S. Douglas Pugh, Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair

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The Department of Management offers a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in human resource management, management/business administration, management/entrepreneurship and management/international management. The department also offers a human resource management minor and a certificate in international management studies, as well as a doctoral degree in business with a concentration in management.

 

MGMT   121. The Business Environment. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Not open to juniors and seniors in the School of Business. Concepts and issues in contemporary business.

MGMT   291. Topics in Management. 1-3 Hours.

Variable hours. Variable credit. Maximum of 3 credits per topic. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An in-depth study of selected business topics. Graded as pass/fail at the option of the department.

MGMT   310. Managing People in Organizations. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credits (junior standing). Introduces students to the management of people in organizations, focusing on the managerial skills, knowledge and activities needed for a successful business operation. Topics include planning, organizing, staffing and leading; effectively utilizing human capital to achieve an organization’s objectives in today’s competitive environment.

MGMT   318. Study Abroad. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A field study orientation with the purpose of exposing students to particular global marketplaces. Open to all majors.

MGMT   319. Leadership. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   310. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Coverage of the major approaches to leadership considering individual, team, organizational and cultural perspectives. Emphasis on self-assessment and on historical and contemporary leadership cases.

MGMT   321. Survey of Entrepreneurship. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Underlying concepts in entrepreneurship; the importance of entrepreneurs and the problems they face; entrepreneur characteristics and competencies; what makes an idea entrepreneurial; managing relations, ethics and sustainability; opportunity recognition, critical thinking and emphasis on innovative concept development; detailed concept feasibility analysis.

MGMT   331. Human Resource Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT 301, STAT   210 or STAT   212. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Introduces students to the role of human resource management in attracting and retaining a productive workforce. Includes human resource planning, recruitment and selection; employee diversity and development; performance appraisal and reward systems; labor and employee relations; and public policy related to HRM practices.

MGMT   334. Organization Design and Effectiveness. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing. Applies macro-organization theory to the effective design of organizational structure and processes. Examines the role of factors such as technology, structure, strategy and environment; power, politics and culture in organizations; and organizational life cycles.

MGMT   389. Managerial Skills Development. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   310. A practicum in the development of personal, interpersonal and team-management skills as applied to leadership and teamwork.

MGMT   403. Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing. Designed to improve qualifications of those seeking employment in the human resources field. Focuses on human resource development and organization development and their relationship to human resource management.

MGMT   418. International Management. 3 Hours.

3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing. The study of the environment of international business, ethics and social responsibility in international settings, culture and its effect on behavior and management practice, and the strategies and management practices of firms engaged in international activities. Aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and sensitivities needed to be effective managers in the international business environment. Crosslisted as: INTL   418.

MGMT   419. Doing Business in Europe. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor. Designed primarily as a core integrative course for students enrolled in the Certificate in International Management Studies, but other students are welcome. The course has three goals: a) integration of foreign languages, European studies and international management; b) infusion of other business areas relevant to doing business in Europe (such as international marketing, finance law and economics); and c) the development of cultural sensitivity and social responsibility. The course will be organized as a series of seminars with faculty and other speakers from the above disciplines. Crosslisted as: INTL   419.

MGMT   420. Labor and Employment Relations. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   331. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Managerial decision-making in labor management relationships; the collective bargaining process and the administration of labor agreements; the impact of public policy and labor legislation.

MGMT   422. Managing the Family Firm. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MGMT   321 or permission of instructor, and junior standing. Students are expected to develop specific strategies and approaches to enhance the effectiveness of the family firm. Designed for members of family firms as well as those who will be working in or providing goods or services for family enterprises. Topics include succession strategies; management and strategic planning; ownership issues; taxes-transfer, gift and estate; professionalizing the family firm; boards of directors in the family firm, family business growth, psychological issues, change and conflict in the family business; family relations; women in the family firm; the younger generation; consulting and education for family business; family business in society; global and ethnicity issues in family business; culture and values.

MGMT   423. Social Entrepreneurship. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). An advanced management course in promoting societal good through entrepreneurial activities. Students will learn the various forms of entrepreneurship that benefit society, developing an understanding of the many contexts in which such entrepreneurship occurs and its impact on society. Students will identify issues of societal/environmental marginalization, ideate potential solutions, generate in-depth research relevant to course projects and take part in presentations regarding their findings and the development of a socially conscious venture.

MGMT   431. Strategic Human Resource Management. 3 Hours.

3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   331. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). A critical study of selected problems in human resource management.

MGMT   433. Compensation Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   331. The design and implementation of compensation and reward systems that both support an organization's strategy and enhance organizational effectiveness.

MGMT   434. Strategic Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MGMT   310; MKTG   301; FIRE   311; SCMA   301, STAT   210 or STAT   212; and SCMA   325. This course is restricted to business majors with senior standing. Integrative course to analyze policy issues at the overall management-level involving functional areas such as production, finance and marketing, in context with the economic, political and social environment.

MGMT   435. New Venture Strategy and Initiation. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: MGMT   321; completion of MGMT   435 to enroll in MGMT   436. First semester: provides students with an integrated strategic analysis of entrepreneurial firms and how they establish competitive advantage. Second semester: engages students in intensive development of a comprehensive business plan using knowledge and skills from MGMT   435. Students should take MGMT   436 immediately following MGMT   435.

MGMT   436. New Venture Strategy and Initiation. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: MGMT   321; completion of MGMT   435 to enroll in MGMT   436. First semester: provides students with an integrated strategic analysis of entrepreneurial firms and how they establish competitive advantage. Second semester: engages students in intensive development of a comprehensive business plan using knowledge and skills from MGMT   435. Students should take MGMT   436 immediately following MGMT   435.

MGMT   444. Occupational Safety, Health and Security. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Covers the principles and practices, and regulatory dimensions of occupational safety, health and security. Causes of workplace health hazard exposures, accidents and domestic and international industrial violence are studied with an emphasis on prevention. Characteristics of effective occupational safety, health and workplace security programs are studied to facilitate understanding and application in the workplace. Crosslisted as: FIRE   444.

MGMT   446. International Human Resource Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   331, INTL/MGMT   418 or ECON/INTL   329. Covers the application of human resource management activities in an international context. Highlights similarities and differences with domestic methods; current practices in the selection, development, compensation and maintenance of parent-country, host-country and third-country nationals; and the impact of regulatory and cultural differences between countries. Crosslisted as: INTL   446.

MGMT   447. Human Resource Information Systems. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MGMT   331. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Covers contemporary human resource information software used in the primary activities of human resource management involving recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, employee benefits, pay administration, safety and health, human resource development, job analysis, human resource planning and job structuring. Emphasis is on introducing the software and practical application through hands-on experience in the computer laboratory.

MGMT   481. LAW FOR ACCOUNTANTS I. 3 Hours.

MGMT   491. Topics in Management. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. Variable credit. Maximum of 3 credits per course; maximum total of 6 credits for all topic courses. Prerequisite: junior standing. An in-depth study of a selected business topic, to be announced in advance.

MGMT   492. Independent Study in Management. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Maximum total of 3 credits. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing as a major in a business curriculum and approval of adviser and department chair prior to course registration. Intensive study under supervision of a faculty member in an area not covered in-depth or contained in the regular curriculum.

MGMT   493. Internship in Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 credits. Prerequisites: senior standing in the major offering the internship and permission of the department chair. Intention to enroll must be indicated to the instructor prior to or during advance registration for semester of credit. Involves students in a meaningful experience in a setting appropriate to the major. Graded as pass/fail at the option of the department.