Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Emphasis Areas

To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas for your career, the Bloch School offers the following eight emphasis areas. No more than 12 credit hours can be taken from any emphasis area and count toward your program, even as elective credit.

Entrepreneurship

In this emphasis, MBA students spend considerable time looking at company start-up and growth. Working in teams, students will develop business plans for a new venture, present their plans to a panel of investors, obtain funding, run the business, and exit the firm, either by closing, selling or turning the firm over to be run by future students. Future students will look at a mature company, where innovations also may be slowing down and need to be revitalized. Coursework investigating the field of commercial real estate is available within the entrepreneurship emphasis.

More information can be found at the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Faculty contact: Dr. Jeffrey Hornsby, 816-235-2320

Entrepreneurship with Entrepreneurship Track

Three required classes:
ENT 5527: Creating the New Venture: Experiential Learning
OR
ENT 5528: Creating the E-Business: Experiential Learning
plus both
ENT 5532: Managing the New Venture: Experiential Learning
ENT 5585: Venture Capital Finance & Investment

Select one course from the following:
ENT 5525: Managing Creativity & Innovation
ENT 5535: Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
ENT 5541: Personal Entrepreneurial Strategy
ENT 5542: Technology & New Ventures I
ENT 5543: Technology & New Ventures II
ENT 5545: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
ENT 5552: Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENT 5587: Special Topics
ENT 5591: Small Business Management Practicum
ENT 5597: Independent Study

Entrepreneurship with an Innovation Track

Required:
ENT 5515: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Boot Camp
ENT 5525: Managing Creativity & Innovation

Select two courses from the following:
ENT 5527: Creating the New Venture: Experiential Learning
ENT 5528: Creating the E-Business: Experiential Learning
ENT 5532: Managing the New Venture: Experiential Learning
ENT 5535: Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
ENT 5541: Personal Entrepreneurial Strategy
ENT 5542: Technology & New Ventures I
ENT 5543: Technology & New Ventures II
ENT 5545: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
ENT 5552: Entrepreneurial Marketing

OR

Alternatively a student may take one course from the list above and one course from the list of non-ENT classes below:
DSOM 5540: Service Operations Management
DSOM 5543: Project Management
FIN 5553: Investment Analysis
FIN 5559: Strategic Financial Management
MGT 5516: Leading Teams
MGT 5545: International Management
MKT 5539: Digital (and Direct) Marketing
MKT 5562: Marketing Research
MKT 5575: Advanced Marketing Strategies

Entrepreneurship Emphasis Faculty:
Lisa Zhao, Ph.D.
Michael Song, Ph.D.
Sunny Li Sun, Ph.D.
Mark Parry, Ph.D.
Dirk Libaers, Ph.D.
Ishrat Ali, Ph.D.
Phillip Gonsher
John Norton, Ph.D.

General Management

This emphasis area offers a broad view of four different management fields. Students who choose this emphasis usually have a good grasp of their technical area of expertise and want to gain knowledge from a variety of management perspectives.

Faculty contact: Any of the contacts listed for other emphasis areas.

At least one course from four of the nine areas:

  • Entrepreneurship: ENT 5515, 5525, 5535, 5541, 5545, 5552, 5585, 5571, 5573, 5576, 5578, 5587, 5591, 5597
  • Finance: FIN 5550, 5551, 5552, 5553, 5556, 5557, 5559, 5560, 5561, 5562, 5563, 5564, 5565
  • Global Business: DSOM 5544, MGT 5545, 5546, 5552, MKT 5555
  • Law & Society: MGT 5506, 5508
  • Leading and Managing People: MGT 5516, 5517, 5518, 5519, 5520, 5521, 5533, 5560, 5566, 5567, PA 5548, 5570
  • Management Information Systems: MIS 5529, 5552, 5554, 5558, 5580
  • Marketing: MKT 5575, 5539, 5560, 5561, 5562
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management: DSOM 5540, 5542, 5543, 5544
  • Strategy & Planning: MGT 5513

General Management Emphasis Faculty:
Marilyn Taylor, D.B.A.
Rita Cain, J.D.

Global Business

Kansas City students in this emphasis will be confident putting business issues in a global context, one that reaches far beyond the United States. As technology and trade connect the global village more closely all the time, emerging leaders need specialized knowledge about the impact of different cultures, workforces and environments.

Faculty contact: Dr. Jae Jung, 816-235-5161

DSOM 5544: Supply Chain and Logistics Management
FIN 5551: International Financial Management
FIN 5552: Global Financial Markets and Institutions
MGT 5545: International Management (required)
MGT 5546: Seminar in International Management
MGT 5552: International Study in Business (3 hours only)
MKT 5555: International Marketing

Global Business Emphasis Faculty:
Jae C. Jung, Ph.D.
Narbeli Galindo MBA

Management Information Systems

This emphasis serves people who plan careers related to information technology. It stresses managing information technology for business advantage. More information can be found on the MBA Emphasis in Management of Information Systems site.

Faculty contact: Dr. Roger Pick, 816-235-2336

ACTG 5565: Advanced Accounting Systems
ACTG 5567: Info Systems Control & Audit
MIS 5529: Decision Support & Expert Systems
MIS 5552: Database Management
MIS 5554: System Analysis, Design & Engineering
MIS 5558: Management of Information Technology
MIS 5580: Seminar in Information Systems

Management Information Systems Emphasis Faculty:
Sidne Ward, Ph.D.
Roger Pick, Ph.D.

Marketing

The marketing emphasis offers students great flexibility in area of study and career choice. Our students work in such diverse areas as corporate marketing, advertising agencies, industrial sales, marketing research and government and nonprofit organizations.

Faculty contact: Dr. Raj Arora, 816-235-2317

MKT 5575: Advanced Marketing Strategies (required)
MKT 5539: Management in Digital (and Direct) Marketing
MKT 5560: Buyer Behavior
MKT 5561: Promotional Strategies
MKT 5562: Marketing Research
MKT 5555: International Marketing

Marketing Emphasis Faculty:
Atul Kulkarni, Ph.D.
Hyun Seung "H.S." Jin, Ph.D.
Gene Brown, Ph.D.
Rajinder Arora, Ph.D.
Jeff Johnson, Ph.D.

Real Estate

The Lewis White Real Estate Center's curriculum is structured to ensure students have practical knowledge and skills appropriate for providing management and policy leadership in the realm of real estate and its related industries. Students will receive instruction, undertake research project assignments (individual and team) and be introduced to the standards of professional research through course work and assignments. Students will complete a total of 12 credit hours.

Faculty contact: Dr. James DeLisle, (816) 216-6288

Required Courses (9 credit hours):
RL-EST 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance
RL-EST 5578 Legal Contexts of Real Estate Decision Making
RL-EST 5556 Entrepreneurial Real Estate

Elective Courses (choose one):
RL-EST 5574 Construction Means and Methods
RL-EST 5559 Corporate Real Estate Decisions
RL-EST 5572 International Real Estate
RL-EST 5576 Property Management
RL-EST 5557 Urban Planning Contexts for Real Estate Decisions
RL-EST 5577 Valuation
RL-EST 5573 Market Analysis and Feasibility Study
RL-EST 5558 Capital Markets in Real Estate

Supply Chain and Operations Management

This emphasis looks at planning and controlling the transformation of resources into products and services. At the highest level, it is concerned with managing the operations strategy, which specifies how the firm will employ its production capabilities to support its corporate strategy.

Faculty contact: Dr. Shad Dowlatshahi, 816-235-2233

DSOM 5542: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
DSOM 5543: Project Management
DSOM 5544: Supply Chain & Logistics Management
DSOM 5540: Service Operations Management

Recommended as electives:
ACTG 5556: Cost Management
DSOM 5514: Forecasting Theory & Applications

Supply Chain and Operations Emphasis Management Faculty:
Steve Mitchell, MBA
Shad Dowlatshahi, Ph.D.
David Gligor, Ph.D.

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