The TEC had originally recommended 10-minute presentations at the
school assembly meetings for the spring semester. Because those
agendas were very full, the Dean's Office suggested the lunch
approach, which appears to be well received.
The first "Tech Lunch" took place on April 23, 2010. The topic was
"All About Blackboard". During the lunch, attendees learned about
the results of the
instructors survey and
students survey, regarding usage and perception of use of
technology for teaching and learning. Both surveys indicated a wish
on both sides to learn more and use more of Blackboard. The
presented topic was therefore a brief overview of some basic
blackboard functions like the gradebook.
The Smith School Redefines the MBA Experience
New Business Plan Course
The Smith School’s new Business Plan Course is not just for
entrepreneurs – it’s for everyone. BUSI 691 starting in the spring
is a capstone course for the full-time MBA program that offers a
great example of how the school is progressively pushing boundaries
on the traditional MBA experience.
The ability to respond quickly to changing market conditions – an
essential skill for global business leaders – also demands high
levels of flexibility and creativity. The Business Plan Course is a
unique course that cultivates innovative thinking, while integrating
the knowledge from the MBA program and principles from core courses
into one final project. Designed and taught by Bob Baum, associate
professor of entrepreneurship, the course reflects the Smith
School’s core values and commitment to innovation as key to business
education in the modern world.
“Entrepreneurship involves commercialization of innovation,” said
Baum. “The business plan involves students in their own ideas – and
forges a valuable link between core classes and projects.”
During the course students will form three-person teams that will
create a business plan to commercialize an innovation. The plan can
involve creation of independent ventures or ventures within an
established business and Baum estimates that about 50 percent will
be within an established company. Other essential course components
include real-life case studies taken from the
Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship and an analysis that will test the feasibility
of the proposed business plan.
The course will last a total six sessions, featuring a guest
speaker and lecture for each session. The line up of guest speakers
includes Asher Epstein, managing director of the Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship; and Melissa Carrier, director of venture
investments and social entrepreneurship. Epstein will share the
Dingman Process and ideation, a systematic approach to identifying
opportunity and creating new ventures; while Carrier will help
students explore ideas in social entrepreneurship and ethics.
Other guest lecturers include:
Students will have an opportunity to showcase all they have
learned with a real business plan competition on May 8. Students
will be charged with delivering 10-minute oral presentations that
will lead to eight selected finalists. Smith School faculty and
industry practitioners will serve as judges.
“This is one competition where everyone will win,” said Baum.
“The knowledge and experience gained in class will bring career-long