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4 Credit Courses
IDS 500: Information Systems
Saturdays 9-11:30 A.M.
*appx. 7 on-line classes
Information technologies are an integral part of the corporate and industrial world today They are being used in organizations for such purposes as: providing products and services; creating competitive advantage; managing global corporations; developing and implementing global sourcing strategies. Moreover, new strategies, business models and whole new industries are emerging as information technologies become more integrated into the activities of organizations as well as society. Understanding, managing, and leveraging these changes requires examining the information system, which includes the technology as well as processes, people, and structures.
• Gain understanding of how to design and implement successful information systems
• Learn how to troubleshoot problematic information systems implementations, e.g., CTA Ventra card roll-out, Healthcare.gov
• Examine the latest trends in information technologies and systems, such as public social media platforms, cloud computing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), mobile computing, and internal social platforms such as Jive or MS Communicator.
• Analyze a number of business cases to examine and illustrate course concepts. We will examine the organizational, competitive, and technological strategies of such companies as Zara, Hilton Hotels, and Carnival Cruise Lines
• Work in teams to investigate an emerging technology trend that has significant business and organizational implications.
MGMT 494: Managerial Consulting
MGMT 594: Leading for Impact
Organizations are the world's most powerful actors. As such, those at their helm, leaders, have enormous potential to make an impact. Most leaders want to have a positive impact of some kind, but doing so effectively is not easy. It requires keen awareness of two things – how to have an impact through organizations and what kind of impact one wants to have. First, leaders need to understand key levers for generating positive outcomes through organizational structures and relationships. Second, plotting a coherent course requires an understanding of distinct types of impact that one might have as well as insight into one’s their own personal strengths, values, and objectives. Alignment with one’s own values enables people to plot a course that is both meaningful to themselves and maximally consequential to others.In this class, we will explore each of these two topics in depth. We will analyze major levers for making an impact, and then examine how each is used to generate distinct types of impact. Students will gain appreciation for how these paths differ and for what factors lead each to be effective. They will also come to more deeply understand themselves, their unique strengths, and their preferred ways of having an impact. By the end of the class, students will be equipped with the necessary analytical and self reflection tools to begin to chart their own desired course as leaders. The class should leave participants more capable in their careers and more energized about their futures.
Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in leading organizations or helping them make important decisions, whether strategic or managerial, should beneﬁt from this course. Because we address a number of diﬀerent avenues for making an impact, it should appeal to students with diverse skill sets and philosophies. The course should resonate with those expressly committed to having a positive social impact. At the same time, it is designed to enhance leadership ability generally. As we will discuss in the class, effective organizations are inherently impactful. Please note although listed under MGMT 594, this course can be used towards a Management OR an Entrepreneurship concentration. You may also petition to use this course towards a selfdirected concentration along with other courses from the Social Innovation and Leadership course series. If you are interested in a selfdirected concentration, please contact UIC Liautaud Student Services careers and more energized about their futures. We will draw from a wide range of teaching methodologies in this course. These will include cases, videos, activities, discussions, andstudents will come away with a deeper understanding for a) levers for having an impact, b) distinct Pedagogical Approach and Takeaways cuttingedge thinking and research. Through these diﬀerent means, types of impact that might be achieved through those levers, and c) personal strengths and objectives to draw upon when charting an impactful career.
Enterprises are increasingly turning their attention from the capture and maintenance of business data to a focus on very sophisticated analysis of that data. This shift is motivated by a belief that the vast quantities of data created through transactional, operational, web, and other sources contains valuable insights into customer behavior, market trends, and new operational efficiencies. This course will provide a survey of the emerging practice of business analytics, covering topics including: business data, its sources, its potential, and its challenges; a comparative view of analytic practices and maturity across industries; and critical considerations in the management of analytics within a business.
This course focuses on the integration of social enterprise tools into traditional business curriculum, an essential component of a business school curriculum: some students will pursue direct employment in this area; others will remember the curriculum as they decide to join a nonprofit board or serve as the director or chief operating officer of a service delivery organization. This eight-week course is one that looks at integrative leadership, the development of business skills with public policy and philanthropy skills, which support cross-boundary, multi-sector entrepreneurship and enhance our ability to build teams and attract investment.
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