Organization Theory and Design
This course focuses on the classical and modern aspects of organizations and the role of managers as leaders and facilitators of change. Organizational theory and design are introduced to understand the implementation of policy within the organization. This course emphasizes design concepts that impact employee motivation, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, leadership, teams, and organizational culture of the context of both emerging theory and current/future practice.
Leadership Development and Change Management
This course is focused on the development of organizational skills which are essential to successful managers in today’s business environment. This course will include an analysis of the individual student’s leadership style and communications skills and a discussion of the individual’s personal goals, values and a reflection of their world views. This course will also develop the individual’s abilities in change management, team building, negotiations and conflict management.
The rapidly changing business of management, including its new paradigms, cultures, challenges, techniques, and opportunities is the focus of this course. The content and future direction of leadership and management, including organizational architecture and the "virtual" enterprise, morale, motivation, productivity, diversity, teamwork, the changing contract between worker and organization, and the effect of changing expectations on reward systems are closely examined.
Analysis of Decision Making
The conceptual review of fast-evolving modern techniques and methodologies used for decision making is the focus of this course. Use of these methods by corporations, private institutions and government is growing rapidly. Decision theories and practices covered include the traditional methods of management science and the recent practical applications of decision trees and game theory. The course explores methods application to a wide range of decision making situations, ranging from capital investment decisions to the development of strategies for international diplomacy. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding, rather than mastering a precise set of mathematical tools and techniques.
Performance Management— Metrics, Measurement, and Control
This course provides a broad survey of control procession in organizations through an emphasis on financial reports and accounting processes, human performance measurement and the use of metrics for enabling high performance, and accountability. From this study, an appreciation is developed for how an organization can establish performance management processes that enable, sustain, and improve organization performance.
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Procedures
This is an intensive survey course with a focus on a comprehensive study of the development and growth of the labor movement in the United States. The evolution of the legal framework for collective bargaining in the private sector is reviewed, including current laws and administrative procedures. The collective bargaining process and the administration of an agreement are covered, using grievance handling and dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation.
Ethical Issues in Management
This course focuses on current moral issues in business and identifies ethical concepts that provide the foundation for issue resolution. The reasoning process utilized in the application of ethical concepts to business moral dilemmas is examined.
Leadership and Communication
This course is an overview of the standards, procedures, and responsibilities of an organization as it engages in the internal and external dissemination of information. Issues in and procedures for achieving effective communication based on modern research and applications are addressed.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
This course focuses on the legal and ethical aspects of organizations through a primary emphasis on contractual agreements under the uniform commercial code and employment and labor law. Ethical origins are explored and emphasized in a way that enables students to understand their ethical principles and framework as a foundation of management and leadership effectiveness.
Diversity in the Workplace
This course is designed to make the student think about diverse individuals in the workplace and aspects of diversity such as race, religion, sex, and ethnicity. Because each individual brings a special uniqueness to the workplace, an in-depth exploration of this topic is essential.
This course focuses on public relations and the deliberate, planned, and sustained effort to establish and maintain mutual understanding between an organization and the general public.
Integrative Independent Study Project A
This course is an introduction to organizational research. It focuses principally on the qualitative research paradigm used by practitioners to solve organizational problems. In this course, students learn and apply the ethical foundations for research and also a research process that includes the development of research problems and questions, the use of literature in research, and the establishment of a methodology for solving problems or creating new learning. The course is intended to prepare the student for their capstone MGT 8800 Integrative Independent Study Project B through the development of a research proposal that may be taken into the student’s culminating independent study project.
Strategy in Organizations
This course explores the role of strategy and its creative use through the various schools of strategic design that include planning, analysis, visionary processes, mental and emergent processes, negotiation, and environment. An appreciation of the contributions and limitations of the various schools of strategy is developed and from it emerges a coherent understanding of how strategy impacts organizations. In this course, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of their strategic preferences as practicing managers and leaders.
MSM students may apply for an approved internship to meet one of the two open electives in their program. An MSM internship offers students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in business. Through this experience, the student gains a practical understanding of work in the industry, experience on the job, enhancement of skills learned in the classroom, and contacts with professionals in the business world. Upon selection for an approved internship, MSM students must complete a minimum of 150 hours of compensated or uncompensated work within a 14-week semester. MSM students must have completed a minimum 18 credits in the MSM core and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prereq: Completion of 18-credits in MSM core.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all MSM core courses
Integrative Independent Study Project B
The MGT 8800 Integrative Independent Study Project is the culminating three credit hour course that combines theory and practice executed through a research methodology for the application of knowledge and skills which were acquired in regular course work. It is a comprehensive and integrative experience that enables a student to demonstrate the capacity to synthesize and apply knowledge from an organizational perspective. The documentation process culminates with an approved, completed project. Project approval must be received from the project mentor.