Brandeis International Business School

Strategy and Innovation

The Strategy and Innovation concentration teaches students concepts and methods useful in strategic planning and in driving innovation across a range of industries. Students can design a curriculum from a broad range of courses and get involved in consulting projects or startup competitions.


Career options in this field include management consulting, business development and general management. Students can also use these skills to start a business or work in entrepreneurial ventures. Companies that have hired International Business School graduates in these areas include startups and established firms including McKinsey & Company, Dell EMC and BlueSnap.

Faculty Spotlight: Aldo Musacchio

Associate Professor Aldo Musacchio

Associate Professor Aldo Musacchio consults for multilateral agencies such as the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank on corporate governance reform in state-owned firms.

He is a specialist on strategy and corporate governance in multinationals as well as innovation and industrial policy in emerging markets. A former faculty member at Harvard Business School, he is director of the Brazil and Latin America Initiatives at the International Business School.

Concentration Requirements

The MBA concentration in Strategy and Innovation requires the completion of 20 credits. These credits may also be counted toward fulfilment of other concentrations or the MBA core requirements. Excess credits in foundation courses are counted toward the electives requirement.

Foundation (Bus 260a is required, plus 8 more credits)
  • BUS 233a: Entrepreneurship and Rapid Prototyping
  • BUS 260a: Competition and Strategy
  • BUS 262a: Alliance, Acquisition, and Divestment Strategy
  • BUS 276a: Business Dynamics: Managing in a Complex World
  • BUS/EC 265a: Business and Economic Strategies in Emerging Markets
  • BUS 261a: Managing Technology and Innovation
  • FIN 240a: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance
Electives (8 credits required)
  • BUS 211f: Analyzing Big Data I
  • BUS 212a: Analyzing Big Data II
  • BUS 226f: Managing Global Human Capital
  • BUS 230a: Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 231a: Entrepreneurial Finances and Business Plans
  • BUS 249f: Immersion Experience
  • BUS 254a: Branding Strategy
  • BUS 269f: Building Sustainable Business
  • BUS 278f: Corporate Governance: From Colossal Failures to Best Practices
  • BUS 281f: Cyber Security and Operational Risks
  • BUS 286a: Applications of Systems Dynamics
  • BUS 232f: Digital Fabrication with Robotics
  • BUS 292a: Field Project in Marketing*
  • BUS 295a: Field Project in Social Innovation Impact*
  • ECON 207a: Managerial Economics
  • ECON 241a: Antitrust Economics: Regulating Competition
  • ECON/FIN 243a: Technolgical Rivalry
  • FIN 214a: Managerial Accounting
  • FIN 231f: Private Equity
  • FIN 232a: Mergers and Acquisitions Analysis
  • FIN 235a: Investing in Energy: Fossil Fuels to Cleaner Energy
  • FIN 247a: Transfer Pricing Theory and Practice
  • HS 244a: Responsible Negotiation
  • HS 257b: Conflict Resolution by Negotiation
  • HS 270a: Business Law and Ethics for Managers
  • HS 518a: Management of Health Care Organizations
  • RPJM 113: Negotiating and Conflict Resolution

* Bus 292a and Bus 295a are Field Projects courses – only one can be counted toward this Concentration.


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