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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

Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Examines the concept of creativity as it applies in today's and tomorrow's complex business environment. An overview of the cognitive foundations of creativity, examines many of the preconceived notions about creativity in business and discusses multiple ways in which creativity can help business leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed. Topics include creativity techniques for groups and individuals, creativity as a foundation to recognize business opportunities and develop innovative products and services, selecting ideas and making them stick, mental and organizational obstacles to creativity as well as an overview of electronic tools to increase creative capability.

Faculty: Oliver Schlake, Clinical Professor

Class Date: Monday, June 11 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, June 18 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, June 25 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

The Global Economic Environment

Relationship between national and international economic environments. Determinants of output, interest rates, prices and exchange rates. Analysis of effect of economic policies (fiscal, monetary, trade, tax) on the firm and the economy.

Faculty: Cristian Dezso, Associate Professor

Class Date: Thursday, June 7 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Examines the concept of creativity as it applies in today's and tomorrow's complex business environment. An overview of the cognitive foundations of creativity, examines many of the preconceived notions about creativity in business and discusses multiple ways in which creativity can help business leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed. Topics include creativity techniques for groups and individuals, creativity as a foundation to recognize business opportunities and develop innovative products and services, selecting ideas and making them stick, mental and organizational obstacles to creativity as well as an overview of electronic tools to increase creative capability.

Faculty: Oliver Schlake, Clinical Professor

Class Date: Wednesday, June 6 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, June 13 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, June 20 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Shaping the Corporate Future Through Systems and Design Thinking

Adaptive and enduring organizational transformation requires an understanding and a general view of the organization as a system. Failure to do so leads at best to isolated pockets of success within an organization and to the sub-optimization of functions, which has proven to be insufficient to pursue world-class competitiveness. The approach in this course is aimed at enhancing the overall understanding and application of systems thinking and design thinking theory and frameworks to positively influence the future. This course will highlight the importance of leveraging design as the vehicle through which strategic choice is manifested. This course will offer real-life stories, applications, examples, and lessons extracted from many years of consulting, research, implementation, and teaching in corporations and government agencies. The course format is team-based, highly interactive, experiential and relatable to practitioners. The course is aimed at developing design thinkers and helping them explore business possibilities with confidence, exploit new opportunities with resolve, and make courageous choices that will help them win the future.

Faculty: Gerald Suarez, Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking & Design | Fellow, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change

Class Date: Monday, June 11 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, June 18 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!