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Business Architecture

by Instructor: Paul Arthur Bodine

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Business Architecture is an essential skill for students wishing to manage cross-organizational teams, build businesses and help organizations to achieve sustainable profitability as practicing professionals. Mastery improves the student's business IQ, performance reviews and likelihood of promotion. Business Architecture provides executive management with improved strategic options and pathways to reducing risk. It looks five years into the future, identifies the attributes of the dominant and niche players, determines how the organization needs to be configured and equipped to win in its segments, and prepares a holistically integrated gameplan for morphing the organization from today to tomorrow. Business Architecture takes a holistic view of the organization, seeing it as a dynamic set of interdependent elements, each being a microcosm of the business itself. Business Architecture defines how the different functions, resources and personalities within and outside the organization work together in real-time to achieve ongoing success. It requires careful analysis, modeling and validating solution options, and clearly communicating the contributions each part of the organization will need to provide to implement and operationally support the chosen solution. Students will learn the Business Architecture Engagement Process and Approach Methodology, which provide a comprehensive roadmap for creating reliable Business Architecture solutions. They will learn about the Business Architect's deliverables, and techniques for engaging subject matter experts and leaders from different disciplines in the solutioning. Students share their own work experience in a fast-paced, fun, interactive environment. They learn tools that are immediately applicable in their current work, and practice applying these learnings through in-class cases and assigned exercises. This course is optimized for high-potential students nearing the end of their MBA who wish to differentiate themselves in the marketplace with an advanced management skillset.