Courses

ENT 5502 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Credit: 1.5

This course helps students develop insight into what it takes to launch a successful startup. The primary focus is on opportunity identification and evaluation. This is accomplished by examining the characteristics of a good entrepreneurial opportunity and the steps required to get a business up and running.

ENT 5515 Creating the E-Business Experiential Learning Credits: 3

This course guides students through the process, experiences, and requirements for creating a new online e-venture and planning for operations up to the point of securing customers and generating first revenues. Key course actions include developing a business plan for the new venture examining the initial steps for start-up and operational launch, and preparing for securing of customers/revenues.

Prerequisites: ENT 5515.

ENT 5525 Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity And Innovation Credits: 3

The course examines the nature of creativity and innovation and how entrepreneurship involves the ability to identify market opportunity based on new ideas. Detailed attention is given to the entrepreneurial process: the concepts, skills, know-how and know-who, information, attitudes, alternatives and resources that entrepreneurs need to manage creativity in the process of creating something with tangible economic value.

ENT 5527 Creating the New Venture Experiential Learning Credits: 3

This course guides students through the process, experiences, and requirements for creating a new venture and planning for operations up to the point of securing customers and generating first revenues. Key course actions include developing a business plan for the new venture, examining the initial steps for start-up and operational launch, and taking the initial steps to secure customers/revenues.

ENT 5532 Managing the New Venture Experiential Learning Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide students an experiential learning opportunity in running a new business. In particular, students will run the business that they started in ENT 5527. Students will define and deliver products and services to real business customers and clients; negotiate with suppliers, administrative agencies and other stakeholders; obtain financing for on-going company relations; and be held accountable for cash flows and company budgets.

Prerequisites: ENT 5527.

ENT 5535 Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship Credits: 3

This course focuses on the nature of the entrepreneurial organization; its volatility and flux, where standard operating procedures are lacking and organizational structure, culture and leadership style are created anew each day. Successful small business management requires that a series of developmental challenges be identified and addressed if the venture is to succeed.

ENT 5541 Personal Entrepreneurial Strategy Credits: 3

This course is a cooperative offering between UMKC, University of Kansas, and Rockhurst University and is taught at Kauffman Legacy Park. The course applies the case method to allow the student to learn about the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process, understand the sacrifices and benefits of being an entrepreneur, and develop professional skills relevant to entrepreneurial activity.

ENT 5542 Technology and New Ventures I Credits: 3

This course will build skills needed to create successful, high-value technology. Emphasis will be on markets for technology, and venture capital. Case studies will emphasize information technologies and environmental technologies.

ENT 5543 Technology And New Ventures II Credits: 3

This course will draw upon the skills developed in ENT 5542 to enable student teams to prepare business plans for new ventures they might actually like to start. The information technologies and energy/environment will be emphasized, but students are welcome to propose any technologies.

Prerequisites: ENT 5542 (or equivalent).

ENT 5545 Entrepreneurship And New Venture Creation Credits: 3

The objectives of this course are: (1) to build personal appreciation for the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship in an independent mode by examining/simulating its environment; (2) to present and examine, through the use of complex case studies and high level guest/lectures, economic, legal and managerial mechanisms proven useful in creating new wealth; and (3) to foster continued development of venture ideas, suitable as career entry options or for investments, using a tutorial approach to business plan development, presentation and evaluation.

ENT 5552 Entrepreneurial Marketing Credits: 3

This course exposes students to the objectives, challenges, and requirements for effective, results-oriented marketing activities and sales efforts for the entrepreneur/new venture. Key topics include the selection, design, and budgeting of entrepreneurial marketing and advertising programs, along with effective selling, customer acquisition, and service/retention efforts.

ENT 5561 New Venture Creation and Product Innovation Credits: 2

This course covers the first part of a two-course sequence and brings together several disciplines students have encountered in the first year of the Executive MBA program curriculum. Students will gain experience in new venture creation and product innovation management. A management simulation will serve as a continuing, evolving "case" in which course participants working in teams assume the role of CEO.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program.

ENT 5562 Managing a High-Growth Business Credit: 1

This course constitutes the second part of a two-course sequence and brings together several disciplines students have encountered in the first year of the Executive MBA program curriculum. Students will gain experience in new venture creation and product innovation management. A management simulation will serve as a continuing, evolving "case" in which course participants working in teams assume the role of CEO.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program.

ENT 5567 Innovation & Entrepreneurship I Credits: 2

This course, the first of a two-course sequence, covers the entrepreneurial and innovation process from conception to birth of the new business. It looks at both process and people involved in assessing ideas, exploiting opportunities, and converting concepts into high-growth businesses. Application of the processes will be extended to both start-ups and well as new business groups within existing organizations, with an emphasis on nurturing a climate of innovation. Students will identify opportunities for high-growth potential new enterprises, develop a business plan, and present their plans to a panel of potential investors and/or senior managers.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Executive MBA program.

ENT 5570 Pricing Strategy for New & Ongoing Enterprises Credits: 2

This course focuses on pricing strategy and tactics in both theoretical and applied contexts, concentrating on how firms create value and capture profits in the revenues that they earn with emphasis on pricing dynamics and reaction to competitor pricing at the firm and product level. The materials used are intended to provide a comprehensive exposure to managerial pricing decisions. The course illustrates how common tactical approaches to pricing can undermine a company's ability to realize its profit potential.

ENT 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance Credits: 3

This course introduces students to the full spectrum of real estate finance and investment analysis. It helps students quantify the financial implications of various real estate decisions for individual properties as well as more strategic decision-making applied to real estate portfolios. Using a combination of experiential and incremental learning students develop the foundation skills necessary to support more advanced concepts and financial theory. The course explores time value of money, law, leverage, underwriting, discounted cash flow, investment analysis, and capital markets. Students also develop advanced modeling skills and learn how to apply state-of-the art financial packages to support decisions.

Prerequisites: RL-EST 5556.

ENT 5572 MBA Capstone Experience-Business Plan for a Startup Company Credits: 3

Class participants will develop a business plan for a startup company. The plan must demonstrate understanding of the product or service, and appropriate analyses including opportunity assessment for the new product/service, specifying the skills of the management team and the organization that the company will need to develop, the business model, the market, the industry including competitors, alternatives and choices for operations, the information systems and reports the management team will need, the milestones that investors should realistically expect the new entity to meet, and the financial requirements of the company in its early phases.

ENT 5573 Real Estate Market Analysis and Feasibility Study Credits: 3

This course helps students develop entrepreneurial, fact-based approaches to problem-solving and decision support. It incorporates experiential learning to help students deploy quantitative and qualitative approaches that incorporate the perspectives of space users, space producers, and market facilitators. Students learn how to address the goals and objectives of a particular client, while also considering the externalities and impacts such decisions have on the built environment. Students will integrate critical thinking with spatial and financial analytical methods and state-of-the-art tools to quantify market demand and to translate that demand to a spatial solution that is marketable and financially feasible.

Prerequisites: RL-EST 5556.

ENT 5576 Real Estate Property Management Credits: 3

This course explores the complexities and integration of property and portfolio management which are critical to the creation, control and capture of real estate value. Students learn how to approach real estate in a more holistic manner by integrating management functions that range from individual property types to portfolios of properties. Students learn how to incorporate marketplace factors in their decisions and apply modern portfolio theory and other tools to construct and manage properties and portfolios in a socially responsible manner. Using experiential methods students learn to apply critical thinking to solve complex property and portfolio management problems.

Prerequisites: ENT 5571.

ENT 5578 Legal Context of Real Estate Decision Making Credits: 3

This course introduces decisions involved in the development, ownership, and operation of commercial real estate and the legal issues associated with these decisions. Topics covered include: due diligence, loan application/brokerage agreements, zoning, easements, entitlements and condemnation actions, bankruptcy, commercial real estate insurance coverage, choice of business entity, income tax planning, and joint ventures.

ENT 5585 Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment Credits: 3

This course exposes students to the process of financing and investing in a new venture. The primary objective of this course is for students to develop a good understanding of the objectives, strategies, and challenges in financing and valuation of entrepreneurial firms through analyzing unique financial issues these firms and their investors face. Students will develop skills for assessing new venture financial viability, cash needs, funding sources, valuation, and funding structure.

ENT 5587 Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: An initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5587A Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: an initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5587B Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: an initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5587C Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: an initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5587D Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: an initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5587E Seminar In Entrepreneurship Credits: 1-6

A course on advanced and/or new topics. This course is designed to facilitate at least one of two purposes: an initial offering of a new course (prior to formal approval) or an initial and possibly final offering on a new topic. New topics include those that are contemporary, cutting edge, or advanced topics that are not currently covered by existing courses.

ENT 5591 Small Business Management Practicum Credits: 3

An integrated management course designed to examine the principles of business management applicable to solving the problems of small and medium size businesses and assisting in their development.

ENT 5595 Internship Credits: 1-3

An opportunity for students to integrate their academic studies via employment with a business/organization in the community.

ENT 5597 Independent Study Credits: 1-6

Independent study and research in areas of special interest under individual faculty direction.

ENT 5681 Multivariate Statistical Methods-II Credits: 3

Theoretical and research applications of MANOVA, canonical correlation, multiple discriminant analysis, factor analysis, and introduction to structural equation modeling using appropriate software. Students are expected to undertake a major research project during this class and to apply appropriate multivariate statistical analyses to their chosen academic research topic.

ENT 5682 Structural Equation Modeling Credits: 3

This course presents structural equation modeling. It includes a review of regression, as well as the study of path analysis, including model specification, methods of estimation, recursive and non-recursive models; direct, indirect, and total effects methods of estimation; single and multi-group analyses; moderators; mediators; structural equation model specification; identification, methods of estimation, second-order factor analysis, and the assessment of casual structure. Students are expected to continue a research project started in ENT 5681.

ENT 5683 Mathematical Models For Entrepreneurship Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to mathematical models in entrepreneurship and related disciplines. Classes will focus on the use of mathematical models to characterize the nature of various entrepreneurship-related decisions in complex environments. For each topic considered (e.g., R&D investment decisions in new product entry, diffusion, and marketing mix variables), students will examine select examples of scholarly articles. Presentations and discussions are designed to help students understand and critique existing models and stimulate the development of new theoretical viewpoints.

ENT 5691 Doctoral Seminar In Theoretical Foundations Of Entrepreneurship I Credits: 3

ENT 5691 is designed as a broad survey of major topics in the field of entrepreneurship. Its objective is to familiarize students with some of the primary theoretical underpinnings of the field as well as some of the common and/or promising methodological approaches to the study of entrepreneurial phenomena. Topics covered in the course include a theoretical overview, entrepreneurs, environment and organizational founding.

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.

ENT 5692 Foundations Entrepreneurship Credits: 3

ENT 5692 is designed as a continuation of ENT 5691, providing a broad survey of major topics in the field of entrepreneurship. Its objective is to familiarize the student with some of the primary theoretical underpinnings of the field as well as some of the common and/or promising methodological approaches to the study of entrepreneurial phenomena. Topics covered in the course include: entrepreneurship's links with other diciplines, venture capital and venture capitalists, new venture strategy, new venture performance, growth processes and challenges, and entrepreneurial networks and alliances.

ENT 5693 Technology, Innovation, And Entrepreneurship Credits: 3

This seminar will explore academic literature of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Specific topics include emerging technologies, evolutionary theory, building capabilities based on networks, organizational learning, technological innovation, institutional economics, network externalities, knowledge transfer, technological trajectories and path dependencies.

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing.

ENT 5694 Doctoral Seminar In Theories Of The Fim And Strategy Credits: 3

In this course, students will become familiar with and develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, models, and paradigms that collectively form the foundation for strategic thinking. Students will develop the ability to critically integrate findings from strategic research programs. Employing an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of strategic marketing and management, the purpose is to develop a keen awareness of major gaps that exist in the strategic literature. Students will strengthen the skills needed to conduct original strategic marketing research that can be published in the leading academic journals.

Prerequisites: Doctoral Standing.

ENT 5699 Dissertation and Research in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Credits: 1-12

Dissertation research and writing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Discipline.

ENT 5899 Required Graduate Enrollment Credit: 1