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The world is changing rapidly, but how do you begin to understand the effect of these changes on business and society? Learn to analyze the latest global trends so that you can adapt and cope with these changes in business and the world.
The new realities of the 21st century are disrupting the global financial architecture based on the U.S. dollar. Populations are aging. People are moving from the countryside to the cities. There are more people suffering from obesity than people who go hungry. The middle-class is growing fast in the emerging economies yet shrinking in Europe and the United States. The race for energy, natural resources, and food is intensifying.
You’ll learn about these and other global trends, and understand what the consequences are for markets, the business world, and society at large in this international management course from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. You’ll also learn how to analyze global trends, and to understand both their magnitude and relation to each other. Finally, you’ll discover how you can adapt and cope with these changes as they affect your business and society.
Without customers, your business does not exist. Marketing helps you understand your potential user and focus your product on their needs. This course will help you organize a strategy of identifying your perfect user, find ways to connect with them and what you’ll say when you find them. This covers research, planning, execution and most importantly how to grow your user base. This course is part of our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree Program, click [here to learn more](https://www.udacity.com/course/tech-entrepreneur-nanodegree--nd007).
There is no higher form of user validation than having customers support your product with their wallets. However, the path to a profitable business is not necessarily an easy one. This course blends instruction with real life examples to help you effectively develop, implement, and measure your monetization strategy, iterating on the model as appropriate. This course is part of our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree Program, click [here to learn more](/course/nd007).
15.875 is a project-based course that explores how organizations can use system dynamics to achieve important goals. In small groups, students learn modeling and consulting skills by working on a term-long project with real-life managers. A diverse set of businesses and organizations sponsor class projects, from start-ups to the Fortune 500. The course focuses on gaining practical insight from the system dynamics process, and appeals to people interested in system dynamics, consulting, or managerial policy-making.
The fact of scarcity forces individuals, firms, and societies to choose among alternative uses – or allocations – of its limited resources. Accordingly, the first part of this summer course seeks to understand how economists model the choice process of individual consumers and firms, and how markets work to coordinate these choices. It also examines how well markets perform this function using the economist's criterion of market efficiency.
Overall, this course focuses on microeconomics, with some topics from macroeconomics and international trade. It emphasizes the integration of theory, data, and judgment in the analysis of corporate decisions and public policy, and in the assessment of changing U.S. and international business environments.
In this free online course, Applied Operations Management - Aggregate Planning, you will learn how aggregate planning is used in many businesses to match supply and demand of output over the medium time range of up to approximately 12 months in the future. Aggregate planning allows management to quantify materials and other resources that are to be procured so that the total cost of operations are kept to the minimum over a set period of time. The course begins by introducing the concept of aggregate planning and its use in medium term planning in businesses. You will be introduced to aggregate planning methodologies such as the tabular method and linear programming. You will learn how a tabular approach uses spreadsheets and the values of different variables, such as production by regular workforce and inventory levels can be calculated by using the costs associated with production, overtime, subcontracting, hiring, inventory and backorders. The tabular method is widely used because it is easy to understand and utilize. However, the generated solution may not be optimal and many trials and errors may be needed to find the optimal solution. The course also introduces the linear programming technique and a special type of linear programming known as the Transportation Model, which can be used to obtain aggregate plans that would allow balanced capacity and demand and the minimization of costs. This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals working in the areas operations management or general management who would like to learn more about aggregate planning and the methods used in this important area of operations management. The course will also be of interest to all learners who are interested in operations management as a future career.<br />
The free online course Applied Psychology - Understanding Consumer Attitudes introduces learners to the importance of understanding consumer attitudes for creating effective marketing strategies. For a marketer, consumer attitudes reflect a consistent favorable or unfavorable feeling that a consumer has after evaluating a product/service offering, brand, price etc. By understanding the dynamics behind consumer attitudes marketers can design marketing strategies that positively influence consumers towards the product/service offering, brand, price etc. The course starts by introducing you to the nature and functions of attitudes in general and how researchers have described four structural models of attitudes. Attitudes cannot be directly measured so the course then describes the techniques and procedures of accurately measuring consumer attitudes using qualitative and quantitative methods. You will then learn how attitudes are formed and what factors influence attitudes enough to change them. You will learn about the two main theories that have been developed to explain how and why attitudes change, and you will learn how marketers can use this information to design marketing strategies that positively influence consumers' attitudes. This course will be of great interest to all marketing and business professionals working in marketing, and all learners who are interested in a career in the area of marketing.<br />
While no businesses succeed based on their architecture or space design, many fail as a result of inattention to the power of spatial relationships. This course demonstrates through live case studies with managers and architects the value of strategic space planning and decision making in relation to business needs. The course presents conceptual frameworks for thinking about architecture, communication and organizations.
This course is offered during the Sloan Innovation Period (SIP), which is a one-week period at the MIT Sloan School of Management that occurs midway through each semester.