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Calvin University’s online accelerated MBA program requires the completion of nine core courses and four core concentration courses, with the choice of completing three additional accredited online MBA courses for a general business track or one of two optional concentrations. Choose from concentrations in Business Analytics and Nonprofit Management.
Quantitative Business Methods Core Concentration
The School of Business is developing an online MBA program. One of the required courses in that program will be a corporate finance course. This course will cover the two primary corporate finance topics: capital structure and capital budgeting. In other words, where will the money coming from and what should we spend it on? This course will prepare organizational leaders to participate in those capital decisions and effectively advocate for those decisions with the company’s stakeholders.
Organizational Leadership Core Concentration
Groups and team are an integral part of modern businesses and organizational life. To be better prepared to succeed as a leader, manager or member of teams, this course: (1) creates opportunities to lead and manage dynamic teams and design and implement effective team processes, and (2) introduces the critical theories, concepts and frameworks used by successful managers to diagnose team performance and the threats and opportunities teams face. The learning objectives for the course will be accomplished through 1) analysis and discussion of case studies, 2) critical evaluation of current approaches to and realities of team management, and 3) active participation in team exercises and simulations.
This course will prepare students by increasing their understanding of the nature and purpose of organizations and how and why approaches to organizational design and culture change. Organization structure, processes, effectiveness, and the impact on individual member development and stakeholder expectations will be the major focal points of the course. The need for organizational change and development against the backdrop of traditional organization theory will be analyzed and new organizational forms will be examined.
This course aims to enhance our understanding of life inside organizations through an interdisciplinary examination of common organizational practices such as organizational structure, culture differentiation and internal integration, culture typologies, as well as leadership attributes and styles. The course is designed to increase the student’s effectiveness in dealing with multiple aspects of organizational change–by understanding conditions that may require it, increasing awareness of multiple ways that organizations change, managing change, receiving and participating in it, and understanding your own approaches and responses to change.
This course will orient students to the ethical imperatives of leadership in contemporary organizations. Responsible leadership theory will provide a framework for connecting virtuous character with responsiveness to the organization’s stakeholders, and to organizational sustainability. Alternative models of corporate social responsibility, including models informed by Christian theological and social traditions, will be presented and critiqued. Students will develop their own contextual agendas for responsible leadership through reflective writing exercises.
Business Analytics concentration (Optional)
Collecting, managing and processing large data sets is critical to business analytics and data science. This course focuses on the core skills and concepts needed to pull data from a range of sources both inside and outside of organizations; to filter, transform, and combine data sets to prepare them for data cleaning and analysis; and construct quantitative summaries and basic visualizations. Prereq: BUSM 535
Nonprofit Management concentration (Optional)
Nonprofit board of directors are integral to the process of governing and achieving effective community collaborations and public/private partnerships. This course incorporates and applies organizational behavior and theory to explore the leadership role, responsibilities, and interaction between board members and the executive director. Areas of examination include a comparison of different governing models, key questions to consider in board selection and composition, the responsibilities of advisory boards, working with committees, and the expectations of the board in the area of fundraising.
Why are some nonprofit organizations more efficient and stewardly than others? This course establishes a foundation in financial management for those with minimal or no experience in accounting. Areas of emphasis include knowledge and skills needed for distributing and managing resources, and for performing and using analyses and reports to effectively steward the financial health of the organization. Topics include key accounting principles, an overview of financial statements and how they are used in the budget development process and cash flow analysis, understanding the audit report, maximizing investment policy, and the responsibilities regarding government compliance. All of these will be looked at through the lens of ethical standards.
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