An elective course for graduate business students, at any stage of their degree program, which is designed to provide an overview of the importance of quality in a rapidly changing competitive environment. The course explores the applicability of total quality management concepts to all types of organizations. Prequisites: None.
This course is designed for students who want to do introductory study of a topic not covered in a regular course. Instructor consent required.
A systems approach applied to operational tasks such as the production and control functions. Topics covered include production and operations scheduling, activity based costing, total quality control, productivity, inventory planning models, CADCAM, flexible manufacturing systems, computer integrated manufacturing, and the interaction between production and other functional areas.
An examination of the development of organizational theory, as well as individual and group motivation and behavioral factors within organizations. Topics include organizational change, conflict, structure, development, communication, decision-making, and leadership.
Examines factors, both inside and outside the organization, which influence the personnel planning function. Topics include employee selection, development, motivation, evaluation and remuneration, and labor relations. Instructional methods include the case approach, laboratory exercises, and small group decisions.
An analysis of organizational leadership and the practice of leading and managing corporations and small businesses and not-for-profit associations or governmental agencies. The intellectual, psychological, political, and social sources of leadership are studied for their theoretical foundation and practical application. The concepts of transformational and transactional leadership are continually examined and students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through case analysis, role development, and research projects.
A case-oriented course in the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy, policy, structure, and programs of action. Taught from a top management perspective, the course involves the student in strategy making and draws on prior course work in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and personnel studies. Comprehensive cases cover behavioral, financial, marketing, legal, and general management factors.
This course is the capstone for the MBA program. It investigates the impact of contemporary issues on corporate strategy. A case analysis approach is used to review economic, political, financial, and legal implications of strategic decision-making. The course emphasizes identifying strategic alternatives and developing business strategies that incorporate all of the functional activities and organizational processes related to competitive success.
This course will expose the student to the environment of international management, planning in the global arena, organizing global operations, international negotiations, strategy formulation, leadership and cross-cultural management, and finally, controlling international operations.
An analysis of the management of innovation and change in organizations; the technical, economic, and social dynamics associated with the change process; and the role of the leader as a change agent. Case studies of organizations undergoing change, and biographies of leaders and change agents, are examined. Several models of change are studied, including the matrix of possible change strategies and actors in the organization. Students are encouraged to undertake a project of consequential change in an organization of their choice.
The development of a comprehensive plan for meeting the future personnel needs of an organization. Emphasis on the principles and practices required to forecast and acquire the human resources necessary to implement operational and strategic plans in organizations. Both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors are examined in regard to recruitment, selection, training, and appraisal of organizational members.
This course explores the international business dynamics of one city, state, or region outside the United States including economic, legal, social, and political issues. The course includes a short-term study abroad visit to the region, and significant pre- and post-visit components. Destinations and content change according to instructor. Repeatable with different content. Instructor consent required.
Topics vary depending on faculty and student interests. Topics and prerequisites are announced in advance. This course may be taken more than once with different content. Instructor consent required.
This course is designed for students who want to do advanced study of a topic previously covered in a regular course, but not offered in another course. Instructor consent required.
Prerequisite: Approval of MBA Coordinator. Instructor consent required.