ESP Biography

JAMES MASON, James Mason Ph.D. MBA

Major: Ph.D. Socio-technical Systems

College/Employer: Assistant Professor of Business Management Lesley University

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

James Mason is a Professor of Business Management at Lesley University. holds a Ph.D in Socio-Technical Systems from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Cornell University. James teaches Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Decision Making, Global Business and Management Information Systems courses.

My research focuses on the design and performance-validation of enterprise-system value-network architectures – wherein networks of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) are aligned with higher-level development objectives. My published research advances this approach as Social-Enterprise Systems-Engineering. My research objective is to develop insights and practices that support advances in quality of life among populations in low-income economies – through the application of cutting-edge management and technology to diverse entrepreneurial endeavors.

Past Classes

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S11244: The Art of Strategic Planning in HSSP Spring 2017 (Feb. 18, 2017)
Many people are fascinated with the concept of strategy. Many people talk about acting strategically and intuit that it is something important. But what does it mean to think, plan and act strategically? How can we develop strategic thinking, apply that thinking to develop a plan of action and then organize to implement that plan? This course will - provide an overview a a strategic planning process that might be applied to a broad range of organizations and situations. - examine numerous models and analytical frameworks used in various strategic planning and implementaton stages

S11245: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship in HSSP Spring 2017 (Feb. 18, 2017)
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day ( last updated 2013-01-07). One of the fastest growing approaches to addressing this issue is Social Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship entails operating businesses that are simultaneously self supporting and create social value for adversely impacted communities. This course will provide an overview of the state of the practice in Social Entrepreneurship. I will examine — the basic concepts and operating approaches — the history of the development of social entrepreneurship — several case histories (International and Domestic) of organizations and approaches currently in practice — the prospects for Social Entrepreneurship as a career option