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Symposium sessions feature three days of live, highly interactive virtual Zoom sessions that will explore today’s most pressing topics. The Leadership Symposium offers you a unique opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with peers and experts from the Cornell community and beyond. Using the context of your own experiences, you will take part in reflections and small-group discussions to build on the skills and knowledge you have gained from your courses.

Join us for the next Symposium in which we’ll discuss the ways that leaders across industries have continued engaging their teams over the past two years while pivoting in strategic ways. You will support your coursework by applying your knowledge and experiences to relevant topics for leaders. Throughout this Symposium, you will examine different areas of leadership, including innovation, strategy, and engagement. By participating in relevant and engaging discussions, you will discover a variety of perspectives and build connections with your fellow participants from various industries.

Upcoming Symposium: June 11-13, 2024 from 11am – 1pm ET

All sessions are held on Zoom.

Future dates are subject to change. You may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending Symposium sessions is not required to successfully complete any certificate program. Once enrolled in your courses, you will receive information about upcoming events. Accessibility accommodations will be available upon request.

Symposium sessions feature three days of live, highly interactive virtual Zoom sessions that will explore today’s most pressing topics. The Marketing Symposium offers you a unique opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with peers and experts from the Cornell community and beyond. Using the context of your own experiences, you will take part in reflections and small-group discussions to build on the skills and knowledge you have gained from your courses.

Join us for the next Symposium, in which we’ll share experiences from across the industry, inspiring real-time conversations about best practices, innovation, and the future of marketing work. You will support your coursework by applying your knowledge and experiences to some of the most pressing topics and trends in the marketing field. By participating in relevant and engaging discussions, you will discover a variety of perspectives and build connections with your fellow participants from across the industry.

Upcoming Symposium: April 9th – 11th, 2024

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 11AM – 1PM ET
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 11AM – 1PM ET
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 11AM – 1PM ET

All sessions are held on Zoom.

Future dates are subject to change. You may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending Symposium sessions is not required to successfully complete any certificate program. Once enrolled in your courses, you will receive information about upcoming events. Accessibility accommodations will be available upon request.

Leaders are responsible for encouraging the highest possible performance from their employees.  Most leaders recognize that motivation is a key driver of high performance. Few leaders are skilled at choosing the right combination of approaches and tools to motivate all of their people. Cornell University Professor Risa Mish provides a learning experience that builds on the important premise that not all individuals are motivated by the same things, and some might be demotivated by the same conditions or incentives that motivate others. This course prepares leaders to analyze performance problems and assess whether they actually can be attributed to a lack of motivation or to one of several other root causes.

When students determine that poor workplace performance is indeed caused by a lack of motivation, they will use the motivation techniques that will be most effective for all the people involved. Leveraging the work of two American social psychologists to address the factors that may be demotivating people, students will learn how to increase the factors that do motivate people and improve workplace performance. Students will also use the three primary drivers of human motivation to foster better performance on the job.

Leaders at every level need to be able to execute on their ideas. In virtually every case, this means that leaders need to be able to persuade others to join in this execution. In order to do so, understanding how to create and utilize power in an organization is critical.

In this course, developed by Professor Glen Dowell, Ph.D., of Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, students will focus on their personal relationship with power as well as how power works in their organization and social network.

 

Project Management Institute (PMI®) Continuing Certification: Participants who successfully complete this course will receive 6 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI®. Please contact PMI ® for details about professional project management certification or recertification.

 

Managers who are seen practicing what they preach and following through on promises enjoy dramatically enhanced credibility and loyalty. They inspire workers to perform well and even to go beyond what is asked of them. Credibility is not all it takes to be successful, but no trust or meaningful relationship with those you manage can happen without it.

This course, developed by Professor Tony Simons, Ph.D. of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, focuses on this critical element of leadership, and helps students develop the awareness, skills and habits necessary for mastering it.

To be an effective leader, you must be able to articulate your thoughts and positions in a clear and concise manner.

Professor Angela Noble-Grange of Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management draws on her own extensive experience as a speaker and communicator to guide students through the preparation and delivery process. She discusses how to identify the communication purpose and analyze your expected audience. She then shares how to formulate and rehearse your message, including how to pay attention to nonverbal communication.

To fine-tune these skills, this course includes interacting with fellow students. Students will participate in discussion forums and will record and share a video of a short presentation that serves as the course project. This provides rich opportunities for students to hone their communication and presentation skills in a practical way, and to learn from the efforts of others.

Participants in this certificate need a high-speed internet connection and a computer or device that can shoot digital videos with reasonable quality. The eCornell course delivery system provides the ability to record and upload videos, so you won't need special video software.
In this course, you will explore what marketing entails, the mindset needed for success, and the importance of customer relationships. You will examine the concept of customer lifetime value (CLV) and gain practice calculating CLV and related metrics. You will also be introduced to a marketing framework that provides an approach to product design and marketing to apply in the workplace. Finally, you will apply your knowledge to develop a Go-To-Market Plan, building the skills needed to implement essential marketing concepts.

In this course, you will identify the stages of the customer journey and consider the importance of tailoring your promotional and customer support efforts to the needs of customers at each stage. You will also begin to narrow your marketing focus by identifying potential customer segments that represent the best fit for your product. Along the way, you'll calculate what it costs to acquire a customer. You will then apply these skills to further develop a Go-To-Market Plan that describes potential customer segments and their customer journeys.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Key Performance Indicators for Marketing

In this course, you will select the most promising customer segments to target and position a product in a way that makes it attractive to potential customers. You'll also use the Importance-Performance Model along with other analytical tools to help you choose a target segment. You will discover how to craft a product positioning statement for a Go-To-Market Plan, applying your knowledge for success.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Key Performance Indicators for Marketing
  • The Customer Journey and Segmentation

Even the best segmentation, targeting, and positioning will be of no use if your team's product isn't well designed and properly tested. In this course, you will consider why products fail and what steps you can take to increase your chances of success. You will explore concept testing and conjoint analysis and apply their results to decisions about product features. You will also be introduced to volumetric forecasting and the process of deciding when a product is ready for launch. Finally, you will craft a concept description of your product, summarize any concept testing, and describe the specific features that you've decided to include in your product, further building on a practical Go-To-Market Plan.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Key Performance Indicators for Marketing
  • The Customer Journey and Segmentation
  • Targeting and Positioning

Your product has been designed and you've decided it's ready for the marketplace. How will you get it into the hands of customers? This course addresses key issues associated with distribution channels, including the role of intermediaries and the type of arrangement you will have with them. You will also explore the pros and cons of online vs. offline distribution, the needs of customers as related to how you market and sell your product, and several ways in which profit margins are affected by channel decisions. To apply these skills, you will help to identify appropriate distribution channels and create a distribution plan for your product as you continue progressing your example Go-To-Market Plan.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Key Performance Indicators for Marketing
  • The Customer Journey and Segmentation
  • Targeting and Positioning
  • Product Design and Testing

Your financial reward from hard work on designing a product and setting up distribution channels comes when customers make a purchase and hand over money. Setting prices that are right for your customers as well as your company is therefore a critical element of your strategy. In this course, you will explore several pricing models and discover what it takes to establish pricing levels that result in sales and enable your company to succeed. Working with your team, you will help to determine an appropriate pricing structure for your product and add a description of it to your group's Go-To-Market Plan.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Key Performance Indicators for Marketing
  • The Customer Journey and Segmentation
  • Targeting and Positioning
  • Product Design and Testing
  • Setting Up Distribution Channels

Managing a business means managing its financial resources, regardless of your job title. Your ability to make smart decisions about projects relies on your understanding of  timelines and cash-flow calculations to track cash flow and payments, the value of securities and investments, and how to determine overall cost effectiveness. To do this, you need a good working knowledge of a number of financial concepts.

This course introduces you to those concepts and shows you how to perform important calculations using financial calculators and popular spreadsheet applications. You'll develop an intuitive understanding of the concepts and have a chance to practice applying the tools. You will come away with the tools to ensure that your company has the best possible chance of project success through managing its financial resources wisely.

* Participants in this course need one of the two financial calculators below.

  • Hewlett-Packard 12C, or
  • Texas Instruments BA II Plus

Both calculators are available at most office supply stores and from a variety of online sources. There is also a Texas Instruments BA II Plus app for iPhone and iPad , which meets the calculator requirement for this course.

The key to financial success for any business is choosing the right projects to pursue at the right time, for the right price and with the right financing structure. Your role as a manager includes participating in decisions about which projects make sense for the company and are likely to return a profit.

To do so, there are six concepts you need to understand: net present value, internal rate of return, payback period, discounted payback period, profitability index, and equivalent annual cost. Non-financial managers need to be conversant in how each of these concepts work to be able to offer valuable insight and expertise.

Working through the examples in this course using both a financial calculator and popular spreadsheet applications will help you practice applying the tools and strategies, and will set you up to make project decisions that lead to growth and profitability.

* Participants in this course need one of the two financial calculators below.

  • Hewlett-Packard 12C, or
  • Texas Instruments BA II Plus

Both calculators are available at most office supply stores and from a variety of online sources. There is also a Texas Instruments BA II Plus app for iPhone and iPad , which meets the calculator requirement for this course.

You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Mastering the Time Value of Money
Every financial decision a firm makes is a balancing act between risk and return. Funded projects can return significant revenue to the company. The risk is that the cost of the project may exceed the return, especially when the need to compensate capital providers is factored in. Being able to accurately assess both the risk and potential return of capital budgeting projects is an important part of your role as a manager.

Your work in this course will include learning how to calculate the hurdle rate, which is the minimum value a project must return, and then how to forecast the expected return. You will get to know the different asset classes and how to think about them in terms of the associated risks.

The tools from this course will help you measure risk and calculate the weighted average of the required returns as a way to ensure that your company chooses the right capital projects.

Your new project not only needs funding—it needs the right type of funding. You need to know how to choose between debt and equity funding, and when to consider acquiring funds from capital markets. These outside funding sources will have their own expectations for rates of return, and the cost of this funding is driven by a number of external factors such as the state of the economy and the industry.

Making sound capital budgeting and funding decisions is a vital part of your role as a manager, and this course shows you how characteristics of capital markets impact the process and prospects of raising capital. Learn how to observe external economic data, tips for developing strategies to balance debt and equity at your firm, and how decisions regarding corporate restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy are made.

These concepts, when put into action, will help ensure that you are maximizing the value of your firm using the correct balance of debt and equity.

Every property's finance function keeps detailed records of the daily transactions involved in the running the organization. Periodically, they create reports that allow management, stakeholders and regulating authorities to have insight into the financial health of the organization. As a manager, you need to understand both the metrics that are reported in income statement, balance sheets, and cash flow statements, and how they relate to each other. You also need to understand how comparing numbers across your company, the industry, and from year to year, can help you assess the overall financial performance of the firm.

The in-depth review of sample case studies in this course will provide you with the tools you need to examine your own property's reports. As you make budgeting and investment decisions, your knowledge of how vital financial markers indicate relative health in the organization will help drive initiatives to meet your company's financial goals.

A company's financial performance, and its ability to grow and thrive over time, can be assessed through ratio analysis, the basic evaluation tool for asset management, solvency and profitability. Whether you are managing the financial performance of a department, unit, or the organization as a whole, working with these ratios can help identify opportunities and allow you to make adjustments to improve performance.

As you become familiar with asset management ratios such as days sales outstanding and days to turnover, you will be able to apply these techniques in comparing your company's performance against others in the industry and against its own financial history. The ratio analysis tools you learn will help your organization to design and implement initiatives for increased productivity and profitability.

You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Understanding Financial Statements

Organizations are fraught with struggle, often dealing with underperforming employees, disagreements between individuals and departments, unclear chains of responsibility, and general failures to live up to their goals. Fortunately, we all have ready access to a surprising ally to address these challenges: accounting systems.

In this course, you will understand the power of accounting to solve a wide range of managerial problems. You will identify the languages of stewardship and governance, examine the principles of moral accounting, refresh your understanding of double-entry bookkeeping, and explore the realities of human nature. Provided deliberation guides will assist you in a step-by-step method to address conflict, redistribute responsibilities, identify problems in governance, and explore causes for unwanted behavior. Finally, you will practice making recommendations for systems to create organizations that are both productive and moral.

All organizations understand the importance of maximizing revenue while minimizing costs. Yet this goal is only possible if you can accurately determine the margin you can expect on all the outputs you produce. If you're maintaining a factory or office that produces varied goods and services, how much of your overhead should be assigned to each output? What if a single process creates multiple products; how can you really determine the accurate cost of each individual output?

In this course, you will be introduced to techniques that tease apart these complicated situations and determine how much value each output is truly delivering for your organization. You'll explore real-world case studies, investigate qualitative margin analysis, and perform simple job cost allocations. With the aid of the uniquely crafted spreadsheets and deliberation guides, you'll practice analyzing financial data and creating recommendations that can ultimately improve your organization's margins.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Improving Governance

Capacity is the volume of product or service output that an organization can create. While investing in capacity is expensive, once purchased, using it is often much cheaper than it seems. To figure out when to invest in capacity, how to use it, and when to leave it idle, you need an understanding of cost accounting to look behind the numbers reported on financial statements.

In this course, you will analyze investment in capacity both quantitatively and qualitatively. You will determine the profitability of investing in new capacity, using existing capacity to take on incremental work, or leaving it idle. Finally, you will apply a significant advance in cost accounting — activity-based costing — which will help you work with customers and suppliers to create more value with less capacity. Along the way, you will utilize unique deliberation guides and spreadsheets to determine the best ways to improve both capacity investment and use and bring valuable skills back to your organization.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Improving Governance
  • Improving Margins

Every organization seeks to increase efficiency and coordinate activity between individuals and units, but how can you know how your organization is doing on these fronts? What should your efficiency goals be, and how can you tell whether you are meeting them? And what are effective ways to increase cooperation among those who have conflicting interests and priorities?

In this course, you will be introduced to various methods that help you understand and improve the efficiency of repetitive processes using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. You'll then examine how to effectively develop a budget and discover how doing so can actually improve coordination within and between units in your organization. Specially designed spreadsheets and deliberation guides will give you hands-on practice with standard costing and budgeting to apply to your organization and beyond.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Improving Governance
  • Improving Margins
  • Improving Capacity Investment and Consumption

How can you point people in the direction you want them to go? How can you best motivate them to continue in that direction? How can you prevent employees from gaming or tilting the accountability system to their advantage? How can you make sure they do what's right for society, not just for the organization?

In this course, you will distill progress toward organizational goals into a Balanced Scorecard and spell out strategies for keeping on track. First, you will explore one of the contentious topics in management: determining compensation. You will then ask the right questions to figure out if people are gaming or tilting the performance measurement system and identify strategies to limit the damage that can cause. Finally, you will evaluate accounting systems under a new assumption — that your client isn't a person, organization, or group of investors, but a society — and tackle the tricky moral issues raised by social accounting. Overall, by the end of this course, you will have honed valuable skills and perspectives to apply in your organization.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Improving Governance
  • Improving Margins
  • Improving Capacity Investment and Consumption
  • Improving Coordination and Efficiency

Because of incredible advancements in computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and communication, we are in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. What new possibilities do these advancements open up? How can you use them to improve organizational design while ensuring all involved are still held accountable based on a good account of their performance?

In this course, you will explore a number of these new advances. First, you will examine gamification, which is the application of game design elements and principles to the workplace with the aim of motivating performance. You will reflect on the possibilities and the perils of this approach to improving performance. Next, you will recognize the challenges of holding bots and artificial intelligence accountable for their actions, choices, and speech, and develop approaches to address these challenges. You will then explore outsourcing and remote and distributed workplaces, as well as the accounting possibilities and challenges they present. By the end of this course, you will have a new awareness of some of the key challenges facing the modern workplace.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Improving Governance
  • Improving Margins
  • Improving Capacity Investment and Consumption
  • Improving Coordination and Efficiency
  • Improving Direction, Motivation, and Society

Presented by five legal experts with deep knowledge and experience in both academia and the corporate space, this course introduces you to a range of topics that serve as a foundation for dealing with legal matters in business.

You begin with a look at the sources of law, the formation of legal arguments and the growing role of regulatory agencies. The course proceeds with a tour of online legal resources, then moves to various kinds of business structures, along with the circumstances under which you might use each. The course ends with a close look at the legal responsibilities that apply to people holding certain positions in business. 

Contracts are often written by legal professionals, but the best business deals are ones worked out collaboratively by people who know their business operations intimately. 

This course will help you gain a seat at the negotiating table, familiarizing you with legal terms and concepts involved in business deals. You'll learn how to collaborate with legal counsel and help negotiating parties address information gaps to reach agreement. 

With content provided by two Cornell Law School professors and two practicing corporate attorneys, this course is rich with practical video content and a course project that's designed to help you apply what you've learned to your own work situation. 

Running a business is, in many ways, a legal undertaking in itself. With so many moving parts and ongoing concerns, several areas of law are touched upon while doing business: employment laws and regulations, real property, litigation, business tax planning, and startup financial structuring. 

While it's important to draw on expert legal counsel when required, it's equally as important to be informed yourself. The more working knowledge you have of these specialty areas of law, the better you'll be able to identify and discuss them and be prepared to face your pressing issues head on.

This course is co-authored by by six legal experts, including Cornell Law School professors and practicing attorneys. Through a rich set of animated videos and a course project that ensures application of the concepts to your own work situation, you'll be ready face legal issues that are of particular relevance to your business.

To handle legal matters appropriately, business people need to know how to get good legal advice. This may require finding and retaining a lawyer, or it may involve working with existing in-house counsel. Business people must understand how lawyers approach legal issues and what lawyers need from clients in order to represent them effectively.

With content provided by four legal experts, including Cornell Law School professors and practicing attorneys, this course explains how lawyers work, how to establish an effective relationship with both in-house and external counsel, and how to work with legal professionals on business transactions and litigation. A course project guides you in applying these principles of attorney-client collaboration to your own work situation. 

 

Increasing and sustaining profitability requires that you deliver unique value to consumers while guarding against competitive threats. Developing a successful strategy requires recognizing and planning for the specific challenges in your market so as to avoid costly mistakes, seize new opportunities, and raise long-run profits.

In this course, you will explore a variety of real-world examples and powerful frameworks to supercharge your strategy and profitability. You will analyze how your organization currently creates value and strategize how best to create new value for your targeted customers, beyond what rivals offer. You will then develop your organizational plan, identifying which resources and partners are essential for success, while also identifying which key resources you should own to help sustain long-run profitability. You will perform an in-depth competitive analysis of threats to the profitability of a firm, allowing you both to identify threats in your current market and assess the prospects for profitability in other markets which you might enter. You will develop tactics to mitigate each of these threats to profitability, while also recognizing the power and potential of working towards win-win situations with complementors.

Change can be a highly profitable opportunity for growth, or it can sink a once-successful business. How should you and your organization prepare to adapt and even thrive in the face of change and disruption?

In this course, you will acquire the tools you need to evaluate change, disruption, and uncertainty in your industry. You will implement key frameworks designed to help you strategize in changing and uncertain environments. The skills you hone in this course will prepare you to succeed in dynamic market environments and think clearly about the future.

Of course, strategies for change risk failing if the organization as a whole is not willing or prepared to implement them. To pave the way for truly successful implementation of the strategies you devise, you will identify and mitigate critical internal challenges and resistance to change, thereby enabling your organization to eliminate roadblocks to growth.

As a business, you understand the importance of creating value for consumers in order to be profitable. It is also important to increase the value of your organization. Synergies from working closely with other firms may allow you to reap tremendous gains by creating more value in both of these dimensions.

Unfortunately, sometimes the synergies that leaders hope for do not materialize, or other challenges arise that make synergy-realizing ventures such as mergers, acquisitions and alliances an unprofitable and disappointing distraction. How does it all go so wrong, and, more importantly, how can you set yourself up to best profit from synergies while minimizing risks and challenges?

In this course, you will gain critical insights that will allow you to better identify and realize strategic synergies that can ultimately boost your value creation efforts and your profits. You will implement essential tools to more effectively choose between mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships or alliances, and organic growth. You will then determine the most effective way to realize a potential synergy, evaluate fit and compatibility with the potential synergy partner, and strategize for a successful collaboration.

In essence, your organization is a nexus of relationships that coordinates key assets and capabilities to help you achieve your strategic ambitions and raise your profits. More than just the traditional view of a supply chain, this nexus can also encompass strategic partners, licensors of intellectual property, and firms that supply support services of any type, such as advertising, legal services, and more.

These core relationships are vital to your ability to create and capture value, and so it is crucial to keep them as healthy as possible. How can you best nurture positive business relationships, especially over the long run? How can you recognize when a relationship is at risk of becoming adversarial, and what should you do about it?

In this course, you will evaluate the state of your business relationships through a comprehensive assessment process. Your analysis will enable you to gain a clearer understanding of each relationship's importance to your value creation efforts and how your organization would be affected if the relationship goes wrong. You will then clarify the expectations from both sides of the relationship, potential opportunities that are not being capitalized on, the goals for mutual success, and what to keep an eye on in the future. Armed with this knowledge, you will be prepared to strategize to improve and maintain the wellbeing of key business relationships through an action plan specifically tailored to the needs of each relationship.

Good strategy does not exist in isolation: the success and profitability of a business depends not only on the strategic moves that it makes but also on the strategic moves that other firms make. Understanding the strategic linkages between firms can therefore be immensely valuable.

Game theory is a tool specifically designed to analyze and exploit these strategic linkages between the moves made by different firms.

In this course, you will explore the marketplace and identify the key players within your field. Once you have identified the key players, you will analyze their capabilities and motivations. You will consider the physics of business as you map out actions and reactions to your strategic moves. In addition, you will examine how other players perceive you and devise ways to influence these perspectives to your advantage.

Sometimes the best strategic move is to boldly seek to change the game! You will determine how best to do so and strategize accordingly.

The digital landscape continues to be a vital part of an organization's success. For organizations centered around digital technology, it is important to create a digital strategy that addresses the specific opportunities and challenges that arise in digital ecosystems. This includes harnessing the potential to become a digital platform or utilizing preexisting digital platforms from complementor organizations. How can you leverage the power of digital platforms to grow your organization and maximize profitability?

In this course, you will evaluate the state of digital platforms in the current market. You will use this evaluation to identify network effects that your organization can take advantage of and use to boost the value of your products and services in the market. Once you identify the state of platforms and network effects, you will develop a digital platform strategy to grow and maintain your digital strategy, particularly if your organization can create its own digital platform. Finally, you will explore best practices for interacting with digital platforms created by other organizations and develop a strategy for how to choose and interact with a platform created outside of your organization.

Regardless of your specific area of work, as a manager, it will be imperative for you to understand the incentives that people face and how they are likely to respond when constraints change. A solid foundation of microeconomics will give you a competitive advantage. It will help you answer critical management questions such as: Should we expand our capacity? Should we add more staff? How can you figure those things out?

In this course, you will begin with a cornerstone of microeconomics: opportunity cost. You will examine its definition as well as applications, and explore the hidden cost fallacy, the fixed cost fallacy, and the cost-benefit principle. A good understanding of opportunity cost will help you understand how these principles relate to changes in human behavior and drive decisions. You will examine key concepts of supply and demand and the ways in which they affect business decisions. You will also complete a project in which you apply these concepts to practical questions facing your workplace. You will examine the profit maximizing output rule for producers, define the first law of supply, examine the price elasticity of supply, and define the supply ceteris paribus conditions. You will define the consumer surplus maximizing rule for demanders, the first law of demand, the price elasticity of demand, and the demand ceteris paribus conditions. This course will set the foundation for your microeconomics studies.

While a thorough understanding of supply and demand is essential in microeconomics, you also need to delve into the factors that determine price and how the markets reach levels of equilibrium.

In this course, you will examine what determines equilibrium price and quantity, gains from trade, and how changes in the supply and demand ceteris paribus conditions affect equilibrium price and quantity. You will explore critical questions related to government intervention in markets, and finally, tie these concepts into an overarching graded course project in which you will apply the lessons to relevant concerns facing your industry or organization. This course prepares you to not only understand the relationship between the factors affecting equilibrium price and quantity, but also apply these factors to your decision making for your organization.

You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Examining Scarcity and Opportunity Cost

To effectively lead the decision making of an organization, you will need to understand how we can use models of the labor market, the loan market, and currency market to predict changes in prices and quantities.

In this course, you will familiarize yourself with an extension of the model to the labor market, loan market, and currency market. You will investigate relevant concepts that can allow you to make predictions about how prices and quantities will change when market conditions fluctuate, exploring some circumstances in which the market equilibrium is not efficient. You will then develop a model of production using a single variable input. From this model, you will determine how to derive the average and marginal costs curves. Finally, you will complete a graded course project in three parts in which you will apply these relevant course concepts to practical concerns in your firm or industry. This course will leave you prepared to analyze a imperfect market and apply those concepts to the decisions made at your organization.

You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Examining Scarcity and Opportunity Cost
  • Analyzing Price and Equilibrium

In this course you will examine the model of perfect competition and how it can be used to make business decisions. You will utilize this model of perfect competition to analyze both the short-run and long-run equilibriums and the impacts they can have on your organization. You will explore how firms have access to a multitude of specialized input that are limited and how those can be exploited for the benefit of your organization. Lastly, you will analyze two significant questions: Who in particular will reap the rewards when there are profits? And how large will the profits be? Finally, you will complete a graded project in which you draw relevant conclusions related to perfect competition and your firm.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Examining Scarcity and Opportunity Cost
  • Analyzing Price and Equilibrium
  • Conducting Market Analysis and Predicting Price

Imagine that a firm is the sole producer in a market, i.e., a monopolist. How does the monopolist behave? How does that behavior differ from the case of a firm in perfect competition? In this course, you will examine how the monopolist behaves. You will examine the cost structure that results in a natural monopoly and the choices that firms put into making pricing decisions in these contexts. Finally, you will analyze a model of monopolistic competition between firms and consider how they fight to reduce new firms from entering their industry. Throughout exploring these new definitions and models, you will work on a course project that will help contextualize these concepts into your life and work.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Examining Scarcity and Opportunity Cost
  • Analyzing Price and Equilibrium
  • Conducting Market Analysis and Predicting Price
  • Modeling Perfect Competition

This 4-week capstone course provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills you have developed throughout your program to solve a complex problem that requires integrated solutions. In this capstone project, you will bring this vision and expertise in line with the concepts you have learned throughout this program. The final capstone project you submit and present will help you to translate your new skills directly into your workplace.

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