Undergraduate Courses

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Graduate Courses

PL700 Current Topics in Law and Ethics
Financial Management examines three sets of problems: 1) saving and investment decisions by households, 2) investment and financing decisions by corporations, and 3) the role of securities markets and financial intermediaries in the economy.
Decisions today affect the timing of and uncertainty about future flows of income; both timing and risk determine the current value of those future flows. This course develops the tools required to analyze these decisions and their interaction within the financial system. Reserved for first year full time cohorted MBA students
This course will survey contemporary issues in selected areas of law and ethics. We will introduce pivotal areas of law, so that students begin to anticipate legal problems, analyze how to avoid them, and realize how legal principles can be employed to add value in their chosen fields. The subjects are torts, contracts, employment law, securities regulation and corporate governance. We expect that this overview of a few disciplines will encourage students to explore other legal topics relevant to their business interests. We will also offer an analytic structure that enables students to identify ethical issues in business, analyze options and make choices consistent with their own values.
Prerequisites: none
PL835 Real Estate Management
This is an introductory course that covers the basics of real estate investing and managing. Subject materials include mortgages, lenders, forms of ownership, tax laws effecting real property, financial analysis and valuation techniques. [Lecture and case analysis.] Replaces SP835.
Prerequisites: QM716/717, OM725/726, MK723/724, FE721/722
PL837 Strategic Fundraising and Corporate Philanthropy
This course is designed for future civic, business and nonprofit leaders who will be in the position of raising funds or giving away funds for charitable purposes at some point in their career. Whether for your child’s school, the local little league or symphony, or a cause you care deeply about, you will want to know the fundamentals of raising or giving away money. This course explores the topic of strategic fundraising and philanthropy in three modules. The first explores the history, trends and current topics in philanthropy using case studies and current events. The second module provides students with specific tools and lessons in strategic fundraising and gives students an opportunity to apply these skills within a nonprofit of their choice. Finally the course examines how corporations can use their philanthropic efforts to further the strategy and goals of the business.
PL842 Real Estate Development
The course provides a framework for evaluating the aspects underlying successful real estate development from concept and feasibility, through site control to regulatory review and construction. The course is taught utilizing class discussion, cases and outside speakers to reinforce the functional areas in the development process.
PL844 Competitive Environmental Strategy
There is little disagreement that environmentalism affects corporate management, which alters profit and loss statements and influences both domestic and international strategy. Yet, while many within industry and government are vilifying environmentalism as a threat to economic growth, others are taking advantage of the economic opportunities it can reveal. This course will consider how cutting edge companies are beginning to see environmental protection as a strategic opportunity rather than as a threat. While it focuses on environmental issues in particular, the course is of interest to anyone concerned with understanding how new social issues are moving onto the corporate agenda. Students will learn how to identity emerging issues, frame and sell them to others in the corporation, and manage their integration.
PL845 Improving Your Decisions
The main aim of ―Improving Your Decisions is to present many of the decision problems managers face and to identify the most effective ways to make sound decisions — as well as the pitfalls, biases, and mistakes that should be avoided. A key element of the course is to present students with a series of decision challenges: What would you do? In other words, you must come to grips with actual decisions and defend your actions. The assigned readings also convey the most recent research findings in behavioral economics: how individuals and managers actually make decisions. The second half of the course centers on group decision making: how groups with common and not-so-common interests decide. A key topic here is the art and science of negotiation, thereby shifting the focus of attention from individual choices to competitive decisions. Again, students are challenged to test their group decision making skills and strategies in a series of simulations and face-to-face negotiations.
PL848 Entrepreneurship in High Technology Environments
This course examines winner-take-all industries in which firms compete fiercely to have their product chosen as the dominant standard. Success is determined not only by a product’s features and price, but also by the firm’s well-chosen alliances. This course also asks if traditional strategic marketing can be applied to the fast paced, ever evolving, high technology sector. In addition to the core text, assigned readings will include recent high technology case studies, and popular industry text. Current leaders in high technology and venture capital will also be invited to complement course lectures. The final group project will entail “pitching” a high technology business plan (already written) to a panel of judges.
PL849 Global Sustainability
Global Sustainability explores the underpinnings of today’s global sustainability challenges and how entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to government, NGOs, multinational corporations, small startups and the capital markets to address these challenges. Though lecture, case discussion, computer simulation and a unique guest speaker program, students will gain deeper understanding of both root cause, the interconnected and interdependencies across sectors such as energy, the environment and the global food and water supplies along with entrepreneurial thinking, methods, models and practices being employed by innovative individuals and organizations at the forefront in the search for solutions.
PL850 Social Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts, practices, opportunities, and challenges of social entrepreneurship. The course provides students with a framework and tools to evaluate, plan and execute a social enterprise. Students are afforded the opportunity to practice business skills gained at GSM by developing a business plan for a socially responsive, income earning venture for either a for-profit or nonprofit organization. Skills developed in this course include recognizing opportunities, mobilizing resources, managing risks, creating viable economic models, business planning and building effective organizations. Following an introduction to social entrepreneurship, the course is organized around three modules. Module I focuses on the challenges and opportunities in creating high impact social enterprises. Module II explores strategies for sustaining and expanding a social enterprise. Module III examines various models for measuring and increasing the social impact of a venture. Students are required to produce a completed business plan as a final project for this course.
PL861 Emerging Issues in Business and Law
You ask your outside lawyer or your company’s legal department whether you can undertake some activity without violating the law. You are annoyed when you are told “Well, maybe. It depends”. You want a yes-or-no answer, not a game of twenty questions. Why can’t your lawyers give you a straight answer? Why do they make everything more complicated? What language are they speaking? Most business people ask these questions. If you do business you cannot avoid dealing with lawyers. You can allow your interactions with lawyers to frustrate you, or you can learn how lawyers think so that you can better manage them. Emerging Issues in Business Law introduces graduate business students to fundamentals of legal analysis by focusing on timely legal problems of particular interest to business. Students develop familiarity with substantive legal principles and leave the course with the ability to recognize legal issues, discuss them intelligently, and understand why the lawyers seem incapable of giving a simple answer. The course uses lectures to provide a common foundation of knowledge. It is primarily discussion based, using a question and answer format to engage students in the process of legal analysis.
PL862 Applied Ethics
The goal of this course is to help each student develop a methodology for leading an ethical life. Each of the cases focuses on an individual faced with an issue that challenges his/her principles. Students will also explore the kinds of situations that are likely to lead to unethical decisions.
PL864 Managing Political, Economic, Social and Technology Country Risk
This case-based course introduces students to conceptual tools and frameworks that allow them to think systematically about environmental changes that restructure companies, industries, and countries, preparing them to deal with those changes. The course explores political, economic, technological, and social change, as well as natural disasters and political risk. Students will map the flow of events and experiences that shape political or business leaders’ attitudes and will be introduced to the analyses of countries, systems, trends, stakeholders, scenario developments, cross-impact, and payoff assessments. They will assess probable shifts in stakeholder power within the industry or country and suggest potentially successful leadership and change strategies.
PL868 Corporate Governance, Accountability, and Ethics
“As we move forward into the twenty-first century, the interest in corporate governance is at an all-time high.” (Gillies) The failures associated with fraudulent activity of high profile companies in North America and Europe, the transformation of the world economy into one great market for goods and services, plus the transition in many countries of economies from a command to a market form have led to calls for development of new and better forms of corporate governance. The lines between politics and markets are changing, affecting industries, organizations, and managerial practice. This seminar will focus on the reformation of corporate governance and its effects on business and nonprofit management practice. Topics will include the role of transparency, new forms of accountability, governance risk, and organizational strategies of response. Course materials will include cases, readings, and discussions with guest speakers. Professor Post is the author of “Redefining the Corporation” (Stanford Press, 2002) and a new book on governance and accountability. Replaces SP868.
PL870 Government, Society and Sustainable Development
Government, Society and the Sustainable Economy is broad and far-reaching course in scope and topics. After an introduction to the concepts of the limits-to-growth and global sustainability challenges resulting from population growth, resource scarcity, environmental degradation and climate change students dive deep into the cultural, societal and economic development issues of globalization, study the implications of globalization on the current social and economic development of nations/regions/industries and explore new development models (for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurship) for sustainable development at the international, national, and sub-national levels. This Course replaces Government, Society and the New Entrepreneur. Students who took that course may not take PL870.

The Course has three major themes:

  • The first major theme of the course is a series of country cases that explore the cultural, social, political and economic context in which business enterprise has historically been conducted.
  • The second major theme of the course overlays the international institutions that emerged from Bretton Woods; the UN, GATT/WTO, the World Bank and the IMF, (the emerging World Environmental Organization, WEO) onto the country cases and explores emerging topics of international Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and International Environmental Protection (IEP).
  • The third major theme of the course explores the emergence of new models of sustainable development; contrasting bottoms-ups collective action and entrepreneurship against classic aid-based models as a force for change and driver of sustainable development.

Replaces SP870.

Prerequisites: OB712/713, AC710/711, QM716/717, MK723/724, FE721/722, FE727/730, IS710/711, OM725/726.