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MPF 111 Introduction to Business (3)

Study of relationships between business and its environment, social responsibilities of business, functions of business, and business management. Not open to business students above sophomore standing. IIC.

MPT 291 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3)

Introduction to the study of organizations focusing on organizational behavior, organizational theory, and organizational processes. Offers both micro and macro perspectives to frame the organization as a behavioral entity. Topics include individual differences, learning theory, motivation, leadership, interpersonal communication, decision-making, group dynamics, organizational structure, and organizational culture. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

MPT 302 Operations Management (3)

Study of basic issues encountered in the creation of goods and services. Problems examined through use of cases, lectures, discussions, and computer-based approaches such as simulation, spreadsheets, and problem-solving software. Prerequisite: DSC 205, proficiency in spreadsheet use, and 58 earned hours or permission of instructor.

303 Human Resource Management (3)

Introduction to concepts, issues, and practices of modern human resource management and their impact on organizational effectiveness. Students develop a critical appreciation of the role human resource management plays in the dynamic environment in which organizations operate. Topics covered include human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training and career development, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and employee rights.

305 Principles of Supply Chain Management (3)

Introduction to supply chain management including the identification, understanding, analysis, application, and measurement of both the strategic and tactful relationships between firms that participate in an effective supply chain. This course will provide a basic foundation upon which further coursework in specific functional areas of business will be related to independencies between supply chain participants. Cross-listed with MKT 305. Prerequisite: MGT 291.

311 Project Management (3)

Focuses on the fundamental aspects of managing complex projects, the central role of project management in organizations, the project life cycle, and techniques for project planning, scheduling and controlling using situations from technical disciplines. Cross-listed with EGM 311. Prerequisite: STA 368, DSC 205 or equivalent.

330 Professional Practice (0)

Students participating in an internship program register for this course during the semester they are on work assignment. Prerequisite: permission of departmental internship coordinator.

375 Entrepreneurship and Venture Restructuring in Russia (3)

Provides students with an understanding of how entrepreneurial ventures and business opportunities can be developed in emerging and transitional economies and specifically in the economy of Russia. Students learn how the cultural, religious, historical, and political environments affect international business transactions. Usually begins as a sprint course during spring term and culminates with an intensive two-week workshop in Russia. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

381 Managerial Development Seminar (3)

Concerned with understanding theory and development of skills necessary for effective exercise of management. Areas of emphasis include: negotiation, group facilitation, oral and written communication, interpersonal relationships at work, and listening. Prerequisite: COM 135 and MGT 291.

MPT 402/502 Employment Law (3)

Examines the growing body of law that governs the employment relationship. Students learn the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees by reading and discussing judicial decisions. Aims at improving students' ability to analyze legal questions and to identify the applications of the law for the practice of human resource management. Prerequisite: MGT 303 or permission of instructor.

404/504 Compensation Management (3)

Explores design and evaluation of compensation programs that attract, retain, and motivate competent employees. Particular emphasis on job evaluation, performance appraisal, incentive wage systems, supplementary benefits, and international compensation. Prerequisite: MGT 303 or permission of instructor.

405/505 Labor Relations and Conflict Management (3)

Examines collective bargaining, employee involvement, organizational dispute resolution systems, and other means of ensuring participation and fair treatment in the workplace. Emphasis is given to understanding and practicing techniques for managing workplace conflicts, including mediation, negotiation, and arbitration. Prerequisite: MGT 303 or permission of instructor.

406/506 Staffing Organizations (3)

Presents complexities, challenges, and trade-offs associated with staffing decisions in organizations. Integrates theory with tools and methods, enabling effective translation of theory into practice. Major portion of the course devoted to applying ethical, legal, and psychological perspectives to contemporary staffing issues (e.g., recruiting, interviewing, selecting, evaluating, and terminating employees). Prerequisite: MGT 303 or permission of instructor.

MPT 414 Motivation and Work (3)

In-depth examination of concepts, principles, and theories of motivation and their relationship to work behavior and work contexts. Historical and current perspectives are explored, emphasizing integration and application. Prerequisite: MGT 291.

MPT 415 Leadership and Learning (3)

Investigates current leadership thinking and behavior in formal organizations as well as its relationship to power and decision-making in those settings. Emphasis on exploring theory, research, and applications of leadership in order to develop personal guidelines for exercising leadership in organizations. Impact of power and dependence of both leaders and followers is investigated as well as the particular relationship of leadership to decision-making in organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 291.

432/532 Purchasing and Materials Management (3)

Studies relating to materials management. Emphasis on negotiating, purchasing, receiving, storing and inventory control, value analysis, procurement information systems, and specialized problems in institutional procurement. Prerequisite: MGT 302 or permission of instructor. Offered first semester only.

451/551 Operations Planning and Scheduling (3)

Problems and solution methodologies associated with planning and scheduling of operations in a production or service environment. Prerequisite: MGT 302 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Graduate credit not available for School of Business students. Offered first semester only.

MPT 453/553 Productivity Improvement (3)

Study of techniques used to improve productivity of organizational resources. Topics include employee involvement, total quality management, group technology, cellular manufacturing, supplier development, and preventive maintenance. Prerequisite: MGT 302 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Offered first semester only.

457/557 Integrated Production/Operations Management Topics (3)

Integrates the various elements of operations management curriculum. As a Capstone course, casework and integrative projects are used to provide a decision-making framework. Prerequisite: MGT 451/551, 453/553; or permission of instructor. Offered second semester only.

MPT 463/563 Employee Benefits (3)

Provides a description of pension, group life and health, individual retirement, and other benefit plans. Discusses importance of these plans to achieving business and societal goals. Cross-listed with FIN 463/563. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or permission of instructor.

MPT 469/569 Corporate Venturing/Intrapreneurship (3)

Encourages research and study of theory, principles, concepts, and practices of entrepreneurship within complex organizations, i. e., intrapreneurship. Examination of the latest research regarding corporate venturing, case studies of success and failure, as well as lectures from intrapreneurs. Focuses on skill sets valuable for graduates who join corporate America with its new set of entrepreneurial expectations. Prerequisite: School of Business core and senior or graduate standing or permission of instructor.

474 Advanced Topics in Human Resource Management (3)

Engages students in critical thinking about complex problems relating to work and human resource management. This course is broadly interdisciplinary and examines issues from a variety of perspectives including economic, political, sociological organizational, historical, cross-cultural, ethical, labor, and managerial. One or more current workplace issues (e.g., occupational safety and health, downsizing, privacy, and diversity) is selected for in-depth study each semester.

475 Organizational Change Management (3)

Final course for organizational behavior majors. Offers in-depth study of behavioral topics critical for success of contemporary organizations, including organizational theory, organizational design, organizational change and development, organizational culture, job stress, organizational conflict, and group dynamics. Extensive in-depth readings into selected topics and a major project form the basis of the course. Prerequisite: MGT 414, 415, and senior standing.

490/590 Contemporary Issues (1-3; maximum 9)

Issues oriented seminar for seniors or graduate students; focuses on a significant contemporary topic in the management field. Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing and permission of instructor.

MPC 495 Strategic Management (3)

Provides opportunity for students, at or near the conclusion of their undergraduate business curriculum, to integrate the concepts learned in the core courses and to bring together various disciplines to bear on the strategic issues facing any organization. Business problems are examined that simultaneously involve several functional areas, employ analysis methodologies from a variety of courses in marketing, organizational behavior, finance, accounting, statistics, law, operations and economics, and involve consequences that effect the entire organization. Prerequisite: FIN 301, 342, MGT 291, 302, MKT 291, senior standing, or permission of instructor.

498/598 Supply Chain Management (3)

Provides students with broad understanding of supply chain management. Covers primary activities required to manage supply chains effectively, how members of the supply chain are horizontally integrated, and processes for assessing performance and impact of supply chain management activities. Focuses on relationships between supply chain entities and behavioral issues that influence management of those issues. Students learn integrative tools for analyzing and evaluating alternative courses of action regarding supply chain management activities and functions. Prerequisite: MGT 432, MKT 431. Cross-listed with MKT 498/598.

615 Seminar in Managerial Skills (3)

Concerned with development of skills essential for effective exercise of management. Skills include, but not limited to the following: negotiation, conference leadership, decision-making, oral and written presentations, interpersonal skills, power, and persuasion.

619 Seminar in Organization Theory (3)

Seminar in the study of organizations. Examines current knowledge base in areas of organization theory and analysis. Interrelationships among organization structure, technology, environment, management process, and people are explored. Special attention given to understanding and managing organizational culture.

620 Process Improvement Team Workshop (1)

Introduces fundamental tools and practices that help team members improve problem solving and work processes in quality teams, re-engineering teams, or other project team settings. Framework used is a quality improvement model that allows team processes and tools to be learned in a context that simulates a real business environment.

625 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3)

In-depth examination of important behavioral and organizational issues aimed at informing and sensitizing students in order to enhance their conceptual and social efficacy. Topics include organizational structure and design, perception, motivation, decision making, interpersonal relationships, groups, work procedures.

627 Production/Operations Management Foundations (3)

Broad study of production system that is part of all manufacturing and service organizations. Examines, in a variety of organizational settings, the process design, facilities deployment, materials management, and quality control problems and opportunities related to creation of goods and services.

631 Strategic Management (3)

Capstone course examining process, structure, and context of strategic management. Emphasis is placed on developing a strategic perspective by integrating knowledge from various functional areas in the M.B.A. program. To be taken during the last term of student's program.

646 Field Study (6)

Integrative course to provide M.B.A. student opportunity to research the actual performance of business as practiced in the contemporary international and domestic environment. Seeks to develop practical research skills. Acts as a focus for integrating the functional content of prior M.B.A. course work. Cross-listed with MKT 646. Summer only.

654 Human Resource Management (3)

Views human resource management from perspective of the general manager. Managers, regardless of functional area or specialization, are frequently involved in recruiting, selecting, training, appraising performance, compensating, motivating and disciplining employees they supervise. All of these activities are shown to affect firm performance.

655 Studies in Operations Planning and Scheduling (3)

Overview of classical planning and scheduling models as well as integrating concepts that evolved from the Theory of Constraints. Effect-Cause-Effect and evaporating clouds are used as decision-making techniques.

658 Negotiation and Conflict Management (1)

Provides M.B.A. students with negotiation and conflict management theory. Through exercises students gain experience in resolving a variety of conflicts through negotiation. Negotiation situations covered will build from single party, single issues one-time interactions to multi-party, multi-issue, continuing relationships. Students become skilled in dispute resolution systems and learn to design such systems for use in their work lives.

681 Special Studies in Management (1-3; maximum 6)

Intensive reading or research in a selected field of advanced management. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

700 Thesis (3-6)

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