MSPM: In the Know, March 31, 2015

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Summer 2015: Core and Elective Courses
The MSPM program is offering 3 core courses this summer: DNSC 6258, DNSC 6259, and DNSC 6262. Online sections for DNSC 6258 and DNSC 6259 have fewer than 18 seats remaining. Register ASAP to ensure a seat in your planned courses.

We have several DNSC electives available for on campus students and we just confirmed 2 online electives. Full details on the blog.
A new general elective offering in summer for on campus students was recently announced. IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy (3 credits). Course is taught by Dr. Eugene Gholz, a visiting faculty member from UT Austin. Course offered during the first 6 week session of the summer, meets twice a week.

• #GWSBProud
Help the GW School of Business increase awareness around the success of the GWSB community! Use #GWSBProud when posting to Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn to share stories about your accomplishments, career news, and other stories. Did you recently win a scholarship? Did you earn a promotion or take a new job? Did you speak at a conference? Share the news and add #GWSBProud to the announcement.

Interested in helping other GWSB students or alumni with career questions or guidance? Add #GWSBProud to your LinkedIn profile summary to denote your willingness to help out a fellow Colonial. Looking for another student or alum to engage on LinkedIn regarding your career? Search for #GWSBProud to find those willing to help out.

Sponsorships Available for the Megaprojects Workshop, 4-5 Jun
Sponsorships now available for the Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice, 3rd International Workshop on 4-5 Jun. The event focuses on a variety of topics surrounding megaprojects and features speakers from academia, industry, and government. Three sponsorship levels available, including opportunities to present at the workshop. The latest agenda and program information is listed online. Is your company interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Cambria Happ at chapp@gwu.edu to learn more.

IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy

A new summer general elective is available for on campus students: IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy (3 credits). The course is taught by Dr. Eugene Gholz, a visiting faculty member from the University of Texas, Austin.

This course examines business-government relations and the defense acquisition process in the context of the broader political economy of defense. It emphasizes organizational interests and the full array of pressures on government contracting in defense, including interest groups, bureaucratic politics, presidential leadership, Constitutional structure, and even a hint of international strategy. The course will primarily focus on the United States, but students will also learn from comparisons to European and Asian countries as they discuss how countries convert latent power (wealth) into realized power (especially military forces); the challenges that limit efficient management of defense effort; the importance of developing new technologies and the role of government and especially militaries in promoting innovation; and the effects of peacetime defense investment on the strength of the national economy.

201502 IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting Syllabus (Gholz)

MSPM: In the Know, March 24, 2015

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Summer and Fall 2015 Classes
Registration is now open for both the summer and fall 2015 semesters. Review your plans in DegreeMAP, schedule an advisement session with me, and register for classes to ensure you earn the seat in the course/section you want/need.

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for summer 2015 is now available on the blog.
As a reminder, all general elective courses must be approved by your advisor to apply to the degree requirements. Failure to receive approval for your general elective may result in you having to take additional courses. Schedule an advisement session, plan ahead, and never make assumptions. Please also remember that you have both a general elective requirement to fulfill and a DNSC elective requirement. A DNSC elective is one that is offered by the Decision Sciences Department. Consult DegreeMAP to confirm your individual program requirements.

• VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant
The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and GW Career Services are proud to announce a new initiative aimed to support our VALOR students in their efforts towards professional development. The VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant allows for eligible VALOR students to apply for reimbursement grants towards a number of professional certification exams. 10 exams are included on the list, the PMP being of most relevance to MSPM students. Application period is 1-20 Apr. Visit http://services.military.gwu.edu/valor-professional-credentialing-grant for details.

GW Women in Business Sixth Annual Spring Conference, 28 Mar
The GW Women in Business Association is hosting their sixth annual spring conference on Saturday, 28 Mar. This year’s conference, “Be Bold, Be You,” will feature business leaders from Lucky Group, Donna Karen, Under Armour Women, and Chobani. Purchase tickets before they sell out at gwwibspringconference.org!

Young AFCEA Bethesda Women in Technology Leadership, March 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join Young AFCEA Bethesda and the George Washington University for a morning panel and networking session with leading women in management and technology. This unique event will provide young professionals in the first decade of their career with an opportunity to learn from a group of accomplished women leaders. The panel discussion share lessons learned among women in the Federal technology industry, and will provide actionable guidance and practical advice to attendees to plan their own careers. Special pricing available for GW students.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Casey Coleman, Client Executive Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions

Panelists:

  • Angela Altimont – Director, Northrop Grumman
  • Daphne Zweifel – Executive Vice President, Inserso
  • Jolene Merkel – Deputy Director, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Susie Sylvester – Chief Executive Officer, Dev Technology Group
  • Vicki Schmanske – Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  • Cristina Mossi – Chief Executive Officer, Devis
  • Mika Cross – Director of Work/Life Programs and Flex Work Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Camille Tuutti – Executive Editor, NextGov
  • Heidi Myers – Branch Director, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-afcea-bethesda-women-in-technology-leadership-tickets-16001573136

 

VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant

VALOR and the Office of Military Affairs in conjunction with GW Career Services is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting our VALOR students at GW in their efforts towards professional development with the advent of the VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be applied towards a number of professional certification exams. The initial ten eligible exams are listed below and we hope this program will continue to expand in the future. Further information and applications can be found at http://services.military.gwu.edu/scholarships. Applications for tests taken or to be taken between February 2015 and July 2015 may submitted as of April 1 and are due no later than April 20.

o             Accounting (CPA)

o             Marketing (PCM)

o             Project Management (PMP)

o             Human Resources (PCHR)

o             Nursing (RN/NP)

o             Professional Engineer (PE)

o             Law Bar Exam (JD)

o             Paralegal (PCPS)

o             Private Detective and Investigator (PI)

o             Professional Counselor (CPC)

MSPM: In the Know, March 17, 2015

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Fall Registration Opens Monday, 23 Mar
Registration for the fall 2015 semester opens on Monday, 23 Mar. Review the Schedule of Classes for course offerings. Have you confirmed your courses per the plan in DegreeMAP? If you are uncertain on which courses to register in, schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Information on the fall DNSC electives is available on the blog at www.gwprojectmanagement.org. We will offer two 1.5 credit electives and one 3 credit elective in the fall, on campus and online sections available.
• Summer 2015 DNSC Electives
The MSPM program is not offering project management-specific electives in summer 2015, only core courses. The Department of Decision Sciences (DNSC), though, is offering several electives from their business analytics program that may be of interest:
  • DNSC 6290.10 Visualization for Analytics, 1.5 credits, on campus only, Dr. Grover (suneel@gwu.edu)
  • DNSC 6290.11 Business Process Analytics, 1.5 credits, on campus only (hope to offer online section), Dr. Jain (jain@gwu.edu)
  • DNSC 6290.20 Big Data, 1.5 credits, on campus only, instructor TBD
  • DNSC 6290.ON Social Network Analysis for Managers, 3 credits, online only, Dr. Kanungo (kanungo@gwu.edu)

Academic Probation
Although the terms of academic probation are outlined in detail during the new student orientation, a refresher mid-semester is always helpful. As always, if you have specific questions or concerns about your academic progress, schedule an advisement session with your advisor, that’s Cambria, to discuss in detail.

The University Bulletin provides details on the terms of academic probation at GWSB. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any point after completing 9 credit hours will be placed on probation. You will receive a notice from the program when this occurs.

At the graduate level, students may earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or F. Grades of A through C- are considered passing grades. A grade of F indicates a failure in the course. Students who receive a grade of F are required to present cause, for consideration by the program director, as to why continued study should be permitted. Grades of F remain a part of your permanent record and are calculated into your GPA.

Summer 2015 Electives

The MSPM program is not offering project management-specific electives in summer 2015, however the Decision Sciences Department is offering several electives from their business analytics program that may be of interest. These courses will fulfill your Decision Sciences or General Elective requirements.

DNSC 6290.ON Social Network Analysis for Managers (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Kanungo (CRN 32793)

Course offered online only, format follows that of the Online MBA program rather than the MSPM online format.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: kanungo@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290.10 Visualization for Analytics (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Grover (CRN 31946)

Course offered on campus only.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: suneel@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290.20 Big Data (1.5 credit hours) taught by TBD (CRN 31682)

Course offered on campus only.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: TBD

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DNSC 6290.11 (on campus, CRN 31683) or 6290.DE (online, CRN 32841) Business Process Analytics (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Jain (CRN 31683)

Course offered on campus or online.

Prerequisites: No specific course, but strong quantitative background required. Course will require students to develop process models using simulation software.

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: jain@gwu.edu

Fall 2015 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two electives in the fall 2015 semester – a 1.5 credit elective and a 3 credit elective. These electives are project management-specific, available on campus or via distance/online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6290 Project Quality Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Andrew Griffith

Classic project management theory includes the concept of the triple constraint – time, cost, and quality. However, quality can be a rather vague term that is hard to quantify, measure, or improve. Project quality can be divided into three separate concerns: (1) the features incorporated in the project deliverables, (2) the fitness of the deliverables for the intended application, and (3) the effectiveness or efficiency of the project development and execution. This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, we will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: griffith@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290 International Project Management (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh (offered online only, not on campus)

August 31-October 24, 2015

The course is designed to augment the basics of project management theory with theory, practices and methodologies pertinent to the global project environment.  The course begins with a practical look at investigating the cultural environment in order to understand the context of managing global projects.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: sghosh12@gwu.edu