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Professor Bailey Brings Operations for Entrepreneurs Course Online to BabsonX

Jennifer Bailey

Nine times out of ten, entrepreneurs neglect to consider the role of Operations Management, which is a critical component for the successful launch and growth of every startup.  This is the problem that Professor Jennifer Bailey is trying to prevent.

Bailey is bringing a 4 week, online version of her popular operations class to BabsonX. Entrepreneurial Operations starts on September 18, 2018 and is available for free. The class provides a set of steps, frameworks, and tools that can be used to understand the important considerations for building a startup operation from scratch.

Students consider the operational challenges experienced by start-up ventures in a variety of industries including the consumer goods, manufacturing, food, service and software industries. They will walk away from the course with knowledge to ensure the operational viability of their startup.

In 2016, Bailey started this first of its kind Operations for Entrepreneurs elective course for undergraduate students at Babson. The first class was held at the MassChallenge Accelerator, and guides participants through common operational challenges and execution risks which arise when building a startup from scratch.

Learn more and register for Entrepreneurial Operations: Launching a Startup >>

Jennifer Bailey

Jennifer Bailey is an Assistant of Technology and Operations Management. Her areas of expertise and interest include operations management, innovation management, organizational learning and entrepreneurship. In particular, her research focuses on how innovative and entrepreneurial firms manage risk and uncertainty. For innovative firms, her current research examines the innovation development process to identify effective strategies which firms can employ in order to maximize the likelihood of generating innovation breakthroughs, while mitigating innovation risks and leveraging opportunities for learning from failure. For entrepreneurial firms, her research explores effective strategies which can be employed to mitigate the operational risks and challenges faced by start-up ventures.

Jennifer received her PhD in Operations Management from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller School of Business. She spent 10 years in industry in the field of operations management prior to beginning her academic career. She holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA with concentrations in Operations Management and Information Technology Management, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.