Areas of Focus within the Management Major
For those who are interested in managing a small business, perhaps a family owned business, or who are interested in starting their own business. The introductory course MANAGMNT 341 provides an overview of entrepreneurship. The student will learn how to analyze the risks and rewards of a business opportunity, how to anticipate the obstacles that must be overcome in starting and managing a new venture, and will know what skills and resources are required for success. The Small Business course MANAGMNT 446 is a hands-on, consulting class in which student teams diagnose and solve problems of local small business organizations. Additional courses include: MANAGMNT 591G Entrepreneurship Planning and Analysis.
Students interested in this area are encouraged to contact Professor James Theroux, Flavin Professor of Entrepreneurship.
In an interconnected world, the issues managers deal with often cut across local and global divides. Courses in international management give you the knowledge to understand these issues at a global level. These courses will encourage you to question what you take for granted, and to ask what management in other cultures could be. The goal of these courses is not to find out how other cultures are to be `managed', rather, it is to learn to adopt an exploratory attitude that will sharpen your analytical skills and increase your sensitivity to other cultures.
Courses include: SCH-MGMT 391A Intro. to Global Business, MANAGMNT 394G Behavior in a Global Economy, MANAGMNT 397I Global Markets, Global Culture?, MANAGMNT 448 International Management, as well as internationally oriented courses in the other departments.
If you're interested in spending a semester or year abroad the Management major is a good choice for you.
Human Resource Management
Personnel or Human Resource Management is concerned with the effective management of people in organizations. It involves the actions and decisions of management and human resource specialists that affect the nature of the relationship between an organization and its employees. The introductory course required of all management majors (MANAGMNT 314) focuses on the major human resource activities such as recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, and performance evaluation. It also focuses on factors that are external to the organization but have an important impact on human resource activities such as laws and regulations, unions, economic conditions, and the composition of the work force.
Related courses include: MANAGMNT 331 (Administrative Theory), MANAGMNT 491A (Interpersonal Skills for Managers), MANAGMNT 495L (Leadership and Beyond).
Students interested in this field are encouraged to join The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and may contact Professor Ronald Karren for further information.
Outside the Department
Perhaps you'd like to use your free electives in a systematic way to build an area of competence falling outside the department or even the Isenberg School. In this case, you could choose from a wide variety of related electives offered across the University. Talk this over with your advisor to explore the possibilities.