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Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Babson Park (Wellesley), MA
Academics & Programs

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Academic Programs
The Babson MBA is grounded in our unique application of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action across business disciplines and tailored to meet the educational, professional, and personal needs of our diverse students. Babson serves as a living/learning laboratory, where curricular and ...
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Consistently known as one of the most entrepreneurially-focused business programs in the country, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, MA offers students the “knowledge, support, flexibility and mentorship to enable students to exercise entrepreneurial thought... More More

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Olin Hall

Babson Park (Wellesley), MA 02457-0310

United States

Phone: 781-239-4317

Fax: 781-239-4194

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Curriculum / Academic Overview
Academic Calendar: Semester
Degrees Offered: Two-year MBA Program, 21 months; One-year MBA Program, 12 months; Evening MBA Program, 42 months average; Blended Learning MBA Program, 21 months; MS in Accounting, 12 months; MSM in Entrepreneurial Leadership, 9 months.
Joint / Combined Degrees Offered: N/A
Concentrations: Healthcare Administration, Finance, International Business, Investment Banking, Marketing
Study Abroad Options: Semester abroad is offered in conjunction with the following partner schools: ESADE Business School - Barcelona, Spain; ESCP Europe - Paris, France; HEC School of Management - Jouy-en-Josas, France; IE Business School - Madrid, Spain; Louvain School of Management ,Université Catholique de Louvain - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University - Beijing, China; SDA Bocconi School of Management - Milan, Italy; University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Online Course Catalog: http://www.babson.edu/graduate/academics/classes-and-registration/Pages/course-catalog.aspx
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Sustainability
Courses in Sustainability: Yes
Sustainability course is: Optional
Description: Babson College offers the following graduate courses within the theme of sustainability: *Conscious Capitalism: This course introduces students to the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of the approach to business known as Conscious Capitalism, which challenges business leaders to re-think why their organizations exist and to acknowledge their company's role in the interdependent global marketplace and ecosystem. The Principle of Objectivity: The goal of this course is to help develop your mind-set and mental focus to engage the people, business challenges and performance expectations with the clarity of mind to maximize overall effectiveness. We will talk about objectivity, a mindset that will help you react appropriately to changing dynamics, make sound decisions and improve your relationships with your colleagues. We will apply this framework to the entrepreneurial process and the corporate environment. You will work together to craft a customized personal framework from which to build a successful career. *Women's Entrepreneurship & Leadership: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership is about contemporary women’s roles in creating and leading organizations. The course examines the issues, challenges and opportunities women face in leading or creating companies, explores organizational policies that facilitate women’s advancement and participation in companies, and helps students develop strategies for effectively managing their leadership or entrepreneurial career. *Social Entrepreneurship: Several non-market venues for sustainable social change will be examined in addition to the traditional delivery of goods and services through the market. The course provides a number of crucial tools and resources that may better orient and equip the prospective social entrepreneur to identify and act on opportunities: 1. A conceptual framework of institution theory for understanding social entrepreneurship; 2. A vocabulary for thinking and communicating about social values and what it means to create "social value" in concrete terms; 3. A model of social change that enables a critical analysis of types and degrees of social change; 4. Strategies of social change through which to launch, lead, manage, and evaluate a social venture; 5. Specific funding models and sources for the venture; and 6. An opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on specific concepts for social entrepreneurship before taking the plunge. * Environmental Entrepreneurship: Energy independence will define the prosperity and viability of nations and species. Experience the profound opportunities and challenges in the energy industry through the eyes of an entrepreneur. This class offers an in-depth view of entrepreneurial ventures in the environmental space (including an inside look at BigBelly Solar from its Founder) and discussion about the ideas that will make or break our addictions to dirty energy. *Financing and Valuing Sustainability: This course will examine the concepts of 'going green' and sustainability in the context of finance and value creation. Students will analyze sustainable technologies, strategies, and business models from the perspective of managers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Basic financial tools such as discounted cash flow, capital budgeting, capital structure, and risk/return will be used to evaluate the feasibility and financial implications of 'sustainable' products and practices in a variety of industries and applications. *Corporate Social Responsibility: This course aims not only at understanding Enron-type situations but perhaps more importantly the moral dangers and threats to personal character in everyday business and managerial situations. It critically examines conventional management ideas, such as managing by values, for hidden ethical dangers and threats to personal character, such as unwitting self-righteousness. *Negotiations: Negotiations explores formal and informal ways that managers negotiate differences; treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. Examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields, and looks closely at personal skills and experiences; requires intense involvement in negotiation simulation exercises, and thoughtful application of theory and research. *Strategies for Innovation and Growth: This course focuses on developing capabilities for innovation and growth in the context of large enterprises. We will explore in depth three major concepts: (1) Innovation Life Cycle, (2) Innovation Platforms and (3) Organizational Innovation. These concepts will cover the three main questions about institutionalizing innovation: (1) what type of innovation should a firm focus on and why,? (2) how to implement the chosen innovation,? and (3) who in the firm should be doing it? *Leading & Managing Change: The basic objective of this intensive elective is to prepare you to play realistic and effective roles in leading and managing organizational change. It is more than a truism that if you are not part of leading a change, you are likely to become a victim of it. In the context of a range of concrete cases, we will pursue our objective by focusing on separating the wheat from the chaff in change models for their efficacy and possible shortcomings. *Technology and Operations Management: The course introduces the new methods and models to analyze, diagnose and improve operations activities for both manufacturing and service firms. We examine key issues for competitiveness including operations strategy, innovation, product and process design and development, global supply chain management, quality management, and sustainable operations. Developing a strong appreciation for the contribution of technology and operations to a company's market success is an essential element of effective decision-making for entrepreneurs and leaders of all types of organizations. *These courses were offered during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Research Opportunities in Sustainability: Yes
Description: We have faculty who participate in sustainability research and students are encouraged to work with them to conduct research on sustainability issues, from climate change and ecology to supply chain management. One ongoing project is Vikki Rodger’s research which was written up in the Babson Magazine. http://www.babson.edu/news-events/babson-magazine/winter-2013/Pages/looking-for-answers.aspx
School's environmental commitment:  
1: Babson joined the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and wrote a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. To implement its commitments, Babson engages GreenerU, Inc. -an innovative, higher education-focused energy and sustainability services company - to operate our dedicated Sustainability Office.
2: Babson has invested heavily in energy efficiency, and has reduced its emissions by approximately 40% in the past decade. Savings from energy efficiency have been reinvested in renewable energy purchases.
3: Babson offers both a concentration in environmental sustainability, and (jointly) offers a certificate in sustainability. The Sustainability Certificate program is a collaborate effort between Babson College (business) Olin College (engineering) and Wellesley College (liberal arts).
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Academic Support Services Offered
Non-US Student Support Groups:Yes
Description:Our week long MBA Orientation is designed help orient international students to the U.S. and to Babson. We also have a Partner's Program that supports the spouses of students. Many international students arriving with families make use of this program. http://www.babson.edu/graduate/student-life/living-and-learning/pages/partners-program.aspx
Women Support Groups:Yes
Description:The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College provides educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and Babson Executive Education students to help develop leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. CWEL also supports and widely disseminates research into the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders, and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. The Center, founded in 1999, was the first major comprehensive academic center focused on women’s leadership at a premier school of business. From its inception and throughout its 14-year history, the Center has remained committed to providing opportunities for its graduate women that fall into the following key categories: • Access to Near-Peer Role Models • Skill Building • Expanding Professional Networks • Providing a Gender Lens to Organization Culture and Individual Career Management • Building a Gender Balanced campus • Research and Thought Leadership • Collaborations with Women’s Organizations CWEL accomplishes these goals through innovative campus programming and initiatives, including: The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab The WIN Lab is a year-long residency program for women students at Babson College that accelerates the entrepreneurial path from ideation to launch. It provides women entrepreneurs with the road map, expertise, inspiration, and community needed to successfully launch ventures. Currently, there are 18 women participating in the 2013-2014 WIN Lab. http://www.babson.edu/winlab http://www.flickr.com/photos/babson_college/sets/72157636093221793/ Mentoring Programs The CWEL MBA Mentor Program connects women graduate students to senior-level women leaders to build strategic relationships that support leadership development and career advancement. The program is built on three essential pillars: Expertise - designed and led by a faculty mentoring expert; Theory and Practice - offers the latest research on mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership development; Custom Matching - Students and mentors are strategically matched to provide a successful foundation for the mentoring experience of both parties. Additionally, CWEL provides a blended mentoring format combining virtual and on-campus programming to better meet the needs of non-residential students and geographically dispersed mentors. >>> In the current academic year, 20 MBA students have been paired with mentors. Additionally, 48 undergraduate and graduate students were paired for peer mentoring. http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/Pages/graduate-programs.aspx Conference Scholarships CWEL offers financial support for graduate students to attend business conferences in order to build networks and access role models in the greater Boston business ecosystem. >>> In the current academic year, CWEL’s conference fund has provided tuition for 55 Babson students to attend business and leadership events. Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Gail Simmons and Sophia Chang CWEL names leading entrepreneurs in their fields as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) to coach and guide MBA students. This year’s EIRs are Gail Simmons: Food & Wine Special Projects Director and judge on the hit TV show “Top Chef”; and Sophia Chang: fashion show producer for Bravo’s “Project Runway All Stars” and co-founder of Science Genius, a program that uses rap as a tool to get New York City high school students excited about science. As powerful role models, these women help Babson’s MBA women build self-efficacy as they demonstrate the thinking and action of entrepreneurial leadership. In-Residence collaborations have two parts: a standard set of CWEL-related activities and a customized set of activities based on the interests of the participant. http://entrepreneurshipofallkinds.org/2013/10/17/hanging-in-the-balance-with-sophia-chang/ “Women In …” Networking Events CWEL sponsors “Women in Finance,” “Women in Marketing,” and “Women in Entrepreneurship” dinners, organized and hosted by the Babson Association of Women MBAs. These events engage successful women leaders from each discipline in an evening of networking and career insight exchange with Babson women graduate students. Gender Balanced Entrepreneurship Forum In order to build entrepreneurial self-efficacy—the belief that a student’s ability to be successful is enhanced by watching and learning from role models—in the current 2012-2013 academic year, CWEL co-sponsored the first-ever, gender-balanced Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, featuring 18 women entrepreneur presenters. Executive-in-Residence Coaching Hours with Roslyn G. Daum Roslyn G. Daum, a former Partner of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP specializing in providing counsel to venture capital firms regarding investments and buy-out transactions, regularly meets with MBA students to share her expertise and experience. >>> In the current academic year, Daum has conducted personal coaching sessions with 10 students. Fast Track MBA Program Learning Community The Fast Track Learning Community convenes women students with faculty senior staff and business experts for women-focused receptions, panels, other programs. The program also provides coaching for its Fast Track MBA students. Alumni Connections: “Onboarding Allies” program CWEL sponsors a program that connects incoming women students with a recent program alumna who can share insights about her own experiences. The program consists of three email connections over 90 days. Beyond the 90-day formal program participants are encouraged to “stay in touch” for ongoing support and feedback. Research / Thought Leadership We are proud to report that over 22 faculty members are involved with gender-related research at Babson College, and have inspired a Gender Resource Task Force convening faculty, staff and students to discuss gender issues on campus and develop recommendations for action. Additionally, Babson initiated the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women research Reports, as well as the DIANA Project: research reports on women’s approaches to acquiring financial and other resources as well as an information source for resource providers and policy-makers about the importance and advantages of support and investment in women-owned businesses. The Center has also completed projects regarding women in family business, women’s business centers, and women of color entrepreneurs; projects supported by the Babson Faculty Research Fund; and many more. http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/thought-leadership/Pages/home.aspx Collaborations The list of Center collaborations and partnerships extends far beyond the following: AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women), Catalyst, Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), Center for Women’s Business Research (CWBR), Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, Forte Foundation, Global Banking Alliance for Women, National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), WAGE, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/about/Pages/collaborations.aspx For additional information about Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership: Web: http://www.babson.edu/cwel/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CWELBabson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/babsoncwel
Minority Support Groups:Yes
Description:Council for Inclusiveness and Community http://www.babson.edu/about-babson/diversity/Pages/council-for-inclusiveness-and-community.aspx; LGBTQ Action Group http://www.babson.edu/about-babson/diversity/lgbtq/Pages/home.aspx; https://life.babson.edu/organization/alpfaMBA; https://life.babson.edu/organization/asianbusinessforum; https://life.babson.edu/organization/womenmba; https://life.babson.edu/organization/blackmba; https://life.babson.edu/organization/BabsonLatinAmerica; https://life.babson.edu/organization/MENA; https://life.babson.edu/organization/OutNetwork; https://life.babson.edu/organization/jewcrew;
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Groups:Yes
Description:We have student lead LGBTQ Organization: https://life.babson.edu/organization/OutNetwork. We have the LGBTQ Action Group who focus on making sure we have apropriate resources and events to support our LGBTQ and Ally community year round http://www.babson.edu/about-babson/diversity/lgbtq/Pages/home.aspx. We also have an active Safe Zone Training program (offered 4 times a semester) for staff, faculty, and students.
Academic Prep Programs for Incoming Students:Yes
Peer Tutoring Programs:Yes
Description:Group peer tutoring is available to Full time students in their core at no cost. We also facilitate private peer tutoring (tutors approved by faculty) which is available upon request to any student; however students must pay for these private tutoring services themselves.
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Degrees / Programs

  • Academic Experience Rating:
    87
  • Part Time Program:
    Yes
  • Evening Program:
    Yes
  • Executive MBA:
    No
  • Online MBA:
    No

Faculty

  • Total Faculty:
    105
  • Full-Time Faculty:
    60.96%
  • Part-Time Faculty:
    39.04%
  • Female Faculty:
    21.9%
  • Minority Faculty:
    5.7%

Academic Services Offered

  • Academic Prep Programs:
    Yes
  • Peer Tutoring:
    Yes
  • Minority Support Groups:
    Yes
  • Women Support Groups:
    Yes