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Innovation and Creativity Online Course – Spring 2015

MBA Programs is pleased to announce that Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy will be offering Innovation and Creativity (CRN 48357) for the Spring 2015 semester. It is a three credit hour course that is offered online.

Course Description

Creativity and innovation are the key drivers of success for both entrepreneurial start-ups and many of today’s leading companies. Some of the most dramatic gains in shareholder value over the last few years, such as those of Google and Apple, are due to an organizational culture that encourages and supports creativity and innovation. But even established organizations may survive on the basis of creative innovations. Ford’s Model A did reasonably well (and came in colors) but it was the creative innovation of assembly line technology that enabled Ford to and dominate the market of the early 20th century (with the Model T). S. C. Johnson & Son, an established and successful firm established in the late 19th century, only took off in the 1940s, after establishing a strong R & D department and committing to product innovation. Some would say that a culture of creativity and innovation may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.

Creativity has most often been thought of as an individual characteristic. Moreover, an idea may be creative but crazy (or at least impractical). That’s why creativity seems to matter most when it’s married to innovation, the key to what Schumpeter called “creative destruction.” Of course, organizations don’t have creative ideas. Ideas, creative or not, are contributed only by people. But organizations can set a culture that encourages (or discourages) creativity on the part of individuals and teams. They can develop policies that support (or undercut) innovation. In this course we will examine factors such as breakthrough design that encourage creativity and support innovation. In this class participants will have an opportunity to examine and assess their own creative and innovative propensities, along with those seen in organizations. We will examine the bases of creativity and innovation, at both individual and organizational levels, and look at ways of developing or strengthening creative ideas and innovative action.

Holiday Break Advising Walk-In Hours and Office Closures

Walk-in hours will be suspended for the holiday season beginning Wednesday, December 24th and will resume Monday, January 5th.

In addition, the MBA Programs Office will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25
Friday, December 26
Wednesday, December 31
Thursday, January 1

If you need academic advising during this time please do not hesitate to make an appointment through the appointment system located to the right of this blog.

Happy Holidays!

Summer 2015 Class Schedule Posted

The Summer 2015 course schedule has been posted to the Registrar’s website. We anticipate that registration for the Summer will begin sometime late February to early March.

To review the schedule, please follow the link below:

http://my.gwu.edu/mod/pws/

For information on how to identify elective options please visit:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/registration/elective-and-selective-options/

See your Academic Advisor for questions about your remaining requirements.

Spring 2015 Graduation Application open in GWeb

The Spring 2015 Graduation application is now available on GWeb.

Applying to graduate:

Students who anticipate completing their MBA degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester should apply using the electronic graduation application in GWeb no later than February 1, 2015. Students will only be eligible for electronic submission after they are registered for the Spring 2015 semester.

Instructions on how to apply can be found at:

http://registrar.gwu.edu/online-graduation-application-instructions

If you are unable to apply as your MBA curriculum is not appearing in GWeb as a graduation option and you are registered for the Spring 2015 semester, then you will need to email Graduation Services at diploma@gwu.edu.

Students who apply after the February 1st deadline are required to fill out a paper application and will be charged a $35 processing fee.

MBA Programs Graduation webpage:

In addition, MBA Programs has a graduation webpage that contains more information about the graduation process, including Beta Gamma Sigma, diplomas, and more at:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/graduation/

If you have additional questions, please email your Academic Advisor.

GWSB MBA Student Published on Forté Website

Lara Donato, GMBA class of 2016 member and Forté Fellow, was recently published on the Forté Foundation’s website. She discussed some important considerations when deciding to pursue an MBA full time.

Check out her piece here.

The Waitlist for Spring 2015 MBAD Courses Will Launch on November 24th

The waitlists for Spring 2015 MBAD courses will go live through the registration portal on GWEB beginning Monday, November 24th at 7:00 am. If you are interested in getting on the electronic waitlist for a closed course, you will have the opportunity to do so at this time. Please reach out to your Advisor if you have any questions.

Consulting Concentration Required Courses Scheduled

MBA Programs is pleased to announce that the Consulting Concentration required courses have been scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester. Students who are interested in completing the Consulting Concentration may choose to register for one or both courses being offered. To register, you may log into GWeb and enter the following CRNs:

47860: Consulting I (SMPP 6290, 3 credits) This course meets during the first half of the semester on Tuesdays from 4:30-7:00pm. This course meets during the second half of the semester: 4/16-4/18 only.

48083: Consulting Practicum (SMPP 6290, 3 credits), Tuesdays 7:10 pm – 9:40 pm

MBA Interactive Calendar Launched

We are excited to announce the new academic calendar to keep you up to date on important deadlines, events, and holidays. Students can subscribe to the calendar to receive email updates. We encourage you to go through the tutorial provided on the calendar page prior to subscribing. Please note that there have been issues with security features connected to GW email addresses. You may wish to subscribe for now using a non-GW email address.

Click below to visit the new calendar:

MBA Calendar


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