Courses in Management
B MGT 341 Behavioral Foundations of Management (3)
This survey course provides an overview of research and theory about behavior in organizations. Specific topics may include ethics, decision-making, communication, group processes, power and influence, motivation and job attitudes, conflict and cooperation, organizational politics, leadership, organization structure, organization change and development, and international differences affecting behavior in organizations.
B MGT 430 Management of Human Resources (3)
B MGT 430 introduces the concepts and techniques of human resources management, with an emphasis on knowledge relevant for practicing managers. Topics include human resource planning, human resource information systems, employee recruitment and selection, equal opportunity and affirmative action, diversity and multiculturalism, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, training and development, quality of work-life programs, career planning, labor relations, safety, ethical and legal issues in HRM, and international differences in HRM. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): B MGT 341.
B MGT 450/450Z Managerial Leadership and Decision Making (3)
Builds on concepts in B MGT 341. Review of major concepts and findings in managerial leadership, with a focus on the functions and skills of middle and lower-level managers. Topics may include nature of managerial work, managerial skills and behavior, motivating and influencing people, leading decision groups, participative leadership and delegation, problem solving and crisis management, time management, team building, and transformational leadership. Only one version of B MGT 450 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): B MGT 341. Offered spring semester only.
B MGT 460 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
This course is about using entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to social problems. Entrepreneurs are particularly good at recognizing opportunities, exploring innovative approaches, mobilizing resources, managing risks, and building viable enterprises. These skills are just as valuable in the social sector as they are in business. "Social entrepreneurship" applies to both profit and non-profit firms which have programs designed to create social value. To achieve this purpose, this course covers extensive content materials using the text, lectures, guest visitors, and class discussions; it brings application and relevance through the use of case studies; and it provides personal project presentations at the end of the semester. Open only to School of Business majors. Prerequisite(s): B MGT 341.
B MGT 470 Motivation, Productivity, and Change Management (3)
This course focuses on theory and practice involved with motivation, productivity, and change management in the work environment. Improving employee motivation and productivity is the focus of change management. Topics include major theories on work motivation, practical techniques of change management such as action research and survey-guided feedback, and practical techniques to increase employee involvement and motivation such as incentive plans, employee ownership, and self-managed teams. Prerequisite(s): B MGT 341. Offered fall semester only.
B MGT 471/471Z Human Resource Information System (3)
Focuses on the interface of the Human Resource Management function of organizations with computer technology. Examines the use of computers as tools to analyze and assist in decision regarding the effective utilization of human resources of any organization. Explores specific human resource topics in depth using information technology as a managerial decision tool in area such as strategy, selection, employment discrimination, training, and compensation. Only one version of B MGT 471 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): B MGT 341 and 430. Offered spring semester only. May not be offered in 2012-2013.
B MGT 480/480Z Special Topics in Management (3)
Study of selected topics involving the effective management of organizations, with the emphasis on improvement of organizational effectiveness in large and small businesses. Topics may include management of technology and innovation, executive leadership and decision-making, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, organization culture, diagnosis of organizational effectiveness, design of organizations, organization change, management of company-wide productivity and quality improvement programs, and international management. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite(s): B MGT 341 and 430.
B MGT 481W Strategic Management (3)
This capstone course develops an overall management viewpoint and integrates various specialized functions such as Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Human Resource Management. Topics include industry analysis, global competitiveness, international management, strategies for adjusting to the social, political and economic environment, approaches for developing and implementing strategic plans in organizations, managerial values and ethics, and social issues in business. Prerequisite(s): senior standing in the School of Business and permission of the Office of Student Services.
B MGT 483 Strategic Entrepreneurship (3)
The central focus of this course is on developing business initiatives and crafting strategies for sustainable growth. Topics include entrepreneurial innovation; assessing viability of new venture strategies; developing and implementing tactical and strategic plans; and managing for continued growth and profitability. This course will include lectures, presentations by practitioners with distinctive experience and expertise, and a practicum that focuses on developing business concepts and/or solving business problems, marshalling resources, and creating strategic plans for capitalizing on business opportunities. Prerequisite(s): B BUS 400, B FIN 404 and B MKT 440. Offered spring semester only. May not be offered in 2012-2013.