Course Overview

The overview below provides general information about course content. Curriculum development is revisited each year to ensure relevancy based on the business and defense environment.

Year 1

Residency I: Indiana University Residency
Program Orientation

  • Introduce the two-year IU-IDB MBA program and the upcoming online and in-residency curriculum
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations of the online tools used in the program


  • Review basic accounting principles to prepare students for their first year

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Highlight  the importance of fundamental business and academic writing and business presentations skills

Fall Quarter Online Courses
Managing Accounting Information for Decision-Making

  • Provides a user-oriented understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure availability on a timely and relevant basis for decision making
  • Reviews financial accounting and reporting
  • Covers cost-benefit analysis for evaluating the potential value-added results from planning, organizing, and controlling a firm’s accounting information

Operations Management

  • Study management of operations in manufacturing and service firms,incorporating diverse activities such as:
    • determining the size and type of production process
    • purchasing the appropriate raw materials
    • planning and scheduling the flow of materials
    • management of inventories
    • assuring product quality
    • selecting production hardware and determining how it gets used
  • Review strategic and tactical operations management skills including:
    • process analysis
    • workforce issues
    • materials management
    • quality and productivity
    • technology
    • strategic planning
    • relevant analytical techniques

Winter Quarter Online Courses
Quantitative Analysis

  • Enhance statistical and mathematical modeling skills covering the following topics:
    • probabilistic decision making
    • regression analysis
    • forecasting
    • software simulation
    • optimization modeling with the EXCEL Solver
    • making decisions when multiple objectives are involved
    • using neutral networks to improve forecasting

Strategic Marketing Management

  • Learn management process of creating a market-driven organization
  • Cover marketing strategy, market research and analysis, and the development of products and services, pricing, distribution and promotion
  • Experience a variety of teaching methods including  lecture, classroom discussion through threaded discussions forms, case analysis and field research projects

Residency II: American Study Tour
Spring Quarter Online Courses

The US in a Global Economy

  • Examine the United States economy in a global context through the lens of a macroeconomist
  • Develop an understanding of  US and other industrial countries' economic performances, including the terminology and theories that are used to document and explain their long-term trends and cyclical ups and downs
  • Learn to better understand and evaluate articles in business periodicals like the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Economist and the Financial Times.

Economics for Managers

  • Explore economic decision making, the strategic interaction of business firms in industries, the purchasing and behavior of individual consumers and consumers as a group, and the influence of public policy on market outcomes
  • Develop fluency with the language of economics and a strong “economic intuition,” understanding of selected economics-based decision-making tools and the impact and interaction of the structure of an industry on competition, analysis of intra-industry rivalry, and improved understanding of public policy issues
  • Study the logical foundations of economic analysis and managerial decision making and the understanding and application of various quantitative measures

Summer Quarter Online Courses
International Competitive Strategy

  • Cover key concepts and frameworks related to International Competitive Strategy
  • Focus on the Multinational Corporation (MNC) and the international managers responsible for its success
  • Study broad context of global and cross-border management needed by MNC managers to achieve success

Law for Global Business

  • Provide basic overview of the American legal system, the legal process and relevant substantive law necessary to make informed and effective business decisions
  • Address how the law develops and evolves in response to changing social, economic, political, and technological forces, and how the business decisions that result often carry long-lasting as well as delayed effects
  • Emphasize the study of the law of torts, contracts, and product liability to enable students to predict as soundly as possible the future legal environment in which their present decision will bear fruit

Year 2

Residency III:  International Study Tour in Europe or Asia

  • Visit military sites, government offices, and commercial manufacturing facilities in each country
  • Compare and contrast the three sectors in each country and relate observations to concepts taught in class and to US-based operations
  • Practice presentation skills and share key learning with the class through reporting progress on students’ Applied Systems Design Project, presenting a talk on a pre-selected topic related to the trip, providing an impromptu analysis of a randomly selected day’s events, and facilitating a class discussion of those events

Fall Quarter Online Course
International Management Studies and Applied Project

  • Learn to develop a meaningful operational process improvement by focusing on an important logistics support issue with the objective of reengineering a management process design to increase organizational effectiveness for the future
  • Work with an assigned faculty advisor in the development and completion of their project
  • Complete project over three quarters of the program, with this quarter set aside to focus on the data gathering, analysis, and final written submission

Winter Quarter Online Courses
Financial Management

  • Develop working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate finance
  • Focus on understanding the basic elements of financial theory for use in analytical reasoning with business problems
  • Explore the interrelationship among corporate policies and decisions
  • Use PC spreadsheets to develop a planning model for funds requirement to illustrate key concepts taught throughout course

Elective Class

Residency IV: 
Applied Systems Design Project Presentation

  • Present final project analysis and results to the class, a board of advisors, and an IDB Executive Fellow
  • Defend  analysis through a series of questions

Spring Quarter Online Courses
Strategic Management and Business Planning

  • Introduce strategic management and planning
  • Develop and execute a business strategy in a business simulation
  • Lay a foundation of management skills and competencies to enhance and refine in subsequent courses

Elective Class

Summer Quarter Online Courses
Developing Strategic Capabilities

  • Introduce tools for strategic management
  • Provide an introductory review of the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies
  • Examine the dynamics of the competitive environment and how the pace and direction of industry change are influenced by the resources, capabilities, and competitive interaction of rivals
  • Facilitate learning through discussion forums, team projects, and an interactive simulation

Integrative Capstone Course

  • Study business development and venturing
  • Employ the tools learned and practiced throughout the program, in small teams to develop business plans for new businesses, or entrepreneurial activities within larger organizations
  • Use business computer simulation designed to integrate the knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the program
Institute for Defense & Business
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