Global Network Courses

January–May 2015 Courses August-December 2014 Courses | January-May 2014 Courses | August-December 2013 Courses

Global Network Courses are for-credit courses offered virtually by a member school and open to students from throughout the network. The courses link students through an online platform and video conferencing for lectures and discussions. As part of the courses, groups of students from multiple member schools collaborate virtually on substantial team projects, developing teamwork skills and cross-cultural perspectives.

The courses can be thought of as small network online courses, or SNOCs. In contrast to the massive online open courses (MOOCs) offered by many institutions, in which unscreened participants have varying degrees of interest and capabilities, SNOCs enroll a select group of top-tier MBA students engaged in a common effort to build management skills.

By bringing together MBA candidates from member schools as part of their regular coursework, the courses harness the strengths of the Global Network on a daily basis.


Global Network Courses: January - May 2015

Natural Capital:  Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems
Bradford S. Gentry and Todd Cort
Yale SOM

January 13-May 5, 2015  (no classes during Yale SOM spring break, February 25-March 23)
Class meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EST (please note that our clocks go forward + 1 hour on March 8) 

Natural resource constraints affect most, if not all, functional areas of the modern corporation. Many large companies are taking proactive approaches to managing these risks and capturing the opportunities they create. As such, they are increasingly expecting their employees to have a basic familiarity with the environmental and social, as well as the economic, megatrends affecting these systems.  See video about the Natural Capital course.

My Journey Began with the Natural Capital Course: A Student’s Perspective

Check with your MBA Program Director about how to apply before November 19.

Handling Disruption:  Humanitarian emergencies management and development
Chrisanthi Avgerou and Shirin Madon
London School of Economics

January 21-March 19, 2015
Class meeting times: Wednesday and Thursdays, 14:00-15:30 GMT (London time)

This is a course on the management of disasters with a focus on the management and policy challenges of humanitarian emergencies and development. The course places emphasis on the crucial role of information and communication technology (ICT) in information gathering, analysis and coordination for the activities of humanitarian organisations as well as affected communities.

Check with your MBA Program Director about how to apply before November 19.


Global Network Courses: August – December 2014

Analysis of Competition Law and Enforcement Across Countries (Fiona Scott Morton, Edward Snyder, Pierre Cremieux, Yale SOM)

Competition policy and enforcement is now a global phenomenon. Competition and antitrust authorities across the world have been increasingly active in:

  1. prosecuting transnational pricing-fixing conspiracies, e.g., LCD, auto parts;
  2. challenging mergers that span multiple countries, e.g. Google-Motorola, UTCGoodrich, the joint venture between BHP Billington and Rio Tinto; and
  3. changing various practices by large firms across the world, e.g., Intel, Google, and Microsoft.

The fundamental goal of competition laws is the protection of consumers. The overall objectives, design, and actual enforcement practices in any given country may also be affected by other factors, including the protection of domestic industry from foreign competition, concerns about the strength of particular industries, desire for policy consistency across countries, and overall experience with market economies.

Analysis of Competition Law and Enforcement Across Countries will combine classes and discussion groups, and a team research project. The first series of four classes will provide a common economic, legal, and business framework upon which student groups can develop their research projects. The remainder of the course will be focused on the team research projects, examining current or recent antitrust regulatory efforts focused on specific companies under scrutiny for monopolization/unilateral conduct or a group of companies under scrutiny for potential price-fixing behavior.  (Learn more from a short video about the course.)

Inclusive Business Models (Sourav Mukherji, IIM-Bangalore)

According to World Bank Development Indicators (2008), close to half of the world's population, over three billion people, live on less than US$ 2.50 per day and about 1.4 billion on less than US$1.25 per day.  In this course students will debate and discuss whether business enterprises can address the needs of the "base of the pyramid" in a financially sustainable manner, as a for-profit business. By analyzing a series of real life case studies of such inclusive businesses, as well as by listening to social entrepreneurs who are running inclusive businesses, the course will reveal the various challenges that are embedded within such business models and some of the creative means by which social entrepreneurs have dealt with such challenges, sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

Mobile Banking Opportunities Across Countries (K. Sudhir, Yale SOM)

Mobile banking refers to the use of mobile devices to access financial services and conduct commerce.  Though technologies for mobile banking available are pretty standard around the world, the solutions that succeed in various countries diverge.  Students will work in cross-national teams across universities to understand why current business models differ and propse new business models from the perspective of an assigned institution (e.g., bank, telecom provider, startup) that are appropriate for an assigned country or region.  By comparing the solutions proposed by different teams, the course will help students gain insights into strategies for success for different market participants with different competencies and assets across countries.

New Product Development (Avraham Shtub, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology)

In today's world New Product Development (NPD) is critical to the success and survival of organizations. This course is aimed at teaching the tools and techniques developed to support the NPD process, to gain insight from real NPD success and failure case studies and to implement the tools, techniques and insights in a simulated environment.


Global Network Courses: January – May 2014

Natural Capital: Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems

Natural resource constraints affect most, if not all, functional areas of the modern corporation. Many large companies are taking proactive approaches to managing these risks and capturing the opportunities they create. As such, they are increasingly expecting their employees to have a basic familiarity with the environmental and social, as well as the economic, megatrends affecting these systems.

New Product Development

In today's world New Product Development (NPD) is critical to the success and survival of organizations. This course is aimed at teaching the tools and techniques developed to support the NPD process, to gain insight from real NPD success and failure case studies and to implement the tools, techniques and insights in a simulated environment.
 


Global Network Courses: August – December 2013

Analysis of Competition Law and Enforcement Across Countries

Mobile Banking Opportunities Across Countries