Strategy & Innovation

  • QST SI 250: Ideas to Impact
    The goal of this course is to expose students to the conceptual frameworks that guide ideation and innovation. Thus it will include all five learning principles the guide design of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor. The course analyzes the conditions that foster innovation as well as the process by which ideas progress from conception to implementation and execution, and the creation of either economic or social impact. Students will be exposed to theories on the conditions that affect the generation and development of creativity and innovation within individuals, teams, cities Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, The Individual in Community, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • The Individual in Community
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • QST SI 422: Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    Provides students with a powerful set of tools which will prepare them to analyze, formulate, and implement business firm strategy with the aim of attaining sustainable competitive advantage. Adopts the perspective of the general manager, challenging student knowledge in each functional area in the effort to create integrative strategies that serve the needs of shareholders, as well as other stakeholders inside and outside the company. The course includes conceptual readings, which elucidate the fundamental concepts and frameworks of strategic management, as well as case analyses, which enable This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • QST SI 430: The Multidisciplinary Sustainable Energy Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG SM131, CAS GE150, and ENG EK225
    Required course for the Undergraduate Minor in Sustainable Energy. Serves as the capstone project providing students with a multidisciplinary experience that applies ALL three disciplines on the Undergraduate Minor in Sustainable Energy, i.e. Business, Environmental Sciences and Engineering. The practicum is offered in conjunction with a "sponsoring company" to provide students with a hands-on experience with a real-world sustainable energy project.
  • QST SI 431: Media Disruption
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    This course examines the transformation of legacy business models across the media industry. Combining case study methodology and academic theory, the course offers unique insight into the forces of creative destruction, and how leadership must adapt to survive. Meets with COM CM531.
  • QST SI 432: Corporate Strategy: Formulation and Implementation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST SI 422.
    Graduate Prerequisites: QST SI422
    This course deepens students' understanding of why and how multi-business corporations can successfully expand their operations into new business areas. The course exposes students to the challenges associated with a range of strategies firms use to manage the vertical and horizontal scope of their activities. These strategies include vertical integration, partnering and supplier relationships, related and unrelated diversification, globalization, franchising, alliances, acquisitions and divestitures. Along with examining the formulation of these corporate strategies, the course also examines the implementation considerations in order to create successful conditions for the pursuit of these strategies. Topics addressed include questions related to the formal organization (i.e., reporting relationships, structural design, incentives, budgeting authority) as well as the informal organization (i.e. culture, dissent, networks) 4 cr.
  • QST SI 435: Entertainment Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    (Offered in Los Angeles) Surveys the application of management concepts and principles to the film, television, video, new media and music industry. This course examines administration and finance, development, production, and distribution, and introduces students to the organizations and people (such as studios, independent production companies, talent managers, and agents) who manage, invest, and eventually profit in this creative industry. Much of the class time is spent in discussion of current entertainment industry trends. Students gain the skills to achieve their own entertainment goals.
  • QST SI 438: Talent Representation and Management
    (Offered in Los Angeles) Using case studies and business models, students examine the manner in which critical players interact and attempt to work together in behalf of clients in an effort to make their "professional dreams" come to fruition. Participants will gain an understanding of the different areas of talent representation, how each one functions in the scope of a talent's career and what the responsibilities are for each position in each area of representation. Participants will also gain a clear view of what the business of Entertainment Representation has to offer as a chosen career. 4 cr.
  • QST SI 444: Entrepreneurship: Solving Problems in a Dynamic World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323; or QST SI480
    This course addresses the principles, processes, and frameworks that are the underpinnings of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit. This is a hands-on, experiential learning course that integrates previous coursework into a coherent picture and gives the student an understanding of the way that entrepreneurship can drive change, achievement, and value creation in commercial, societal, and philanthropic domains. Students will also be able to understand how the entrepreneurial mindset can spur achievement and strengthen performance in a wide variety of careers and pursuits. Students have the opportunity to form an idea and drive it through the entrepreneurial process, gaining both practical and theoretical experience in the art and science of entrepreneurship.
  • QST SI 445: Managing a Growing Enterprise
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    Designed to help students understand the intricacies of running a small company. The course addresses the major challenges in small companies, including valuation, negotiation, deal structure, personnel and compensation, and marketing and financing. Exposes students to a wide range of business activities, emphasizing significant differences between large and small enterprises. The course uses a competitive computer simulation to provide students with the opportunity to "run" their own business.
  • QST SI 448: Dilemmas in Scaling New Ventures
    The purpose of this class is to increase students' chances of success in their early stage ventures by helping them avoid common team-related mistakes. We explore specific dilemmas that founders face--decisions that arrive early on, can be uncomfortable, and that need to be made with minimal information--but that can have far-reaching consequences. Whether the founding team stays together, whether the venture achieves an attractive exit, and the extent to which the founder(s) share in those rewards can all be largely determined by early-stage choices.
  • QST SI 451: Organizing for Design and Innovation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323; or QST SI480
    This course examines how managers and leaders can create the conditions for innovation at the individual, team and organizational levels and how those conditions differ for startup and mature organizations. Managing innovation includes the generation of ideas; the integration of those ideas into new product concepts; and the commercialization of those ideas. While core strategy courses address the questions of what innovations to pursue and whether and when those innovations will bring value, this course addresses the question of how managers can create organizations to deliver sustainable innovations of value.
  • QST SI 453: Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323; or QST SI480
    This course focuses on understanding the impact of regulations, customer preferences, and changing industry dynamics that increase the pressure for environmental sustainability in order to evaluate and craft recommendations for firm strategy. This course also helps prepare managers to better understand how to engage these issues with stakeholders, including investors, regulators, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as customers and suppliers.
  • QST SI 456: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Impact
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323; or SI480.
    This course is designed to expose students to the business tools and key foundational learnings (social, environmental and cultural) around social enterprise, scaling and innovation in today's conscious business environment. Students will learn how to operate in a shared economy through the principles of social enterprise, conscious capitalism, and cultural and societal shifts that have led to the rise in social consciousness, corporate social responsibility and the modern enterprise; models of impact that are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), how Shared Value systems are engaging business leaders today; hybrid models that are occurring in today's business landscape that are blurring the lines between nonprofit and for-profit organizations; social scalers that are changing the dynamic in business today; risk models that are being developed to manage towards the triple bottom line; the rise of benefit corps, BCorps and flexible purpose corporations that are redefining the landscape of organizations; and impact investing as a catalyst for supporting social enterprise efforts and leading towards heightened social consciousness in our society both from the individual investor and institutional markets.
  • QST SI 464: Intellectual Property Strategies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SI422 previously or concurrently
    This course looks at how companies can best use intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets) to protect their proprietary ideas and investments in knowledge assets, shape competition, and realize value from innovation.
  • QST SI 469: Real Estate Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    Real estate development is a process rather than a product. Too often, assumptions about occupancy, market absorption, rental income growth, valuation and competition are based on guesswork and interest in specific product types. The course reviews the underlying demographic market data that drives demand; utilizing data such as population and job growth, market and marketability analysis. The focus then shifts to site selection and feasibility analysis, the available methods of gaining site control and the process of assembling the professional team. Later, the course reviews the regulatory control process, along with budgeting and contract award and review of the construction control processes. The course is introductory in nature and assumes students have little or no knowledge about the development process.
  • QST SI 471: International Entrepreneurship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    Designed for students who may at some point be interested in pursuing managerial careers in the international entrepreneurial sector, and covers the development of skills to identify, evaluate, start, and manage ventures that are international in scope. Over the course of the semester, the class "travels" to more than fifteen countries on five continents, and analyze operations at each stage of the entrepreneurial process. The course covers market entry, forming alliances, negotiations, managing growth, and cross-border financing. Support from local governments, and the cultural, ethical, legal, and human resource issues facing the entrepreneur is also covered.
  • QST SI 475: Global Management Experience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323
    The Global Management Experience is a four-credit course that involves analytical work during the first half of the spring semester on campus, and culminates with a trip to Asia during Spring Break. Each year the countries and cities are changed. Pre-travel course work includes exploration of economic, governmental and social factors that affect the conduct of business, and ethics, in a variety of industries and contexts. The trip involves visiting business executives, government leaders and entrepreneurs, observing first-hand the application of management principles and strategies in the global arena. We also hope to meet socially with BU alumni in both cities.
  • QST SI 480: The Business of Technology Innovation
    Open only to seniors and juniors in the College of Engineering. Questrom students cannot take this course for degree credit. Provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business for the engineer. Topics include finding business ideas; recognizing good from bad; understanding the importance of business model; turning technology into a business, including what to sell and how to sell it; the role of engineering within a business; business financial statements; and startups and venture capital, including starting a company or joining a startup.
  • QST SI 482: Strategy for Technology-Based Firms
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE323, MK323, OM323, and QM323; or QST SI 480
    Serves Questrom students concentrating in entrepreneurship or who are interested in high-technology sectors, and ENG students who have taken SI480. This interdisciplinary course covers technology life-cycles, the co-evolution of industries and technologies, strategies for commercialization of new technologies (appropriability, acquiring complementary assets and capabilities, managing technical teams, and impact of regulatory and other environmental factors on commercialization). Special emphasis is placed on joint learning and interdisciplinary teamwork by students across Engineering and Questrom.
  • QST SI 498: Directed Study in Strategy and Innovation
    Directed study in Strategy and Innovation. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.