Course Descriptions

Course catalog descriptions for courses offered in all currently published terms.

Business Administration

BA 512 Ethics of Corporate Management
  2.25 hours Elective Terms Offered: S13, W13(B)
  Course Prerequisites: No credit in LHC 531, 421 
  Cross-listed with: NRE 512 
  Ethics of Corporate Management --- This course, commonly known as the "business ethics" course meets the law/ethics requirement of the MBA program. The course provides a theoretical background of how to evaluate moral claims in business, provides and introduction to the issues related to corporate social responsibility, and discusses how to manage ethics in organizations. Using a framework describing managers' economic, legal, and ethical responsibilities, this course draws upon classical oral theory as well as the most up-to-date contemporary business ethics thinking. Through a discussion of dilemmas of executives, employees, and organizations, the course examines topics such as corporate compliance systems, corporate culture, human rights, corruption, and cross-national business ethics. In this course we also examine ethical leadership in terms of acting on your values in an organizational setting and building an ethical organization.
Class participation is critical, and active interaction has been a trademark of the class. Even the "lecture" portion is very interactive. The full-scale discussion consistently opens eyes to new dimensions of business behavior.
BA 523 Comprehensive Health Care Strategies
  2.25 hours Elective Terms Offered: W13(A)
  Comprehensive Health Care Strategies --- This course provides a data-driven, rapid-fire, comprehensive survey of health care issues and strategy as seen from the varying perspectives of the industry's primary stakeholders: patients, physicians, other caregivers, health system executives, employers and managed care companies, policymakers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other vendors. The course begins with the core physician-patient transaction and from this underlying relationship builds a model of health care delivery and financing around which these varying perspectives are framed. For example, we will examine the strategies followed by these different players vis-a-vis a costly new medical technology, such as a cochlear implant or sepsis medication. The course includes brief historical accounts from stakeholders' perspectives, but focuses on today's pressing challenges and future opportunities, including technology and globalization. Much of the course is based on cases and readings, and it includes several industry speakers.
BA 528 Tools for Discovery
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: F14(B), W13(A), W14(A)
  Tools for Discovery --- Every manager and consultant needs to know how to conduct effective exploration into managerial problems; This course teaches the practical skills and analytical tools useful for managerial problem discovery; i.e., effective interviewing, focus groups, learning through observation, as well as more contemporary techniques such as internet data analysis and experience sampling. Appropriate for both MBA1s and MBA2s.
BA 553 Multidisciplinary Action Projects - MAP
  7.5 hours Core Terms Offered: W13(B), W14(B)
  Advisory Prerequisites: 1st year MBA core 
  Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) --- MAP is a field study program in which teams of students apply structured problem solving techniques to analyze multidisciplinary business problems or opportunities and make recommendations for improvements. It is a unique feature of the Ross MBA program -- the action learning experience it provides is central to the School's curriculum. Students learn how businesses apply and integrate multiple functions and gain an appreciation of the value of teamwork through an intense hands-on project at a sponsoring company. Students are strongly discouraged from taking additional course work while enrolled in MAP due to time obligations and intensive group work. More specifically, participation in international or non-local projects especially requires that no other course work is concurrent in Winter "B"
BA 591 Map I
  7.5 hours Core Terms Offered: W13, W14
  Advisory Prerequisites: Global MBA students 
  Map I
BA 605 Green Development
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W13, W14
  Cross-listed with: NRE 605 
  Green Development --- The built environment is a major source of society's environmental impact; and is a major opportunity to find solutions. This course explores green development from a variety of perspectives: energy, heating, water use, construction processes, architectural design, site planning, brownfield development and others.
BA 612 Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid
  2.25 hours Elective Terms Offered: F14(B), F13(B)
  Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid --- The condition of the world's poor is the subject of growing attention. Global poverty is increasingly seen as an unacceptable outcome of the current economic system, and there is interest in exploring new market-based approaches to poverty alleviation. The emerging base of the pyramid (BoP) perspective aligns business-oriented incentives for growth, innovation, and profits with the development community's efforts to create a more inclusive capitalism. In fact, the relationship between profits and poverty alleviation in pursuit of mutual value creation is a central component of the BoP perspective.

To explore these issues, this course integrates concepts of strategy, international business, non-profit management, and poverty alleviation to stimulate the leadership skills and competitive imagination needed to design BoP ventures. Through combination of cases, readings, lectures, videos, and outside guests, class session will engage students in discussions aimed at: 1) identifying the opportunities associated with a new perspective on serving BoP markets; and 2) developing the strategies, business models, and partnerships required to productively explore those opportunities.
BA 615 Decision Management
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W13
  Advisory Prerequisites: MBA ONLY 
  Decision Management --- No company can prosper unless the people working in that company consistently make outstanding decisions. And how well a company's people make their decisions is a direct consequence of actions taken by the company's managers - their decision management practices. This course provides principles and practical guidance that will help the student become and remain an excellent decision manager over an entire career.
BA 635 Accelerating Your Management Consulting Skills
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: F14
  Advisory Prerequisites: BE 502, STRATEGY 502 
  Accelerating Your Management Consulting Skills --- This course provides students an opportunity to learn and apply the integrative problem-solving and communications skills required to be a successful management consultant. The focus of the course is on business unit strategy (an integrated set of actions designed to generate a sustainable competitive advantage). The course intertwines frameworks drawn from different functional areas and is taught through a combination of lecture and case discussions. The cases are taught with the students in the role of consulting teams helping senior client executives to define and address their most pressing problems, and to make recommendations to improve performance and to build capabilities in their organizations. The course is designed to strengthen integrative problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and executive-level written and oral communication skills.
BA 685 International Business Immersion: Health care delivery in emerging markets
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W13, W14
  Advisory Prerequisites: MBA Core 
  International Business Immersion --- This course offers an opportunity for students to explore the business and policy environment of a country or region in depth. The course consists of three distinct parts: (1) campus-based learning about the target country's business and policy environment; (2) intensive travel and direct engagement with business and government leaders to gather information for a team-project research topic (travel done over winter break); and (3) analysis and synthesis of your findings in the form of group projects. These will be presented as business/policy briefs, as well as presentations to the Ross community. The campus-based learning, which takes place during Winter A, involves readings, discussions, guest speakers, and research on the focus country. Projects will explore a specific business or policy issue in the focus country.
BA 750 Independent Study Project
  1 - 3 hours Elective Terms Offered: S13, P14, M13, S14, F13, P13, W13, F14, W14, M14
  Advisory Prerequisites: Graduate standing 
  Independent Study Project --- Independent study projects, supervised by faculty, are available to graduate business students in good academic standing. To select a project, students should consult the appropriate professor about the nature of the project and the number of credit hours the work would earn. Students earn one to three credit hours per project and may elect only one study project in a term. Graduate business students should consult their program bulletins for information
regarding total number of projects and credits that can be applied to their degree. To register for a project students must submit an approved Independent Study Project application, available online.