Courses

Students who successfully complete four or more courses with a cumulative grade of B or better are awarded the Certification of Professional Achievement in Business. Students may also apply to take individual courses without pursuing a certification.

Students are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certification must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward the completion of the certification.

Some courses are only available online, some are only available on-campus, and others have both online and on-campus sections.

During the fall and spring terms, the online classes are delivered in an intensive seven week format. Our web-based learning platform is designed to deliver innovative, social and highly interactive learning experiences. Please see here for online course technical requirements.

The on-campus classes follow the standard University calendar and are full-term. For important dates refer to the program calendars and note that there are two calendars, one for online and the other for on-campus study.

SUMMER ONLY


BUSI K3998. Math Methods for Business. 3 pts.

Students will reach a level of increased competence in mathematics and expand their understanding of the applications of mathematical concepts in business activities. Emphasis is placed upon learning mathematical concepts through practical application to common business problems. By the end of this course, students will have developed the skills necessary to enroll in advanced level business and finance courses.

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
91746 Online 07/07/14–08/15/14 Wed 8:30–9:30 PM Nakia Rimmer

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
29894 Online 10/27/14–12/12/14 Wed 8:30–9:30 PM Nakia Rimmer

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD Online TBD TBD TBD
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BUSI K3998. Math Methods for Business. 1 pt.

This section does not count towards the Business Certification. Especially for returning students, students will reach a level of increased competence in mathematics and expand their understanding of the applications of mathematical concepts in business activities. Emphasis is placed upon learning mathematical concepts through practical application to common business problems. By the end of this course, students will have developed the skills necessary to enroll in advanced level business and finance courses.

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
96346 Online 07/07/14–08/15/14 Wed 8:30–9:30 PM Nakia Rimmer

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
20983 Online 10/27/14–12/12/14 Wed 8:30–9:30 PM Nakia Rimmer

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD Online TBD TBD TBD
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BUSI K4001. Introduction to Finance. 3 pts.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental financial issues of the modern corporation. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic concepts of financial planning, managing growth; debt and equity sources of financing and valuation; capital budgeting methods; and risk analysis, cost of capital, and the process of securities issuance.

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
11246 On-Campus 05/27/14–07/03/14 Mon & Wed 6:10–9:30 PM Hany S Guirguis
16846 Online 05/27/14–07/03/14 Thu 7:00–8:00 PM Mario Gonzalez-Corzo

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
19767 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Wed 6:10–8:30 PM TBD
10855 Online 09/02/14–10/17/14 Thu 7:00–8:00 PM Mario Gonzalez-Corzo

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
77758 On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Tue 6:10pm-8:30pm Gary Tsarsis
68846 Online 01/20/15-03/06/15 Thu 7:00pm-8:45pm Mario Gonzalez-Corzo
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BUSI K4003. Corporate Finance. 3 pts.

Students will learn the critical corporate finance concepts including: financial statement analysis; performance metrics; valuation of stocks and bonds; project and firm valuation; cost of capital; capital investment strategies and sources of capital, and firm growth strategies. At the end of this course students will understand how to apply these concepts to current business problems.

Prerequisite BUSI K4001 Introduction to Finance/or Professor Approval is required

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
27029 On-Campus 07/07/14–08/15/14 Mon & Wed 6:10–9:30 PM Brendan M Mallee
25504 Online 07/07/14–08/15/14 Mon 8:30–10:00 PM Kevin Sweeney and Joseph M Leonardi, Jr.

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
70803 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Tue 6:10–8:30 PM Hany S Guirguis
69587 Online 10/27/14–12/12/14 Mon 8:45–9:45 PM Gary Tsarsis

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
16594 On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Tue 6:10–8:30 PM Hany S Guirguis
76542 Online 3/23/15–05/08/15 Mon 8:45pm–9:45pm Kevin Sweeney
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BUSI K4008. Options and Futures. 3 pts.

Students will learn about financial derivative securities: their role in financial management is becoming increasingly important, especially in portfolio management. By the end of this course students will be able to identify valuation of various options and futures as well as their use in risk management. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand option and futures pricing models, option strategies and index arbitraging. Not available in summer.

Prerequisite: BUSI K4001 Intro to Finance and BUSI K4003 Corporate Finance/ or Professor Approval required

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
26246 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Wed 6:10–8:30 PM Christos Giannikos

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
16594 On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Wed 6:10–8:30 PM Christos Giannikos
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BUSI K4009. Financial Accounting. 3 pts.

Students will examine the generally accepted account principles (GAAP) underlying financial statements and their implementation in practice. The perspective and main focus of the course is from the users of the information contained in the statements, including investors, financial analysts, creditors and, management. By the end of this class students will be able to construct a cash flow statement, balance sheet and decipher a 10K report.

 

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
60996 On-Campus 07/07/14–08/15/14 Mon & Wed 6:10–9:30 PM Marc Blatter
63196 Online 07/07/14–08/15/14 Thu 8:30–10:00 PM Rebecca Shaffer

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
60676 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Tue 6:10–8:30 PM Marc Blatter
77283 Online 09/02/14–10/17/14 Thu 8:45–9:45 PM Rebecca Shaffer

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
24289 On-campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Thu 6:10–8:30 PM Marc Blatter
15378 Online 01/20/15–03/06/15 Wed 8:45pm–9:45pm Rebecca Shaffer
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BUSI K4010. Managing Human Behavior in the Organization. 3 pts.

Students will gain an overview of major concepts of management and organization theory, concentrating on understanding human behavior in organizational contexts, with heavy emphasis on the application of concepts to solve managerial problems. By the end of this course students will have developed the skills to motivate employees, establish professional interpersonal relationships, take a leadership role, and conduct performance appraisal.

 

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
72818 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Thu 6:10–8:30 PM Richard Kopelman

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
66414 On-campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Thu 6:10–8:30 PM Richard Kopelman
TBD Online TBD TBD TBD
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BUSI K4020. Introduction to Marketing. 3 pts.

Students will learn fundamental marketing concepts and their application. By the end of this class you will know: the elements of a market, company strategy, how to identify customers and competition, the fundamental elements of the marketing mix (product, price, placement and promotion) how to research consumer behavior, and pricing strategies. Students will have extensive use of case study projects.

 

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
63907 On-campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Mon 6:10–8:30 PM Asim Ansari
20566 Online 09/02/14–10/17/14 Tue 8:45–9:45 PM Lauri Harrison

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
23073 On-campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Mon 6:10–8:30 PM Kamel Jedidi
14162 Online 01/20/15–03/06/15 Tue 8:45pm–9:45pm Lauri Harrison
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BUSI K4025. Marketing Strategy. 3 pts.

Students will develop analytical skills used to formulate and implement marketing driven strategies for an organization. Students will develop a deeper understanding of marketing strategies and how to implement tactics to achieve desired goals. Students will work on case study projects in both individual and a team based projects. By the end of this course you will be able to develop a marketing strategy based market assessments and company needs.

Prerequisite BUSI K4020 Introduction to Marketing/or Professor Approval is required

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
11654 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Mon 6:10–8:30 PM Sandy Becker
71602 Online 10/27/14–12/12/14 Tue 8:30–10:00 PM Karl Rutter

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
74110 On-campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Mon 6:10–8:30 PM Sandy Becker
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BUSI K4030. Developing and Implementing New Ideas. 3 pts.

Interested in starting your own company? Do you have an idea for a new product or service? Have you come up with a way to improve something that already exists?

This course tackles the central business concept of how one creates, builds and leads companies.  It looks at aspects of entrepreneurship and leadership for both individuals and teams in the face of complex situations.  Using the case study method as taught in business school, also known as "participant-centered learning," this course puts students in the role of an entrepreneur facing critical business decisions.  A selection of guest speakers will offer firsthand experience on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
28441 On-Campus 05/27/14–07/03/14 Tue & Thu 6:10–9:30 PM John G Bockstoce
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BUSI K4040. Security Analysis. 3 pts.

Students will learn about the valuation of publicly traded equity securities. By the end of the semester students will be able to perform fundamental analysis ("bottoms-up," firm-level, business and financial analysis), prepare pro forma financial statements, estimate free cash flows and apply valuation models.

Prerequisite: BUSI K4001 Intro to Finance and BUSI K4003 Corporate Finance or Professor Approval required

Summer 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
75504 On-Campus 07/07/14–08/15/14 Tue & Thu 6:10–9:30 PM Guy Miller

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
62691 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Thu 6:10–8:30 PM Guy Miller

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
21857 On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Thu 6:10–8:30 PM Guy M Miller
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BUSI K4100. Global Emerging Markets. 3 pts.

Students will be able to benchmark countries’ performance and analyze business opportunities in the world economy. Additionally, students will learn to examine the relationships between trade policy, financial flows and development to understand factors contributing to financial crisis and the policies to remedy them. By the end of this semester students will be able to construct frameworks needed to formulate a global investment strategy. Not available in summer.

Prerequisites: BUSI K4001 Introduction to Finance (mandatory) and BUSI K4009 Financial Accounting (recommended) or Professor Approval

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
19350 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Tue 6:10–8:30 PM Isabelle Marie F Delalex
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COMM K4010. Positioning and Communications Strategy. 3 pts.

This course explores how to create conceptual methods for determining the communications objective(s), target audience(s), and key messages that can most effectively move an organization, or a brand, from where it is now to where it wants to be. It covers how we process information and make choices, how brands help people organize information, competitive analysis, the basics of positioning theory.

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
76866 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/09/14 Tue 6:10–8:00 PM
 
Jim Eiche
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COMM K4121. Building Internal Engagement. 3 pts.

Through strategic internal communication, employees are focused on driving business results and encouraged to act as Brand ambassadors on behalf of their organization, building the organization's reputation. This course focuses on communications from the inside-out, addressing the opportunities, challenges, and issues communication professionals face today in dealing proactively and reactively with internal stakeholders. How can leaders build credibility with employees in an authentic way? How do you influence your CEO to take a leadership position and act as the champion of the employee communications effort? How can an internal communications strategy ensure truthful and respectful communication during times of change? This course emphasizes research, communications planning, messaging, execution of tactics, and consulting inside a complex, ever-changing organization - all designed to drive engagement. STUDENTS MUST SEEK PERMISSION FROM BRITTNEY NATHANIEL (bn2250@columbia.edu).

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
73323 On-Campus 9/12/14–11/17/14 Fri, Sept 05, 2014; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri, Sept 19, 2014; 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
Fri, Oct 17, 2014; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri, Nov 14, 2014; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri, Dec 05, 2014; 9:00 PM–2:00 PM
David Grossman
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COMM K4225. Delivering the Strategic Message. 3 pts.

This course focuses exclusively on developing and delivering strategic presentations. Students will be asked to work in pairs to create a professional presentation that will be delivered to select “outsiders” at the end of the term. Class exercises focus on audience analysis, strategic thinking, theme development, argument construction, techniques for creating “stickiness,” openings and closings, and impromptu public speaking. Students give mini-presentations on readings throughout the term, as well as practice and get feedback on giving presentations. STUDENTS MUST SEEK PERMISSION FROM BRITTNEY NATHANIEL (bn2250@columbia.edu).

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
67954 On-Campus 9/12/14–11/17/14 Fri, Sept 12, 2014; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sat, Sept 20, 2014; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri, Oct 10, 2014; 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Mon, Oct 20, 2014; 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Mon, Nov 03, 2014; 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Mon, Nov 17, 2014; 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Jane Praeger
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COMM K4015. Evaluating the Communications Toolbox. 3 pts.

This course provides an overview of the communications practices employed by brands to connect with customers and consumers, moving them from awareness to interest, engagement, action, loyalty and evangelism. The course will begin with an examination of brands and brand strategy to establish a foundation for the broader discussions to follow on brand-focused communication, including: advertising, media, public relations, the digital marketing landscape, consumer engagement, direct market, and cause related marketing. We’ll also discuss the relationship between brand, communication and business through an examination of research methodologies, metrics and accountability.COURSE REGISTRATION PERMISSION REQUIRED.  STUDENTS MUST CONTACT BRITTNEY NATHANIEL (bn2250@columbia.edu) FOR MORE DETAILS.

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
22656 On-Campus 1/20/14–5/04/14

Thu 6:10pm–9:00pm

Steve Jarmon
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ACTU K7004. Enterprise Risk Management. 3 pts.

Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a significant advancement in the field of risk management. ERM provides a process for companies to identify, measure, manage, and disclose all key risks to increase value to stakeholders. ERM provides a better framework for fundamental risk-return decision-making at the highest levels, elevating ERM to an advancement in business management. This course will cover the latest methodologies in ERM and how they are implemented in practice, and will address all major aspects of ERM, including ERM framework; risk identification; risk quantification; risk decision-making; risk messaging; and risk governance. Students will learn how to effectively design and implement an ERM program at corporate entities (financial services and non-financial services companies) as well as non-corporate entities, such as non-profits, government agencies, and for individuals.

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
69188 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Fri 10:10 AM–1:00 PM Jane Prager

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 TBD TBD
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IKNS K4301. Management and Leadership in the Knowledge Domain.  3 pts.

What are the management issues facing leaders in an increasingly complex information and knowledge environment, and how do we address them? In this course students learn the basic principles of management and leadership, specifically as they relate to enterprise-wide information and knowledge services management. Attention is given to such topics as planning, financial management, human resources, change management, and the corporate culture. Classroom discussions focus on leadership skills and knowledge sharing in the promotion of innovation and change. The course covers the “aspirational “elements of knowledge strategy, and includes extended discussion of the practical aspects of implementation.

Spring 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
21822 On-Campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Thu 6:10–8:00pm Guy St.Clair
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IKNS K4335. Visualization of Information (Online). 3 pts.

Description

In this course students will study techniques for creating effective visualizations based on principles and techniques from graphic design, visual art, perceptual psychology, and cognitive science. The amount and complexity of data and information produced in business, scientific fields and everyday life is increasing exponentially. This course provides a background on visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data. The objective of good visual interpretation of data is to improve comprehension, communication, and decision making.The course is targeted both towards students interested in using visualization in their own work, as well as those interested in understanding the process of building better visualization tools and systems. It will focus on fundamental strategies of analytical design, evaluating evidence used in presentations; statistical data: tables, graphics, and semi-graphics business, scientific, research, and financial presentations; and complexity and clarity in effective presentations. Elective

Summer 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD On-Campus TBD TBD TBD
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IKNS K4336. Social Media in the Organization (Online). 3 pts.

Description

Executives see the energy, engagement and sheer scale of the social web and ask how it applies to their organizations. This course concentrates on how organizations use social media technologies to tap into the collective genius of customers, associates, and other interested parties to create business results. While most organizations continue to invest in social media based marketing, leaders are creating collaborative communities to execute their strategy, co-ordinate complex customer service, and collaborate across knowledge workers to reach new levels of performance. This course looks at the following issues: How are organizations creating new forms of collaboration via social media? Where are the best opportunities for applying social media in an organization and with customers? How do you launch and manage social media based on a collaborative community? How do you measure, manage and learn via mass collaboration? What knowledge assets are being created and how are they leveraged? Elective

Summer 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
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IKNS K4337. Building Effective Knowledge Services for Organizations (Online). 3 pts.

Description

Drawing on examples from a variety of organizations, this course will focus directly on strategies for building a successful knowledge service within an organization or institution. Topics will include ways to talk to management about knowledge services, building sustainable stakeholders, knowledge services that work, communicating knowledge services, ways to measure success, building communities of practice, and creating a reflective practitioner environment through the use of stories. Elective

Summer 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
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NECR K4107. Introduction to Mediation. 3 pts.

Description

Mediation is a strategy frequently used by parties in conflict to constructively address incompatibilities. The role of the third party differs depending on the type of mediation being employed. New models of mediation have been developed recently and the field continues to develop and grow. Traditional methods of third party intervention, as well as, more recent alternative dispute resolution approaches will be explored. Students practice applying constructive conflict resolution skills toward becoming an effective impartial third party mediator.

Fall 2014 (Section 2 only)

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
74833 On-Campus 09/18, 10/9, (10/11), 10/30, 11/6, (11/8),
11/20, 12/4
Thu 6:10 PM–8:00 PM, (Sat) 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Clarence Coaxum & Michal Bilick
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NECR K4105. Introduction to Negotiation. 3 pts.

Description

Negotiation is one of the most important strategies in conflict resolution and is used routinely by all humans to resolve conflict and potential conflict successfully. This course examines both theoretical and practical implications of diverse assumptions and strategies. Students develop a deeper self-awareness of their role in the creation, perpetuation, escalation and resolution of conflicts, as well as in relationship with the other party.

Fall 2014 (Section 002 only)

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
23796 On-Campus 09/09, (09/20), 09/23, 10/07, 10/14, (10/18), 10/28, 11/11 Tue 6:10 PM–8:00 PM, (Sat) 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Nikolas Katsimpras

Spring 2015 (Sections 002 & 003 only)

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
28301 On-campus 1/20, (1/31), 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/31, (4/11), 4/14 Tue 6:10 PM&ndash8:00 PM; (Sat) 9:00AM–5:00PM      Marc Epstein
62731 On-campus 01/20/15–05/04/15 Thu 6:10 PM–8:00 PM Roi Ben-Yehuda
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SUMA K4033. Decision Models and Management. 3 pts.

This course provides an introduction to computer-based models for decision-making. The emphasis is on models that are widely used in diverse industries and functional areas, including finance, accounting, operations, and marketing. Applications will include advertising planning, revenue management, asset-liability management, environmental policy modeling, portfolio optimization, and corporate risk management, among others.

The applicability and usage of computer-based models have increased dramatically in recent years, due to the extraordinary improvements in computer, information and communication technologies, including not just hardware but also model-solution techniques and user interfaces. Twenty years ago working with a model meant using an expensive mainframe computer, learning a complex programming language, and struggling to compile data by hand; the entire process was clearly marked "experts only." The rise of personal computers, friendly interfaces (such as spreadsheets), and large databases has made modeling far more accessible to managers. Information has come to be recognized as a critical resource, and models play a key role in deploying this resource, in organizing and structuring information so that it can be used productively. This course satisfies the M.S. in Sustainability Management program's quantitative analysis curriculum area requirement.

Fall 2014

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
65293 On-Campus 09/02/14–12/08/14 Mon 6:10–8:00 PM Lucius J Riccio
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TMGT K4124. Knowledge Management. 3 pts.

Description

This course explores key knowledge management and organizational learning concepts and techniques that are critical to business, individual, and organizational performance. As technology and the network economy drive businesses to compete under continuously accelerating rates of change in technology, business leaders must incorporate knowledge management and learning into their organization’s activities in ways that support and propel their business goals. They must also be proactive in recognizing and responding to the influence of technology on these goals and environment(s)in which they are accomplished. Class sessions encompass a set of topics including purpose, planning, success measurement, and implementation of knowledge management initiatives and organizational learning techniques. Through lectures and individual and collaborative work, students explore how they can use these techniques to improve business performance and strengthen their leadership and management capabilities. Elective

Summer 2015

Call # Format Start/End Date Days & Time Instructor
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
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The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.