Teaching

Since joining McMaster, I have taught primarily at the MBA level. I have offered several MBA courses and workshops. I have also coached several award winning McMaster case competition teams and was the co-director of the annual McMaster eCase Competition.

Graduate Courses Taught at McMaster University

MBA K603: Information Systems Management (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of information systems and how they support management and operations in the modern business environment.  The roles and importance of information systems across various business functions will be examined.  Students will gain hands on experience with key information technologies such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft EXCEL and SAP in support of effective managerial decision making. Through a series of case analyses and presentations, students will be exposed to the various opportunities and challenges involved in managing with information systems in different industries and contexts. This course can be used towards SAP certification in Business Integration.

MBA K733: Decision Support Systems (2001, 2002, 2003)

The success of any company is largely dependent on the quality of the collective decisions made by its managers. As such, a major component of a manager’s success is her/his ability to make correct and timely decisions. However, the increasingly competitive and information rich environment that managers are operating within today is making it increasingly challenging to make such decisions. This situation has resulted in an increased reliance on computerized Decision Support Systems (DSS) as an aid in the decision making process. This course will focus on investigating various DSS-related topics including the decision making environment, process and motivations for DSS; DSS modelling, analysis and development; Artificial Intelligence technologies and their applications in DSS; Intelligent systems development and prototyping techniques; Collaboration, communication and enterprise DSS. These course objectives will be accomplished through class lectures, group work on a presentation involving a DSS topic and a group term project involving an implementation of a DSS prototype.

MBA K724: e-Business Strategies (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)

The goal of this course is to prepare students to become effective managers and strategists in the area of eBusiness. Along these lines the course focuses on the various elements of eBusiness strategy including identifying and evaluating market opportunities, exploring the various business models that are being used in the networked economy, and gaining an understanding of the guiding principles behind the design and strategy of successful customer Web interfaces. The course will also explore issues related to branding in an eBusiness environment as well as exposing students to issues related to effectively implementing online strategies and how to use metrics to assess the health of an eBusiness. Learning in this course is accomplished through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, case analysis and a student group term project. The learning objectives for the course are achieved through class lectures, case presentations and a term project.

MBA K737: Strategic Analysis and Presentation of Cases (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)

This course will give students an opportunity to develop skills in analyzing and formulating business strategies as well as improve their business presentation skills. This course is taught primarily through the case-method. The course will expose students to a variety of issues facing managers and entrepreneurs who are involved in managing eBusiness and new technology initiatives. A major objective of the course will be to build the students’ skills in analyzing and presenting cases. Cases are carefully selected to expose students to a variety of situations involving eBusiness, new technologies and entrepreneurship issues in start ups and established firms in various industries. Although the course is focused on companies which are involved in eBusiness and new technology initiatives, the issues explored are not focused on information technology. The course will emphasize utilizing the principles of strategic analysis, financial analysis, marketing analysis, organizational structure, managerial accounting, and operations management in analyzing business situations and arriving at sound recommendations. This course will also help prepare students for case competitions.

Undergraduate Courses Taught at McMaster University

Commerce 4QX3: Special Issues in Electronic Business (2004)

Workshops

Hassanein, K. & Potter, D. (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), “Strategic and Business Planning”, An introductory short course for Ontario Centers of Excellence.

Hassanein, K., (2006), “Case Analysis and Presentation”, A workshop offered twice for all MBA Students during the MBA Transition week.

Hassanein, K., (2003, 2004, 2005), “Case Analysis and Presentation”, A workshop for International MBA Students during the MBA Orientation week.

Hassanein, K. & Head, M. (2002), “Inquiry through Case-Based Learning”, Pre-Conference Workshop, STLHE 2002: Fostering the Spirit of Inquiry, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Case Competitions Coach

McMaster Teams Placed 1st and 3rd, McMaster eCase Competition, McMaster University, January 2003.

McMaster Team Placed 2nd, MBA Games Case Competition, McMaster University, January 2002.

McMaster Team Placed 3rd, University of New Brunswick eCommerce Case competition, March 2002.

McMaster Team Placed 2nd, McMaster eCase Competition, McMaster University, January 2002.

McMaster Team Placed 2nd, University of New Brunswick eCommerce Case competition, March 2001.