Curriculum

Part-Time MBA Core Curriculum Plan

BUSG 501 Personal and Organizational Effectiveness 3
BUSG 502 Organizational Systems and Change 3
BUSG 503 Accounting and Financial Reporting 3
BUSG 507 Economics 3
BUSG 524 Marketing Management 3
BUSG 526 Global Environment (International Residency Option) 3
BUSG 527 Managerial Finance 3
BUSG 533 Ethical and Legal Responsibilities 2
BUSG 547 Business Decision Analysis 1
BUSG 551 Operations Management and Global Supply Chain Management 3
BUSG 556 Transformational Leadership 3
BUSG 560 Strategy 3

*During the second year of the program, MBA students choose from one of four Concentration tracks.

Course Descriptions

BUSG 501 Personal and Organizational Effectiveness

3 hours. This course explores both theory and application of competencies that contribute to effectiveness at the individual, team and organizational level. This is the introductory course to the George Fox University MBA Program. It is intended to demonstrate the unique and distinctive ethos of the University. Further, this course introduces expectations and skills for success in graduate education including research, writing, presenting and teamwork. The approach features readings, case studies, class discussion, and interaction, written material and oral presentations.

BUSG 502 Organizational Systems and Change

3 hours. This course explores how organizations are formed, managed and led in an environment that is increasingly global, diverse, and unpredictable. We probe the nature of organizations, their behavior, their culture, how they change, and the human impact of those changes. Students will conduct a criteria-based examination of a specific organization, exploring the question, "What is a world-class organization?" We will also investigate proven approaches for managing change and transition in organizations.

BUSG 503 Accounting and Financial Reporting

3 hours. This course examines the fundamental accounting principles underlying the balance sheet, income statement, statement of stockholders' equity and statement of cash flows. An emphasis is placed on financial analysis as a basis for operational and financial decision making within various companies and industries. Key internal accounting and operating controls are identified as a basis for the processing of critical business and transactional information through the accounting and operating systems of an organization.

BUSG 507 Economics

3 hours. This course focuses on the economic operating environment and examines the underlying assumptions, concepts and methods of microeconomics and macroeconomics, with emphasis placed on the application of economics to managerial decision-making. Competing economic theories and the role of economic institutions will be investigated. This course is also intended to raise economic awareness in business leaders to enhance responsible and ethical engagement with the economy.

BUSG 524 Marketing Management

3 hours. This course examines the core issues of marketing management including the marketing planning process, promotion, pricing, sales and distribution and product strategy. The role of market research and market intelligence will be examined. Specific topics include understanding the consumer, brand management, selection of target markets, and marketing mix decisions.

BUSG 526 Global Environment: International Residency Option

3 hours. As world citizens we are increasingly aware of the globalization of markets, economies, strategies and structures in our world. This class offers an in-depth view of the issues encountered through preparation and travel to an international destination to witness its business and culture firsthand. Students will understand the differences in types of organizations, the role of government and society, and be able to identify key issues to be resolved in internationalizing, recognizing both positive and negative impacts of globalization.

BUSG 527 Managerial Finance

3 hours. This course covers the fundamental concepts, techniques, and practices of managerial finance. It is designed to help students develop the critical thinking and quantitative skills they need in financial decision-making processes. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return trade-off, CAPM, financial derivatives, business valuation, efficient markets, portfolio theory and working capital management.

BUSG 533 Ethical and Legal Responsibilities

2 hours. This course focuses on building understanding of what businesses must do (law) and what businesses should do (ethics) and surveys the legal rules and ethical issues inherent in dealing with the structure of the legal system, business litigation, contracts, employment issues, intellectual property, competition and sales, and international law. Potential asymmetries between acting within the guidelines of the law and making ethical choices will be examined, along with strategies for handling the dilemmas posed when conflicts arise between personal ethics and organizational pressures. The course will help students develop the ability to anticipate and recognize key legal issues in business and how to apply principles for ethical decision making.

BUSG 547 Business Decision Analysis

1 hour. This course covers the fundamentals of decision models for effective business decision making. Topics include rational and cognitive decision models; the application of common business decision tools; the value of incremental information; and effective communication of data-rich analyses.

BUSG 551 Operations Management and Global Supply Chain Management

3 hours. This course focuses on developing understanding of operations management and global supply management from a general management perspective, particularly as these functions influence a firm’s performance. Topics include process analysis and design; capacity and utilization; manufacturing and service process performance; supply chain management, including inventory management, warehousing, sourcing, downstream and upstream issues and the role of information technology; continuous improvement and quality, including Lean and Six Sigma concepts. The course integrates both qualitative and quantitative concepts.

BUSG 556 Transformational Leadership

3 hours. Explores both historical and contemporary leadership theories and models. Particular emphasis is given to evaluating leadership theories from a values perspective and determining the ways in which they can be applied to the most current developments in organizational change strategies. Using this knowledge, students are presented with ways in which leadership can be conceptualized and applied to meet the requirements of today's increasingly complex organizations.

BUSG 560 Strategy

3 hours. This course examines the strategy process, including planning and implementation, for effectively building sustainable competitive advantage in an organization. Topics considered are building effective planning processes; assessing internal, external and competitive environments; linking corporate mission and values with goals and strategic directions; emergent vs. deliberate strategic directions and opportunities; evaluating the impact of global considerations, such as geographic expansion, emerging economies, and the role of culture on strategy formation; and leading strategic change.

*During the second year of the program, MBA students choose from one of four Concentration tracks.

MBA Concentration

Finance Concentration: 3 courses

BUSG 571 Corporate Finance

3 hours. This course examines the fundamentals of the sources of finance, debt and equity, and the uses of that finance to manage growth. Optimal capital structures will be explored from the standpoint of the operational and financial condition of various businesses and capital budgeting needs. More sophisticated financial topics such as leverage recapitalizations, weighted average cost of capital for debt and equity, and fair market value techniques for business valuation will be covered.

BUSG 572 Investments

3 hours. This course examines the fundamentals of commercial banking in the capital markets from a financial management perspective. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of investment characteristics, systematic risk, valuation, diversification, and the market price behavior of debt, equity, and derivative securities. Potential sources and uses of firm financing will be examined along with the determination of the appropriate financial structure and related risks. Portfolio theory, the insights and limitations of CAPM and passive vs. active investing will be explored.

BUSG 573 Entrepreneurial Finance

3 hours. This course takes the student through the life cycle of a startup as seen by the entrepreneur responsible for its finance. The course examines innovation as the foundation for a financially successful venture. With the capitalization table as one important point of reference, the course examines rounds of financing by angel investors, venture capitalists and finally by corporate and institutional investors in an exit round. Milestones of startup to corporate achievement, and the strategic focus and coherence required for those milestones, are examined in integrative case studies.

Organizational Strategy Concentration: 3 courses

BUSG 581 Leading Strategic Change

3 hours. This course will focus on the development of corporate strategy with implementation strategies at the functional levels of finance, operations, manufacturing, service delivery, marketing, sales and other relevant functions. Leadership and management philosophies and practices important in strategic planning will be considered as a critical component of implementation and strategic action. Topics include implementing strategic initiatives across multiple divisions of an organization; corporate and functional competitive dynamics; leading strategic change and change management, including stakeholder engagement, during strategic implementation; the critical importance of effective communication during strategic implementation; and measuring the success of strategic implementation.

BUSG 582 Global Strategy

3 hours. This course focuses on the strategic considerations of global business engagement. The necessary organization-wide adaptations required to be an effective, efficient and successful global player will be explored. The implications for choices involving markets, products and sourcing will be examined, as will the importance of understanding global differences in government relationships, market systems and cultures. Topics include globalization and the impact on the global business environment; leveraging international resources and capabilities; understanding global institutions and cultural differences for effective strategic planning and action; entering foreign markets and managing global competitive dynamics; issues concerning global governance and corporate social responsibility.

BUSG 585 Special Topics in Strategy

3 hours. This course will focus on current topics that may influence strategic formulation and implementation. Topics may include triple bottom line strategic approaches; the strategic impact of corporate social responsibility initiatives in environmental and social sustainability; the impact and strategic considerations of changes in financial and regulatory issues; corporate governance; fraud and legal misrepresentation; crisis management; strategic considerations of fundraising choices and/or changing the shareholder base (e.g. from private to public share basis); the role of innovation; and globalization and changes in the global business climate.

Strategic Human Resource Management Concentration: 3 courses

BUSG 591 Foundations of Strategic HR Management

3 hours. This course examines the role and function HR Management and its strategic value to organizations. Specifically, learning will focus on HRM philosophies, advanced topics in employment law, labor and employee relations, managing risk, effective recruitment, selection, alignment, and deployment of people and teams in organizations.

BUSG 592 Human Resource Management Strategies and Practices

3 hours. This course emphasizes the strategic role of human resource management and the strategic responsibility of the HR practitioner. Key areas of influence explored include (but are not limited to) workforce planning and talent management, corporate social responsibility, total rewards, HR information systems and the HR implications of globalization.

BUSG 593 Human Resource Development and High Performance Organizations

3 hours. HR is a critical component in developing a high performance organization. This course focuses on training and developing, large-scale change (including mergers and acquisitions), performance management and measuring HR outcomes.

Management and Leadership Concentration: 3 courses

The Management and Leadership concentration allows George Fox part-Time MBA students to choose three courses from the concentration curriculum, and create the combination of concentration courses most relevant to their career path. Concentration courses are delivered in a specific order; thus your choice will be from the three courses offered during each of three semesters.

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