The C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), formerly named Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (COE), engages faculty and students in the study of commercial activity, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and the organizations within which such activity occurs. The initiative spans a number of departments, disciplines, and co-curricular activities at the University, and it supports the research of leading scholars at Brown. BEO will educate students to be creative and flexible leaders in a number of careers.
Sponsored by the departments of Economics and Sociology and the School of Engineering, this concentration offers students a coordinated, integrated, and synergistic approach to teaching and learning about business, organizational theory, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation. BEO places specific emphasis on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets and the marketplace, and management and organizational theory. Students learn the methodological approaches of economics, sociology, engineering, and entrepreneurship to study for-profit and nonprofit enterprises in the national and global economic context.
BEO is an undergraduate concentration; students interested in Brown's graduate programs in the field of entrepreneurship and technology management should consider the Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME), offered through the School of Engineering. There is also an opportunity for more senior managers to pursue an executive MBA through the IE Brown Executive MBA Program.