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The activity of management is concerned with setting an organization’s strategic goals and formulating processes to achieve them. Managers carry out their administrative roles by handling such duties as preparing and administering budgets, planning and directing operations, and coordinating employees’ activities.

The management/entrepreneurship concentration empowers students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and complementary skill set needed to provide creative solutions for new ventures and existing organizations. Students gain knowledge of entrepreneurial and design concepts useful for questioning assumptions, exploring alternatives and developing creative solutions.

Learning goals

The goal of the curriculum for the management concentration is to prepare students for careers that require general skills in business and management.

  1. General management competencies
    Graduates will develop skills in managing people and other resources to help achieve organizational goals.
  2. Analytical competencies
    Graduates will have quantitative and analytical skills that can be applied to the solution of managerial problems.
  3. Entrepreneurship competencies
    Graduates will understand issues facing entrepreneurial firms and the skills needed to work with, work in or develop their own new ventures.                                                                                        

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Depth of knowledge
    Demonstrate an understanding fundamental concepts of management that relate to the shaping of employee behaviors toward the achievement of organizational goals 
  2. Communication skills
    Communicate a personal leadership vision that reflects self-awareness, knowledge of leadership theories and concepts, and appropriate oral communication skills
  3. Analytic skills
    Use knowledge of human resource management concepts and data to suggest solutions to management problems
  4. Quantitative skills
    Identify and use relevant data to help make informed decisions about management issues
  5. Entrepreneurship concentration-specific skills
    Develop an individual belief, or self-efficacy, that he or she is capable of successfully performing the roles and tasks of an entrepreneur