Faculty & Departments

MBA MANAGEMENT COURSES

MGT 60100 Statistics (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Core; 1st Year MBA Only. The aim of this course if to start a process of development through which students are better able to handle decisions and problems in the area of business. Topics include probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, quality control and regression analysis. Applications of statistical techniques to issues in marketing, investment analysis and manufacturing are discussed. Cases involving application in these areas will be analyzed using statistical software.

MGT 60200 Problem Solving (2 credit hrs.)

The course provides students with the opportunity to integrate all business functions to solve complex problems. Theories and frameworks will be introduced and then used on a series of business cases chosen to emphasize different aspects of problem identification and integration.

MGT 60300 Organizational Behavior (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Core; 1st Year MBA Only. It is difficult to picture an upper-level manager who has not mastered the skills of managing people. Executives must be efficient leaders, motivators and team managers. Furthermore, research suggests that these "soft" skills are critical determinants of promotions to the upper echelon of managerial positions. Organizational behavior is about developing these skills. Through lecture, case analysis and class discussion, we will develop a deep appreciation for the things that distinguish effective from ineffective managers. Special attention will be paid to the topics of selection, motivation, leadership and managing teams. The overall objective of the course is to apply theories of human behavior to solve day-to-day problems of organizational administration, help students become more aware of their own managerial styles and ultimately become more effective managers.

MGT 60400 Leadership and Teams (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Core; 1st Year MBA Only. A core theme of this course is "What makes a great leader and how can I become one?" We will draw heavily from case studies of effective and ineffective leaders to answer this question. Topics addressed in this course include leadership theory and practice, effective use of power and influence, proactively managing change, decision making, and team effectiveness.

MGT 60700 Operations Management (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Core; 1st Year MBA Only. Business and government leaders are increasingly recognizing the importance of involving the whole organization in making strategic decisions in order to compete globally. Because an organization usually commits the bulk of its human and financial assets to operations, operations is an important function in meeting global competition. Successful firms have demonstrated that operations can be an effective competitive weapon and, in conjunction with well-conceived marketing and financial plans, these firms have made major penetrations into markets worldwide. This course is designed to address the key operations and logistical issues in manufacturing as well as service organizations. Students will understand the role of operations managers in the overall business strategy of the firm and be able to identify and evaluate the key factors in the design of effective operating systems for the production of products or services. The course also covers a range of tools appropriate for the analysis of operating systems and offers an opportunity to discuss and compare various approaches to operations management in an international context.

MGT 60730 Technology Risk Management (2 credit hrs.)

As enterprises become increasingly reliant on technology in their business operations, assessing the risks and threats associated with the use of this technology becomes increasingly important. Hence, it is essential that enterprises continually assess and develop strategies that deal with the ever changing use of information technology. This course introduces basic concepts of computer and network security, with an emphasis on the threats and countermeasures along with back and recovery techniques. Students are expected to be able to assess the technology risks of organizations and to develop strategies that minimize these risks.

MGT 60750 Project Management (2 credit hrs.)

Project management involves the coordination of many activities that cut across interdisciplinary groups of people, organizations, and resources to acheive a common goal. This course provides students with the tools, insights and field experiences that form the foundation for sound strategic project management in practice.

MGT 60900 Strategic Decision Making (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Core; 2nd Year MBA Only. The scope and role of strategic management encompasses a general management perspective that involves internal and external analysis, complex decision-making, and implementation of these decisions. The course has four goals: (1) to develop an awareness of the strategic decisions that organizations must make and the factors on which they depend; (2) to provide a conceptual framework for identifying, evaluating and formulating strategies; (3) to integrate material learned in the basic functional courses; (4) to convey an understanding of the formal and informal processes involved in formulating and implementing strategies. A strategic consultation project, a key component of the course, provides an opportunity for students to work with local businesses and apply tools and skills developed in this as well as the other core courses.

MGT 70310 Healh Care Management (2 credit hrs.)

Healthcare comprises approximately 14% of the gross national product of the United States. The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the healthcare field and management challenges facing healthcare executives and managers. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the following areas in healthcare: administration; public policy and the law; economics and the role of managed care; the role of physicians in healthcare; healthcare information systems and patient safety and quality. This class will practice using the basic introduction and the students lessons learned from other fields to solve real-world problems generated from one of Mercy Health System's more than 50 clinical locations.

MGT 70410 Advanced Leadership (2 credit hrs.)

2nd Year MBA Only. Organizational effectiveness requires creative leadership. Yet there is a continuing shortage of talented leaders. Understanding the actions of leaders and managers as they attempt to influence individual, group and organizational performance is the central focus of this course. A wide range of personalities and locales will be considered (covering Cleopatra to Clinton, Bill Gates to George Bush). The literature on leadership (what is known), as well as specific techniques for enhancing inter-personal effectiveness (what seems to work), will be explored and critically analyzed.

MGT 70420 Innovation (2 credit hrs.)

This course investigates how organizations can best cope with rapidly changing environments and technologies. A combination of lectures, cases and projects are used to examine problems in determining and implementing changes in organizational structures and processes.

MGT 70430 Negotiations (2 credit hrs.)

2nd Year MBA Only. Negotiations permeate every aspect of business relationships, from joint ventures to intra-organizational teams to informal hallway discussions. This course focuses on building that analytical and practical skills that are necessary to more effectively manage these interactions. Students will actively participate in negotiations with other class members and discuss their negotiations as part of the course. The negotiations are used to illustrate the various approaches to negotiations and to highlight the role that multiple parties, mediators and ethical issues play in the negotiation process.

MGT 70450 Acquiring and Assessing HR (2 credit hrs.)

Pre-Req MGT 510. Whether you are working for a Fortune 100 company, a .com startup, or something in between, it has become increasingly clear that "the people make the place." This course is designed to increase your understanding of how organizations acquire, develop and maintain high-performance employees. We will consider many systems and processes that have historically been considered "HR" topics. Our focus, however, will be managerial in nature and is intended to help you become "informed consumers" of these organizational practices rather than experts in their design and implementation. This should help you manage your own career, and provide useful skills as you progress beyond your initial job placement.

MGT 70480 HR Practices in High Performing Organizations (2 credit hrs.)

This course examines how high performing organizaitons deal with complex issues of sourcing, evaluating, developing, and rewarding employees.

MGT 70490 Organizational Consulting (2 credit hrs.)

This course prepares students for careers in the area of managment consulting. Special emphasis is placed on consulting in technology, operations management and corporate strategy. The course uses a variety of cases, lectures and exercises to familiarize students with consulting and to build necessary skills.

MGT 70500 Entrepreneurship I (2 credit hrs.)

The goals of this course are to give students a broad understanding of the field of entrepreneurship and an introduction to the critical tools necessary to create a successful new venture. This course is designed to simulate the "real-life" activities of entrepreneurs in the start-up stage of a new venture concept and to determine if a demand exists for their product or service. In the past, several of these concepts have gone on to become actual businesses. In addition, the course facilitates networking with entrepreneurs and other students who are considering becoming entrepreneurs.

MGT 70508 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2 credit hrs.)

(Non Business Majors Only) Open to all non-business graduate students and non-business undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course meets the needs of students who may be interested in owning their own business or who just want to learn about entrepreneurship. Students may choose to develop a market feasibility study for a new business concept or undertake an approved project on some aspect of entrepreneurship. The class includes entrepreneur guest speakers, cases, and activities that will ehlp students experience what is like to be an entrepreneur.

MGT 70520 Funding New Ventures (2 credit hrs.)

This course examines financing the startup of a new venture. The course will examine bootstrapping, the characteristics and merits of financing with equity and debt, venture capital and angels. Students will learn how to prepare a financial plan, including projecting sales and capital expenditures, designing pro forma income statements, balance sheets and sources and applications of funds statements.

MGT 70530 Legal Issues in Startup Business (2 credit hrs.)

This course examines the legal structure options for new ventures, the pros and cons of incorporating, the requirements, advantages and disadvantages of a subchapter S election and forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The importance of laws and regulations on all aspects of a new venture will be explored. Patents, copyrights, contracts and regulations will also be discussed.

MGT 70540 Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries (2 credit hrs.)

Permission required. Entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises can be found throughout the world. Understanding the role that entrepreneurial activity and micro-enterprises play in building economies is important to the understanding of international commerce. Issues such as cultural and governmental influences on entrepreneurship, micro-lending and strategic alliances are examined in this course. Upon the completion of this course, students are prepared to serve as consultants to Third World micro-enterprises.

MGT 70550 Entrepreneurship II (2 credit hrs.)

Entrepreneurship II builds on the foundation built in Entrepreneurship I. Students in this course learn how to write a business plan for a new venture. They will consider the legal issues surrounding their venture. Finally, students will learn how to use the tools of entrepreneurship within established enterprises.

MGT 70560 Venture Capital Fundamentals (2 credit hrs.)

This course examines how firms and universities can commercialize new technology and ideas. Among other topics the class will consider the start-up CEO (the management team), the board of directors proprietary rights (patents, copyrights, trademarks) and related transactions (licenses, etc.), the revenue model worth investing behind, venture funding (dilutive funding) and non-dilutive funding (SBIRs, etc.).

MGT 70580 Family Business (2 credit hrs.)

A primary goal of this course will be to provide students opportunity to discuss the family and business cycle issues that impact family firms and to examine their opportunities and unique challenges. This course will use cases and student experiences to illustrate, discuss and learn about typical issues that surface in family businesses.

MGT 70650 Business Intelligence (2 credit hrs.)

This course will cover several techniques needed to capitalize on the unprecedented availability of information and to meet the growing demand for better and faster decision support from such information. This course material will provide an understanding of various methods used to extract knowledge from data, such as data mining, as well as with mportant tools to improve managerial decision-making. Cases from finance, management, marketing, and operations will be used as illustrations.

MGT 70660 e-Business Technology (2 credit hrs.)

This course gives an overview of the technologies relevant to electronic commerce, including operating systems, networking, the Internet, computer security, and electronic transaction processing. The course also involves extensive hands-on work in developing e-commerce applications using modern programming and mark up languages common on the Internet. It aims to bring all students up to a basic level of competence and familiarity with e-commerce technologies. After completing this course, students should understand the functions of technologies that support e-business and be able to develop interactive Web based e-commerce applications.

MGT 70690 Technology and Business (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Elective. In this course, we will focus on how organizations can successfully use technology to transform themselves and achieve competitive advantage in the new digital economy. We will approach the use of technology in a practical, managerially oriented way. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on how technology provides organizations with strategic advantage by facilitating problem solving, increasing productivity and quality, improving customer service, and enabling business process reengineering and innovation.

MGT 70710 Supply Chain Management (2 credit hrs.)

Increasing customer expectations and global competitions continue to force companies to be more efficient in controlling the flow of materials throughout the supply chain. To achieve the goal, many ideas and methods have been developed and used by companies in Supply Chain Management (SCM) environments. The course is designed to (a) investigate the issues that most managers encounter in the contemporary SCM and (b) develop students' analytical ability to solve practical problems in SCM, including inventory coordination, location, distribution planning, etc. The course is highly integrative and interdisciplinary, requiring knowledge and ideas in Operations Management/Research, Logistics, Marketing, and Statistics.

MGT 70720 International Operations Management (2 credit hrs.)

Fulfills International Requirement. This course focuses on what it takes for a company to attain manufacturing excellence in a global economy. Common characteristics in the organization and management of world-class manufacturing companies are examined. This course emphasizes the formulation and implementation of global manufacturing strategy, which requires making a series of coordinated decisions regarding structural, infrastructure and inter-functional elements in manufacturing. Topics covered include manufacturing strategy, product design and development, JIT and MRP-II, global supply chain management, flexibility and time-based competition, workforce management, and organization for global operations and managing joint ventures.

MGT 70750 Spreadsheet Decision Modeling (2 credit hrs.)

MBA Elective. Managers today must increasingly make decisions on issues that are complex and have quantitative aspects. This course explores how computer-based tools can improve this type of decision-making. Spreadsheets as well as software for simulation, project management, decision trees and artificial intelligence will be used extensively. All tools are studied in the context of real-world applications from several business functions: operations, finance, marketing and accounting. Specific applications include logisitics systems, process improvement, portfolio selection, options pricing, data mining, test market decisions, income statement analysis and accounts receivable collection. General principles that can enhance the choice and application of these tools will be discussed.