Course Offerings for Summer 2015

OLS 550 Technology, Information, and Data Analysis, (3 SH)

The quality of decision-making in organizations is greatly influenced by the quality of data gathered and by information derived from that data. This course focuses on the use of tools and processes to enhance decision-making strategies. Topics include research design, survey development, defining data and information requirements, how and where data is stored, statistical models and tools, informatics and business intelligence, critical thinking, and transforming data into meaningful information. (Year 1 Summer Course)Syllabus

Course Offerings for Fall 2015

OLS 510 Leadership & Management for the Common Good (3 SH)

Students will study contemporary and forecasted societal stresses—from community level to global—and learn of the critical role of organizations in both contributing toward, and helping to mitigate, these stresses broadly classified as ecological, social, and economic. Students will then learn a broad range of organizational leadership and management theories, styles, and practices to identify approaches to leading people, systems, and organizations in ways that bring restoration, that offer hope, and that work toward promoting the common good.

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OLS 520 Comparative Perspectives on Business and Society (3 SH)

Examines the range of perspectives for understanding the relationships between business and society. Anabaptist and other alternative frameworks, as well as classical and mainstream ethical frameworks, are presented and assessed from which critical issues in business are evaluated. (Year 1 Fall Course)

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MBA 640 Managerial Finance and Accounting II (3 SH)

This course is a continuation of OLS 540 – Managerial Finance and Accounting I. From the Finance discipline, this course covers the investment decisions managers make. Furthermore, the course examines the contributions of Activity Based Costing and Value Chain Analysis for decision making. The course digs deeper into financial statement analysis, including a thorough analysis of cash flows. We also examine the impact of time value of money on financial evaluations and capital budgeting decisions. Lectures, textbook and other readings, course management software, and cases help bring the relevant topics to life. The overall aim of the course is to continue to improve organizational decision-making based on financial, social, and ecological metrics. Course syllabus

MBA 660 Stewardship, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship (3 SH)

A theory and practice 3 SH summer course including a combination of field trips, classroom and online discussion, and case studies focusing on systems approaches to stewardship, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. The course objectives include developing a strategic framework for understanding stewardship design principles found in natural and human ecologies and how to apply them to become more effective organizational leaders; increasing theoretical and practical understanding of the sources of socio-tech innovation, and in co-designing, influencing and leading innovation; and developing an understanding of social entrepreneurship (SE) and how corporations, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations apply SE strategies to more effectively achieve their missions and objectives. Students will be encouraged, at their sole option, to contribute to the field either through service (1 SH elective practicum) or research (1 cu publishable paper). (Year 2 Fall Course)

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