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Emphasis Areas

To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas for your career, the Bloch School offers the following nine emphasis areas.

Explore the list below or download a full list of emphasis area information in pdf format.

Click here to download the tentative elective/emphasis schedule for each semester.

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

Select four courses from the following:
ENT 5525 Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity & Innovation
ENT 5527 Creating the New Venture Experiential Learning
(also an E-Scholar course)
ENT 5532 Managing the New Venture Experiential Learning
(ENT 5527- also an E-Scholar course)
ENT 5585 Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital Investment
ENT 5535 Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
ENT 5545 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
ENT 5552 Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENT 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance
ENT 5587 Seminar in Entrepreneurship
ENT 5591 Small Business Management Practicum

Entrepreneurship Emphasis Faculty:
Sunny Li Sun, Ph.D.
Mark Parry, Ph.D.
Ishrat Ali, Ph.D.
Phillip Gonsher

Finance

Finance is the study of money: how it is made, how it is lost and why. The world of finance is always changing. Graduates in this emphasis find positions in financial analysis, portfolio management, risk management and lending.

Faculty contact: Dr. Fred Hays, 816-235-2314

Required:

FIN 5550 Advanced Financial Management Theory & Policies
(Six hours of finance coursework beyond FIN 5501/ 5532 suggested)

Select three courses from the following:

FIN 5551 International Financial Management (FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5552 Global Financial Markets & Institutions (FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5553 Investment Analysis (FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5556 Management of Financial Intermediaries (FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5557 Derivative Securities (ACTG 5501, FIN 5501/5532 and DSOM 5505)
FIN 5560 Financial Modeling (Completion of introductory course work in accounting, economics, statistics and finance)
FIN 5561 Financial Statement Analysis (Completion of introductory course work in accounting, economics, statistics and finance)
FIN 5562 Fixed Income Analysis (Graduate standing in Bloch School and completion of FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5563 Valuation/Mergers & Acquisitions (Completion of introductory course work in accounting, economics, statistics and finance)
FIN 5564 Portfolio Management (Completion of introductory course work in accounting, economics, statistics and finance)
FIN 5565 Alternative Investments (Completion of introductory course work in accounting, economics, statistics and finance)
FIN 5567 Payment Systems
FIN 5570 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
FIN 5571 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits (FIN 5570)
FIN 5572 Income Tax Planning (FIN 5570)
FIN 5573 Estate Planning (FIN 5570)
FIN 5574 Student Fund Management I (1.5 cr hrs.)
FIN 5575 Student Fund Management II (FIN 5574 1.5 cr hrs.)
-OR-
*RL-EST 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance (FIN 5501/5532)
*RL-EST 5573 Real Estate Market Analysis & Feasibility Study (DSOM 5505, FIN 5501/5532)

*Students may use only one real estate course for credit in the Finance emphasis.

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.

Choose at least one course from four of the areas listed below:

Entrepreneurship - see emphasis listing
Finance - see emphasis listing
International Business - see emphasis listing
Law & Society - MGT 5506
Leading & Managing People - see emphasis listing
Management Information Systems - see emphasis area listing
Marketing - see emphasis listing
Strategy & Planning - MGT 5513
Real Estate - see emphasis listing
Supply Chain and Operations Management see emphasis listing

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

International 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

Required:
MGT 5545 International Management (prerequisite for all Int'l Bus courses)

Select three courses from the following:

DSOM 5544 Global Supply Chain & Logistics Mgmt. (DSOM 5507 or instructor consent)
FIN 5551 International Financial Management (FIN 5501/5532)
FIN 5552 Global Financial Markets & Institutions (FIN 5501/5532 previous graduate course work recommended)
MGT 5546 Seminar in International Management (MGT 5545)
MGT 5552 International Study in Business (Study Abroad-app & selection process prior to enrollment; limit of 3 hrs. in emphasis)

International Business Emphasis Faculty:
Jae C. Jung, Ph.D.
Narbeli Galindo MBA
Michael Wizniak, MBA

Leading and Managing People

Students who choose this emphasis are often interested in developing general leadership skills and knowledge. They seek employment in organizational training or human resources departments in organizations.

Faculty contact: Dr. Lee Bolman, 816-235-5407

Select four courses from the following:

MGT 5516 Leading Teams (MGT 5502 OR PUB-ADM 5548 OR admission to Accelerated Professional MBA program)
MGT 5517 Leading Through Influence and Persuasion (MGT 5502 or MGT 5507)
MGT 5518 Leadership and Motivation
MGT 5519 Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies (MGT 5502 or MGT 5507)
MGT 5533 Leading and Managing Change (MGT 5502 or MGT 5507)
MGT 5566 Attract, Retain, and Develop Human Capital
MGT 5567 Total Rewards Management
PA 5548 Leadership for Public Service
PA 5570 Diversity in the Workplace

Leading and Managing People Emphasis Faculty:
Bob Waris, IPh.D.
Doranne Hudson MBA
Nancy Day, Ph.D.
Pamela Roffol Dobies, IPh.D.
Lee Bolman, Ph.D.

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

Select four courses from the following:

ACTG 5565 Advanced Accounting Systems (ACTG 350 or instructor consent)
ACTG 5567 Info Systems Control & Audit (one grad course in Actg Systems, MIS or Computer Science)
MIS 5529 Decision Support & Expert Systems
MIS 5552 Database Management
MIS 5554 System Analysis, Design & Engineering
MIS 5558 Management & Economics of Computing

Additional elective courses may be selected from the following:
DSOM 5514 Forecasting Theory & Applications (DSOM 5505)
DSOM 5542 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (DSOM 5507)
DSOM 5543 Project Management (DSOM 5507)
DSOM 5544 Global Supply Chain & Logistics Management (DSOM 5507)

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. Kalpesh Desai, 816-235-1380

Required:
MKT 5575 Advanced Marketing Strategies (MKT 5501)

Select three courses from the following:
MKT 5539 Digital (and Direct) Marketing (MKT 5501)
MKT 5560 Buyer Behavior (MKT 5501)
MKT 5561 Promotional Strategies (MKT 5501)
MKT 5562 Marketing Research (MKT 5501 & DSOM 5505)

Marketing Emphasis Faculty:
Atul Kulkarni, 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:
RL-EST 5556 Entrepreneurial Real Estate Process
RL-EST 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance (FIN 5501/5532)
RL-EST 5578 Legal Contexts of Real Estate Decision Making

Select one from the following:
RL-EST 5555 Real Estate Forum (Law- 1cr hr.)
RL-EST 5572 Global Real Estate
RL-EST 5573 RE Market Feasibility and Market Analysis (DSOM 5505, FIN 5501/553.)
RL-EST 5574 Construction Means and Methods
RL-EST 5576 Property Management
RL-EST 5577 Valuation
RL-EST 5578 Legal Context of RE

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

Select four courses from the following:
DSOM 5540 Service Operations Management (DSOM 5507)
DSOM 5542 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (DSOM 5507)
DSOM 5543 Project Management (DSOM 5507)
DSOM 5544 Global Supply Chain & Logistics Management (DSOM 5507)

Additional elective courses may be selected from the following:
ACTG 5556 Cost Management (ACTG 5517)
DSOM 5514 Forecasting Theory & Applications (DSOM 5505) Students should see an OM faculty member regarding suggested electives. Appropriate substitutions may be made for any of the requirements listed)

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

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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