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Business, Entrepreneurship, Organizations (BEO)

The C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations is an interdisciplinary academic program that supports research, teaching and practice in the field of commerce. Its sponsoring departments of Economics and Sociology and the School of Engineering provide a unique scholarly foundation based upon economics, organizational studies, and entrepreneurship and technology management. Without a business school at Brown, the Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations Program allows faculty and students a unique perspective on the critical issues facing businesses and organizations today.

An important component of BEO is a multidisciplinary, multi-track undergraduate concentration. This program:

  • Provides students with a rigorous and synergistic program in the study of commercial activity grounded in Economics, Sociology and Engineering.
  • Focuses on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets and the marketplace, globalization, and management and organizational theory.
  • Connects vibrant practice-oriented co-curricular activities to the curriculum, including mentoring by entrepreneurs and other practitioners in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, domestic and international internships, the student-run Entrepreneurship Program, and its business plan competition.
  • Is supported by interdisciplinary research that provides an academic grounding for the curriculum and keeps it innovative and fresh.
  • Culminates senior year with a team-based capstone project focusing on solving a strategic, organizational, financial or marketing challenge with a sponsor company or organization.

For more information, please visit the BEO website.

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BEO 1930A. BEO Capstone I: Organizational Studies Track.

The first in a two-semester Capstone for BEO Organizational Studies track seniors, open to all BEO seniors. Capstone builds upon concepts covered in BEO courses, specifically concepts from SOC 1311 and 1315. Students will synthesize knowledge at several levels: across disciplines, across theoretical understanding and practical application, and across private and public sector experiences of entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will be organized into client-mentored teams for social entrepreneurship and social innovation projects. BEO 1930A (fall) required; 1940A (spring) strongly advised for all Organizational Studies track seniors. Application required to match students to projects. Project team meetings required outside scheduled lectures.

Fall BEO1930A S01 16936 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (L. DiCarlo)
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BEO 1930B. BEO Capstone I: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track.

The first in a two-semester Capstone required of BEO Tech track seniors. Student teams from Engineering, BEO and other technical and non-technical disciplines form simulated high tech start-up companies working on mentor-defined opportunities. Concepts reviewed in class include: product commercialization, intellectual property, marketing, product requirements documentation, team building, safety, environmental and legal requirements. BEO Tech track concentrators should complete ENGN 1010 prior to course. Enrollment is limited. Students must complete formal application (BEO Tech track seniors automatically approved). Project team meetings required outside scheduled lectures. Non-BEO concentrators require instructor permission.

Fall BEO1930B S01 16937 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) 'To Be Arranged'
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BEO 1930C. BEO Capstone I: Business Economics Track.

Designed for BEO Business Economics track seniors, this capstone is open to all BEO students, and builds upon BEO concepts in economics, finance, strategy and markets. Students form teams to solve existing business problems, simulating groups of consultants. Projects range from recommending appropriate finance for new investments to project evaluation and pricing of new services. Student teams have client-mentors. Students apply analytical frameworks of BEO disciplines to hone writing, presentational, leadership and organizational skills. Application required to match students to projects. Project team meetings required outside scheduled lectures.

Fall BEO1930C S01 16938 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (B. McNally)
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BEO 1940A. BEO Capstone II: Organizational Studies Track.

Continuation of Semester 1, BEO Capstone I: Organizational Studies Track (BEO 1930A). This course involves the completion of team projects begun in fall semester.

Spr BEO1940A S01 25422 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) 'To Be Arranged'
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BEO 1940B. BEO Capstone II: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track.

Continuation of Semester 1, BEO Capstone I: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track (BEO 1930B). This course involves the completion of team projects begun in fall semester. Non-BEO concentrators require instructor permission.

Spr BEO1940B S01 25423 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) 'To Be Arranged'
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BEO 1970. Independent Study.

Course allows concentrators to complete BEO 1930 as an independent study due to scheduling conflicts.

Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations

Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) is a multidisciplinary concentration that provides a rigorous and synergistic program in the study of commercial activity grounded in economics, sociology and engineering. BEO focuses on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets and the marketplace, and management and organizational theory. Concentrators seek to understand the basic principles, approaches and vocabulary relevant to the study of entrepreneurship from the disciplines of economics, organizational sociology and engineering. Building on this multidisciplinary base, students develop specialized expertise in one of the three disciplinary approaches, with special emphasis on critical reasoning and quantitative research methods. In senior year capstone projects, students apply and integrate multi-disciplinary learning by working in groups on real world projects, including the creation of new ventures. BEO students interested in the theory and practice of addressing social challenges might consider the Engaged Scholars Program

The three tracks of the concentration are as follows:

  1. Business Economics
  2. Organizational Studies
  3. Entrepreneurship and Technology Management

Upon completion of all concentration requirements, students receive the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations.

The Curriculum

Business Economics Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
Any two of the following three courses:2
SOC 0300
Organizations and Society
Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
ENGN 0020Transforming Society-Technology and Choices for the Future1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II1
or MATH 0170 Advanced Placement Calculus
or ECON 0170 Essential Mathematics for Economics
Or AP BC Calculus score of 4 or higher
Or IB High-level Math minimum score of 5 (IB Standard-level not accepted)
ECON 1620Introduction to Econometrics1
Track Requirements
ECON 0710Financial Accounting1
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1629Applied Research Methods for Economists1
ECON 1710Investments I1
ECON 1720Corporate Finance1
One 1000-level economics course.1
Capstone: one-semester required (must be taken fall of senior year) 11
BEO Capstone I: Business Economics Track
Total Credits15

Organizational Studies Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
ENGN 0020Transforming Society-Technology and Choices for the Future1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Any two of the following three courses:2
SOC 0300
Organizations and Society
Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II1
or MATH 0170 Advanced Placement Calculus
or ECON 0170 Essential Mathematics for Economics
Or AP BC Calculus with a score of 4 or higher
Or IB High-level Math with a minumum score of 5 (IB Standard-level is not accepted)
SOC 1100Introductory Statistics for Social Research1
or APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
or ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
Track Requirements
One Introduction to Research Methods course (selected from the following):1
Methods of Social Research
Two Organization-Relevant Electives (OREs) Not all of the courses listed here will be offered in any given semester, and others are sometimes added. The following are approved examples-please consult with Courses@Brown/Brown.edu/BEO website for current offerings: 2
ORE courses allow students to deepen and/or broaden their exposure to topics and settings that are either strongly determined by, or strongly determining of, organizational activities and outcomes. An ORE course will have a clear linkage to commerce, organizations and/or entrepreneurship, and it will incorporate organizational phenomena and perspectives in a significant portion of its coursework.
Any from the Advanced Research Methods or Advanced Organization-Studies lists; or
Human Factors
csciStartup
Financial Institutions
The History of American Education
Sociology of Education
Politics and Public Education
Education, the Economy and School Reform
Policy Implementation in Education
American Higher Education in Historical Context
Investigating Modes of Social Change
Social Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Education, Inequality, and American Democracy
Law and Society
The Enlightened Entrepreneur: Changemakers, Inspired Protagonists and Unreasonable People
Sociology of the Legal Profession
One Advanced Organization Studies course (AOS). Not all of the courses listed here will be offered in any given semester, and others are sometimes added. The following are approved EXAMPLES-please consult with the Courses@Brown and the Brown.edu/BEO website for current offerings: 1
AOS courses directly employ and extend the theories and perspectives introduced by the foundational Organizational Studies courses. They are either taught by core Organization Studies faculty or vetted on a regular basis by the Organization Studies track advisor, to ensure that they thoroughly incorporate Organization Studies perspectives and focus primarily on organizational processes and phenomena.
Psychology in Business and Economics
Health Policy Challenges
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Budgeting and Management
Leadership in Organizations
Migrants, Refugees and the Mediterranean
Investing in Social Change
The Economic Foundations of Everyday Life
Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sociology of FIRE: Finance, Insurance, + Real Estate
One Advanced Research Methods course (ARM). Not all of the courses listed here will be offered in any given semester, and others are sometimes added. The following are approved examples-please consult with Courses@Brown and the brown.edu/BEO website for current offerings: 1
ARM courses allow students to deepen and/or broaden their expertise in one or more methods of empirical inquiry.
Ethnographic Research Methods
Mathematical Econometrics I
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Statistics II for Public Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Statistics for Program Evaluation
Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
Context Research for Innovation
Market and Social Surveys
Market Research in Public and Private Sectors
Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
Capstone: two-semesters required 12
BEO Capstone I: Organizational Studies Track
and BEO Capstone II: Organizational Studies Track
Total Credits15

Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
Any two of the following three courses:2
SOC 0300
Organizations and Society
Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
or APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
SOC 1100Introductory Statistics for Social Research1
or APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
or ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
Track Requirements
One gateway course in Engineering or another physical science 11
Five courses that develop expertise in a technical subfield 1, 25
Capstone: two-semesters required (must be taken in fall and spring of senior year)2
BEO Capstone I: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track
BEO Capstone II: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track
Total Credits16