As a Berkeley MBA student, you will hone your leadership skills through experiential learning opportunities including a required Applied Innovation course. The Applied Innovation course requirement is taken in conjunction with a teamwork module, designed to make the experience as meaningful as possible. You can choose one or more from nearly 20 Applied Innovation courses.
International Business Development
International Business Development (IBD) arranges consulting projects with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit clients. Students work in small teams with clients throughout the spring semester and then for three weeks each summer in various countries.
Social Sector Solutions
Students engage in a major strategy consultation project for a nonprofit, public organization, or select social enterprise in partnership with a major consulting firm. See examples of Social Sector projects.
Strategic and Sustainable Business Solutions
Students engage with companies such as Wells Fargo, Autodesk, or Tesla to develop socially responsible business strategies that are aligned with business objectives and core competencies. These are combined with classroom "best practice" lectures of companies who have attempted to implement socially responsible strategies while maintaining or maximizing financial returns.
Design Sprint for Corporate Innovation
Students learn a structured approach to a business challenge that combines best of breed of design thinking, innovation strategy, and entrepreneurship in a course that takes place at THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. The class focuses on one client and business issue, for example, Shell and urban mobility, or Booking.com and on-line travel.
Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies
Students gain skills that allow them to create innovative products, aimed at addressing a social problem in a developing country and using collaborative team-based techniques. MBA students work closely with counterparts within engineering fields across UC Berkeley, using applied science to create novel solutions.
Through a combination of case discussion and workshopping, students will develop skills in assessing and framing development opportunities, designing experiences for learning and development interventions, and facilitating group learning and development experiences. Students will practice and perform these skills both for other students and for employees in an outside organization through a client project.
Real Estate Investment Analysis
In this introductory course in real estate investment analysis, students examine real cases. The primary deliverable is a comprehensive analysis that includes concept development, full market analysis, funding strategy, and entitlement and stakeholder consultation and approval strategies. Several working teams of five to six students focus on different aspects of the project. The course deliverables will be the product of extensive face-to-face interactions with stakeholders, real estate professionals, design professionals and capital market providers. A number of the stakeholders will themselves play an active role in the vetting and approval process for the final written group project and presentation.
Haas@Work sends teams of Berkeley MBA students to work with top executives at major firms, such as Visa, Virgin America, Cisco, Disney, Panasonic, Clorox, and Wells Fargo. Students research and develop solutions for a competitive challenge posed by the firm. The best ideas are then selected for student implementation by the firm's executives.
Hedge Fund Strategies
This course combines broad exposure to the many types of hedge funds and their strategies, together with hands-on development of unique investment strategies within student teams. Content includes, guest speakers representing different sectors of the hedge fund industry, as well as training, lectures and reading. Concurrently, student teams develop, test, and pitch their own investment strategies to a panel of investment professionals. Teams may continue on to execute their strategies in a related course the next semester.
The Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund
As the first and only student-led investment fund of its scale ($1.5M+) within a leading business school focused on both social and financial returns, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund (HSRIF) seeks to contribute to the field of social investing by defining and exploring new ideas around unlocking hidden value based on companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.
Design and Development of Web-Based Products and Services
This course introduces innovation and new product development while focusing on the design and development of Web-based desktop and mobile customer products and services. Students will learn a process for Web-based product and service development and relate that process to the more general problem of product design. Project teams will work through a full product development cycle that culminates in a virtual design fair, soliciting and analyzing customer feedback.
This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech company. The goal is to create an entrepreneurial experience where students are exposed to all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage start-up. Teams use a business model to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development to get out of the classroom to see whether anyone would use the product. Finally, based on the feedback gathered, teams rapidly iterate the product to build something that customers would use and buy.
Social Lean Launchpad
This class strives to create conditions where students become social venture designers, founders and leaders, working in interdisciplinary teams at an accelerated pace to practice the steps integral to starting a social venture. The course uses the Lean Launchpad and Social Blueprint Business Design methodologies to frame insights, strategies, and practices that distinguish social ventures, such as vision & values, innovative company legal structures, constitutional documents, stakeholder enrollment, business model design, and social impact assessment.
The Startup Lab
This course teams UC Berkeley students with local venture-backed startups in an effort to identify, frame and address strategic business challenges. Students will gain experience working within agile and dynamic startup environments while applying their academic knowledge in an entrepreneurial context. They will actively engage with senior management while applying learned principles toward market selection, market entry and sales strategy, as well as new product development and instruction strategies.
Applied Data Analytics
This course offers students a chance to complete a data analytics project for a real client using real data—to develop impactful solutions for the client's business challenge. MBA students from Haas work on teams with data science-focused graduate students from UC Berkeley’s School of Information, with support from Accenture’s big data group.