Required Courses

Global Entrepreneurial Management

A Top-Tier Degree Program 

The USF MGEM degree program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the highest standard of achievement held only by five percent of business schools worldwide.

The Financial Times ranked MGEM  among the world’s top 50 management programs in 2017. This is the third consecutive year that MGEM placed in the world’s top management programs, with this year’s #43 ranking as our highest yet

Example MGEM Required Classes

Global Environment and Business Trends MGEM 5101

An overview of major forces and trends of the world: including but not limited to the economic, political, demographic, and technological forces, and trends in globalized competition and globalized cooperation in business. Of particular interest to this group of students, their deep understanding of such forces and trends should help them to spot meaningful opportunities and threats that would allow fruitful entrepreneurial pursuit.

Technology Appreciation and Intellectual Property Management MGEM 5102

A broad scale survey of new and emerging technologies, including but not limited to, information and digital technology, material science and nanotechnology, life science and bio-technology, and space technology. To couple with their general understanding and appreciation of these business-opportunity-laden technologies, this group of students should also study different legal protections (or little or no protection) given to patents and other forms of intellectual property in the U.S., in Europe, in Asia, and in the rest of the world. Cases may be used to study how successful companies have managed their creation, protection, exploitation of intellectual property rights globally.

Cross-Cultural Management and Ethical Business Practice MGEM 5104

This course focuses on the cultural and ethical aspects of management and business practice. Although EU and other regional and global treaties have reduced many structural barriers, businesses still face various cultural and ethical challenges in different parts of the world. Among other things, this course will expose students to several traditional values systems, such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Confucianism; certain contemporary value systems, such as social welfare system and environmentalism; and social roles of various institutions, such as governments, churches, families, and businesses. This is a foundation course on cross-cultural and ethical issues. A number of functional area courses will expand from this base to address cross-cultural and ethical issues in respective business functional areas.

Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, with a Global Perspective MGEM 5105

Globalized production and outsourcing have become a norm in business. Assuming these students have already been familiar with general principles and methodologies of operational efficiency and optimization, this course will focus on the challenges associated with country borders. Among other things, this course will examine import/export control, customs inspection and delays, licensing, certification, environmental protection rules, and a whole host of other complications. These factors vary from one country to another, and complicates businesses’ decision making in their operations management and supply chain management.

Corporate Finance with a Global Perspective MGEM 5106

This course will focus on the challenges associated with multiple macro economic and financial parameters. With multiple currencies and different economic outlooks, businesses still have to develop a series of future cash flow estimates to do capital budgeting. With different costs of capital in different countries, and different risk levels associated with various financial instruments, decision on a global business’s capital structure becomes a lot more complex than a pure domestic business. This course will cover all of these aspects of corporate finance.

Innovation Technology Management MGEM 5107

The course aims to equip future entrepreneurs with an understanding of the main issues in the management of innovation and technology. It also addresses how technological innovation drives the long-term competitiveness of global organizations. Innovation management, and particularly technological innovation, is inherently uncertain and risky, and most new technologies fail to be transformed into successful products and services. Therefore, the focus of the course is to discuss how firms better manage technology and innovation. Furthermore, the other focus is on critically evaluating the factors for technological innovation, and then developing strategies for managing technological innovations in the competitive global environment.

Global Competitiveness, Entry Barriers, and Strategic Alliance MGEM 5108

Not all countries and markets are equally accessible for all businesses. Some countries are more protective than others, some industries are more protected than other industries in certain countries, and some of these protections are more accepted than others under certain bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreements and treaties. Such protections may be in the form of outright ban, quotas, cumbersome application and review processes, local partner requirements, local content requirements, or any other discriminative provisions. This course will examine all sorts of entry barriers in select countries and regions. To counter such barriers, this course will introduce various forms of strategic alliance and partnerships, including but not limited to joint venture, licensing, franchising, management contract, and reciprocal distribution agreement.

Cross-Cultural Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communication MGEM 5109

This course focuses on applying marketing principles to customer segments in cultural environments other than your own. Studying their needs and preferences, adjusting product attributes to meet their tastes, introducing services that fit their expectations, and other similar customized treatments are effective steps in cross-cultural marketing. Of particular importance, designing and executing a customized and integrated marketing communication program in this context is crucial. As a business expands internationally or penetrates another ethnic consumer segment, promotional messages should be carefully examined and perhaps re-crafted, and communication media be carefully selected to effectively reach the target audience.

Global Distribution and Channel Management MGEM 5110

This course focuses on additional challenges and complications in distribution and channel management associated with country borders. Unlike domestic distribution partners, international distribution partners would typically take greater responsibility (developing promotional strategy, taking greater financial risk, etc.), be given more power and freedom (territorial exclusivity, greater autonomy, etc.), and be compensated more handsomely. This course will examine in-depth a few representative global distribution systems, and reveal their pros and cons to different stakeholders.

Social Entrepreneurship MGEM 5111

 Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging and rapidly changing field dedicated to the starting and growing social mission-driven for-profit and nonprofit ventures – that is, organizations that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions. Social Entrepreneurship is more than a set of tools and techniques for starting and growing a social venture. It is a mindset, a way of looking at things that is opportunity focused and creative. It is about passion – doing what you love. It is about creating wealth in all its forms: economic value, social innovation and sustainability, and making a difference in the communities that we serve. While numerous different definitions of social entrepreneurship exist, there appears to be a consensus on two major elements: • Social entrepreneurship involves the creativity, imagination and innovation often associated with entrepreneurship; and • The outcomes of social entrepreneurship are focused on addressing persistent social problems particularly to those who are marginalized or poor, however broader definitions also include those issues most pressing to society such as energy conservation, pollution, solution for pervasive disease amongst those able to pay for treatment, and those incapable of treatment.

Venture Capital, Corporate Entrepreneurship, and Micro Financing MGEM 5112

This course covers a wide range of funding options that support innovative business endeavors. Besides the venture capital model, which is well known for supporting technology innovations in Silicon Valley, this course also examines internal funding sources that support in-house innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors, and the micro-finance model that support entrepreneurial initiatives in rural areas and third world countries. Guests representing both the supplier and the user of the fund in each of these funding models will be invited to give their views.

Consulting Projects MGEM 5113

In this course you will work closely with faculty at IQS as well as with a European company to complete a consulting project, focused on a particular problem identified with the company. This will also include structured time with the faculty sponsor to review the company assignments and with the company, either at their location, or at IQS, working on projects for the company. Successful completion of this course is required by IQS in order to complete the Master in Entrepreneurial Management.

Business Plan Course MGEM 5114

In this course you will work with a Faculty member at Fu-Jen University to develop a unique and compelling business plan. This includes ongoing individual meetings, coaching, and the use of a pool of mentors to provide the student with “real world” insight as the business plan develops. Successful completion of this course is required by Fu-Jen in order to complete the Master in Entrepreneurial Management.

U.S. Consulting Course MGEM 5115

In this course you will work closely with faculty at USF as well as with a company located in the Bay Area, to complete a consulting project, focused on a particular problem identified with the company. This will also include structured time with the faculty sponsor to review the company assignments and with the company, either at their location, or at USF, working on projects for the company.

Common Ground in Corporate Valuation and Accounting MGEM 5123

After a tough financial crisis that ended in a very severe economic crisis globally, it makes sense to become well versant in managing the financial assets and liabilities of a company. This includes grasping the complexity of the financial instruments which CFOs now must use in order to maximize the value of a company. Students will deepen their understanding of finance by reviewing Accounting principles, including the introduction of tools and resources to better manage financial issues in the future.

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

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University of San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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