Please refer to the Spring 15 Course Schedule for more detail.

Course Location: Nelson Hall

Course Location: RTP

Course Location: Online

MBA 610.007 (Main    Campus)
MBA 610.607 (RTP Students)
Leading Teams
Dr. Bradley Kirkman
January 10 (8:30 – 5:30 pm)
January 24 (8:30 – 12:30)
General Elective

MBA 610.606 (RTP Campus)
MBA 610.006 (Main Campus Students)
Accelerate Your Career: Get Noticed and Promoted
John Hutchings
February 7 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
February 21 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
General Elective

MBA 610.611
Advanced ERP – SAP Configuration
Dr. Marianne Bradford
Time Arranged/ Online MBA students and other Professional MBA students with MBA departmental approval only
General Elective
 

MBA 610. 003 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.603 (RTP Students)
Introduction to Statistical Computing for Business

Dr. Tonya Balan
January 31 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
February 14 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
General Elective

 

 

 

 

MBA 610.004 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.604 (RTP Students)
Product Innovation and Adoption
Dr. Jon Bohlmann
February 7 (8:30 – 5:30 pm
February 21 (8:30-12:30)
General Elective

MBA 610.608 (RTP Campus)
MBA 610.008 (Main Campus Students)
Entrepreneurial  Finance
Dr. Marks
February 28 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
March 21 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
General Elective

 MBA 610.610
Product Innovation and Adoption
Dr. Jon Bohlmann
Time Arranged/ Online MBA students and other Professional MBA students with MBA departmental approval only
General Elective

MBA 610. 009 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.609 (RTP Students)
Sustainable Reporting and Business Operations

Mr. Scott Showalter
February 28 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
March  21 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
General Elective



 

 

MBA 610. 005 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.605 (RTP Campus Students)
Negotiation Skills: A Behavioral and Social Approach
Dr. David Henard
March 28 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
April 11 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
General Elective

 

 

Nelson Hall

MBA 610.007 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.607 (RTP Students)

Leading Teams (General Elective)

Dr. Bradley Kirkman, January 10th (8:30am – 5:30 pm) and January 24 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

The objective of first team module is two-fold.  First, in the morning session, participants will review and discuss general ways of enhancing teamwork in their organizations.  Myths and misconceptions about teams will be exposed and answers to the most commonly asked questions about using organizational teams will be answered.  Participants will be asked to discuss their own experiences and challenges working in, and leading, teams.  An applied case study will also be used to illuminate additional challenges associated with forming and leading organizational teams.  An exercise will also address when teams are likely to make better decisions than individuals.  Second, in the afternoon session, a video exercise will be used to identify key behaviors that make for successful team leadership.  Participants will be asked to react to examples of positive and negative aspects of team leadership.  The added complexity of leading teams versus leading individuals will be highlighted.
Moving beyond the first team module, the second team module examines challenges and opportunities associated with the two most commonly used types of teams in today’s organizations: global project teams and global virtual teams. Participants will get hands-on recommendations for leading cross-functional global project teams and determine key differences in leading this type of team compared to other existing types such as work teams or management teams.  In addition, students will be exposed to the roles of generational differences and national culture in leading global teams. The focus will then shift to leading and working in global virtual teams.  Cutting edge research findings on virtual teams will be shared, and participants will be asked to share their own experiences and challenges.  A case study will be used to illuminate the specific issues associated with leading global virtual teams.

FINAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT:
Please choose a less than stellar experience you have had working in and/or leading a team inside or outside of the MBA program (for outside the program, this could be at your current job, your previous jobs, or even outside of work such as a sports team).  Your choice should include a team that struggled to reach its objectives and full potential.  Knowing what you know now about teams and teamwork, what would you do differently as a team member and/or team leader if you had it to do all over again?  How would you approach working in your team differently?  What might you change about the design of the team? Were there any generational or cross-cultural challenges on your team?

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of team work and how to leverage the former and compensate for the latter.
  • Apply teamwork concepts to an applied situation (David Fletcher case).
  • Determine whether or not teams make better decisions than individuals (and how to fix things if they do not).
  • Understand the role of team leaders in enhancing team performance in a dynamic, uncertain environment.
  • Learn how to manage the “triangle of relationships”.
  • Differentiate between transformational and transactional team leadership and learn the behaviors of both.
  • Start to better understand your own cultural values and those of people around you.
  • Examine the impact of cultural value differences on global project teams.
  • Improve your project team leadership skills.
  • Explain the added complexities when teams are multicultural and geographically dispersed and identify best practices in addressing the special challenges faced by global, virtual teams.
  • • Start building a leader toolkit for enhancing the performance of global virtual teams.
  • Apply concepts to a real world example (Leo Burnett).

MBA 610.003   (Main Campus)
MBA 610.603   (RTP Students)

Introduction to Statistical Computing for Business (General Elective)

Dr. Tonya Balan, January 31 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) and February 14 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

This course will provide an introduction to computing methods for manipulating and analyzing data in a business context.  The course will primarily focus on the SAS programming language but will also provide a very brief overview of other modern programming languages that are typically used for analyzing big data problems.

MBA 610.004      (Main Campus)
MBA 610.604      (RTP Students)

Product Innovation and Adoption (Marketing, Innovation and TEC)

Dr. Jon Bohlmann, February 7th (8:30am  –  5:30 pm) and February 21st (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Technology and product innovations are critical for a growing and profitable high-tech firm.  In Product Innovation and Adoption we examine key aspects of innovation from the viewpoint of customer adoption.  As the pace of innovation accelerates in many industries, and as technological and market uncertainties increase, it is important for firms to understand the various processes behind the customer adoption decision.  This enables firms to better manage the innovation process and increase the likelihood of market success.  

This course will cover several key topics:  1) market-based principles of innovation diffusion, 2) management processes and market research/forecasting methods firms can utilize for faster and more effective innovation development, and 3) adoption behaviors when customers are faced with an innovation adoption decision.  Class topics develop the various concepts and methods associated with innovation and adoption.  A few readings and case studies focus on the application of key ideas within a particular organization.  Class topics are designed to cover concepts not otherwise emphasized in other marketing or innovation courses.

MBA 610.005 (Main Campus)
MBA 610.605 (RTP Students)

Negotiation Skills: A Behavioral and Social Approach (General Elective)

Dr. David Henard, March 28th (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) and April 4 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

This one-hour, face-to-face course focuses on negotiations as an integral part of the workplace. This course explores real world negotiation challenges with in-depth practical exercises involving bargaining between individuals and multiple parties. Interactive scenarios are supplemented by a grounded understanding of various psychological and sociological drivers of persuasion and influence. The goal of this course is to equip students with a multi-faceted understanding of and skill set for successful negotiation and influence activities.

  Assignments include multiple readings, case studies, and 4-5 interactive in-class negotiation scenarios.

RTP 

MBA 610.606   (RTP Campus)
MBA 610.006   (Main Campus Students)

Accelerate Your Career: Get Noticed and Promoted (General Elective)

Mr. John Hutchings, February 7 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) and February 21 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

A promotion is an employer’s investment in your future contributions.  This course will familiarize students with best practices for leveraging an MBA for internal progression.  Students will learn concepts and practice skills to align their newly-acquired management skills with their organization's needs, enlist allies, increase their visibility, enhance their leadership presence, and engage in crucial conversations with their management.

Reach 360 Personal Brand Assessment• 100% attendance – class discussion contribution (Since this is an experiential course, attendance on both days is absolutely non-negotiable)• Completed internal career development plan (including Competencies & Contribution Statement) • Proof of candidacy materials – Competencies & Contribution Statement• One hour role-play and coaching session (upon completion of internal career development plan – before end of semester classes), Readings

MBA 610.608      (RTP Campus)
MBA 610.008     (Main Campus Students)

Entrepreneurial Finance (Finance)

Mr. Kenneth Marks, February 28 (8:30 – 5:30 pm) and March 21 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Online

MBA 610.610, Product Innovation and Adoption

Dr. Jon Bohlmann, Time Arranged

Technology and product innovations are critical for a growing and profitable high-tech firm.  In Product Innovation and Adoption we examine key aspects of innovation from the viewpoint of customer adoption.  As the pace of innovation accelerates in many industries, and as technological and market uncertainties increase, it is important for firms to understand the various processes behind the customer adoption decision.  This enables firms to better manage the innovation process and increase the likelihood of market success.  

This course will cover several key topics:  1) market-based principles of innovation diffusion, 2) management processes and market research/forecasting methods firms can utilize for faster and more effective innovation development, and 3) adoption behaviors when customers are faced with an innovation adoption decision.  Class topics develop the various concepts and methods associated with innovation and adoption.  A few readings and case studies focus on the application of key ideas within a particular organization.  Class topics are designed to cover concepts not otherwise emphasized in other marketing or innovation courses.

MBA 610.611, Advanced SAP, Prereq/CoReq: MBA515 

Dr. Marianne Bradford, Time Arranged/Professional Evening Students and other Professional MBA students with departmental approval only

This 1-hour course advanced SAP course is a “bottoms” up configuration practice set in which students complete the configuration in core modules of SAP including:

  • Materials Management (MM) module
  • Financial Accounting (FI) module
  • Controlling (CO) module
  • Sales and Distribution (SD)

The case is a hypothetical snack bar company, Fitter Snacker. Students go through guided exercises to configure the specific elements of the organizational structure and master data for each module in a specified order.