MBA - Entrepreneurship

School of Business
Kamm Hall
191 East Center Street
Berea, OH 44017

Success Story: Scott Forster '93, MBA '96 (left) and his business partner Eric Lofquist have turned their company Magnus International Group into a recognized leader in the sustainable-products field. Read their story.  Photo credit: Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer)

Why the BW MBA in Entrepreneurship?

The Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship is a program designed for individuals interested in developing their entrepreneurial potential. In today's business environment it is essential for leaders to focus on innovative value-based solutions, to develop their creative problem-solving skills and to perceive change as an opportunity. Individuals leading a small, privately held firm, a non-profit organization or individuals working in larger public corporations will benefit from developing their entrepreneurial leadership abilities. 

Students will learn – and experience – entrepreneurship. Through field studies, personal interviews with successful entrepreneurs and acting as consultants to individuals creating new ventures, students apply entrepreneurial thinking. The curriculum, developed in collaboration with successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, is taught with Baldwin Wallace University's distinctive combination of theory and practical application.

Systems Management Approach - Interdependencies and interrelationships between elements of a system are especially obvious in a smaller, rapidly changing firm.  Integrating the systems theory throughout the curriculum and modifying course content to be applicable in a smaller privately held curriculum and modifying course content to be applicable in a smaller privately-held enterprise develops the student's ability to think strategically yet implement pragmatically.

Individual Entrepreneurial Assessment - At the beginning of the program, every student participates in an assessment to identify his or her entrepreneurial and leadership skills and behaviors.  The Leadership Road assessment tool currently being used in the Systems MBA will be modified for the entrepreneurship concentration.  Students will have a clear understanding of their individual leadership strengths and weaknesses which can then be used to build a management and advisory team that will assist them in gaining access to the diverse competencies needed to run a small enterprise.

Customized Curriculum Taught by Experienced Faculty and Entrepreneurs - Faculty and entrepreneurs with extensive experience in entrepreneurship will teach courses using methods customized for an entrepreneurial student.  Reflecting on their experience, faculty members have designed courses that recognize the unique environment facing entrepreneurs as they optimize and grow a privately held business enterprise.

Business Clinic - The Business Clinic is where students will gain practical, real-world experience in reviewing business plans for existing and new ventures.  They will study under volunteer entrepreneurs and faculty to assess new business opportunities and experience the challenges and rewards of creating a new venture or expanding a business.  This experience prepares students for their business plan class.



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