Course Descriptions

MBA 612 - Human Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
This course is designed to help the student develop the capabilities to observe and affect individual and group behavior within an organizational setting. Specifically, the course will address motivation and commitment, gender and generational differences, interpersonal communication, managing expectations, and emotional intelligence. The student will learn to understand self as well as others toward the goal of effectively managing relationships with a wide range of people in an organizational setting.

MBA 614 - Managing & Leading People (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the behaviors of effective leaders. Specifically, the course will address the ideas of leadership versus management, transitions into leadership roles, power and influence, and contemporary practices in management and leadership that affect individual behavior in order to improve organizational performance. Additionally, several challenges of managing the corporation are also addressed, including change management, ethical decision-making, and managing conflict in the workplace.

MBA 622 - Fundamental Concepts & Approaches to Decision Making (3 credits)
This course is designed to raise the critical thinking skills of the student. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills to identify problems, evaluate alternative actions, and to justify and defend decisions. The goal is for each student to develop the ability to apply thinking and reasoning skills to business decisions and to develop the skills to influence others.

MBA 625 - GM Process Improvement for Managers (3 credits)
This course exposes the student to problem-solving philosophies including Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. The module includes several team-based, business simulations and exercises where students are given the opportunity to implement their problem-solving and critical thinking learnings in the dynamic and complex business environment within which GM operates.

MBA 632 - Financial Reporting (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing the student's ability to read and interpret reported financial information through deliberate review of accounting fundamentals, application of accounting principles, and evaluation of accounting rules. Students will consider accounting information for the purpose of decision making and will consider what financial information measures and what it can or cannot reveal. Additionally, students will explore principles of internal control, external auditing, and corporate fraud for the purpose of developing an understanding that reading and interpreting reported financial information is valuable only when data, reporting, and assumptions are true and valid.

MBA 634 - Corporate Financial Decision Making (3 credits)
In this course, students will review tools used to measure and review internal performance for the purpose of effective managerial decision-making. These tools include: budget development, budget performance review, time-value of money, and discounted cash flow. Specific emphasis is also placed on the role of effective corporate governance in ensuring the availability of information for decision-making and the appropriate use of that information

MBA 644 - Global Markets, Policy & Regulation (3 credits)
Building on the overarching principle that management decisions and actions are impacted by conditions in which a manager is operating, this course focuses on the macro setting external to the firm. In addition to the traditional economic focus of macroeconomics, regulation, international trade and finance, and public policy issues, the module incorporates a study of the definition, scope, and dimensions of national culture. Throughout the module, emphasis is on integrating an understanding of how the external environment sets the context for leadership, strategy, and managerial effectiveness.

MBA 652 - Competitive Strategy & Marketing (3 credits)
The first part of this course focuses on achieving sustainable differentiation at the line-of-business level. This requires the simultaneous evaluation and management of the organization's internal (processes, structures, resources) and external (competitors, suppliers, other stakeholders) environment in an effort to satisfy the selected primary customer needs that guide the business strategy. A methodology that systematically aligns the customer needs, internal measurable outcomes, and operational activities is employed. The second part of the course focuses on achieving sustainable marketing differentiation by managing the marketing function within the organization. Areas to be investigated include: internal/external assessment (customers, competitors, collaborators, company, context), creating value (market segmentation, target market, positioning), and managing the marketing mix (product, place, price, promotion) to capture and sustain value for the firm.

MBA 665 - GM Corporate & Organizational Strategy (3 credits)
Using GM strategy as a foundation, this course develops the student's ability to anticipate, evaluate, and respond to shareholder expectations. Skills to satisfy shareholders include: articulating vision, choosing boundaries and lines-of-business, and identifying and managing capabilities/resources across multiple lines-of-business. The integration of the concepts of free cash flow projection and company valuation explores how strategy drives these measures, which in turn drive value back to the shareholder.

MBA 679 - Management & Leadership Capstone (3 credits)
This capstone learning event provides the opportunity for students to integrate and apply all of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their MBA program. Students will be able to see how they perform in a rapidly changing organizational environment where they make true to life decisions and quickly see the results of those decisions. A comprehensive system is used so that students can see and understand the strong intended and unintended interplay of their actions among the various functional areas. This course brings students together for an opportunity to learn and work with one another in a complex and dynamic organizational environment.

MBA 695 - GM Capstone Project (Directed Study) (6 credits)
Working with a faculty sponsor, students will find and fix a critical business problem or opportunity that exists within the GM organization. The problem or opportunity must be one that is inter-functional in nature, and extend beyond the student's immediate horizontal and vertical responsibility. This course is an individualized tutorial between a student and a designated faculty member. The capstone project must be approved by a supervisor two levels above that which the student reports to as well as a DeVos Graduate School faculty advisor. The final project must demonstrate a minimum EBIT benefit of $50,000 and should be designed into the project scope.