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AEM 4940 Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management

Course description

The department teaches trial courses under this number. Offerings vary by semester and are advertised by the department before the beginning of the semester.


AEM 4940 001-LEC On-campus Extra-session

The Secrets of Success in Business

Class dates:June 25-July 13, 2018
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 9 AM - 12 PM Malott Hall 251
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Olsen, M. (mao24)
Max. enroll:73
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

In this class you will be taught the frameworks used to analyze whether a company will be successful or not, and how companies grow if they are successful. This course is conducted in Socratic style, where class participation is required and encouraged. Not only will this help you with your public speaking abilities, but this will introduce you to the classroom environment you can expect at a top-tier University and graduate school, putting you ahead of your peers in understanding how to be successful in college. This course will give you a leg up if you think business school might be in your future as well by exposing you to the main concepts to evaluate the success of businesses taught in MBA strategy courses. You will learn which industry, and firm-level characteristics lead to competitive advantage and how firms can expand geographically, in terms of product scope, and across the supply chain to strengthen this advantage. This course is very applied in nature. We will discuss detailed as well as shorter case studies of real companies, and current issues in the business world. In addition, this class is driven by examples, providing a forum to discuss why actual current-day companies are successful. This course will also help to hone your other skills as a future business leader. Business leaders today need to be successful communicators as well as consumers of information. Students in this course therefore, will learn not only the business concepts themselves, but tools to become high-level critical thinkers and analysts of business issues. The course will teach you not only what to think when it comes to business strategy, but how to think like a business leader. We will incorporate a framework unique to this class using tools from statistics, economics, and logic, that students will be able to use across a wide variety of other courses in the future and help students become the type of critical thinkers that companies look for. Finally, as the business world is increasingly data driven, students will become comfortable with visual representations of data and be able to “tell a story” through data.

Listen to a March 30, 2018 podcast by Mona Anita K. Olsen — published WHCU Radio.

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