Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Core Courses

Core Courses: The core curriculum consists of 21 Credits (7 courses) spread across four (4) distinct themes: Ethics, Technology, Globalism, and Customers. These courses are:

Lastly, all students are required to complete a cross-functional capstone course titled Global Business Strategy (3 Credits)

MBA 4115 Creating and Measuring Shareholder Value

This course uses a case-based learning approach to assessing the value of the firm and demonstrating how shareholder value is enhanced. Coverage includes a description of the fundamentals of value creation and discussion of contemporary value metrics such as cost-profit analysis, economic value added, and activity-based measurement of management effectiveness. Using financial databases, students work in teams to apply the analytic tools of managerial decision making and prepare comprehensive reports that measure managerial performance in enhancing firm value.

Prerequisites: MBA 3115, MBA 3315. (3 Credits)

MBA 4315 Shareholder Value Management

This course covers the concepts and practices of value-based financial management. Selected topics include financial analysis and forecasting, application of time value of money, valuation and stock market signals to management, introduction to risk and modern portfolio theory, capital budgeting, options, cost of capital, and capital structure. This course emphasizes value creation and the role of domestic and international financial management in facilitating this process.

Prerequisites: MBA 3115, MBA 3315, MBA 3715, MBA 4115, and MBA 4715 are highly recommended (3 Credits)

MBA 4415 Contemporary Information Technologies

This course will examine fundamentals of information systems and explore selected issues in depth. In-depth topics may include systems analysis and database, e-commerce, software development, management of information systems, self-service systems, 1-IRIS, etc.
(3 Credits)

MBA 4515 Stakeholder Theory and Social Responsibility

This course addresses corporate social responsibility through a stakeholder theory of business. The course will center on the question, "Which interests of which stockholders impose obligations of business?" The internal and external stakeholders addressed include investors, employees, customers, and the natural environment, among others. Some issues will be analyzed by exploring international differences in the treatment of stakeholders. The course exposes students to some of the ethical dilemmas confronted by employees in the workplace, and serves to enhance student skills in resolving these dilemmas. (3 Credits)

MBA 4535 Empowering Human Potential at Work

This course focuses on an organizations most salient resource - its human capital. It investigates the foundation of and strategies for empowering organizational members to manage organizational transformation processes in a national and global environment. Empowering human potential requires an understanding of how to manage ones self, other individuals, and groups effectively creatively, legally, and ethically in work organizations. Done well, empowered workers can help to achieve both personal and organizational objectives. To accomplish this goal, the course investigates strategies for enhancing individual performance (e.g., perception & motivations) and facilitating interpersonal processes (e.g., leadership & power). We will also explore ways of managing human resources issues (e.g., recruitment, selection, employee development), especially from a legal perspective.

MBA 4615 Creating and Measuring Customer Value

The basis of all business activity is the customer. Businesses try to create and maintain customers profitably. Doing this requires an understanding of customers, customer satisfaction, and the value that customers place on various aspects of the firms offer. It also requires an understanding of the value of different customers to the firm. This course explores these many aspects of customer value. The course will help students understand marketing's role in creating, communicating, and delivering value. The course will also show students how to control the costs of these offers so that value to customers can be maximized. Finally, the course will show students the tools of value analysis and how they can help the firm meet its objectives.

Prerequisite: MBA 3615 Marketing Concepts.(3 Credits)

MBA 4715 Developing Decisions-Making Competencies

This course will focus on the modeling process of identifying, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting results, so as to transfer the data into decisions, will be examined. The statistical basis for decision-making will be reviewed. Descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, and hypothesis are covered with an emphasis on analyzing and interpreting results using Excel. Students will learn to utilize advanced managerial decision-making tools, such as optimization and stimulation, to analyze complex business problems, and arrive at a rational solution. For each of the analysis techniques, the methodology will be developed and applied in a real business context. Cases of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description, definition, and formulation.

Prerequisites: MBA 3715, 3815 (3 credits)

MBA 6005 Global Business Strategy

The capstone course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the strategic management and organizational policy processes. This course provides the opportunity to apply this knowledge by practicing strategic decision-making and by formulating policy through the use of the case method with a focus on globalized firms. This course is usually taken in the last semester of study.

Prerequisites: Completion of all foundation core courses and eight or more 4000/5000 level advanced core and concentration area courses. (3 Credits)