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MSMG-404: Business and Management

This course introduces Masters of Management students to the complex world of business and management. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of the external and internal environments in which businesses function and the many activities of managers. The course provides insight into the context in which organizations operate including globalization, economics, demands for social responsibility, ethical decision making and behavior, business models, and organizational quality and competitiveness. The course also covers challenges and decisions required to manage human resources, marketing and customer relations, and basics of financial systems within organizations. The course is designed to enhance students’ skills and knowledge of management, decision making, managerial communications, and developing a framework for ethical decision making.

MSMG-405: Leadership, Teams & Orgs

In effective organizations, leaders must successfully manage and organize a complex system of personalities, talent, teamwork and resources. This course places major focus on personal leadership competency development through introspective journaling and peer coaching, and on team skills development through in-class exercises and a semester-long team project. This self-analytic and experiential journey occurs within an academic, conceptual context in which students learn theories of behavior, motivation, effective leadership style, organizational design and dynamics, diversity, and communication. This contemporary approach to the study of human behavior within organizations combines theoretical learning with opportunities to reflect on, discuss, and develop individual leadership competencies and teamwork abilities. Throughout the semester, as you read and reflect on relevant concepts from the social sciences, you will gain insight into your strengths as an individual, team member, and leader; identify areas for personal improvement; and hone your managerial problem-solving, decision-making, and oral and written communications skills. 

MSMG-406: Negotiations

Today’s managers and administrators need negotiation and problem-solving skills to work constructively with internal or external stakeholders, whether in teams, complex organizations, or partnerships and alliances. Integrative negotiation can be the key to turning conflict into productive collaboration and effective decision making, while preserving and enriching relationships. This course will enhance student skills for engaging in negotiation and collaborative problem solving, creating value in negotiations, and garnering an appropriate share of that value. As successful negotiation depends upon effective communication, a key aspect of this course will be an examination of communication modalities as they apply to different negotiation situations, including face-to-face and virtual negotiations. The course will employ a range of experiential learning exercises and role-play simulations to achieve its objectives. The overriding goal is to empower students to negotiate what they need to succeed in professional and personal contexts.

MSMG-407: Financial Aspects of Business

This course is an introduction to financial management concepts and business practices. It includes the topics of accounting, finance and related analytical and performance management techniques that have particular relevance to managers. In this course, you should become fluent in the issues, data, and concepts of financial decision-making at the organizational level. By the conclusion of this course, you should understand what financial managers do in an organization and how to deal more effectively with them on issues of business and program strategy. This will require you to be able to: Use basic business mathematics to inform decision making; understand how organizations are financed; read and understand a set of financial statements; calculate and interpret financial ratios; and perform a financial analysis; conduct basic cost analyses and understand their role in managerial decision-making; prepare and discuss a budget, the sources and importance of variance, and the concept of flexible budgeting as a control device; understand investment project decision making and be able to compute measures of return (NPV, breakeven); use Excel to create, interpret, and present results from financial models.

MSMG-408: Strategic Management & Marketing

This course integrates strategic management and marketing. Strategic management gives top managers the tools, techniques and frameworks to make strategic decisions to lead their firms toward value creation under competitive and complicated circumstances. The value created by a firm is articulated for customers through marketing, a critical link between the organization and its customers in terms of understanding the customer and designing and implementing marketing strategy and tactics. This course is designed to accompany, educate, and support you as you encounter and practice strategic thinking and collaboration.

Prerequisites: MSMG 407 Accounting and Financial Aspects of Business

MSMG-420: Emerging Communications Tech

Provides a foundation in understanding how new communications technologies transform organizations, including what constitutes technology in the workplace; the impact new technologies have on the organizational, cultural, and technical components of businesses; and strategies for the effective implementation of new technologies.

MSMG-421: Research Management

The goal of this course is to help you understand the fundamentals of applied internal organizational research, with a focus on planning and managing such research. You will be exposed to both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of organizational research, as well as locating and interpreting secondary sources of data and information. 

MSMG-422: Communicating Across Cultures

Globalization is one of the major forces shaping our world and organizations are no exception. If we look at the spread of information, ideas, capital, media, and cultural artifacts – or for that matter, people – we can see the boundaries and borders that have historically separated one country or one group from another are becoming more and more permeable. “Communicating across Cultures” is designed to help you meet the challenges of living and working in a world in which, increasingly, you will be asked to interact with people who may not be like you in fundamental ways. The overarching goals are to help you become more sensitive to intercultural communication differences, and to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will help you interact successfully with people from cultures other than your own.

MSMG-423: Applied Learning Project

The purpose of this course is to provide direction, support, and guidance for students who are presently working on their Applied Learning Project. It is intended to be the capstone experience in the graduate management program and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their strategic thinking, research and project management skills through the development and execution of a professional project. This course is designed to enable student to demonstrate and integrate their knowledge from graduate management program goals through an applied independent research project. Students are required to identify a research problem, develop an actionable work plan with deliverables and time lines, and present a formal and professional well written report and oral presentation to the Simmons community. 

MSMG-430: Non-Profit Management

This course will prepare students for effective leadership and management in the nonprofit sector, a sector that spans organizations of all types and sizes and is a vital partner with the for profit and government sectors both nationally and internationally. The course will examine the nonprofit sector from historical, legal, societal, social entrepreneurial and social marketing perspectives and will address the skills required to lead a mission-based, nonprofit organization. There is a strong emphasis on the ethical underpinnings of nonprofit organizations and their applications; the differences between nonprofit and for profit organizations and how these differences drive decision making. Nonprofit-specific areas that are covered include the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors, fundraising and financial development, management of volunteer programs, financial structures, accountability, strategic planning and organizational growth.

MSMG-431: Financial & Acct Non-Prof

Financial Management in Non-Profit Organizations applies concepts and techniques from financial and managerial accounting to the financial management of nonprofit organizations. The central topics covered in the course include understanding the financial challenges faced by non-profit organizations, using nonprofit financial statements to analyze the financial viability of the organization, developing and evaluating the cash, operational, and capital budgets which underlay the work of nonprofit organizations, analyzing sources of capital and understanding the limitations inherent in the various sources.

MSMG-432: Philanthropy, Policy & Fundraising

This course explores the history and development of philanthropy in the United States, the impact of evolving public policy and the spread of philanthropy throughout the world. The course provides an in-depth review of the major areas of fund raising in the 21st century, including the development of fund raising plans and campaigns, working with donors, corporations and foundations, and trends for the future.

Prerequisites: MSMG 407 Accounting and Financial Aspects of Business

MSMG-433: Strategic Communication & Org Change

In today’s complex world, communicating in an ethical, considered way is critical given the ever-changing nature of organizations. Transforming ideas, strategy, and vision into clear messages for your most important stakeholders/constituencies – customers, shareholders, employees, the media, and government officials to name a few – is at the heart of strategic leadership, thinking and persuasion. These three foundational pillars of learning are woven throughout the course to expand the your unique toolkit of strategic communication – research, insight, storytelling, audience understanding, framing, problem solving, strategic planning, and global perspectives – with the fundamental goal to appreciate the theory as it relates to practice.

MSMG-440: Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This experiential, three-weekend course is designed to give you an enjoyable and rigorous introduction to the ideas and practice of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Regardless of the type of organization (profit, nonprofit) or its stage of development (established or new venture), the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals and teams is a key to recognizing and then acting on new opportunities. In the course, we will explore the realm of creativity tools and techniques that can be applied at the individual and team level, including mindfulness and group idea generating techniques. We will put these in context as we think through how organizations innovate new products and industries. Students will then take these ideas to create a first stage business model and learn how to pitch that model in presentation and through an executive summary. Whether or not you are an entrepreneur, think it might be an interesting career path someday, or simply want to understand more about how to bring creativity and innovation to your managerial practice, do join us. All graduate students welcome. This course serves as the first in the concentration in entrepreneurship for those so interested. 

MSMG-441: Developing Your Business Plan

This course is the nuts and bolts of thinking through, testing, and presenting a creative plan for launching a venture, whether that be a new business or social enterprise, or a venture with line authority in an existing organization (for-profit, non-profit, government). Students will work on an idea of their choosing, or if they do not have a scalable idea at the ready, can develop an idea with the professor or work with a local entrepreneur or business executive. For the latter, students should be in touch with the professor at least a month before the first day of class to make arrangements. Two other critical elements of the class beyond development of the plan are presentation skill development and development of professional networks, including Simmons alums and the venture community. Students will refine their skill in presenting a business idea in short (30 second), mid (2-3 minute) and long (10 minute) form.

MSMG-442: Project Management

This course examines concepts, tools, and techniques for planning, directing, and controlling projects. It takes a multidisciplinary approach that comprises the quantitative analysis required to meet the technical, budget, and time constraints of projects as well as the behavioral and organizational factors critical to their successful completion. Coursework and class sessions include lectures, readings, case studies, simulations, guest speakers, group exercises, and on-line assignments.

MSMG-443: Culturally Intelligent Leadership

In today’s global economy, the ability to interact effectively across cultures is a fundamental job requirement and critical leadership competence. This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of optimizing human performance, cultural intelligence, diversity and inclusion, and leading and managing intercultural organizations. This course will explore the implications of culture on managerial and leadership approaches, business practices, communication and interpersonal relations, organizational and individual performances as well as on human resource management dimensions, in both international and domestic settings. Global cultures, subcultures, and domestic cultures will be considered. The ethical and sustainable implications of managing cultures and diversity will be examined. By learning about the dilemmas and opportunities that are presented in international and multi-cultural work environments, students will be better able to function in an increasingly global business world. 

MSMG-444: Technology & Operations Management

Operations Management is a broad and multi-dimensional area. Drawing on the skills and knowledge of a variety of management disciplines – accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing – operations management answers the ‘how’ question for a firm. How will the product be manufactured or delivered? Where? By whom? What level of service is offered? How is performance measured? Operations management is both an art and a science, marrying quantitative and analytical skills with cognitive problem solving and human relations capabilities. Operations Management encompasses the process whereby goods & services are created and delivered, associated systems and tools, and the people who make it all happen. At the most basic level, the operations function is turning inputs (resources in the form of materials, people, or even knowledge) into outputs (a finished good or delivered service). As operations functions utilize the bulk of a firm’s resources, efficiency is a key concern for operations managers. Other aspects include measurement, control, and quality. Operations management has evolved in concert with changes in the economy. In the early 20th century operations management was firmly rooted in manufacturing; it now also deals with the vast area of service operations. This course will draw upon your previous coursework in a variety of disciplines and apply those skills and theories to operations management decisions.

Prerequisites: None
Cross listed: GSM 430 Technology & Operations Management

MSMG-501: Internship

Individualized Schedule Prerequisites: Faculty Advisor or Concentration Advisor approval. 3 credits graded on a pass/fail system. 225 hours required over 16 weeks. Organizations in a variety of industries may offer formal or informal internship programs in a variety of functional areas. Internships are a way to develop and enhance your skill sets while providing exposure to an industry or function in which you are interested from a career standpoint. Choose your internship strategically. Answer the question: is it going to make you more marketable to target employers upon graduation? Interns will meet with a faculty advisor regularly over the semester. Other requirements are provided upon request. Internships may be paid in the for-profit sector; they may be unpaid in the nonprofit sector. International students on an F or J visas should inquire about additional requirements.

MSMG-502: Independent Study

MSMG-503P: People, Planets and Profits

Firms today increasingly do well by doing good. This introductory course examines how firms manage the interface between people, the planet, and profits. The course provides an in depth review of how firms determine their responsibilities to society, how these responsibilities have evolved over time, and why firms make perceivably responsible/ irresponsible decisions.

MSMG-508: Magazine Publishing

The primary purpose of this course is to produce a print magazine for the Simmons School of Business (Management Magazine). A focus on mission, target audience and editorial best practices will equip the communications-focused student with the tools needed to understand how to craft compelling articles for the desired target market. Students will also learn step-by-step how a magazine works as a complete business enterprise, including the basics of editorial management, staffing, circulation, advertising, page layout, design, and production. We will review consumer, trade and niche publications, and examine trends and core issues facing publications today, including transitioning from traditional print to online formats and the opportunities and challenges that come with this change. Guest speakers from the magazine industry will provide a behind-the-scenes take on the internal workings of the magazine business.