MBA Programs


Seminar Course Descriptions

Elective seminars will be offered for the initial three weeks during the 15 week fall and spring semesters.  These seminars will cover topics of current interest or provide in-depth coverage of selected topics from the core courses.  The majority of the seminars will be assigned one semester hour of credit and will meet for three hours and ten minutes one night per week for a three week period.  Seminars will occasionally be given greater credit because of required travel, additional class-time, or extensive out-of-class assignments.  Seminars will not be offered during the summer.

Acquisitions and Dispositions of the Business Enterprise
The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the various aspects, goals, objectives, strategies, and mechanics related to the purchase and disposition of the business enterprise.  The course will be focus on the major issues involved, and upon completion of the course the student should have a good working knowledge of how these transactions are structured, the major issues and strategies encountered, the persons and documents involved and the path that these transactions generally follow from inception through completion and beyond.

Applied Project Management
This course provides practical knowledge on the application of project management.  Learn the tools of project management and how to apply them on your work projects.

Appreciative Inquiry - Breakthrough Results
Learn the process that will enable you to practice appreciative inquiry as a leadership and performance management tool used in the workplace to dramatically improve group performance.

Business Plan Development
The Business Plan Development seminar explores contemporary thinking in a new venture creation, or planning new products or services for existing enterprises using the Business Model Canvas. Additionally, students will be exposed to the entrepreneurial resources in NE Ohio and an understanding of the traditional business plan as well as observe (if schedules allow) entrepreneurs in action as they pitch their businesses to investors.

Business Valuation
Focus of the course will be on the nuances of the discounted cash flow method and the market approach method to value a company.  It is assumed that the students will already have been exposed to the DCF method in a previous finance course so while a brief review will be covered (most likely through reading material), the course will not focus on the basic mechanics of the DCF.  Instead, it will cover the following:

  • Developing and adjusting a discount rate for specific risk factors
  • Most common errors in a DCF
  • Testing reasonableness of projections and value conclusion
  • The market approach will focus on the following:
  • Determination of appropriate guideline companies
  • Selection of appropriate types of multiples
  • Key factors to consider when selecting multiples

Testing reasonableness of value conclusion and reconciling with DCF value indication

Previous exposure to Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) valuation methodology

Career Assessment:  Enhancing Your Value to Your Organization
You've put hard work and many hours into preparing for career advancement; are you prepared for the position that best fits your demeanor, desires and skills?  If a position is offered that isn't exactly what you expected - will you take it?  If an outside company approaches you - is the grass always greener?  By being prepared to make decisions with a focused career plan, you will reduce the stress in both your personal and business life.  Join us to explore "I, Inc." and the possibilities that exist in creating your next career.

Corporate Re-Structuring:  How Companies go about Optimizing their Business Portfolios
This course will explain corporate re-structuring and the ways mergers and acquisitions factor into it, as well as the typical stages in a  corporate vision is reformulated.  It will also cover the decision to divest or close an under performing business unit, the search for acquisition candidates and the role that investment bankers play in that search, and the process of due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.  Finally, the course will review ways in which mergers and acquisitions can be made to be successful.

Data Tool Benchmarking & Information Skills for Business Decisions
In this topical seminar, business professionals will gain practical expertise in using a variety of powerful online tools to solve strategic information needs. They will also create a plan for sharing these tools and research within their organization. Training will include hands-on use of information tools for market research and analysis, international marketing, and market competition benchmarking. Database essentials, information analysis, storage and presentation of researched information will be covered. Projects will focus on areas specific to participants' organizations, goals, and job responsibilities.

Effective Professional Speaking
This topical seminar will provide guidelines on the following subtopics related to presentational speaking: managing speaking anxiety, cultivating effective and engaging delivery skills, incorporating
visual aids, presenting technical content, making team presentations, managing the  Q & A session, and impromptu speaking.  Participants will deliver a short practice speech for instructor and peer feedback the first class session, then revise and perfect it as a graded assignment.  Instructor will also be available after the three sessions on a consultation basis to assist participants with presentations for other classes.

Entrepreneurship Immersion - Venture Capital
Students will gain firsthand awareness of the skills, knowledge and behaviors of successful entrepreneurs through in-depth discussions with the entrepreneurs and investors involved with Glengary Venture Catalysts, a BW educational partner.  Students will also explore the various types of funding for start-up and early-stage companies Students will prepare for and attend a meeting of the Glengary Partners, where they will participate in discussions regarding the status of current Glengary Client Companies and potential new investments.

Financial Decision-Making in a Healthcare Organization
This seminar will meet for 4 sessions and is part of the Healthcare Executive Management Certificate. Students will be exposed to the financial aspect of health care. Although access to the clinical piece is critical to patients, the financial portion is what achieves its sustainability. For example, "How a provider gets paid" is an important concept to understand when working in the health care industry. Consequently, future and current health care employees will gain an understanding and appreciation of the major areas of financial decision making that health care executives deal with on daily basis.

Improving Productivity Using Quality Management Principles
This seminar will meet for 4 sessions and is part of the Healthcare Executive Management Certificate.  The course will focus on aspects related to quality within an organization. It will provide attendees the opportunity to understand quality, the data used to quantify it and ways to analyze data.

Intercultural Managerial Competence
Acquire skills to enable effective intercultural communication with individuals and stakeholder groups across national boundaries.

International Students' Orientation
Course is designed to facilitate the integration of international students to the U.S. academic system and BW's programs.  Required of all new international students.

Introduction to Import Logistics
This course is designed to help students understand the basic requirements to be successful at importing: issues covered in the course will include duty determinations, Customs' clearance security requirements, logistics and transportation, international insurance and international payments.

Mastering Executive Leadership and Change in Healthcare Today
This course will meet for 4 sessions and is part of the Healthcare Executive Management Certificate

Negotiation: Developing Collaborative Skills
A review of the traditional negotiations model including an explanation and comparison of the different collaborative bargaining models models focusing on Interest Based Bargaining (IBB), the Interest Based Problems Solving (IBPS) model and how IBPS applies to the collaborative bargaining models, and an understanding of how the IBPS model can be utilized in addressing and resolving workplace conflict.

Problem-Solving in Business
This course focuses on qualitative problem solving.  During the course the students' mental strength and stamina will be developed with problems involving logic, pattern recognition, operations research.  Problems will be solved individually and in groups.  This course should develop the general problem solving skills needed to logically, efficiently and effectively solve challenging problems.  The math background normally required in the BW MBA program is all that is necessary for this course.

Quantitative Risk Management
When business decisions are made, a lot of weight is given to the average result of the decision -- often without regard to risk.  For example, when stockbrokers made investment decisions, it is common to perform significant research into which stocks to buy, but often not enough thought is given to how much of each stock to buy.  As will be clearly demonstrated with numerous examples, buying too much can be just as bad as buying the wrong stock.  In this class we will actually calculate the optimal amount to risk for numerous investment opportunities using mathematics.  There will be group work and competitive games that clearly demonstrate these principles.  With this information, decision-making can be based on being risk-correct rather than high-risk or low-risk.  With a method to calculate the optimal fixed fraction to invest, business decisions can be founded in mathematics and not based on whether the decision-makers are risk-takers or risk-averse.

Roadmap to Project Management
This class is based on global research identifying the key leadership factors that drive the success of large projects and programs: understanding organizational culture, building strategic alignment, providing situational structure, driving results, leading and managing change, and building trust & influencing others.  The course includes a personal assessment and a chance to build your personal roadmap to successful project management leadership.  This seminar is most beneficial for students who have previous project management experience.

Strategic Planning and Management for Leaders in Healthcare
Strategic planning is an important leadership and management tool, especially in an era of uncertainty.  A sound strategic plan will help any healthcare organization thrive in dynamic environments and adapt as market conditions change.  In this course, you will understand what strategic planning is, why it is important, how it is done, who does (should) do it, and why so many organizations struggle to do it.  Structured around a comprehensive case study and accompanying exercises and discussions, you are placed in the planner's seat and will be asked to apply what you have learned to lead the hospital in the case study to success.

Strategic Project Management
This seminar examines project management from the top down, namely through the eyes of senior management.  It addresses questions such as, "What are the critical decisions that senior managers must make?", and "What difficulties can be expected?".  Additionally, for the young manager, the seminar presents insights into becoming a project manager and a view of what that career entails.

This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental sustainability.  It will offer leading definitions of the concept, argue for its importance for global capitalism, and show how it is permeating the mission, strategies, and performance of corporations, especially large publicly-traded global leaders.  Sustainability concerns the ways that a corporation (and any organization) attempts to reduce its harmful impacts on the planet's natural systems ("environmental footprint" defined in terms of such factors as the use of natural resources and ecological services, the production of waste) toward the goal of creating practices that can sustain the planet and corporation indefinitely.

Team Building
Explore group and team theory and facilitate the creation of work groups for new MBA starts.  The scope/focus is the study of group dynamics and team building theory.  Involves a study of learning styles and an analysis of organizational team functioning.

Wind Power Development - Business Rewards and Realities
This course provides an overview of the hard-core business rewards and realities of wind power development.  Among other topics, the students will be exposed to the manner in which public policy drives or discourages investment; traditional economic models used by the private sector and non-traditional economic development driven models used by the public sector; and how the global supply chain is developing through push and pull demand from China to Europe to the U.S. to support this fast growing industry.

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