Springfield College MBA Course Descriptions
Core Requirements of the MBA Program at Springfield College
Global Strategic Management
This course is the culminating experience/capstone course for the master of business administration degree. The course requires application of all previous learned educational experiences in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing. Extensive use of case analysis and strategic report writing is used to integrate all previous course materials in the analysis and resolution of complex strategic planning and management problems. The course develops a process for the entire life cycle of the strategy process and applies this process to real world and simulated strategic management situations found in the contemporary global marketplace.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics examines the multiform problems and issues that are typical of the business and society interface and the initiatives taken by businesses to resolve those issues. Students learn how to identify issues and stakeholders, and how to formulate and implement social-issue strategies and integrate them with business strategy.
This course instructs entrepreneurship and an exploration of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial history, economics, and behavior on an individual basis and within an organization. Students will become familiar with current research, the basic theories, concepts, methods, and terminology used in the entrepreneurial process, patenting, intellectual property, and strategic planning. Students will learn how to formulate a business plan based on innovation development and show the key components of an organization’s strategic plan incorporating innovation management.
Financial Management covers modern financial theory and financial analysis techniques used to run business organizations effectively and efficiently. The course provides knowledge of capital markets and current financial events necessary to enable the students to make competent and effective business decisions as leaders of business entities. The efficient market hypothesis, capital asset pricing model, and efficient asset pricing are covered. Harvard Business School cases are employed to integrate financial issues into appropriate managerial context.
This course emphasizes the utilization and understanding of modern marketing strategies. The marketing process is examined through marketing research, consumer behavior, market segmentation, strategic planning, and the marketing mix-product, price, place, and promotion. Through working on real-life marketing plans, students gather data, analyze marketing options, and prepare workable solutions.
Accounting for Managers
This course covers policy and decision-making based on profit planning and objectives. The major topics covered are budget, cost methods, pricing methods, and cost-volume profit analysis.
Economics of the Firm in Contemporary Society
In this course, microeconomic theory is applied to the analysis of the business firm. Principals from economics and business are developed and integrated, with emphasis on management decision-making and policy formation. Economic tools important for optimal decision-making and effective corporate/business management are studied. Key teaching points involve the exploration of the rationale for the economic tools and their roles in market power, demand forecasting, and risk management, among other critical management decisions.
Corporate Residency Fieldwork
For students who are interested in real-world, practical learning experiences, the two-year MBA program with corporate residency provides students an opportunity to combine their graduate level coursework with a planned, supervised, full-time work schedule within a business, nonprofit, or healthcare organization for up to one year.
Operations and Information Management
This course focuses on business processes, procedures, and strategies used to transform various inputs into finished goods and services through an intensive study of the strategy, design, and operation of productive systems. The course also focuses on information, the design of systems used to manage it, and the benefits derived from it in an organizational and management context.
Leading Organizations and People
Organizational behavior represents the human side of management. This course will provide the necessary background and skills to make the managers of today and tomorrow as effective with the conceptual and human dimensions of management as they have been in the past with technical, functional dimensions.
Human Resource Management
This course serves as an introduction of basic Human Resources (HR) information and practices common in domestic (U.S.) businesses, nonprofit organizations, and healthcare agencies. The course is presented from three view points: the strategic focus of HR as it fits within the mission and vision of the business, the day-to-day practical and tactical elements of HR; and the impacts of federal, state, and local legislation on HR practices. In addition, global human resource practices will be presented.
Nonprofit Management Concentration
Leadership and Governance for Nonprofits
Leadership and Governance for Nonprofits teaches the knowledge and skills needed to lead nonprofit organizations, and its boards and staff through an understanding of the theories and models of leadership, organizational behavior, volunteer management, and human resource management.
Fund Development and Philanthropy
Fund Development and Philanthropy presents the principles, tools, and techniques of fundraising using a marketing foundation and a study of why individuals and corporations donate. It will encompass marketing, the principles of fundraising, and the tools and techniques to be used in fundraising such as, “the case statement,” grant writing, annual gift campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, and special events.