University of Texas at Austin
Sekou Bermiss teaches a class

Innovative Educational Programs

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Cutting-Edge Coursework

Impacting MBA and BBA Curriculum

Leading for Impact

Leading for Impact

Leading for Impact is an integrated leadership course bridging every MBA student's two-year, full-time educational leadership experience. This course includes both curricular and co-curricular components, concludes with a capstone project, and addresses employers' leadership and communication expectations in a manner distinct from other top MBA programs. The BBA elective is a one-semester course focused on leadership development, utilizing and extending the many self-assessment and development tools that are used in the MBA program.

(Core MBA course, BBA elective)

Management 101

Management 101

Management 101 is a dynamic and engaging introduction to the world of business for students in the beginning of their education at McCombs. Keeping leadership and innovation at the forefront of conversation, the course blends current issues with exciting topics in management. The goals of the Management 101 course are to: 1) Provide a uniform experience around management issues through the lens of leadership and innovation, while introducing students to key challenges they will face as leaders in business. 2) Engage students in actions designed to create purpose for their education in solving organizations’ most pressing problems.  3) Introduce an architecture for analyzing these challenges from multiple perspectives and generating novel solutions.  And 4) Encourage students to extend these learnings to generate tangible solutions through technology to address these challenges.

(Core BBA course)

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Moral Leadership in Economics

Moral Leadership in Economics

This course aims to better understand how we can harness the wisdom of spiritual traditions and insights from moral reasoning to pursue virtuous leadership. An integrated life consisting of high morals and empathy joined to the worthy pursuit of careers in economic enterprises (which includes almost all professions at scale) has already been, and will be for the foreseeable future, one of the most powerful forces for good in the world. This course aims to help students discover and create more meaning within their work.

(MBA elective)

Performance and Sports Analytics

Performance and Sports Analytics

Performance and Sports Analytics ties together the rise of data science and statistics in the sports world with its various applications in the business world. Few industries have captured our passion as quickly or as fervently as professional sports. Our national, if not global, obsession manifests in many ways, and the ways we think about and discuss sports reflect and often portend broader reasoning trends in our society at-large. Due to the rise of computing, data science, and statistical thinking, sports discourse and decision making have become increasingly analytical. The key learning outcomes will include 1) a thorough understanding of the past, present, and future directions of sports analytics as well as 2) a new fluency in quantitative approaches to performance evaluations and hiring decisions, and 3) the ability to take learnings from the sports industry and apply them to other industries.

(MBA and BBA elective)

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Managing Human Capital: People Analytics

Managing Human Capital: People Analytics

People Analytics is different from the “human resources” practices prevalent twenty years ago. People Analytics incorporates a data-driven approach to managing and developing people at work. Those working in people analytics strive to leverage data and sophisticated analysis to solve people-related issues, such as recruitment and retention, performance evaluation, leadership, hiring and promotion, job and team design, and compensation. Moreover, the application of People Analytics is not just for HR professionals; line leaders and executives need to be well versed in the strategies that bring in and retain the best talent.

(MBA Custom Core, BBA elective)

Executive Education

The CLE offers numerous Executive Education courses, relating to leadership and management topics, as well as People Analytics.  These courses include options for open enrollment, certificate programs, and custom programs for individual companies.

Beyond the Business School

The CLE helps design and deliver leadership development sessions for several schools at the University of Texas at Austin, including the Dell Medical School, the School of Law, College of Natural Sciences, the Bridging Disciplines program, and many others.