enterprise to make such a Contribution. Concepts will be applicable to large and small organizations.
SMPP 6215 Corporate Governance E. Englander N/A This course provides an overview of corporate governance on multinational companies, specially focused on the role of shareholders activism on environmental, executive compensation and social issues.
SMPP 6241 Global Corporate Responsibility J. Griffin Syllabus Analyze why, how and under what conditions global businesses are innovating to address corporate responsibility expectations. Focus on co-creation of value and innovation to create new markets. Examines global impact of corporate responsibility demands on businesses, civil society and public policy.
SMPP 6293 American Business History W. Becker Syllabus The history of American business institutions in manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and finance. Particular attention will be given to the period since industrialization, with consideration of business institutions in their economic, legal, governmental, and social contexts.
SMPP 6297 International Management Experience J. Cook,, J. Griffin N/A The International Management Experience encourages MBA students to gain hands-on knowledge of international management with a faculty led short-term study abroad program. Ranging from 1.5 credits to 6.0 credits, these international management experience courses have examined global strategy in Paris, sustainability in the Amazon rain forest, and corporate responsibility of social entrepreneurship in Egypt. They are offered Winter break, Spring break and Summer.
SMPP 6290 Sustainability Management and Policy J. Rivera Syllabus An exploration of triple bottom line concepts, and consideration of sustainability outcomes. Identifying connections of sustainability to business and other disciplines/functions and applying sustainability lessons in consultation with D.C.-area organizations.
SMPP 6290 Clean Tech and Competitive Energy Markets M. Ware, E. Roseman Syllabus A description, analysis, and evaluation of the demand and supply of various forms of energy, globally and regionally, the environmental, social, and economic effects of these phenomena, and a focus on the need for and development of organizational plans and policies which would strategically both reduce non-renewable energy demand and increase renewable energy supply.
SMPP 6290 Sustainability and Responsible Investment in Today’s Market M. Lombardo Syllabus What is sustainable and responsible investment(SRI) and why do investors believe this leads to long term shareholder value? As the integration of sustainability consideration into investment strategy continues to evolve, companies across all regions and sectors are rapidly embracing CSR. This introductory course will provide a practitioner’s point of view on SRI and the topics above.
SMPP 6290 Strategic Env. Mgmt Systems N/A N/A Environmental Management Systems are the principle interface between business and the environment. They provide a blueprint for sustainability. They can save businesses substantial amounts of money. They also improve investor relations and employee morale.
SMPP 6290 Global Market Governance J. Forrer N/A This course examines how globalization is affecting traditional approaches to public policies and governance responses. The course will focus on both cases of global public policy and the forms of global governance-conventional and emerging—used in their implementation and enforcement.
SMPP 6290 Cultural Norms T. Fort N/A To sensitize students to the content of diversity. While the United States conducts a good deal of its public discourse in secular terms, global discourse has a richer flavor of religious belief to it. It is important to listen to those beliefs of how Hindus, Muslims and others view economics and business.
SMPP 6290 Housing Markets, Policy and Society V. Perry N/A This course examines the housing marketplace with an emphasis on integrating perspectives from economics, public policy, marketing, consumer behavior and sociology. Through readings, guest speakers, and analyses of challenges and opportunities in housing markets, students will develop an understanding of the interplay between public policy actions, firm behavior, market conditions and the welfare of individuals and society.
SMPP 6290 Strategy and International Political Economy S. Patnaik Syllabus Whether you are a future manager, policy maker, diplomat, lawyer or employee of an international organization, understanding the interactions of firms with their broader business environment is an essential skill that will be invaluable for your professional career. In this new case-based, full-semester course, we will learn how firms can pursue an integrated approach to strategic management that combines elements from non-market strategy with concepts from traditional market strategy.
SMPP 6290 Healthcare Policy Analysis I G. M. Bloom Syllabus Participation in this course will build student ability to understand the making of US healthcare policy, describe the historical context of major healthcare policy issues, identify techniques and strategies used by stakeholders involved in Healthcare policy at the federal and state levels, recognize the rhetoric and tools of persuasion for political debate and Advocacy.