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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"(taught by Professors Fort, Martin, Radin, Dunfee, Diener, Goldman), MBAD 6284, "Business and Public Policy" (taught by Professors Lenn, Englander, Griffin, Rivera, Joseph, Reagan ) and MBAD 6286, "Strategy Formulation and Implementation" (taught by Professors Davis, Thurman, Cook, Joseph and Walter).

Core Courses

MBAD
6281

Business Ethics

J. Lenn, K. Martin, J. Dunfee, T. Radin, K. Diener

Syllabus

 

  1. To clarify values
  2. To create ethical awareness
  3. To master a decision-making metric.

MBAD
6284

Business & Public Policy

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. The course examines the evolving relationship of business, government, and nonprofit organizations in American and other societies, including the political activities of business and the emergence of business-government-nonprofit public private partnerships. Given its increasing salience in many contemporary corporations, sustainable development is an ongoing course theme.

MBAD
6286

Strategic Form/Implementation

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.

 

Elective/Selective Courses

SMPP
6202

Business-Government Relations

E. Englander

 

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 M.

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. Students will learn the history and foundational concepts of sustainable development as well as the basic market dynamics that impact sustainable development. Through readings, case studies, and assignments, students will explore a systems approach to strategically position the enterprise to create sustainable value for the organization, society, and the planet. Concepts will be applicable to large and small organizations.

SMPP
6215

Corporate Governance

E. Englander

 

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. The main objectives of the course are:

  1. Understand concepts of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility;
  2. Compare practices between firms from different nationalities and industries;
  3. Critically assess shareholder proposals considering corporate governance aspects, economic viability and social and environmental impacts.

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

 

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; Corporate Responsibility of Social Entrepreneurship in Egypt, among others. They are offered at various times during the year: Winter break; Spring break and Summer.

SMPP
6290

Sustainability Management & Policy

J. Rivera

Syllabus

 

An exploration of environmental, social, and economic sustainability long-term quality of life, or, triple bottom line) concepts, perceptions, policies, and practices and consideration of sustainability outcomes; identifying connections of sustainability to business and other disciplines/functions; highlighting sustainability activities across sectors, countries, levels, and roles; 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 & 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? What are the core sustainability issues that SRI evaluated? What makes a credible CSR report? What are the emerging trends and issues in CSR reporting? How does SRI engage companies? As the integration of sustainability consideration into investment approaches 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

 

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.

  1. Examine all of the various ways in which actions of businesses affect the environment.
  2. Learn how these impacts can be quantified and reduced.
  3. Learn the internationally recognized systems for identifying and tracking corporate impacts.
  4. Learn how companies can save substantial sums, improve investor relations and improve employee morale by implementing various environmental management systems.

SMPP
6290

Global Market Governance

J. Forrer

 

This course examines, in an integrated fashion, how globalization is affecting traditional approaches to the formulation of certain public policies and effective 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. The course analyzes the rationale for considering public policies as global public policies and reviews the implications for, and efficacy of, various forms of global governance. The course will examine examples/cases drawn from a variety of contemporary public policy issues associated with globalization and consider alternative approaches to global governance.

SMPP
6290

Cultural Norms

T. Fort

 

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.
To see how some have attempted to integrate religion, business and peace. Corporations practicing the kinds of virtues that, I have argued, lead to peace are also exactly the kinds of organizations that also provide a forum for individuals of different beliefs to work together by either finding a common ground or, if no common ground exists, to still find ways to frame differences in constructive terms of diversity rather than in threatening poses that trigger defensiveness. When the course is concluded, students will have a far richer understanding of the various moral traditions around the world that students will be able to build upon the beginning efforts at reaching global consensus on issues.

SMPP
6290

Housing Markets, Policy & Society

V. Perry

 

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
(New course offered in Spring 2014)

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 (e.g. how to successfully engage with non-market actors such as regulators or the media) with concepts from traditional market strategy (e.g. how to deal with market forces such as competitors). We will examine questions at the intersection of strategy and international political economy, such as for example, how do managers play political influence games with stakeholders from multiple countries, how can firms form alliances with different interest groups, and how can companies successfully shape their broader business environment? We will cover a variety of topics, including stakeholder engagement, lobbying, climate change, emerging market economies, NGO-firm relationships, global strategy, energy supply security, sustainable development and corruption. At the end of the course, students will have a thorough understanding of strategy and political economy in a global setting and will have obtained the necessary tools to craft successful, integrated firm strategies in diverse institutional and political environments.

SMPP
6290

Healthcare Policy Analysis I
(New course offered in Spring 2014)

G. M. Bloom

Syllabus

 

Participation in this course will build student ability to

  1. Understand the making of US healthcare policy.
  2. Describe the historical context of major healthcare policy issues.
  3. Identify techniques and strategies used by stakeholders involved in Healthcare policy at the federal and state levels.
  4. Recognize the rhetoric and tools of persuasion for political debate and Advocacy.
  5. Consider the opinions expressed by others with demonstrated respect for diversity and express value-based thoughts in a considerate manner.
  6. Locate and effectively utilize internet resources.