University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Honors Colloquia

Students in the Walton Honors Program are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge base beyond the traditional business curriculum through Honors Colloquia courses.

WCOB 3003H

The Walton College Honors Colloquium is offered each fall and spring to students who have completed the pre-business core and are in good standing with the Walton Honors Program. The topic for this course is new each semester and offers students the chance to explore and discuss relevant topics in business.

Fall 2015
Honors College Colloquium on Corporate Responsibility.
Dr. Dan Worrell, Management

A key tenant of corporate social responsibilities is an informal license for the business to operate granted by the public. Today, this unspoken social contract between business and society demands that business act more responsibly toward a much broader range of multiple stakeholders that lie within the corporate organizational orbit.

The focus of this class will be on both social responsibility issues –the process of assuming the corporate obligations to meet the expectations (economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary) of society and on social responsiveness – the more action-oriented, pragmatic means (strategy, plans, decision making, objectives) adopted to achieve organizational goals.

Areas of examination will include: corporate governance; strategic human resource management; government relations; ethics; global issues in the management of the firm; consumer issues; product safety; environmental challenges; diversity issues; crisis management; employee privacy; worker safety and health; and public affairs management. Traditional lectures, case studies and experiential learning will all be employed in the class.

Past WCOB 3003H Offerings

Fall 2013
Honors Colloquium: Emerging Technologies in Supply Chain Management
Dr. Terry Esper, Supply Chain Management

This course will focus on the fundamentals of supply chain management strategy, particularly highlighting the issues associated with how emerging technologies have impacted contemporary supply chain management execution and strategic decision-making.

In particular, we will discuss the impacts of mobile technologies, social media platforms, online retail alternatives, as well as leading-edge SCM technologies. The course will include interactive case discussions, hands-on experiential learning, and guest speakers. While grounded in supply chain management, the course will be designed to appeal to students of all majors.

Fall 2012
Honors College Colloquium on Consumer Goods, Sustainability and the Global Supply Chain
Dr. David Hyatt, Supply Chain Management

Social and environmental challenges have become strategic issues for business and its managers. Increasingly for many firms, sustainability in social, environmental and economic meaning is now an integrated part of organizational strategy formulation and implementation.

Through a series of readings and cases, this course is designed to introduce students to the critical strategic and managerial issues in developing, implementing and adapting strategy to create environmental, social and economic value in the context of consumer goods and the global supply chain. Anchoring the class will be a series of eight case studies that explore the sustainability journey of Walmart. These studies touch on a number of key sustainability concepts, including values-based leadership, globalizing sustainability, marketing sustainability, voluntary standards and governance, stakeholder engagement, and the role of the global supply chain. Overall, we will consider the role of the firm in producing sustainability.

Departmental Colloquia

Most academic majors in the Walton College offer an Honors Colloquium course specific to their discipline. These courses are offered to seniors who are in good standing with the Walton Honors Program.

ACCT 4003H

Dr. Karen Pincus
Professional Ethics and Corporate Governance

The key course objectives are to help students:

- acquire a broad overview of the nature and magnitude of ethical and moral dilemmas they might face during accounting and business careers;
- develop a general understanding of the role of professional ethics and corporate governance in serving the public interest; 
- gain a deep appreciation of the usefulness of principles, codes of conduct and ethical decision making models; and
- become aware of the importance of strong written and oral communication skills in dealing with ethical issues and improve skills in these areas.

ECON 4003H

William Cawthon

Financial Crises: Analysis and History

The course will offer a taxonomy of securities, money, and capital markets, with a focus on the role of risk in theory and in practice. With this background, the class will survey past and present events in the world financial markets.

FINN 4003H

Sergio Santamaria

FINN 4003H introduces students to the exciting area of behavioral finance and technical analysis.  This course has three major objectives:

1. To learn how and why psychology affects our investment decisions.
2. Using technical analysis, to learn how to overcome and profit from the psychological biases that inhibit our ability to make good investment decisions.
3. To help to prepare the CMT (Chartered Market Technician) level I exam.

SCMT 4003H

Dr. David Hyatt
Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This course will introduce you to the critical strategic and managerial issues in developing, implementing and adapting strategy to create environmental, social and economic value mainly in the context of consumer goods and the global supply chain. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

1. Effectively use basic terminology associated with the sustainable supply chain and topical areas; 
2. Describe the role of sustainable supply chain management and its impact on an organization's competitive advantage, the environment, and society;
3. Analyze typical sustainability planning and decision making situations faced by supply chain managers in a global context and relate these decisions to other business functions and activities; and
4. Recommend solutions for problems in sustainable supply management, operations and logistics.

MKTG 4003H

Chris Tompkins
Consumer Behavior in Political Campaigns

This is a project-based course wherein students will apply consumer behavior principles in developing a political marketing campaign. In small groups of 3-4 students, each group will develop a marketing campaign that not just propels their candidate to victory, but in addition informs the electorate very specifically as to what that candidate will accomplish when elected.