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Class Observations

Join us at any of our three campuses to learn why the Smith Part Time MBA is recognized as a leader in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region. A class observation provides you the opportunity to experience the academic richness and classroom dynamic that defines Smith.  Plus, you will have the opportunity to network with current  students and faculty.

Check each campus tab below for class availability and details.

General Information and Logistics

Space is limited. We prefer to reserve class observations for candidates who have at least started their application to the Smith Part-time MBA program. Also, we highly recommend that students attend an information session before registering for a classroom observation.

When schedules permit, we will connect you with our on-site Faculty Director as well as with one or more of our current students.  Please be sure to inquire through the registration process.

Classes begin promptly so please arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned class start.

Transportation and parking is at the expense of the visiting candidate.

While you are welcome to stay for the entire class, it is perfectly acceptable to depart after the first break.

Part-Time MBA Class Observations

Implementing Strategy: Organizing to Compete

Organizational dynamics of competitive advantage. Impact of alternative organizational structures, planning and control systems, human resource management practices, and executive leadership styles on the implementation of archetypically different strategies.

Faculty: Paulo Prochno, Associate Department Chair & Clinical Professor

Class Date: Thursday, February 1 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, February 8 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, February 19 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Competitive and Collaborative Negotiation

Increase negotiating self-confidence and improve capacity to achieve win-win solutions to organizational problems. Improve effectiveness at finding creative solutions to conflict.

Faculty: Rellie Derfler-Rozin, Assistant Professor

Class Date: Thursday, March 29 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 5 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 12 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 19 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Global Strategy

Focuses on the "strategic" and "organizational" questions that a company must address as it globalizes its footprint. Among the questions that will be addressed are: What are the potential benefits, costs, and risks associated with going abroad? What differentiates a "global" from a "multidomestic" industry? What are the sources of competitive advantage in a global context?

Faculty: Anil Gupta, Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Class Date: Monday, February 19 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Strategic Growth for Emerging Social & Commercial Ventures

Explores the key elements of mastering the move from being a successful small company to achieving industry significance. Supplemented by readings, video and guest speakers, the course highlights the application of practical lessons leading to strategic growth and subsequent emergence as a player.

Faculty: Jonathan Aberman, Adjunct Professor

Class Date: Wednesday, March 28 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, April 4 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

New Venture Financing

Development of skills for financing new ventures (both small and potentially large). Exploration of various funding sources. Criteria used in evaluation and decision process, including commercial banks, venture capital companies, small business investment companies, underwriters, private placement-financial consultants, mortgage bankers, and small business innovative research grants (U.S. Government).

Faculty: Jonathan Aberman, Adjunct Professor

Class Date: Tuesday, March 27 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Tuesday, April 4 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Implementing Strategy: Organizing to Compete

Organizational dynamics of competitive advantage. Impact of alternative organizational structures, planning and control systems, human resource management practices, and executive leadership styles on the implementation of archetypically different strategies.

Faculty: Christine Beckman, Professor

Class Date: Wednesday, February 7 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, February 21 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Marketing for Social Value

Explores marketing methods by for-profits and non-profits in the public interest. Topics include cause-related marketing, processes for social marketing including behavioral science perspectives on behavior change, marketing for non-profit organizations and other nonmarket sectors, public interest campaigns, green marketing, consumer protection, and public policy. The course will include lecture, discussion, and case analyses.

Faculty: Rebecca Ratner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Dean's Professor of Marketing

Class Date: Thursday, March 29 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 5 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 12 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 19 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 26 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Digital Marketing

Examines the process of developing, implementing, and analyzing strategies for successfully marketing a variety of existing and potential products and services using electronic media. Besides well-established Internet marketing tools such as e-mail, search engines and display advertising, a substantial part of the course is dedicated to understanding social media, analyzing successful social media strategies, and tracking their effectiveness. The course offers hands-on experience with many popular as well as emerging techniques unique to electronic media. Special attention is given to metrics appropriate for the new media.

Faculty: P.K. Kannan, Dean's Chair in Marketing Science

Class Date: Tuesday, January 30 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Tuesday, February 13 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Tuesday, February 27 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Tuesday, March 6 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!