Course Descriptions

MBA 500 - Graduate Success Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an introduction to the MBA program at Cardinal Stritch University. Students in this graduate success seminar are introduced to the MBA themes of: the global, cross-cultural, and ethical context in business; the business case for leading organizations that value people, planet and profit; and seeing and responding to the "big picture" in new, innovative, and adaptive ways. Course content will impart a greater appreciation for self-management, self-assessment, graduate-level research and writing, and overall preparation for success in your degree, career, and life. A deeper and more meaningful understanding of Franciscan values also is emphasized through teamwork, service, and reflection, to build adaptive leadership skills and raise corporate consciousness to balance people, planet and profit.

MBA 501 - Leading Self, Others, and Systems I

(Credits: 3.00)

The path to becoming an adaptive business leader begins with listening to yourself and others. What is the moral compass that will guide your leadership efforts? How will you align your actions with your values and sense of purpose? In this foundational leadership course, students will explore their worldview and how to communicate their perspective with others in their local and global communities. Students will frame personal exploration within an understanding of leadership theory, technical versus adaptive change, and an investigation of effective leadership that incorporates social responsibility and civic engagement. At the end of this course, students will be challenged to become business leaders who understand the balance of people, planet and profit in service to a greater good.

MBA 502 - Leading Self, Others and Systems II

(Credits: 3.00)

Equipped with the knowledge of leadership theory and their own moral leadership platform, the next challenge is for students to explore how their foundational principles relate to others and systems. In this course students will build upon their understanding of technical and adaptive change by learning how to create an organizational culture that nurtures innovation and creativity. In order to structure businesses for successful continuous improvement, students also will explore how leaders effectively communicate a vision and why understanding organizations as systems is fundamental to spearheading transformational strategies. Through this course, students will first learn how to assess an organization's capacity for change, and then design a change management plan that employs adaptive leadership strategies and positions an organization for sustainable and generative success.

MBA 510 - Principles of Continuous Process Improvement and Quality Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will link the concepts of qualitative and quantitative process tools to reactive and proactive process actions. Included will be an analysis of the use of process tools in a global business environment across varying organizational cultures. In addition, the focus will be on how to properly communicate the output associated with continuous process improvements and quality management to senior-level leadership of organizations.

MBA 511 - Strategic Management of Information Resources and Systems

(Credits: 3.00)

The increasing demand for information from businesses and consumers drives the economy and necessitates that future business leaders obtain the skills needed to develop an information network that supports the needs of the consumer and promotes the goals of the organization. This learning experience will enhance skills in strategic management of information technologies and systems, maintaining data integrity and security through risk identification, risk management, and business continuity planning. It also will explore appropriate uses of data management, data mining, and data use for strategic and competitive advantage.

MBA 512 - Planning, Hiring and Deploying a Strategic Workforce

(Credits: 3.00)

In planning, hiring, and deploying a strategic workforce, future business leaders will face the need to cultivate effective processes and workflows that foster the recruitment, development, and management of talent geared toward organizational success. This learning experience reinforces the importance of creating a culture of inclusion and transparency; aligning people, systems and structure with the mission, values, and strategic goals of the organization; and reinforcing those values and goals through appropriate compensation, rewards, and recognition.

MBA 520 - Principles of Organizational Financial Planning nad Business Development

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will evaluate the global financial, economic, and competitive context for business strategies and operation and determine the influence of global laws, regulations, and organizations on financial planning and business development. During this course students will analyze the relationship among finance, economics, and marketing in organizational development. Students also will assess the balance of organizational responsibility and social accountability. This course will help students develop strategies to create an organizational culture of strategic measurement and data-driven decision making.

MBA 521 - Strategic Business Financial Management and Control I

(Credits: 3.00)

During this course students will assess the role of financial and managerial accounting in business decisions and evaluate quantitative analysis techniques that support informed business decision-making in a global business environment. Students will predict outcomes of business decisions based on research and data analysis and evaluate different sources of capital for business and strategies of organizational financing in a global and cross-cultural context.

MBA 522 - Strategic Business Financial Management and Control II

(Credits: 3.00)

During this course students will assess the role of financial and managerial accounting in business decisions and evaluate quantitative analysis techniques that support informed business decision-making in a global business environment. Students will predict outcomes of business decisions based on research and data analysis and evaluate different sources of capital for business and strategies of organizational financing in a global and cross-cultural context.

MBA 530 - A Systems Approach to Strategic Planning and Strategy Development

(Credits: 3.00)

The course will link the concepts of strategic planning and management to organizational leadership and the supply chain and related value operations of organizations. Critical elements will include definitions of value, stakeholder definition and integration; mission statement, and organizational vision and values development. Additional work will surround sustainable tools for assessment and development of the internal and external environment. Strategy development, financial analysis and integration of strategic metrics will be assessed and developed. Finally, students will examine the dynamics of leadership and change management through strategic operations and choices.

MBA 531 - Capstone I - Creating Strategic Response to Business Challenges and Opportunities I

(Credits: 3.00)

Each student is to select an organization (privately held or publicly traded, for-profit or not-for-profit) in which the student has a special interest. The organization will be the basis of the Capstone Research Product, a paper intended to integrate what the student has learned in prior courses and in the students' employment experience.

MBA 532 - Capstone II - Creating Strategic Response to Business Challenges and Opportunities II

(Credits: 3.00)

During the first capstone course, each student will have selected an organization (privately held or publicly traded, for-profit or not-for-profit) in which the student has a special interest. The organization is the basis of the Capstone Research Product, a paper intended to integrate what the student has learned in prior courses and in the students' employment experience.