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MET AD 740: Planning and Operating New Ventures
Graduate Prerequisites: MET AD741
Includes opportunity assessment and feasibility analysis, concept development, budgeting and financial operations, financial and human resource management, legal and organizational issues analysis, and comprehension and determination of the roles of boards and external advisors, all leading into the planning and operating of new ventures.
MET AD 741: The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.
MET AD 745: Global Competitiveness
Reviews the process whereby organizations establish and pursue goals within internal and external constraints, resources, and opportunities. Topics include strategy and tactics; the process of strategic choice and adjustment; resource assessment; environmental and competitor analysis; stakeholders and values; and strategy implementation, control, and valuation.
MET AD 746: Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
Examines legal issues that affect high technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments.
MET AD 747: Service: Quality, Delivery, and Productivity
Topics include, the shift toward international service economies, the increasingly large service component in "non-service" industries, integrating service in the development of products and the critical role employees play in delivering service quality.
MET AD 760: International Trade and Logistics
This course provides extensive insight into international trade practices and corporate decision-making criteria attendant to global import/export and other market entry strategies, and management of international logistics operations including global sourcing, global transportation, facility network design, intermediaries, and trade documentation. Topics include operations, government agencies, import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities with the help of a business simulation package specifically prepared for this course. It is designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade and international logistics management.
MET AD 763: Multinational Finance and Trade
Prereqs: AD 630, AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance and risk mitigation to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include foreign exchange risk, and construction of hedging strategies using derivative instruments such as forwards, futures, and swaps to reduce multinational corporate risk. Addresses international financial flows and their impact on foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit.
MET AD 767: Culture and Development
Today the tourist industry is global in respect to the tourists wishes and destinations, i.e., tourists travel to other countries in part to learn about their peoples and cultures. To meet this large and expanding market many tourist companies have become either multinational or have formed working alliances with companies in other countries. This necessitates the need of people working in the tourist industry to have an understanding of cultures beyond their own. In this course we will examine different cultures and see how culture has affected economic, social, political and artistic development and its relationship to multi-national commerce and the tourist industry. Among the cultures to be examined will be: Western Europe, America, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
MET AD 780: Ethics in Management
Those in leadership and managerial positions are often confronted with difficult decisions that have far-reaching implications and the ability to balance competing social and ethical values. This practical course explores different ways of approaching challenging ethical dilemmas through theories, cases, contemporary issues, and exercises -- and in the context of various cultures and business and organizational settings. 4 cr.
MET AD 782: Project Value Strategies
Undergraduate Prerequisites: METAD642
This course will introduce students to Project Value - - a unique perspective on classical Project Management that is focused on assuring that a project delivers value that is aligned with the mission, vision, and values of an organization. This increasingly popular framework with which to view projects and project management is derived from current research, standards, and thought leadership from PMI and other international bodies . Students will learn how to create value in projects even in today's disruptive, turbulent environment. They will learn how to apply the conceptual framework of benefits realization management (BRM) and to use tools to manage a portfolio of programs and projects strategically with an aim of sustainable project value. Value in Agile projects will be discussed. The element of the Triple Bottom Line and a focus on sustainability is part of the subject matter. Case studies and real life experiences, illustrated with guest lectures, will be intertwined with current research in project management.
MET AD 800: Master's Thesis
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Six completed program courses.
Graduate Prerequisites: Six completed program courses.
An extensive research project culminating in a written paper and oral defense. Research is conducted under intensive faculty supervision. Requires department approval and thesis supervisor from full-time faculty. May be credited toward concentration elective.
MET AD 801: Master's Thesis
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Seven completed program courses including MET AD 800.
Graduate Prerequisites: MET AD 800; Seven completed program courses including MET AD 800.
The second course of an extensive research project culminating in a written paper and oral defense. Research is conducted under intensive faculty supervision. Requires department approval and thesis supervisor from full-time faculty. Considered a free elective.
MET AD 804: Capstone Project for Supply Chain Management
This course provides an opportunity for supply chain students to apply various methodological tools to solve a real world problem supported by an external sponsor or generated as a research project. Projects require the use of quantitative and qualitative tools to analyze supply chain performance, quantify supply chain risks, optimize logistics networks, optimize inventory levels, or evaluate capacity decisions. Specific methodologies include mathematical modeling, data mining, statistical analysis, inventory optimization, network optimization, process analysis, and waiting line modeling and optimization.
MET AD 805: Capstone Project in Enterprise Risk Management
A directed study course consisting of an applied research project that concerns a special topic of interest to an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) student. The course is especially designed for working professionals who have special ERM- related interests that are not covered in existing courses. The project generally culminates with a written paper and oral presentation. Research is conducted under intensive faculty supervision. Requires department approval and project supervisor from full-time or part-time faculty.
MET AD 807: Principles and Best Practices in Project, Program, and Portfolio Management
This course is one of the last courses that a student in the master's degree project management program is required to take. Students are expected to carry out independent research on a relevant topic in the area of project management under the supervision of the instructor. This course focuses on emerging trends and reviews unique methodologies and approaches to project management. Students are exposed to research methods and practice that contributes to original research in the emerging project management areas. Students are required to submit a research proposal prior to registration. Approval of the instructor is required.
MET AD 808: Capstone Project in Financial Management
MET AD 855: Strategic Advantage
Strategy concerns the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organization within its specific context. While senior managers are normally responsible for strategic planning, the implementation of strategy is most effective if managers at all levels ensure that their actions, performance goals, resource applications, etc. are aligned with the efforts of other functions and departments, and with the major strategic orientation of the firm. This module aims to develop critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level.
MET AD 856: Market and Economic Research and Analysis
This course will provide a comprehensive discussion of market and economic research and analysis, their key concepts, process description, qualitative and quantitative techniques for market research and data analysis, and application scenarios. Students will gain an appreciation for some of the breadth and depth of this subject and its significance for the business enterprise -- both from start-up entrepreneurship as well as an established business organization. The structure of the course is based on the six steps of the market research process: problem definition, development of an approach to the problem; research design formulation; fieldwork and data collection; data preparation and qualitative and quantitative analysis; report preparation, and presentation.
MET AD 857: Marketing Strategies
Strategic and operational marketing issues arising in the firm's operations. Topics include market screening, decisions, entry strategies, product/service development, as well as designing the marketing plan and its implementation. 4 cr.
MET AD 893: Special Topics: Politics, Public Relations and Public Policy: The Boston Harbor Clean Up
Examines various approaches to developing "high tech" innovation based economies as a route to self sufficiency and growth. Factors studied include both structural reforms in the political, legal and economic areas, and government sponsored initiatives in higher education, basic research, private venture capital, grants to support new product development by promising ventures, and the creation of science and technology parks and "incubators." Students independently research, write, and present studies of the strategies of various countries. This will be augmented by case studies, reading, and guest speakers on strategies being employed in Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil.