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Business Administration Faculty 

Behzad Khajejzadeh (Ben Kahn)

Economics, Management
 

Office Hours:
Mon/Wed/Fri 11:00-12:00;
Friday 2:00-4:00;
Other times by Appointment.

Education
B.S. University of Teheran
M.A. SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY          Completion of PhD. course work in ECONOMETRICS and INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE

Ben Kahn is an economist. He has been a faculty at MCLA since 1979. He has extensive teaching and research in area of the Economic Theory, Quantitative Methods, and Global Strategic Management. He received a research fellowship from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (1995) and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (2004), which is affiliated with World Trade Organization Consultation Centre in Shanghai. In spring 2004 semester, he conducted research at WTO centre that publishes the Annual Economic Report to the President of CHINA. He taught Graduate and Undergraduate courses in International School of Business at SIFT. He has been the host in the Capital District to Chinese visiting scholars from SIFT since 1995. He is a MBA lecturer at Sage Colleges and College of Saint Rose. He is the director of Multinational corporate and Cultural tour to China. He conducts students travel courses in "Business in /with CHINA" for Undergraduate and MBA program. He is committed in communicating both the principles of his field and the results of his global research in college teaching and professional activities. He is a member of the Eastern Academy of Management International, and has presented his research in San Jose, Costa Rico (2001); Porto, Portugal (2003); Cape Town, South Africa (2005); Amsterdam, Holland (2007) and in Rio De Janeiro,   Brazil (June 2009). His expertise in these technical and applied fields has greatly contributed to the quality of education for Business Administration students. He has taken great interest in the personal and professional advancement of his students to develop a vision for the future.  He is educating his students to create their own jobs and plan for the jobs that does not yet exist. He has assisted his students in technical field and career choices over the last three decades.

Contact
Murdock 102A |                                      (O):413-662-5304 /                                (C):413 -441-6178|                bkahn@mcla.edu

Courses Taught

BADM 510 Strategic Management;  Sminar in Business Policy                                       The strategic management process requires general managers to make creative decisions and demonstrate leadership when formulating corporate strategy and organizing the firm's resources to accomplish its goals and objectives. It also demands mastering a body of analytical tools, using sound judgment, and taking a systems perspective. This course prepares you for a responsible administrative position by dealing with organizations from a top-management point-of-view. It teaches you to formulate and implement a unified, comprehensive, and integrated set of decisions that attains organization purpose. We will attempt to train you to assess, develop, and administer an organization's strategy under constantly changing circumstances. As such, it intends to achieve the following objectives:

         Comprehend the forces of globalization and their impacts on organizations;

         Apply a systems view of the business enterprise including viewing the organization from different stakeholder perspectives and applying an integrative approach to business issues;

         Understand and apply values and ethics to organizational challenges and opportunities;

         Develop critical thinking skills to address business challenges and opportunities including a variety of problem-solving methods, decision-making models, and creative business solutions; and

         Develop business-related behavioral skills in order to work with others to start a successful career including leadership, organizational, interpersonal, team, and life-long learning skills.

BADM 242 Legal and Social Environment of Business                                                      The course addresses managerial issues in the social, political, legal, and ethical environment of business.  Cases and readings emphasize strategies to improve the performance of companies in light of their multiple constituencies.  Cases are set both within and outside the United States and illustrate how managers are called upon to interact with the public and governments in local, national, and international settings.  Topics include integrated strategy, activists and the media, legislation affecting business, regulation and antitrust, intellectual property, international trade policy, and ethics. This course considers the strategic interactions of firms with their various constituents outside of markets.  Just as managers have the responsibility for formulating strategies for their company's activities in markets; they are also responsible for strategies in the broader public environment in which they operate.  Markets and the business environment are interrelated, since issues such as boycotts, legislation, regulation, judicial decisions, and trade policy directly affect markets. Conversely, the market activities of firms often give rise to issues that involve governments and the public.  For example, the market strategies of some e-commerce firms have sparked issues concerning intellectual property protection and Internet privacy.  Many of these issues have ethical dimensions, and an important component of the course is to consider the implications of ethical principles for the conduct of business.  Ethical principles provide the basis for self-regulation by a firm in matters such as privacy, responsibilities to stakeholders, and meeting the expectations of the public.  Ethics is a particularly important guide in areas where government policies have not yet been established.The course is structured in three parts:

1.  Business and the Public:  focusing on the strategy of firms' vis--vis the public and interest groups.

2.  Strategy in the Political Economy:  focusing on the strategy of firms in governmental arenas

3.  Regulation and the Legal Environment:  focusing on strategy in regulatory arenas and in the courts.

ECON 142: Microeconomics:              Individual economic units, consumers, and firms. Topic areas which are covered extensively are demand, elasticity, and cost theories. The theory of wages and its application to labor markets are also discussed. An analytical study of market structure - perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly - is emphasized.

ECON 216: Statistics for Economics & Business:                                          Introduces descriptive statistics, including graphical and numerical presentation of data. Uses probability distribution as an aid to analyze business and economic problems; application of regression models and hypothesis testing in the decision-making process. Use of computers in solving problems is emphasized.

ECON 315: Enviromental Economics: Introduces students to the economic analysis of the conflict between our lifestyle of unlimited wants and the scarce resources of our biological environment. Examines economic theory and applications to explain the dynamics of conflict. Uses an economic approach to solving environmental problems; students will research, analyze, and report on environmental public policy issues.

ECON 340: Money, Banking & Global Financial Markets:                            Investigates the financial systems of the US, European Union, and emerging economies. Emphasizes how economic institutions reflect the diversity of world cultures, including major financial institutions, monetary theory, interest rates, and the structure and role of the Federal Reserve. Issues include economic, social, political, and cultural integration of industrialized vs. Third World countries.