Course Descriptions

MGMT100 - Leadership and Communication in Groups ( Course Syllabus - 2014C)

Through the process of action, reflection, and experimentation, and application, MGMT 100 aims to develop your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. The course provides many occasions to strengthen your ability to exercise leadership through service, to speak and write persuasively, and to work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals. Through the course of the term, you will have a heightened sense of your individual strengths and opportunities for growth.

Eleven sections of approximately 60 students are scheduled each year (nine in the fall; two in the spring). Attached to each section are six recitations. Your recitation determines your project team. Whether you are in lecture participating in role plays or simulations, in recitation doing impromptu speeches, or out in the field working on your project, Management 100 is highly interative and participative. The hallmark of the course is experiential learning.

Over the course of the year, Management 100 teams complete nearly 70 field projects. In the fall, freshmen participate in community service projects, a good number supplied by the United Way; in the spring, upper level transfer and dual degree students work on consulting projects vetted by Wharton's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Other Information: This course is exclusively reserved for Wharton undergraduate students.

MGMT101 - Introduction To Management ( Course Syllabus - 2014B)

This course is an introduction to the critical management skills involved in planning, structuring, controlling and leading an organization. It provides a framework for understanding issues involved in both managing and being managed, and it will help you to be a more effective contributor to organizations that you join. We develop a "systems" view of organizations, which means that we examine organizations as part of a context, including but not limited to environment, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people and outputs. We consider how managerial decisions made in any one of these domains affect decisions in each of the others.

Prerequisites: None

MGMT104 - Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management ( Course Syllabus - 2014C)

The focus of Management 104 is the economic and institutional constraints on organizations in the formulation and implementation of human resources management policies and strategies in the United States and, as appropriate, internationally. The specific constraints discussed are labor markets (external and internal), labor laws (governing employment policies and employee relations), and labor unions (and the threat thereof). Particular attention is paid to the relationship of these constraints to the competitiveness of American enterprise in the global economy.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT111 - Multinational Management

Multinational management is the study of the international corporation and the global political and economic environment. This course provides an introduction to the more advanced offerings. It covers the historical origins of the multinational corporation, the economics of trade, money and investment in the world economy, and the policies and behavior of governments and international organizations. We place considerable emphasis in understanding the national and historic origins of the international firm, as well as on current issues regarding emerging economies and shifts in the political economy of global markets.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT205 - Multinational Corporate Strategies

This course focuses on the creation of competitive advantage in the multinational firm. It examines the nature of global competition by exploring the characteristics of global versus non-global industries and firms. We also explore different types of international strategy and structure and examine the specific challenges of managing in multiple countries and markets. Finally, we consider the strategic allocation of resources along the value chain and the role of strategic alliances as a crucial element of an effective global strategy.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100, MGMT 101, & MGMT 111

MGMT208 - Globalization and International Political Economy

Globalization and International Political Economy is an upper level undergraduate course designed to provide the background necessary to understand globalization and the changes taking place in the international political-economy. The course objective is to help students develop a conceptual framework that will provide an understanding of the current international political-economic environment, provide a basis for thinking about the fundamental changes which are now taking place, and to build a solid foundation to which new material can be added throughout the students' careers.

Format: Class discussions will be interactive and structured to encourage maximum student participation.

Requirements: Take home mid-term exam, a final course paper of 10-15 pages and two shorter (1-2 page papers) dealing with the readings for the day. Students will not be allowed to enroll after the third class session.

MGMT209 - The Political Environment of the Multinational Firm

MGMT211 - Competitive Strategy

This is an advanced course in competitive strategy. The course will apply the tools of industrial organization economics and game theory to examine the strategic decisions that managers make. We will examine those decisions concerning pricing, capacity investment, advertising, new product introductions, and research and development. Emphasis will be placed on the strategic interaction among rival sellers. In particular we will look at the various methods of entry deterrence and strategic commitment. The course will attempt to integrate traditional economic models with case study materials.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101 and some knowledge of microeconomics is suggested. The course will be discussion oriented and based largely on case materials and mini-lectures.

MGMT212 - Social Entrepreneurship

The basic thesis of this elective course is that some societal problems, if attacked entrepreneurially, create opportunities for launching businesses that simultaneously generate profits and alleviate the societal problem. This approach generates societal wealth as well as entrepreneurial wealth. The course is distinguished from public sector initiatives to address social problems. Student teams are expected to develop a plan to launch a societal wealth generating business. The preference is for them to begin the course with already conceived ideas for entrepreneurial solutions to social problems. They may also join a team to work on a project proposed by a student who already has a business idea.

Format: Lecture, discussion, live case studies (discussions of progress reports of students own ventures).

Prerequisites: MGMT 230 Recommended

MGMT213 - Environmental Management: Law and Policy

This course provides an introduction to environmental management with a focus on law and policy as a basic framework. The primary aim of the course is to givestudents a deeper practical sense of the important relationship between business and the natural environment and to think critically about how best to manage this relationship.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Seniors only

Other Information: Lectures, case discussions, and student presentations. Requirements: A mid-term and final examination, class project, and class participation. Materials: A collection of readings and cases which are included in the coursepack.

MGMT223 - Business Strategy and Policy

This course encourages students to analyze the problems of managing the total enterprise in the domestic and international setting. The focus is on the competitive strategy of the firm, examining issues central to its long- and short-term competitive position. Students act in the roles of key decision-makers or their advisors and solve problems related to the development or maintenance of the competitive advantage of the firm in a given market. The first module of the course develops an understanding of key strategic frameworks using theoretical readings and case-based discussions. Students will learn concepts and tools for analyzing the competitive environment, strategic position and firm-specific capabilities in order to understand the sources of a firm's competitive advantage. In addition, students will address corporate strategy issues such as the economic logic and administrative challenges associated with diversification choices about horizontal and vertical integration. The second module will be conducted as a multi-session, computer-based simulation in which students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts and tools from module 1 to make strategic decisions.

The goal of the course is for students to develop an analytical tool kit for understanding strategic issues and to enrich their appreciation for the thoughtprocesses essential to incisive strategic analysis. This course offers students the opportunity to develop a general management perspective by combining their knowledge of specific functional areas with an appreciation forthe requirements posed by the need to integrate all functions into a coherent whole. Students will develop skills in structuring and solving complex business problems.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & 101; seniors and juniors that have completed introductory courses in finance, marketing, and accounting.

MGMT225 - Value Creation and Value Capture in American Business History

This course concerns the history of capitalism in America viewed from the perspective of the people who operated (and in some cases owned) the firms. Its focus is on the activities of value creation and value capture and on how evolving opportunities and selection pressures have conditioned the historic development of competition, strategic analysis and initiatives, organizational structures, merger-and-acquisition activity, entrepreneurship, and the like. Accounting and control are also part of the story: the course in fact considers issues arising in a variety of different management disciplines and shows off their interrelationships. The maintenance (or otherwise) of value capture over the cycle and over time is a running theme.

The course has a narrative element (running from Franklin's days through the early twenty-first century) but its deeper purpose is to give students some idea of how to think about the future evolution of firms and industries. It proceeds through a consideration of actual business decisions and performance in a series of challenging and otherwise interesting moments in the evolution of the American business environment. The materials are unusual for the Wharton School--they are often case-like and when possible draw on documents contemporary to the decisions such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, old newspaper and magazine stories, and eyewitness accounts. They require thoughtful preparation. This course is much more focused on the students than many and a successful experience of its demands that the students both engage with the materials and take an active role in the class discussion. The largest single element in the grading is a substantial term paper on a topic agreeable to both the student and the instructor. For more information, please contact the instructor:

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101.

MGMT230 - Entrepreneurship

MGMT 230 integrates the material introduced in business fundamental courses and applies it to the design and evaluation of new ventures. The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new venture creation and growth and to foster innovation and new business formations in independent and corporate settings. The course addresses both a theoretical perspective on venture initiation and the application of writing an actual business plan.

In this course you are asked to get out of the habit of being a receiver of ideas, facts, concepts and techniques, and get into the habit of generating ideas, identifying problems, analyzing and evaluation alternatives, and formulating workable action plans, thus putting textbook knowledge into practice. Students will get this hands-on experience in the following ways: through the formation and ongoing work of venture teams that will design a comprehensive business development plan for a particular start-up company. Teams are expected to utilize the tools and analytical approaches discussed in class to their venture. Through lectures and class discussions that are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of entrepreneurship and new venture initiation. Class format varies throughout the course: in some class sessions, there will be a lecture on specific topics; other sessions wil consist of case discussions of a particular topic or a discussion of the business concepts that students are developing; guest speakers also lead and participate in some class sessions.

Prerequisites: Completion of all business fundamental courses and second semester sophomore standing. Ideally you will also have mastered the concepts of business policy.

Other Information: Format: In this course you are asked to get out of the habit of being a receiver of ideas, facts, concepts and techniques, and get into the habit of generating ideas, identifying problems, analyzing and evaluating alternatives, and formulating workable action plans, thus putting textbook knowledge into practice. Students will get this hands-on experience in the following ways: Through the formation and ongoing work of venture teams that will design a comprehensive business development plan for a particular start-up company. Teams are expected to utilize the tools and analytical approaches discussed in class to their venture; through lectures and class discussions that are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of entrepreneurship and new venture initiation. Class format varies throughout the course: in some class sessions, there will be a lecture on specific topics; other sessions will consist of case discussions of a particular topic or a discussion of the business concepts that students are developing; guest speakers also lead and participate in some class sessions

MGMT231 - Entrepreneurial Venture Initiation

MGMT 231 is an advanced sequel to Mgmt.230 focusing on independent entrepreneurship, and venture implementation. This is the advanced course in entrepreneurship, which builds upon an existing business plan and focuses on implementation of a business start-up. How do you actually put your business plan into action to launch a venture? The class draws from management theory on venture initiation and managing change and growth.

Format: Readings, discussion, and developing an implementation plan for a real venture.

Prerequisites: MGMT 230 (recommended). Students registered for this course should have already written a business plan or developed a detailed slide deck for their venture (or be planning to work with a classmate on his or her venture).

MGMT233 - Strategies and Practices of Family-Controlled Companies

This course is designed for those persons who desire to understand the distinct strategies and practices of family-controlled companies and family wealth management. It will focus on shareholder decision making; financial and market driven options for long-run competitiveness, organizational structures and management team issues; strategic planning from a resource-based perspective; transition planning for the corporate entity, wealth, leadership and relationships; family dynamics and communication issues; and leadership empowerment. The course is intended for those who plan to consult or provide professional services to family-controlled companies and for those planning a career in their family firm.

Format: The class is structured around topical lectures with frequest utilization of case studies. There will be in-class discussion, as well as on-site and off-site project work time

Prerequisites: None

MGMT234 - International Comparative Management: The Challenge of Diversity and Integration

This course focuses on the comparative institutional environments in which business, government, and society interact. It provides students with a set of conceptual tools and analytical frameworks to navigate the complexities and ambiguities of the global economy. It provides an understanding of how to identify, measure and interpret the economic, social, political and cultural factors that shape regulatory policy, business strategy and market outcomes. It does so by traversing a rich empirical terrain that cuts across developing and industrialized countries, and is especially attentive to change over time. The course is deeply inter-disciplinary and brings insights from economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography and history.

Other Information: This course is comprised of lectures with case discussions, group and individual short papers and quizzes on the readings.

MGMT235 - Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The focus of this course is on analysis of the issues and options which must be faced in developing a successful technological venture and on the creation of a winning business plan. Particular attention is directed to the identi- fication of technology-based venture opportunities, evaluation of technical feasibility and commercial potential, and planning for successful commercialization.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101; open to juniors and seniors in Engineering, Applied Science, and Wharton; others only with special permission. All students must receive instructor's permission. Graduating M&T students receive priority enrollment.

MGMT236 - Inside Indian Business

This course is designed to provide an understanding of environmental influences on business decision making and operation, including differences in the nature of product demand, cost structure, company size, market competition, and public product factors which influence specific decisions and place limits on the flexibility of production, marketing and financial policies. Emphasis is placed on the economic characteristics of particular industries. *Note: Not currently scheduled.

Other Information: Format: Class discussion

MGMT237 - Management of Technology

This course examines the technical and managerial challenges presented by emerging and evolving technologies. Particular consideration is given to the forces affecting the nature and rate of technological innovation and the managerial options available to both established and entrepreneurial organizations. In doing so, we explore both internal and external sources of innovation as well as the appropriate strategies and processes for capitalizingon them. The course will be taught in seminar fashion with substantial class discussion. Assigned and supplementary readings will be augmented by cases and occasional guest lectures. Students will prepare a variety of written assignments, including case analyses and two research papers dealing with selected technologies, firms and industries.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101; limited to Management and Technology sophomore students.

MGMT238 - Organizational Behavior

Management 238 is an organizational behavior course, examining individual, interpersonal, and group effectiveness at work. Topics range from decision- making, motivation, and personality to networks, influence, helping, leadership, teamwork, and organizational culture. The learning method is heavily experiential, with a focus on applying key principles to the human side of management in role-play exercises, simulations, and group projects in local organizations. This course requires the instructor's permission. Registration is by application only; Penn In Touch requests will not be processed. The link to the application form will be available on the Management Department's website:, beginning March 16 2015. The deadline for applications is March 27, 2015.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT239 - Organization Design

MGMT240 - Group Dynamics

This course is designed to develop students' skills in effectively designing, leading and consulting to teams in organizations. This will be a highly interactive course with emphasis on class participation and experiential learning. One of the goals of this course is to provide both the conceptual understanding and the behavioral skills required to implement strategies. To this end, class sessions will make use of a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including the case method, simulation exercises and lectures. We will cover topics such as leading groups, group formation and socialization, diversity, creativity, group problem solving and decision making, conflict and knowledge sharing. Students will leave this class with knowledge of how to most effectively lead a team as well as how to be an effective team member. [NOTE: Instructors may have different objectives for this course. Please see individual instructors' syllabi for further clarification.]

MGMT241 - Knowledge for Social Impact: Analyzing Current Issues & Approaches

Recent technological changes have raised awareness of the magnitude and devastating long-term effects of poverty, food insecurity, limited and unequal access to education, and other social issues. Coupled with growing awareness of these issues is the emerging sense that traditional government programs and charities may be unable to solve these problems - at least, not alone. What may be needed are new strategies - strategies borne of (a) a deep understanding of the issues; (b) interdisciplinary collaboration; and (c) access to business knowledge, frameworks, and resources.

This course is designed to provide the information, strategies, examples, and analytical mindset to make students more rigorous, insightful, and effective in analyzing social ills and crafting potential solutions. Together, a cross-disciplinary group of undergraduate students, including students in Wharton, the College, and other Penn Schools, will examine the nature and extent of two pressing social problems - food insecurity and barriers to post-secondary education - and current approaches to solving these problems.

After an introduction to the social impact landscape and review of frameworks and tools for social impact, we will meet with researchers, business leaders, and non-profit leaders to learn what's not working, what is working, and what might work even better.

MGMT242 - Corporate Goverance, Executive Compsenation and the Board

The objective of this course is to provide a general framework for describing and analysing organizational problems in relation to corporate governance, executive compensation and the board of directors. The course begins from the observation that in practice self-interested managers are often in a position to take actions that are not necessarily in the interests of the owners of firms. Accordingly managers may not undertake desirable value or wealth maximizing strategies. The course examines the governance of firms including the conflict of interest between managers and shareholders. It examines how the corporate governance, compensation and incentive systems can mitigate agency problems that are inherent in organizations.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

Other Information: Format: Classes will comprise of a combination of mini-lectures and case discussions. Students will be expected to participate fully in class discussions. Effective participation will require sufficient and informed preparation of cases and assigned readings in advance of each class. Requirements: Students will be expected to participate fully in class discussions. Effective participation will require sufficient and informed preparation of cases and assigned readings in advance of each class. In addition, there will be two course papers. Materials: See instructor.

MGMT244 - Personnel Management.

This course introduces the student to the strategic role human resource management might play in creating competitive advantage for firms. We study P/HRM policies and practices in context and consider broader corporate strategies, business activities, and competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace. We give attention to the diversity of the American workforce, and to the effects of changing technologies in production and in provision of services.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT245 - Managing Innovation

Prerequisites: None.

MGMT246 - Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

This course introduces you to the world of social enterprise, a world that is becoming increasingly important as society experiments with a variety of business and organizational models designed to provide products and services with a strong social impact mission behind them and as you and others search for ways to develop careers that have greater personal and social meaning. The organizations we will examine may be nominally "for-profit", "not-for-profit" or NGOs, but what they share is commitment both to a social impact mission and to a set of disciplined, sophisticated financial and management practices. They are led by individuals who themselves are both committed to the mission of the enterprise and who recognize the importance of demonstrably effective business models. And in the mix is the role of innovation, of developing new approaches, new models, and/or new technologies in service of better realizing the social mission.

Prerequisites: None.

MGMT247 - Employment Law

MGMT248 - Executive Leadership

MGMT249 - Mergers and Acquisitions

This course explores the role of mergers and acquisitions and alternative methods of corporate development in advancing the strategies of operating business. Emphasis is on the way companies use acquisitions to alter business mixes; seize opportunities in new products, technologies and markets; enhance competitive positioning; adjust to changing economics, and promote value-creating growth. Although the course will emphasize strategic acquisitions, it also will explore leveraged buy-outs and hostile financial acquisitions as well as their influence on corporate buyers.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT250 - The Language of Leadership

MGMT251 - Consulting to Growth Companies

This course offers students a unique opportunity to develop consulting skills and entrepreneurial expertise by working as consultants to thriving entrepreneurial ventures in the Philadelphia area. This capstone course combines both fieldwork and class work and allows students to apply knowledge and skills acquired through other course work to real world issues that must be addressed by operating companies. An understanding of characteristics producing rapid entrepreneurial growth and skills related to effective communications and management of a business relationship are emphasized.

Format: Team term consulting assignment, lectures, case analysis, and small group discussions.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing Recommended.

MGMT264 - Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management

This course focuses on venture capital management issues in the context of a high-growth potential start-up company. The course is motivated by rapid increases in both the supply of and demand for private equity over the past two decades. The topic is addressed from two distinct perspectives: issues that relate to the demand for private equity and venture capital (the entrepreneur's perspective) on the one hand, and issues that relate to the supply of capital (the investor's perspective) on the other. As well, we will address management issues that relate to how the VC and the entrepreneur work together once an investment has been made, compensation issues, and governance issues in the privately held venture capital backed company.

Format: Case/discussion format, supplemented by lectures and guest speakers.

Requirements: Classroom participation, written case assignments, late midterm.

Materials: Required coursepack and supplemental recommended reading.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing Recommended

MGMT265 - Culture of Technology

Academics, students and practitioners alike are fascinated by the culture of tech sector-its people, practices, and organization. In this coursewe explore this sector using a combination of academic research papers and practitioner involvement. Each class session will be devoted to discussion of a single research article, during which we will be joined via Telepresence technology by a Wharton alum from the tech sector whose expertise is relevant to the paper topic. Therefore, the learning objectives of this half-credit course are to: 1)Understand the managerial, organizational, and regional institutions thatcharacterize the tech sector, with particular emphasis on the case of Silicon Valley 2)Bridge research and practice by critical analysis of academic researchin conjunction with practitioner input 3)Forge connections with tech sector practitioners, particularly with our west coast alumni base. Registration is by application only; Penn In Touch requests will not be processed. The link for registration is: Enrollment is limited, and students will be granted permits to enroll after a review of the applications. An information session will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-6:30 PM, in JMHH G50. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 6.

MGMT266 - Family Enterprise Mgmt.

This class will examine the causes and consequences of the creation of family fortunes, with a focus on the practical implications for family decision-making. We will discuss psychological characteristics associated with the typically entrepreneurial creators of family wealth; with their children, whose childhood development takes place in the context of growing businesses and accumulating wealth; and with their grandchildren and beyond, whose childhood development occurin the context of established and often very public wealth, to build a comprehensive view of the interplay between family dynamics and economic decision making. Note that this class focus will be on behavioral aspects of family dynamics in a wide range of decision settings, rather than on management of an operating business per se. While this class will be particularly relevant to individuals aspiring to create their own family fortunes or whose ancestors have already done so, it will also be useful for individuals interested in foundation management, non-profit fund-raising or business catering to the very wealthy such as asset management and luxury retail.

MGMT272 - Power and Politics in Organizations

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the power dynamics in organizations. The course is designed so that you will learn concepts that are useful for understanding, analyzing, and harnessing power. But beyond discovering ways to extend your own power, influence and political skill in organizations, we will also uncover lessons about ways in which power and politics can blind you, and how to navigate situations in which you are up against powerful people. Using a range of theoretical and business articles, cases, exercises, assessments and simulations, we will extract a variety of lessons about power and politics in organizations. Topics include political skill, influence, issue selling, change management, networks, hierarchy, political conflict, corruption, coping with intolerable bosses, speaking up, redemption, and downsizing.

MGMT282 - Strategic Implementation

MGMT283 - Strategies for Economic Inclusion

MGMT288 - Governance and Management of Chinese Firms

This course provides an examination of some of the largest busines firms in thePeoples Republic of China, acquainting students with the governance and management (both management structure and management teams) of some of the largest and best known Chinese firms. Students will also become acquainted withthe capabilities and liabilities of Chinese firms and their strategic options. Tools needed to assess the investment potential of Chinese firms will be provided, and students will have an opportunity to do original research on issues of governance and management of Chinese firms.

MGMT291 - Negotiations

This course includes not only conflict resolution but techniques which help manage and even encourage the valuable aspects of conflict. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in conflict management situations. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiations as it is practiced ina variety of settings. The course is designed to be relevant to the broad specturm of problems that are faced by the manager and professional including management of multinationals, ethical issues, and alternative dispute resolutions. Cross listed w/ LGST 206 & OPIM 291.

Prerequisites: MGMT 100 & MGMT 101

MGMT292 - Advanced Negotiation.

MGMT298 - Privatization: An International Perspective

Privatization is sweeping the globe, but it remains one of the most controversial of economic reforms. The redefinition of boundries between the public and private sectors creates new roles and opportunities for policymakers and business people. This course will review the international experience with privatization -- the Thatcher privatizations of the 1980s, the sale of industries and utilities in developing countries, the transformation from central planning in post-Communist countries, and the recent experiences with privatizing very traditional public services and infrastructure activities by local and national governments throughout the world. What practical lessons can be learned from the myriad of methods adopted in different countries? What issues arise in privatization transactions and what are the implications for business and regulatory policy? Who gains and who loses from privatization and how can deals be structured that improve productivity and welfare? These questions will be addressed through lectures, guest speakers, case studies and simulations.