Program Details

To earn a Corporate Innovation and Venturing concentration and MBA, students must complete 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, their corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the coursework listed below. Full-Time MBA students will also complete 12 credits from a second concentration of their choosing; whereas Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA students will need to complete 24 credits from the finance curriculum. Students in both programs will also complete 15 elective credits—of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

Required Corporate Innovation and Venturing MBA Course

Explores the life cycle of industries and their effects on the dynamics of competition, including the creation of industries and the role of startups and proliferation of designs; the half-truth of entry timing advantage; design competition, emergence of dominant designs, and implication for firm strategy and industry structure; the onset of maturity: the role of process innovation and incremental product changes; technological discontinuities, challenges for incumbents, and opportunities for new entrants; the hybrid trap and how incumbents often miss the mark during times of industry transformation; the rise of platform disruptions and winner-take-all dynamics; the sociocognitive dimension of industry evolution: product categories and framing; and best practices for managing innovation in startups and established firms. Taught through a combination of cases, vignettes, and interactive lectures.
ENTR 6320 | 3 credits

Complete 9 elective credits from the following:

Introduces major topics in the modern understanding of business models: their essence and role in securing competitive advantage, key components and design of business models, business model change and innovation, technology commercialization through sustaining business models, financial representation of a business model, and validation of developed business models.
ENTR 6218 | 3 credits
Gives students the opportunity to build a complete business plan for new high-potential ventures. Covers all aspects of the planning process, from the point of view of both the prospective entrepreneur and the potential investor. Explores the demands of the entrepreneurial career through reading, self-assessment exercises, and group projects. Guest speakers from startup companies, law firms, and venture capital firms provide a window on current experiences in the small-business world. Recommended for prospective entrepreneurs as well as others who may become involved with new ventures.
ENTR 6212 | 3 credits
Reviews the key theories and tools needed to understand how technological change creates new markets and prompts new business models, how technology-based firms can outcompete rivals in fast-growing markets characterized by high uncertainty, and how the evolution of technology in an industry affects the type of firm capabilities needed to succeed over time.
ENTR 6222 | 3 credits
Offers students an opportunity to analyze whether, why, and how multibusiness corporations expand their operations into new business areas by questioning decisions to grow globally through mechanisms such as acquisitions or alliances. Uses rigorous case-based discussions, expert readings, and major current events to discuss issues related to the choice of make, buy, or partner. Offers students an opportunity to evaluate how these different corporate entrepreneurial strategies are used to help firms be more competitive and innovative.
ENTR 6225 | 3 credits
Examines the actions that managers must take to stimulate innovation and direct it in ways that allow the organization to accomplish its goals. Topics include what organization forms are most conducive to innovation, what factors hinder innovativeness and how can they be overcome, and what role managers play in bringing about innovation. Focuses on the actions that companies and their managers can take to design their organizations and systems effectively in order to foster innovativeness. Elements of an organization’s infrastructure include design, reward mechanisms, communication patterns, boundary spanning, control systems, leadership at all levels, and the organization’s culture.
HRMG 6212 | 3 credits
Explores a systems-based perspective on our environment by addressing questions that are fundamental to design practice: What is a system, and what are the different types? How do we observe, analyze, and represent systems? What interactions can we have with systems and what are the different types of interaction? Explores structures and processes for the design of systemic relationships between people, artifacts, environments, and activities. Systems may be physical, virtual, social, or a combination. Through discussion, writing, diagramming, and project exercises, offers students an opportunity to learn principles of systems theory and explore the connection between design methods and systems thinking. Students who do not meet course restrictions may seek permission of instructor or program coordinator.
ARTG 5610 | 4 credits
Uses digital mashups, iterative design, and “play” to unlock creative potential in the way products and services work for customers. Based on the principle that innovation is a discipline that is capable of being learned and being practiced and that arts-based learning and design thinking can unlock creative potential and foster an environment that encourages innovation. A team-based group project applies the principles of iterative design introduced in this course.
ENTR 6293 | 3 credits
Covers the role emerging technologies play in innovation for new ventures and established corporations. Includes a mix of theory and practical knowledge. Topics covered include technology disruption, diffusion, life cycles, and research-and-development strategy. Explores, in detail, the technical and market opportunities for current and emerging technologies across a broad spectrum of industries.
TECE 6222 | 3 credits
Focuses on next-generation products, systems, and services with an integrated framework that applies market innovation, user-centered design, architectural and platform innovation, and business model innovation. Offers students an opportunity to apply these concepts to new product/service/business process innovation opportunities in their own organization with executive sponsorship and faculty guidance.
MGMT 6280 | 3 credits
Introduces the major areas of the legal environment for innovation and new ventures and their relationship to early stage decisions and product and business development. Analyzes the nature, practical impact, and competitive usefulness of laws in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, employment, e-commerce, regulatory compliance, and entity formation. Offers students an opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding of legal, financial, business, technology, and ethical factors; sharpen their analytic skills; and use their skills and understanding to recognize opportunities for adding value and managing risk.
ENTR 6224 | 3 credits
Covers the intersection of customer research with product design, specifically lean design and how to map abstract attributes that customers seek into concrete product designs that can actually be built. Other topics include managing the technology business interface, creating product teams, and drafting product development plans. Open to first-year graduate students.
TECE 6250 | 3 credits
Focuses on the main processes needed to develop a complex, high-technology product. Emphasizes the most important techniques and approaches used in a startup environment. Seeks to benefit students of all engineering disciplines including computer science and biomedical, industrial, electrical, mechanical, computer, and chemical engineering. Includes a running practical project in which a new product is designed and executed through a series of small projects for each phase of the product development process. Topics include the product life cycle, new product development processes, project planning and management, new product idea generation, the systems approach to product development, design for manufacturing, market testing and launch, and escalation to manufacturing.
GE 5100 | 4 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.