Course Descriptions

Fall 2019


MGMT 261—Mgmt & Organizational Behavior: 3 credits

This course takes a three-pronged approach for instilling in students actionable knowledge critical for navigating the opportunities and challenges inherent in managing themselves and others in organizations. First, students review contemporary management research, focusing, for example, on micro-level theories of motivation and decision-making, meso-level theories of teamwork and leadership, and macro-level theories of organizational culture and structure. Second, students apply these theories to analyze real-world situations, to generate and evaluate alternative courses of action, and to recommend and defend best courses of action. Third, students are provided opportunities to enhance their interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their communication skills, which are essential in the workplace.


MGMT 262—Global Insights: 3 credits

The focus of this course is to help students acquire the cultural intelligence they need to interact effectively in diverse environments and cultures. While business is an increasingly global proposition, cultural differences impact everything from how employees are hired to how they are led to how business strategies are formed. Consequently, this class will examine the international aspects of organizational behavior, human resource management, labor relations, corporate strategy, political risk and ethical issues. We will cover micro topics (e.g., cross-cultural communication) as well as more macro topics (e.g., formulation of international strategy). This course ties in directly our mission of preparing students to be successful in contemporary business-an environment characterized by rapidly evolving international and cultural challenges.


MGMT 364W—Critical Managerial Decision Making: 3 credits

Develops analytical thinking skills and designed to make students better decision-makers. Provides students with the opportunity to identify, infer, analyze, and apply critical thinking and decision-making skills to an organization. Great emphasis is placed on preparing students to think like managers who can deal clearly, rationally, and creatively in a dynamic workplace. In addition, it addresses formal, optimal models as well as behavioral descriptive models. Students will consider risk, decision and outcome evaluation, and assessment of arguments on opposing sides. Equips students with concrete skills in critical thinking and decision making that will allow them to identify, interpret, evaluate and solve organizational problems, as well as provide necessary strategic direction.


MGMT 365—Global Business, Government & Society: 3 credits

This course seeks to present an integrated overview of the social, ethical, legal, regulatory, political, technological, environmental and international constraints, opportunities, and responsibilities facing business organizations and business managers. In particular, the focus is on corporate manager and business decision-making in the context of a domestic and international business environment. Organizational stakeholders, individuals or groups that affect or are affected by the business organization, are targeted in an understanding of their interests, power, and coalitions - that is, their salience - and how business managers may better manage these stakeholders in cooperative engagement for the betterment of business, and the civil society.


MGMT 366W—Behavior in Organizations: 3 credits

This course is an applied treatment of organizational behavior. Students learn a number of theories, concepts, and applications regarding authentic leadership and managerial skills. Topics covered include motivation, personality, perception, group dynamics, team-building, managing diversity, performance appraisals, leadership, communication, decision-making, conflict, organizational politics, power, change, organizational development, and the international aspects of behavioral management.


MGMT 368W—Business Ethics & Global Citizen: 3 credits

This course provides students with ethical decision-making tools to assess and resolve various ethical dilemmas commonly found in the students' lives and in many business organizations. It will emphasize the individual as decision-maker and focus upon ethical issues and dilemmas facing managers in most business organizations. Time is spent evaluating processes organizations go through to act in a socially responsible manner, and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders. Social and ethical problems, existing in global societies where businesses must operate, also are investigated. MGMT 368W is a writing intensive (W) designated course. Assignments seek to improve ethical decision-making skills and develop basic communication competency.


MGMT 445—International Management: 3 credits

This course is a study of multinational companies' structures, strategies and management processes. The course includes a thorough understanding of international management, competent awareness of cultural diversity and development of decision making skills in multinational settings.


MGMT 451—Foundations of Leadership: 3 credits

This course provides an overview of topics and experiences relevant to the development of individual leadership potential. A primary goal of this course is to show how effective leadership can be nurtured and developed in individuals. Students will have an opportunity to practice leadership skills and receive feedback on their leadership styles in one-to-one, as well as group settings. This course is directed towards making students think, act, and become effective leaders in today's corporate society.


MGMT 456—Strategic Project Management: 3 credits

Provides an overview of project management roles and environments, the project life cycle, various techniques of planning, control, and evaluation. At the organizational strategic level, the course examines the influences of organizational structures and organizational behaviors in projects as well as aligning a project's goals and objectives with the organization's goals and objectives. Analysis at the operational level includes the nature of global and cross-functional projects and project teams, how project teams are used to accomplish continuous improvement and to significantly change the organization, and the considerations of stakeholders in the entire project management cycle. Greater detail at the operational level addresses implementation issues, optimizing the value of a project management group within the organization, and improving individual performance within a project group. Provides a comprehensive framework for effective project management strategically aligned and executed across an organization. This course is a senior-level course that progressively and collectively builds on the skills and competencies of communication, decision making, stakeholder management, and leadership.


MGMT 460—Strategic Human Resource Management: 3 credits

Explores the strategic role, technical functions and services provided by an organization's personnel/human resources department. Among the topics covered are: human resource planning, recruiting, selection, performance appraisal, training, compensation, occupational health and safety, employee rights, labor unions, and equal employment opportunity issues.


MGMT 493—Undergrad Research Independent Study: 1-3 credits

Student must initiate an original research project in a field of business of his choice. The project is then scrutinized by a Committee of three faculty members. If the project is approved, the Dean will choose a faculty member as director of the project. The project must be completed within an academic semester. This course is open to students in all concentrations in the School of Business.


MGMT 495—Independent Study: 1-3 credits

A tutorial course for an exceptional student who wishes to pursue a particular study with a faculty member. Permission of faculty member and Associate Dean.


MGMT 499W—Strategic Management: 3 credits

The primary objective of this capstone course is to improve students' ability to think critically and view things from the perspective of the total organization by drawing on and applying theories, concepts and tools from strategic management and earlier business courses. The course utilizes comprehensive case studies, organizational projects and team work to provide an integrative learning experience. The course provides students with the opportunity to: (a) expand individual decision making paradigms to explicitly consider the ethical, global and sustainability dimensions of all business problems; (b) improve the system-thinking skills needed to integrate knowledge from all the functional areas of business; (c) develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to explore creative possibilities and recommend original solutions; (d) sharpen the collaborative skills needed to work effectively in group settings; and (e) strengthen the influence skills needed to communicate effectively and successfully defend their decisions in both oral and written forms. This course is aligned with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) by adopting learning content and experiences best suited to achieve the first PRME principle (i.e. Develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy).