Fall 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INBM 100-01 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: Xiaolu Wang
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
KAUF 179
INBM 100-02 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: Steve Riccio
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
ALTHSE 08
INBM 100-04 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: Uwe Paff
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
ALTHSE 106
INBM 110-01 Fundamentals of Accounting
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
This is a core course designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the "language of business" and its applications for decision-making purposes. The course is organized into three sections. In the first section students learn about the accounting cycle- essentially the analysis and recording of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The second section of the course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. This section emphasizes the use of financial information by external stakeholders for decision making. The third section of the course concentrates on the fundamentals of management accounting. This section centers on the use of accounting information for operational performance evaluation as well as operational and capital decision making. By the end of the course, students will understand the basic principles and concepts of accounting, the business and economic activities that generate accounting information, how accounting information is used by internal and external stakeholders for economic decision making, and how accounting affects society and individuals.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
ALTHSE 204
INBM 110-02 Fundamentals of Accounting
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
This is a core course designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the "language of business" and its applications for decision-making purposes. The course is organized into three sections. In the first section students learn about the accounting cycle- essentially the analysis and recording of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The second section of the course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. This section emphasizes the use of financial information by external stakeholders for decision making. The third section of the course concentrates on the fundamentals of management accounting. This section centers on the use of accounting information for operational performance evaluation as well as operational and capital decision making. By the end of the course, students will understand the basic principles and concepts of accounting, the business and economic activities that generate accounting information, how accounting information is used by internal and external stakeholders for economic decision making, and how accounting affects society and individuals.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
ALTHSE 204
INBM 230-01 International Organizational Behavior
Instructor: Dengjian Jin
Course Description:
This course looks at how human systems function within the structure of the organization and how individual and group behaviors affect collective organizational culture and organizational effectiveness. Students study individual, interpersonal, and group processes; the relationship between attitudes and behavior; ethical decision-making; and the management of organizational conflict and change. Approaches for developing leadership, managing conflict, communicating effectively, enhancing efficiency, and encouraging organizational adaption to changing environments are explored. Examples taken from domestic and international organizations are used throughout the course. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
ALTHSE 207
INBM 230-03 International Organizational Behavior
Instructor: Steve Riccio
Course Description:
This course looks at how human systems function within the structure of the organization and how individual and group behaviors affect collective organizational culture and organizational effectiveness. Students study individual, interpersonal, and group processes; the relationship between attitudes and behavior; ethical decision-making; and the management of organizational conflict and change. Approaches for developing leadership, managing conflict, communicating effectively, enhancing efficiency, and encouraging organizational adaption to changing environments are explored. Examples taken from domestic and international organizations are used throughout the course. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
ALTHSE 201
INBM 240-01 Marketing in a Global Context
Instructor: Wade Wade
Course Description:
The primary objective of this course is to identify how companies identify and satisfy their customers' needs. Not only are the "4p's of marketing" covered (product, price, promotional programs like advertising and public relations, and place or distribution), but working with a specific semester-long case, you will learn how to manage an integrated marketing program. We will also examine other important aspects of marketing: market research, new product development, consumer behavior, ethics, competitive analysis and strategic planning, and marketing internationally and on the Internet. Field trips and videos are used to reinforce the ideas presented in the classroom. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor. 110 is recommended but not required.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
ALTHSE 08
INBM 240-02 Marketing in a Global Context
Instructor: Wade Wade
Course Description:
The primary objective of this course is to identify how companies identify and satisfy their customers' needs. Not only are the "4p's of marketing" covered (product, price, promotional programs like advertising and public relations, and place or distribution), but working with a specific semester-long case, you will learn how to manage an integrated marketing program. We will also examine other important aspects of marketing: market research, new product development, consumer behavior, ethics, competitive analysis and strategic planning, and marketing internationally and on the Internet. Field trips and videos are used to reinforce the ideas presented in the classroom. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor. 110 is recommended but not required.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, TF
ALTHSE 109
INBM 250-01 Finance
Instructor: Qing Bai
Course Description:
Knowledge of finance will allow students to adopt the perspective of financial officers in both for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations. This knowledge is needed to evaluate the health of an organization using key performance indicators and making ethical decisions that involve both short-run and long-run planning horizons. In the short run, this knowledge helps to effectively carry out business functions such as managing cash flow, borrowing money for short periods of time, and keeping control over inventory. In the long run, it helps to choose among competing investment projects and alternative, efficient methods of raising capital. Also, as individuals, knowledge of basic finance will help students to make better-informed decisions concerning their personal financial situations. Apart from covering the fundamentals of financial markets, instruments and institutions, this course will emphasize critical thinking based on quantitative reasoning and decision-making skills. This will include the use of elementary statistical and algebraic methods to investigate fundamental principles of theoretical finance such as the relationship between risk and reward and the pricing of capital assets. Apart from basic theory, knowledge of the hands-on aspects of financial modeling will be imparted via use of spreadsheet software packages such as Microsoft EXCEL; whereby students will be encouraged to create and analyze computational models to test and demonstrate some of the theoretical concepts taught. Prerequisites: ECON 111 and INBM 110.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
ALTHSE 201
INBM 250-02 Finance
Instructor: Qing Bai
Course Description:
Knowledge of finance will allow students to adopt the perspective of financial officers in both for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations. This knowledge is needed to evaluate the health of an organization using key performance indicators and making ethical decisions that involve both short-run and long-run planning horizons. In the short run, this knowledge helps to effectively carry out business functions such as managing cash flow, borrowing money for short periods of time, and keeping control over inventory. In the long run, it helps to choose among competing investment projects and alternative, efficient methods of raising capital. Also, as individuals, knowledge of basic finance will help students to make better-informed decisions concerning their personal financial situations. Apart from covering the fundamentals of financial markets, instruments and institutions, this course will emphasize critical thinking based on quantitative reasoning and decision-making skills. This will include the use of elementary statistical and algebraic methods to investigate fundamental principles of theoretical finance such as the relationship between risk and reward and the pricing of capital assets. Apart from basic theory, knowledge of the hands-on aspects of financial modeling will be imparted via use of spreadsheet software packages such as Microsoft EXCEL; whereby students will be encouraged to create and analyze computational models to test and demonstrate some of the theoretical concepts taught. Prerequisites: ECON 111 and INBM 110.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
ALTHSE 201
INBM 250-03 Finance
Instructor: Mengnan Zhu
Course Description:
Knowledge of finance will allow students to adopt the perspective of financial officers in both for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations. This knowledge is needed to evaluate the health of an organization using key performance indicators and making ethical decisions that involve both short-run and long-run planning horizons. In the short run, this knowledge helps to effectively carry out business functions such as managing cash flow, borrowing money for short periods of time, and keeping control over inventory. In the long run, it helps to choose among competing investment projects and alternative, efficient methods of raising capital. Also, as individuals, knowledge of basic finance will help students to make better-informed decisions concerning their personal financial situations. Apart from covering the fundamentals of financial markets, instruments and institutions, this course will emphasize critical thinking based on quantitative reasoning and decision-making skills. This will include the use of elementary statistical and algebraic methods to investigate fundamental principles of theoretical finance such as the relationship between risk and reward and the pricing of capital assets. Apart from basic theory, knowledge of the hands-on aspects of financial modeling will be imparted via use of spreadsheet software packages such as Microsoft EXCEL; whereby students will be encouraged to create and analyze computational models to test and demonstrate some of the theoretical concepts taught. Prerequisites: ECON 111 and INBM 110.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
ALTHSE 106
INBM 290-01 Global Business: Theory and Context
Instructor: Forrest Watson
Course Description:
This course explores the macro-contextual factors that confront managers of a business organization, the possible implications of those factors for organizational performance, and the choices managers make within that context. The macro-context for any firm consists of a combination of political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal factors. In the current era, awareness of context is increasingly important for students and practitioners alike. Topics in the course include climate change; the revolution in information technology; global population dynamics; regional and global economic integration; international trade and investment; exchange rate dynamics; and collaboration among businesses and other organizations. In keeping with Dickinsons evolving educational priorities, the course also includes conversation about the ethical, social, and ecological responsibilities of a global enterprise. The course builds on the knowledge gained in other 200-level INBM courses and provides a bridge between those courses and the INBM Senior Seminar. Prerequisites: ECON 111, 112; INBM 100; and three of the following courses: INBM 220, 230, 240 and 250.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
ALTHSE 110
INBM 300-01 Real Estate Finance and Investments
Instructor: Qing Bai
Course Description:
Content will be delivered via interactive asynchronous course on Moodle. The whole class will meet during scheduled time on Tuesday for discussion and problem-based learning. On Friday, the instructor will meet with each group for group assignments. This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and analytical tools useful for making investment decisions regarding real estate assets. A key objective of this course is to recognize the unique features of real estate that distinguish it from stock and bond investments. It also surveys the major public real estate investment vehicles, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and mortgage-backed securities (MBS).
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MWF
ALTHSE 201
INBM 300-02 Big Data in Business
Instructor: Xiaolu Wang
Course Description:
The rise of Big Data has revolutionized our ways of perceiving and understanding the world across micro and macro levels (from decoding the human genome to predicting the result of the U.S. presidential election based on Facebook data). This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with both the major quantitative and qualitative aspects of big data, with a particular focus on applications in the real business worldfor example, tracing the formation of trust among strangers in the sharing economies. Quantitatively, the course introduces the essential skills of managing, analyzing, and presenting data, using mainstream software packages and programming languages such as R and Python. Qualitatively, it covers the basic ideas of building the software and hardware infrastructure for a big data business system, explores various questions and problems (in business and other areas) that can be creatively addressed utilizing big data, and scrutinizes the corresponding cognitive, sociological, and ethical implications.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
KAUF 179
INBM 300-03 Federal Individual Income Taxes
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
This course will include a basic introduction in the tax laws as currently implemented by the Internal Revenue Service, providing a working knowledge of preparing taxes for individuals.
12:30 PM-03:30 PM, W
ALTHSE 204
INBM 300-04 Profiles in Leadership
Instructor: Steve Riccio
Course Description:
Why are some leaders more effective than others? How do accomplished leaders from Dickinsons alumni community understand their success? What are the most important challenges todays leaders need to confront? This course combines weekly presentations by some of Dickinsons most distinguished alumni with in-depth discussion on many contemporary leadership issues. The first class each week will center on alumni presentations about their civic and professional leadership experiences, allowing substantial time for Q&A. The second will focus on the review of relevant issues in the study of leadership. Students coursework will include a casebook of one-page reflections on our guests' presentations, an annotated bibliography on a leadership issue of their choice (submitted at mid-semester), and a final project in which students analyze a significant issue or case study from the course through the disciplinary lens of their major.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
ALTHSE 207
INBM 300-05 Corporate Finance
Instructor: Mengnan Zhu
Course Description:
This course aims to provide knowledge of the major challenges affecting the financial policy of a corporation with an emphasis on firm managements perspective. The goal is to prepare participants for a modern business environment characterized by information asymmetry and uncertainty. The course will first review seminal theoretical and analytical concepts related to security pricing, project valuation, and capital structure. Then, we focus on issues faced by financial managers, such as investment, financing, and payout policy decisions. Upon completing the course, participants will have developed a deep understanding of quantitative skills and logical thought processes necessary to appropriately identify, formulate, and implement business decisions.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
ALTHSE 109
INBM 300-07 New Product Development
Instructor: Wade Wade
Course Description:
This course provides an in-depth, non-technical overview of the new product development process. It is recommended for students that are considering careers in research and development, project management, engineering, marketing, or industrial design. Topics covered include idea generation, concept development, problem-solving, marketing research for new products, new product marketing strategy, business models for new products, and management of products post-launch. We will discuss theories on the diffusion of innovation, models of the new product development process, and exemplary cases of successful innovation in recent history. Throughout the semester, students will work in teams to design a hypothetical new product. This course is designed to be accessible to a general student audience, with no technical proficiencies needed.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
ALTHSE 207
INBM 300-08 Marketing for Social Impact
Instructor: Forrest Watson
Course Description:
Private, public, and third sector firms increasingly use marketing strategies to create social impact among their stakeholders. In this course, students will learn how social marketing techniques are used to influence individuals or groups to change their behavior in ways that benefit society. We will address global issues that impact society (e.g., environmental sustainability, health behaviors, racial inequalities, etc.), consider the complexity of systemic problems, and debate the ethics of behavior change. We will also consider corporate social initiatives to engage their customers in social good. Students will develop a real-world social marketing plan to benefit the community.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, TF
ALTHSE 110
INBM 300-09 International Development
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 240-01 and ECON 240-01.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
ALTHSE 207
INBM 400-01 Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
Instructor: Dengjian Jin
Course Description:
This capstone course focuses on the challenges associated with formulating strategy in multinational organizations. The course will examine multinational business decisions from the perspective of top managers who must develop strategies, deploy resources, and guide organizations that compete in a global environment. Major topics include foreign market entry strategies, motivation and challenges of internationalization, the analysis of international industries, building competitive advantage in global industries, and the role of the country manager. Case studies will be used to increase the student's understanding of the complexities of managing international business operations. Prerequisite: Completion of at least four of the five 200-level courses (200, 220, 230, 240, 250). This course will not fulfill distribution requirement.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
ALTHSE 07