Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise: Advanced Topics - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise: Advanced Topics

Course Number 1535

Professor Clayton M. Christensen
Spring; Q3; 1.5 credits
14 sessions
Prerequisite: Students must enroll in Fall 2017 BSSE (1504) before they can be placed in BSSE: AT (1535).
Enrollment: Limited to 80 students

Career Focus

In this course we will build on the foundation of theory and practice established in the Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (BSSE) course to explore a variety of advanced topics. These topics will include application of predictive theory to a range of industries, including health care, education, professional services and investing, as well as deeper dives into core theories of BSSE such as disruption and jobs-to-be-done. The course will include a variety of guest lecturers and speakers, all of whom will be united in their use of predictive theory to build and sustain success.

This course will prove most valuable to students envisioning general management careers, though those who plan careers in advisory services or investments will also find the material covered to be relevant. This Q3 course will be of particular interest to students who are considering other short courses in the fall or spring semesters as well as students who desire a deeper dive into the frameworks and theories introduced in BSSE.

Educational Objectives

As with the BSSE course, the focus of this course is to learn how to use well-researched theories about strategy, innovation and management to understand why things happen the way they do in businesses, and to understand what management strategies will and will not be effective in the different circumstances in which general managers find themselves. This half-course will focus on issues of particular interest to Professor Christensen, as well as serve as a test bed for new theories and new applications of theory that might eventually find their way into the core BSSE course. With approval from Professor Christensen, students may satisfy their final examination requirement by expanding the papers they wrote to satisfy the requirements of BSSE. For the first class of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th weeks students will prepare a one-page paper identifying and exploring course concepts-to-date that could apply to current business situations being reported in the press.