Management Courses

Organizational Theory (3 Credits, MGMT 610)

An overview of the fundamental concepts of organizational theory and design in the context of a postindustrial and increasingly global society. The study of organizations encompasses several key knowledge areas essential to today’s manager: the impact of technological and workforce changes on society, organizational ethics and social responsibility, global issues, history of management thought and its relevance for managers today, and systems thinking and the challenges of managing in today’s complex and rapidly changing environment. Discussion addresses essential concepts in organizational theory and design, including measuring effectiveness, organizational life cycles, options for organizational structure, and becoming the learning organization.

Intercultural Communication and Leadership (3 Credits, MGMT 615)

(Not open to students who have completed MGMT 620 or MGMT 625.) A study of organizational communication, leadership, and decision-making skills essential for all managers in intercultural environments. Theories of culture are examined and applied in relation to leadership style and practices, as well as to organizational communication across cultural groups. Team development and leadership are explored in an intercultural environment.

Organizational Theory and Behavior (6 Credits, MGMT 630)

(Not open to students who have completed MGMT 610, MGMT 615, MGMT 620, MGMT 625, or MGMT 635.) An overview of the fundamental concepts of organizational theory and organizational behavior in the context of a postindustrial and increasingly global society. Topics include the impact of technological and workforce changes on society, organizational ethics and social responsibility, organizational communication, leadership and decision-making skills in intercultural environments, the history of management thought and its relevance for managers today, and systems thinking and the challenges of managing in today’s complex and rapidly changing environment.

Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 Credits, MGMT 640)

Prerequisite: Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of financial accounting and economics, including opportunity cost, the time value of money, and financial analysis. An investigation of financial decision making in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is on the application of financial and nonfinancial information to a wide range of management decisions, from product pricing and budgeting to project analysis and performance measurement. A variety of decision-making tools (such as break-even analysis, activity-based costing procedures, and discounted cash flow techniques) are studied. Contemporary managerial practices are explored.

Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3 Credits, MGMT 650)

Prerequisite: Knowledge of the fundamentals of statistical methods, techniques, and tools. An examination of how managers organize, analyze, and interpret data for decision making. Focus is on developing skills in using statistical tools to make effective business decisions in all areas of public- and private-sector decision making, including accounting, finance, marketing, production management, and human resource management. Topics include collecting data; describing, sampling, and presenting data; probability; statistical inference; regression analysis; forecasting; and risk analysis. Microsoft Excel is used extensively for organizing, analyzing, and presenting data.

Strategic Management Capstone (3 Credits, MGMT 670)

Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses. A capstone investigation of how strategy interacts with and guides an organization within its internal and external environments. Focus is on corporate- and business unit-level strategy, strategy development, strategy implementation, and the overall strategic management process. Topics include organizational mission, vision, goal setting, environmental assessment, and strategic decision making. Techniques such as industry analysis, competitive analysis, and portfolio analysis are presented. Discussion covers strategic implementation as it relates to organizational structure, policy, leadership, and evaluation issues. The ability to “think strategically” and to weigh things from the perspective of the total enterprise operating in an increasingly global market environment is emphasized. Case analyses and text materials are used to integrate knowledge and skills gained through previous study. Problems and issues of strategy formulation are investigated through participation in the Business Strategy Game simulation.