Interdisciplinary MBA Courses

BIND 2024—Consulting Field Project—3.0 credits
This course teaches management consulting in a real-world environment. Students are provided a unique opportunity to apply the analytical tools and concepts taught by Katz, and do so in a practical manner. Each project includes three to five students assembled as a team. Each project involves a single "client" organization, which may be a profit, non-profit, or governmental. Each client provides its assigned study team with a project of immediacy and an executive dedicated to working with the team. A faculty advisor is assigned to each team. Students schedule their own time, dovetailing with client schedules and that of their faculty advisor. Students are required to attend four scheduled Saturday morning workshops led by experience consultants.
An end-of-term competition is also held, the winner being awarded the McKinsey Cup.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed BACC 2409 Financial Accounting. Immediately following enrollment in the course, students must email their resume and a brief statement of career interest to Clinical Professor G.M. (Bud) Smith, budsmith@katz.pitt.edu. Based on this information and client needs, student teams are assembled prior to the beginning of term. In this way, students begin working with their team and their client immediately.
BIND 2035—Application of Game Theory in Managing Decision Making—1.5 credits
This course demonstrates how insights of game theory can be utilized by managers to address important decisions confronting the firm. The interaction of a business firm with its competitors, customers, and suppliers can be formalized as a game situation. The task of the manager is to identify the rules that govern the game, whether the manager can modify those rules to the company's advantage, the expected behavior of other players in the game, and the optimal reactions of the company given this expected behavior. The primary focus of the analysis is on understanding how other players form their strategies and expectations in order to identify one's own best response strategy. We will utilize game theoretic reasoning to analyze issues related to entry into new markets or exit from established businesses, investment in research and development, the extent of product differentiation and proliferation that is implied by competition, and strategies aimed at alleviating price competition among firms.
Prerequisites: BECN 2401 Economic Analysis.
BIND 2400—India Today—1.5 credits
As global citizens, students need to have a working knowledge of other countries which are important in shaping the corporate, social, and political world. As a rising state in the world economy, India’s status in the business and in world affairs is shifting in a transformative way. After an overview of India, this course will provide an introduction to India in three dimensions: its diverse groups of people, the growth and development of the Indian economy, and institutions and the environmental issues and challenges in modern India.
Prerequisite: None
BIND 2444—Management Simulation Capstone—3.0 credits
The Management Game is an applied strategic management and general management exercise where teams of students operate computer simulated companies for 3 years acting as the executive committee of a multi-national manufacturing company. Groups of students compete against each other as they try to add value to their companies. The class teaches competitive dynamics group management skills, cross-functional management, and presentation skills. The class is placed near the end of the curriculum and is intended to provide an illustration of how to apply the tools acquired in other classes in a complex international business environment. A main focus of the learning is the unstructured nature of the problem. We want to train managers to solve open-ended problems with talented people in creative ways. External boards of directors may be utilized during the class for feedback and to assess student progress. Each team is asked to engage in externally focused exercises. Some examples of these exercises include negotiating a labor agreement with real union representatives and presenting their marketing plans to practicing marketing executives. The external feedback and evaluation structure of the course makes the exercise sharply realistic. The highly unstructured nature of the class makes it invaluable for students preparing to enter the job market as leaders instead of followers. Please note: enrollment is limited.
Prerequisites include the following: (1) Completion of 18 or more total credits; (2) Completion of BACC 2401 Financial Accounting, BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis; BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1; and BMKT 2409 Marketing Management; and (3) Completion of BSPP 2409 Strategic Management is strongly encouraged but not required.
BIND 2511—Executive Boardroom Series 2—1.5 credits
This interactive course brings in top pharmaceutical and health care executives and builds on the business and management concepts. Students are engaged in a structured understanding of the “businesses of pharmacy in health care” and related fields that impact the profession in an executive boardroom format. This course focuses on “entrepreneurship in medicines and health care” and analyzes the fundamentals of entrepreneurism amongst successful executive finders, binders, and minders. Executive Boardroom Series 1 is not a prerequisite. Instructor’s permission is required. The selection process requires a one-page narrative on the potential contribution(s) of this course to the student’s education and/or career goals.
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission is required. Limited seating is available.
BIND 2526—Business Process Redesign—1.5 credits
After a brief introduction and presentation of basic concepts, the course explains the tools and techniques for business process redesign. Next, the course covers process diagnostics and the identification of critical process problems. Then the course covers business process redesign implementation and the organization of business process redesign teams. Later, cases and experiences in several companies are presented. The course ends with the analysis of political factors that accompany redesign efforts, and a short annex that discuss the relationship between process redesign and technical norms.
Prerequisite: None.
BIND 2702—Global Research Practicum – Latin America—3.0 credits
This course is tied closely to field study abroad, providing a hand’s on experience in a foreign culture. Main objectives are to challenge students to consider business issues from a global perspective and to expose them to actual business environments abroad. Requirements include a team research project and an individual cultural report. The course includes a 10-day trip to various businesses in Chile. Students develop a research question in areas of managerial specialization and draw evidence from the field study to support their project report. While abroad, students visit a number of selected organizations and/or companies, and explore current business practices/issues. The group meets for three, 3-hour class sessions prior to the trip. Portions of these classes will focus on developing the research project. Also, to help prepare for the trip, selected outside speakers may share their experiences and perspectives on Latin American business and culture. At the final class session after the trip, projects are presented in both written and oral forms. Students are required to cover individual expenses including tuition, airfare, and ground package. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space.
Prerequisite: Students are required to attend an informational session
BIND 2704—Global Research Practicum - Russia—3.0 credits
This course is tied closely to field study abroad, providing a hand’s on experience in a foreign culture. Main objectives are to challenge students to consider business issues from a global perspective and to expose them to actual business environments abroad. Requirements include a team research project and an individual cultural report. The course includes an 8-day trip to various businesses in Russia. Students develop a research question in areas of managerial specialization and draw evidence from the field study to support their project report. While abroad, students visit a number of selected organizations and/or companies, and explore current business practices/issues. The group meets for three, 3-hour class sessions prior to the trip. Portions of these classes will focus on developing the research project. Also, to help prepare for the trip, selected outside speakers may share their experiences and perspectives on Russian business and culture. At the final class session after the trip, projects are presented in both written and oral forms. Students are required to cover individual expenses including tuition, airfare, and ground package. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space.
Students are required to attend an informational session.
Prerequisite: Students are required to attend an informational session
BIND 2705—Global Research Practicum - India—3.0 credits
This course is tied closely to field study abroad, providing a hands-on experience in a foreign culture. Main objectives are to challenge students to consider business issues from a global perspective and to expose them to actual business environments abroad. Requirements include a team research project and an individual cultural report. The course includes an 11-day trip to various businesses in India. Students develop a research question in areas of managerial specialization and draw evidence from the field study to support their project report. While abroad, students visit a number of selected organizations and/or companies, and explore current business practices/issues. The group meets for three, 3-hour sessions prior to the trip. Portions of these classes will focus on developing the research project. Also, to help prepare for the trip, selected outside speakers may share their experiences and perspectives on Indian business and culture. At the final class session after the trip, projects are presented in both written and oral forms. Students are required to cover individual expenses including tuition, airfare, and ground package. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space.
Prerequisite: Students are required to attend an informational session
BIND 2811—South Africa Today—1.0 credits
This is a 1-credit mini-course, consisting of 14 hours of classes over a weekend (with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) followed by a research paper. The course will be held March 22-24.
As global citizens, students need to have a working knowledge of other countries which are important in shaping the corporate, social and political world. This one-credit mini course will explore how in 2010 South Africa's entry into BRICS made a significant move from BRIC no longer being an artificial body founded on comparable economic performance, but increasingly a political club representing the developing world, determined to counterbalance western influence in major international forums and how selection into this club is connected to the race to grab the mineral resources emerging nations so badly need. Not only is South Africa the world's fourth largest source of gold and diamonds, it is also sitting on more than three-quarters of global platinum reserves. By 2014 Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa will contribute to 60% of the global growth according to the IMF.
At the end of the course, the students will:
  1. Have a general understanding of the corporate, geo-political, cultural and social factors that define the South African economic, cultural and technological landscape at the present time.
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  3. Explore one of these factors in depth, through the paper.
Prerequisite: None.
BIND 2060—Independent Study in Business Administration—variable credits (1.0 minimum)
An independent course of study in general business administration may be arranged with a faculty member and a student advisor.
Prerequisites: Special permission/faculty sponsorship is required.