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. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
B MGT 400 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
This introductory course considers the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurship. The tools developed in this course will help students understand how and why a new venture is launched and how to make that effort successful. The class will also provide exposure to basic entrepreneurial and business skills in a format that encourages dialogue, develops critical thinking skills, and promotes self-awareness and personal development. Students will also learn about the impact of entrepreneurship on the economy and society. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate opportunities, marshal resources, and understand how to manage a new venture. This is not a course consisting solely of the "nuts and bolts" of how to start a business. Students will also leave this course with a more thorough understanding of some of the key institutions supporting entrepreneurship and specific government initiatives/programs to stimulate entrepreneurial activity. Participants will also be knowledgeable about the salient issue of technology commercialization at universities, federal labs, and firms, especially the entrepreneurial dimensions of such activities. A key component of this course is spirited, informed class discussion. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): declared School of Business majors. B MGT 341.
B MGT 430 Management of Human Resources (3)
The course introduces the concepts and techniques of human resources management, with an emphasis on knowledge relevant for practicing managers. Topics include strategic human resource management, human resource information systems, employee recruitment and selection, diversity and multiculturalism, compensation and incentives, performance management, training and development, and legal issues. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite: declared School of Business majors. B MGT 341.
B MGT 450 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): declared School of Business majors. 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): declared School of Business majors. B MGT 341. B MGT 400 strongly recommended. Offered Fall semester only.
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): declared School of Business majors. B MGT 341. Offered fall semester only.
B MGT 480 Special Topics in Management (3)
Study of selected advanced topics in organizational behavior, human resource management, or strategic management. Topics may include career management, design of organizations, strategic human resource management, managing compensation, and international management. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite(s): declared School of Business majors. B MGT 341.
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): declared School of Business majors. Senior standing in the School of Business.