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Foresight in business and society
You’ll stay on the cutting edge with this in-depth course, which examines major demographic, environmental and global trends and the future of business. The bulk of the class is research-based, and students can tailor the material to their own interests.
To learn more about this course, please visit: http://bizcourse.nd.edu/foresight/
TAP (Tax Assistance Program)
This course provides you with real-world accounting experience while bettering the local community. Students help out in the preparation of federal and state income tax returns for low-income individuals, working at sites throughout the regional area.
BAMG30505 / BAMG30506
Social Entrepreneurship and Microventuring Consulting
Globalize your Notre Dame experience with this program, which aims to reduce world poverty by helping people build sustainable businesses in economically disadvantaged communities. The curriculum includes team mentoring projects with local microenterprises and global summer internship opportunities.
Innovation and Design
This class encourages you to think differently about the world and create new ideas that have a positive impact on the world you live in. The course takes you through the key principles and the innovation processes that lead to breakthroughs and the practices that make them work.
This class will develop your corporate street smarts to leverage your creative and problem-solving skills. Through hands-on techniques and exercises, you’ll learn how to ask the right questions, gather the right data and use it to improve your judgment and make better decisions for all stakeholders.
MBA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Since today’s firms must compete on multiple dimensions, they must structure the way materials and information flows for optimal efficiency and effectiveness. This course introduces students to the tools and concepts used to achieve these goals while also integrating a rationale for sustainability (legal, competitive or altruistic).
The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a structured and analytically sound understanding of how the U.S. economy and other market economies function. The study of economic concepts naturally leads to examining how they impact the environment and society. Students in this course consider the integration of many economic topics with such environmental and social concerns.
This course teaches the terminology, theory and techniques financial managers need to maximize return to shareholders. Students also analyze finance case studies involving ethical or societal issues that reflect or intensify the financial problems encountered by the managers in the cases.
This course is an introduction to marketing management at the MBA level. The class examines customer, competitor and company analysis, along with market segmentation, targeting and positioning strategy. Marketing programs in product, distribution, promotion and price are explored, and students obtain direct experience in understanding decision making and decision consequences through cases and a competitive simulation.
Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct
Through readings, discussions and exercises, this course argues that the foundations of business conduct should be based not on mere avoidance of wrongdoing but on excellence with respect to financial and ethical performance. The class encourages students to examine the necessary drivers of positive moral behavior on the personal and organizational levels. The discussion then broadens into issues effecting society as a whole, specifically sustainability.
Two of seven case studies in this course have explicit ethical and social impact components. In the first, students take the role of consultants brought in by board members, and in the second, students are divided into two groups, each representing one of two firms competing for a major customer contract that both need to ensure their continued operation.
Ethics and social responsibility are integrated into many of the course topics, including employee motivation, outsourcing, off shoring and downsizing, and unethical behavior in corporate cultures such as Enron. A broad approach toward appreciating organizational behavior is taken, and the course regularly expands our thinking on how managerial processes and decisions affect various stakeholders.
Leadership and Teams
This course covers many topics related to leadership, including power and influence, managing change, making decisions, and working with and through others. Given the nature of the course, sub-topics related to ethics and social responsibility are regularly discussed in class.
This class examines the strategic management process—translating the products of strategic thinking into definitive plans that can be operationally implemented. Four core concepts of strategic sustainability of a firm are discussed and evaluated: global trends, environment and energy, poverty, resources and the management of waste.
This course provides MBA students with a general overview of the legal system as it relates to the manager’s role in the business community. The primary focus of the course includes the law of torts, contracts and sales, employment law, entity selection and related tax issues. Global issues and ethics are among the topics incorporated into this framework.
Corporate Financial Reporting
This is a financial reporting course, and as such, it focuses on the information needs of the suppliers and capital to the firm, namely investors and creditors. The primary objective is to understand the role corporate financial reporting plays in providing useful information to external decision makers. Students learn about the importance of ethical behavior in reporting accounting information to interested parties.
Corporate Financial Reporting II
The objective of this course is to teach students how to read, understand and critically evaluate financial statement information. Students examine the rationale underlying the reporting requirements and management incentives for manipulating reported numbers. As part of the course, students learn to identify areas where there is potential for “managing” reported numbers and techniques for adjusting reported numbers prior to analysis.
Globalization and Multinational Corporate Responsibility
The objective of this course is to enhance the awareness and understanding of future business executives, multilateral and national governmental officials, and managers of nongovernmental organizations about the evolving role of the multinational enterprise and how that role should be managed. The course is populated by graduate students in peace studies and human rights law as well as MBA students.
Ethical Dimensions of Leadership
This course considers both what is required for ethical leadership in business and what it takes to achieve something more: leadership in ethics. Students pursue such questions with the goal of learning how knowledge of ethics can both extend what is known about leadership and contribute to its exercise.
International Business Ethics
This course focuses on the international dimension of business ethics at all levels of business: personal, organizational and systemic. In the first part of the course, students examine global corporate responsibility in economic, social and environmental terms. The second part of the course focuses on crucial aspects for developing business ethics in China.
Ethics in Finance and Banking
This course focuses on ethics in finance and banking and is taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty across the fields of economics, investments, finance, banking and ethics. The course covers a broad range of topics, including foundational issues of ethics and economics; financial institutions and trustworthy business behavior; and global principles for international banks to manage environmental and social risks.
Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace
The course, offered in the Judeo-Christian tradition, incorporates readings from other religious perspectives, and is offered by a Roman Catholic as an elective open to all persons sincerely interested in reflecting on the link between religious faith and work.
Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
This course familiarizes students with concepts of corporate citizenship and sustainability. Students examine the interface among corporate, social, environmental and ethical responsibilities, which leads to an understanding of the relevance of multiple stakeholders in business decisions. Among the topics discussed are global warming and climate change.
This course familiarizes students with the major ethical concepts relevant to the field of marketing. Students learn to apply those theories by analyzing case situations presenting ethical dilemmas, discussing ethical issues of importance to marketing managers, and studying examples of top corporate executives and leading companies demonstrating ethical leadership in business. Required attendance at The Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics provides students with additional perspectives.
Spirituality and Work
The premise of this course is that people of religious faith ought to bring their religious values into the workplace, and that these values ought to influence quality of life as well as daily decisions in business.
This course focuses on how to create an environment in which innovation and design will flourish. Using research from the field of positive psychology, the course examines how to achieve positive emotions personally and among workers to realize more productive outcomes.
This course studies design and innovation, examines why these concepts are important, and examines the principles and practices of innovative and creative thinking. Ethical and social impact issues are integrated into the course material. Social and environmental concerns offer especially relevant opportunities for innovative solutions.
Goals for this course include: understanding important terms, concepts and theories of social influence; being able to apply general concepts and theories of persuasion to business situations and problems; and being able to create influential messages by integrating concepts and theories within this course. Students hone their skills in critically evaluating messages and identifying their persuasive elements for a given audience.
The primary intent of this course is to enhance students’ capabilities in three key areas that are important for consultants: (1) the ability to successfully develop a solution to a difficult problem faced by a business organization, (2) the ability of consultants to facilitate solution implementation (students are expected to assist a “live client”), and (3) the ability to execute successfully a consulting engagement, from entry through exit.
This course explores the psychology of disputes, the nature and sources of conflict, and the ways in which conflict and human emotion can disrupt or make business organizations dysfunctional. As students examine the nature of conflict, they explore behavioral responses and theoretical approaches to it, and learn about a wide range of alternatives to working through conflict.
Leadership in Action: Stewardship through Community Partners
This course allows application of multiple skills from the MBA functional areas, as well as relevant student interests and experiences, within the context of community stewardship. Students complete project-based solutions to community nonprofit challenges. The course provides students an opportunity to work closely with and learn from those providing direct services to community members, and affirms an awareness of and commitment to stewardship in future professional careers.
Ten Years Hence
The annual Ten Years Hence course brings leading experts on environmental and social impact implications of special topics to present and meet with MBA students each spring semester. The course explores ideas, issues and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade.
This course is designed to simulate the “real-life” activities of entrepreneurs in the startup stage of a new venture concept. Ethical issues are discussed throughout the course both pre-determined in the course syllabus and during the development of the students’ business plans.
Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
This course provides an international experiential learning opportunity for undergraduates and MBAs. Students explore business and micro-business activities in the international context, as well as discuss global and national support agencies, market feasibility and cultural issues. Upon completion of the course, the selected students become involved in a practicum in which they provide consultative service to a startup or NGO in a less developed country.
Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: South Africa Internship
A select group of interns have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working with notable organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. This internship provides the unique chance to develop business skills while working for a socially responsible organization.
Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Jamaica Internship
With this unique internship, students are given the opportunity to teach an eight-week senior-level course, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development, to students at the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. The goal is to empower students to use entrepreneurial skills and basic knowledge of business plans in order to make a difference in their community. Interns also work with NGOs on strategic initiatives bolstering economic development opportunities for low income entrepreneurs.
Business on the Frontlines
The objectives of this course are to (1) introduce basic concepts in developmental economics and peace through commerce; (2) delve more deeply into the specific political, cultural, economic and business challenges of a war-torn country; (3) investigate, based on a field visit, both the activities of local and/or international businesses in a war-torn region and the positive/negative impact of those business activities.
Heath Care Management
The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the healthcare field and management challenges facing healthcare executives and managers. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the following areas in healthcare: administration; public policy and the law; economics and the role of managed care; the role of physicians in healthcare; healthcare information systems and patient safety and quality.
This course examines a range of ethical issues and value dilemmas facing the nonprofit manager and the nonprofit organization. Emphasis is given to the formulation and implementation of organizational social policy, the development of sensitivity to moral and economic values within situations, and the ability to examine complex ethical situations and reach decisions for action.
Shareholder ESG (Ethical, Social and Governance) Ethical Issues
This course looks at issues and ethical trade-offs in shareholder demands for change at companies while addressing structural trends in financial markets. The course provides an overview of how companies address shareholder proposals in connection with legal rules in the U.S. and how investors work together internationally in the process of shareholder engagement.
Ethics in Investing
The fundamental purpose of this course is to understand the ethical component of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria as they apply to ethics in investments.
Issues of Sustainability in Investments
The fundamental purpose of this course is to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria pertain to sustainable investing. Students assess how types of investors, non-governmental organizations, regulators, ratings agencies and corporations have shaped the current state of the ethical debate regarding socially-responsible investing, and analyze how corporations integrate and report their ESG performance, ethics policies and risk management.
The UN Global Compact and the Future of the Economy
The course will engage students by examining the ten principles of the Global Compact: human rights, labor rights, the environment, and corruption. The course will include distinguished speakers in the field.
Interterm Deep Dive MBGR 70231 –
Creating an Experiential Marketing Campaign: The Case of Ogilvy & Mather
Representatives from the international advertising, marketing and public relations firm Ogilvy & Mather led a week-long workshop-style seminar which challenged students to develop a non-traditional marketing campaign for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
Deep Dive Coca-Cola MBGR 70180 –
Interterm Intensive: Business Research, Decision Making, and Communication Fundamentals
This workshop-style seminar focused on challenges unique to the Coca-Cola Company. This intensive workshop asked students to examine company icons with an eye toward evaluating their effect on public behavior and perception. Also under consideration were the company’s current efforts in recycling its products. Students considered how consumers could be more actively engaged in helping the company reduce its carbon footprint.
Sustainability in Business
This course covers the emerging area of sustainability. The class features academic and corporate speakers. Specific areas discussed in the course include climate change, energy issues, sustainable business practices, the work of consortia of businesses to stimulate more responsible environmental practices, and tactics such as green-washing.
Employment Law: the Legal Framework of HR Management
This course explores the intricacies of federal anti-discrimination law and litigation, beyond the basics covered in general management courses. Students will investigate the litigation process through a case study approach, reviewing recent court decisions involving real-world examples. Additionally, in break-out workshops, teams will review various discrimination scenarios they are likely to face and will determine the most appropriate course of action.
Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
This course covers the emerging areas of corporate citizenship and sustainability. The class will identify important aspects of these issues and will feature corporate speakers. This course is offered as an Interterm intensive.
International Business Ethics
The objective of this course is fourfold: (1) to make the students aware about the world in which we live, whose economic, social, political and cultural components are dramatically changing and affecting the international economy and business (2) to study the different approaches to business ethics, (3) to make a personal assessment about our ethical convictions, and (4) to participate in a research workshop on business ethics and present final papers on different aspects of the subject proposed every year.
MSA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Accounting Fraud Examination
The course will focus heavily on frauds committed against the organization (occupational fraud) and frauds committed on behalf of the organization (financial statement fraud). Major recent financial statement frauds (e.g., Enron, Worldcom, Tyco) will be analyzed, corporate governance issues will be addressed, computerized data mining approaches will be investigated, and the nature and scope of accounting litigation support services will be studied.
MNA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MNA 60410 NFP
Marketing for Nonprofits
This course discusses the marketing needs and approaches particular to not-for-profit organizations as they seek to build recognition for the value of the services they provide. Course focuses include development of the skills needed to create, implement and refine effective not-for-profit marketing programs. Coursework emphasizes skills and techniques used to develop innovative marketing plans that promote interest in the products, services and people which comprise not-for-profit organizations.
Accounting for the NFP
Accounting principles and practices are presented as they apply to not-for-profit organizations. The course objective is to provide a working knowledge of basic accounting concepts, standard accounting reports, generation and use of accounting information, and other subjects with particular relevance to the not-for-profit sector.
Human Resource Management
Proceeding from a discussion of various theories of managing people in organizations, this course enhances management skills and the understanding of how different strategies are most effectively employed in not-for-profit organizations. Management of both professional staff and volunteers are emphasized, as are the skills needed to work effectively with trustees and boards.
The course provides the basic concepts of the laws and regulations governing not-for-profit organizations. Specific topics include an introduction to the origins of law, legal reasoning, the judicial process, torts, contracts, and employment law. Ethical considerations for NFP organizations when making law related decisions are addressed throughout the course.
Economics of NFP Enterprises
This course is concerned with the application of microeconomic principles to the managerial decision-making process with extensive applications to the not-for-profit sector. The course will analyze the demand for services; the cost to the agency of providing those the external markets within which those services are provided services; and the internal organizational architecture of the agency providing the services.
This course will benefit those in management in not-for-profit financial issues. Topics covered include accountability and stewardship, the finance function in a mission driven organization, fiscal operations and functions, external constituencies, reporting and compliance, operating budgets, program planning, strategic management, and internal financial reporting.
Nonprofit Management and Organizational Behavior
Management in Nonprofit Corporations presents a highly specialized challenge. Customers/stakeholders/financial resources are often other than the direct recipients of service. Due to new and emerging external pressures, nonprofits are being forced to consider new paradigms, which are increasingly more strategic and entrepreneurial, often resulting in conflict between traditional mission aspirations and current market realities. This course will explore the managerial skills and organizational strategies necessary for successful nonprofit organizations.
This course examines a range of ethical issues and value dilemmas facing the not-for-profit manager and the not-for-profit organization. Emphasis is given to the formulation and implementation of organizational social policy, the development of sensitivity to moral and economic values within situations, and the ability to examine complex ethical situations and reach decisions for action. The role of the not-for-profit manager as both a professional and ethical leader is explored through case studies which examine ethical issues in contemporary nonprofit organizations.
This course will explore the innovative concepts, practices, and strategies associated with “Social Entrepreneurship,” including its growing trend both domestically and internationally toward multiple definitions and widespread applications in both the nonprofit and for-profit settings. Students will be challenged to develop their own innovative ideas/opportunities in terms of a social venture plan, first exploring the idea’s feasibility, then creating a business plan that will “ready for implementation” at the conclusion of the course.
Catholic Social Thought
Catholic Social Teaching involves a very defined body of writings that apply the teachings of the Church to the social, political, and economic realities of the human condition. Students will analyze the content and origin of this literature with application to the current and economic challenges.