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MANAGEMENT (MGT)
 
MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice 3 cr
Theories of organizational structures, practices, and behavior, and the effective leadership and management of organizations. Emphasis on leadership and developing patterns and strategies of organization management in a dynamic environment as affected by the interaction of material and human resources using the technique of applied social and management sciences. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
 
MGT 305 Organizational Communication (W) 3 cr
A study of written and oral communication in organizations. Emphasis is given to communication theory, including organization flows and barriers to organizational communication. The preparation of neutral, negative, and persuasive written messages as well as formal written reports is covered in depth. In addition, oral presentations and employment interviews are discussed. Prerequisites: EH 101, EH 102 with a minimum grade of "C".
 
MGT 311 Legal Environment of Business II 3 cr
An advanced treatment of the law of agency, commercial transactions, business organizations, property, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, professional liability, debtor-creditor relations, including application sections of the Uniform Commercial Code. Prerequisite: BUS 265.
 
MGT 325 Operations Management 3 cr
Addresses concepts, problems, and managerial approaches applicable to the management of manufacturing and service operations. The course will examine the strategic and tactical considerations that are involved in creating a systematic framework that supports the creation of competitive advantages through effective operations and the production of high quality products. Topics covered include the role of operations in the overall organization, operations strategy development and implementation, product design and process selection, location and capacity planning, facilities’ layout, quality management, inventory management, production planning, scheduling and control, and project management. An important component of the overall course is the incorporation of computer applications for problem solving and decision making in operations. Prerequisites: BUS 255 and MGT 300.
 
MGT 334 International Management 3 cr
Exposes students to the challenges that confront the managers of organizations and individuals in global settings. Special focus is on dealing with and benefiting from the diversity that exists across international cultures, markets, economics, governments, and organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 300.
 
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior (W) 3 cr
A study of human and group behavior in the workplace and within society. The focus is on individual characteristics and processes such as personality, perception, and motivation; interpersonal processes such as group behavior, leadership, communication, and decision making; and organizational processes such as culture, structure, power, and change. Prerequisites: junior standing, EH 102, MGT 300, MGT 305.
 
MGT 345 Creativity and Innovation 3 cr
This course provides a broad framework for understanding the nature of entrepreneurship in multiple organizational settings. The course introduces students to the innovation and idea generation process and helps students determine the most desirable educational path for them to achieve their career goals. Sophomore standing.
 
MGT 347 Franchising 3 cr
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the opportunities and threats that abound in the modern world of franchising. Students will study existing franchising from both a historical and theoretical context. The logic of this course is that franchising is one of the development models that minimize risk for the "small business" focused student. Some franchising oriented people may want to start a franchise and grow it rapidly. This option is often a first step into business ownership for inexperienced owners. We discuss the applicability, opportunities, challenges, and implementation of the franchising model for expanding existing businesses. The format consists of case study and lecture discussion sequenced with extensive background readings, occasional guest lecturers, and a term case-based project culminating in a transactional plan.
     
MGT 351 Human Resource Management 3 cr
Principles, policies, and practices used to develop a sound human resource management program in the business organization. Among the topics included are job analysis, employment, organization development, employee development and evaluation, wage and salary administration and labor relations. Prerequisite: MGT 300.
 
MGT 390 Total Quality Management 3 cr
Total Quality Management (TQM) is a management philosophy which emphasizes customer focus, continuous improvement, and employee involvement throughout the organization. This course is an introductory course which examines these components and their integration into a comprehensive quality management system. Prerequisites: MGT 300, MGT 325.
 
MGT 430 Operations Research 3 cr
Reviews selected operations research concepts: nonlinear optimization methods, linear programming; dynamic programming; model building; and simulation methods. The student is expected to understand the concepts of operations research and to be able to use computer procedure to solve problems. Prerequisite: MGT 325.
 
MGT 441 Service Operations 3 cr
This course will provide students the opportunity to learn about service operations management, including service strategies and operations considerations and imperatives for service enterprises, and how service systems are structured and operated. Students will also learn about various tools and techniques for managing service operations such as how to forecast service demand, determine capacity requirements, schedule activities, coordinate operations, plan and schedule service activities, and evaluate system performance. Prerequisite: MGT 325.
 
MGT 450 Organizational Staffing 3 cr
A detailed study of the function of employee staffing in a modern work organization. Emphasis on job analysis, criterion development, development and use of employment tests, validation of selection techniques, and statistical methods for making fair employment decisions. Course work includes a comprehensive group staffing project. Prerequisites: MGT 340, MGT 351, BUS 245.
 
MGT 451 Employee Training and Development 3 cr
An applied course which details the training and development function. Content areas of job analysis, training needs analysis, training program development and implementation, and program evaluation will be incorporated in a comprehensive training and development project. Prerequisites: MGT 340 and MGT 351.
 
MGT 452 Employment Law 3 cr
Analysis of significant workplace torts and laws regulating the employment relationship including: Title VII, FMLA, AOA, ADEA, FLSA, OSHA, and related state laws. Emphasis on federal legislation and developing case law. Prerequisites: BUS 265 and MGT 351.
 
MGT 454 Compensation Administration 3 cr
A study of the fundamentals of compensation administration in organizations. Topics include job analysis, KSA determination, job evaluation, wage structure development, incentive pay systems, legal aspects of compensation and new developments in compensation. Comprehensive course project required. Prerequisites: MGT 351, MGT 452.
 
MGT 455 Labor-Management Relations 3 cr
An examination of the organizing, negotiation, and contract administration phases of union-management relations. Case analyses, federal legislation and case law in labor relations, significant current issues, and a collective bargaining simulation are featured. Prerequisite: MGT 351.
 
MGT 456 Strategic Issues in Family Business 3 cr
This course examines a new discipline that has developed in the last ten years and focuses on the unique aspects of family businesses. Organizational behavior, law, finance, operations, and basic small business concepts are being integrated into this course. Students will have an opportunity to consult with and develop transition plans for a family firm in a live field project. Prerequisite: MGT 345.
 
MGT 460 Organization Development and Change 3 cr
Provides insight into theory and practice of organization change and development. It bridges the gap between theory and practice and emphasizes the process of improving both organizations and individuals. Topics covered encompass understanding organizations and how they change, intervention strategies, and methods for improving organizations, quality of work-life approaches and strategic considerations in system-wide change. Prerequisites: senior standing, and MGT 300.
 
MGT 462 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in Business 3 cr
This course provides theoretical background and practical applications in business negotiation, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution. Areas covered include positional and interest-based bargaining, business and employment arbitration, organizational conflict management strategies, mediation, and effective communications for negotiators and ADR participants. Prerequisite: MGT 300.
 
MGT 465 New Venture Creation 3 cr
How new businesses are organized and planned. Objectives are: 1) understanding the knowledge, skills and abilities required of entrepreneurs, 2) creating and developing opportunities for new ventures, and 3) planning resources to convert those opportunities into businesses. Students work in teams to develop a business plan for a new venture they have chosen. Prerequisite: MGT 345.
 
MGT 470 High Performance Organizations 3 cr
This course examines the role of organization culture, leadership, employee involvement, work teams, and human resource practices in developing and sustaining high performance organizations that practice the principles of total quality management. Prerequisites: senior standing, and MGT 300.
 
MGT 483 Social Entrepreneurship 3 cr
This course provides a broad theoretical perspective and practical framework for understanding social entrepreneurs and the social ventures they create ranging from local social organizations to large international social ventures leading global change. The course introduces students to the possibilities of social entrepreneurship and an introduction to the entire social venture creation process and life cycle. This course is service-learning based and all students will participate in term-based community-based projects with local non-profit organizations. Extensive work outside the normal classroom hours is required for this course. Prerequisite: MGT 345.
   
MGT 485 Business Policy in a Global Economy 3 cr
The culmination course in business and management education. Interdisciplinary and global in nature, the course uses the case method to develop a top management perspective in which all business disciplines are integrated into the organization’s effective total functioning. Prerequisites: Seniors who have completed all core courses, petitioned for graduation, and are beginning the final semester.
 
MGT 486 Undergraduate Comprehensive Exam 0 cr
A corequisite course with MGT 485 with no credit hours which includes an undergraduate comprehensive business exam.
 
MGT 490 Special Topics 3 cr
Designed to provide senior students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business an opportunity to study selected topics of particular interest. Prerequisite: senior standing. (A student may count no more than three hours of Special Topics in the concentration).
 
MGT 492 Management Analysis and Consulting 3 cr
Designed to help students bridge the gap between the management theory and the realities involved in the practice of management. Topics include 1) development of the human, social, and political skills of the student as an individual, 2) business ethics, 3) global management issues, and 4) current trends in society that affect business and management. Assignments include a project with a local organization to identify critical management issues, analyze alternatives, and present specific recommended solutions to company managers. Prerequisites: Senior standing, MGT 300, MGT 340, MGT 351.
 
MGT 494 Directed Study in Management 3 cr
Primarily designed to give superior students an opportunity to study some phase of management of particular interest. Conferences, a bibliography, and a formal research report are required. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and approval of the department chair following the evaluation of the written proposal.
 
MGT 496 Management Internship 3 cr
The internship program is designed to give students practical experience in their field of study. Students complete directed projects under the supervision of Department Chair. No more than three hours of internship credit may be counted toward a degree in the Mitchell College of Business. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, declared major in Management, overall GPA of at least 2.5, and Internship Agreement signed by Department Chair.
 
MGT 521 Data Analysis for Business Decisions 3 cr
An examination of basic statistical concepts used in business analysis. Topics include fundamental of probability, sampling, statistical estimation, test of hypothesis, analysis of variance, and regression analysis. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical techniques for business decision making.
 
MGT 522 Operations Management And Analytical Decision-Making 3 cr
Covers the concepts, processes, and methods of managing and controlling operations in manufacturing or service settings. Examines issues such as globalization and supply chain strategy. This course also integrates the analytical tools for decision making via systems modeling; covering techniques such as linear programming, waiting line models, and computer simulation methods.
 
MGT 530 Managing People and Organizations 3 cr
The course combines individual and group behavior topics with essential fundamentals of human resource management to ensure that students are prepared to meet the challenges of managing resources and leading people in today's dynamic organizations. Topics include: leadership, decision-making, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, diversity, organizational staffing, compensation management, and employee training and development.
 
MGT 532 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3 cr
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business is designed to develop an in-depth analytical understanding of selected legal/ethical issues and trends and their impact on management and other business functions. Students will analyze the legal and ethical implications of issues including products liability, professional regulation, corporate responsibility, workplace discrimination and harassment, privacy, workplace safety, restraints on trade, land use regulation, international law, and alternative dispute resolution.
 
MGT 580 Strategic Management 3 cr
The integrative capstone course emphasizes decision-making through a strategic management process. The strategic management process requires decision-makers to evaluate industry conditions and company-specific resources, capabilities, and competencies using analytical tools to identify strategic issues and alternatives critical to the company's well-being. The course includes decision-making scenarios at corporate-, business- and unit-levels, including business and multinational diversification, formulation of business and competitive strategy, and strategy execution issues. The course also examines the importance of effective corporate governance and decision-making keyed to ethical and socially responsible principles and values.
 
MGT 590 Special Topics 3 cr
Designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to study selected topics. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair. A student may count no more than three hours of Special Topics in the M.B.A. degree program.
 
MGT 594 Independent Study in Management 3 cr
Readings and research on selected topics. Conferences and formal research report required. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair.
 
MGT 599 Graduate Comprehensive Exam 0 cr
A corequisite course with MGT 515 with no credit hours which includes a graduate comprehensive business exam.
 
 

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