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Strategy & Organizational Management Course Descriptions

Competitive Strategy (MGMT 44710)
This course studies how entrepreneurs and general managers might create investor value (above-normal returns) through the development and implementation of competitive strategies around market entry, exit, or expansion. Competitive strategy is a critical input to these firm decisions. To that end, we discuss and apply the key analytic competitive strategy concepts, frameworks and tools.

Employee Relations & Performance Management (MGMT 44429)
This course focuses on the employer-employee relationship at work, and how managers work with employees to improve employee performance. Attention is given to the history of labor relations and performance management in work settings, with an emphasis, however, on contemporary approaches to managing the employer-employee relationship and the systems for managing employee performance.

International Management (MGMT 45900)
This course focuses on the challenges top managers face in developing strategies and management policies in multinational corporations (MNCs). Major topics usually covered include foreign market entry strategies, motivations and organizational challenges of internationalization, analyzing global industries, managing MNC/host government relations, building competitive advantage in global industries, international alliances and acquisitions, structuring and controlling MNCs, risk management, and the country manager role.       

Leadership & Organizational Change (MGMT 44362)
Economic growth and prosperity requires that organizations have effective leaders. Fortunately, we can learn how to be better leaders. There is an impressive body of research about leadership theory and practice. Cases reflecting leader successes and failures can be used to improve leadership and avoid pitfalls. Leadership can be invigorating, challenging, and rewarding. It can also be stressful and attract criticism. In this course, we will consider a multitude of perspectives on leadership theory and practice. We will consider leadership in the context of organizational change. However, the principles of ethics and integrity will not be subject to change as they are fundamental to effective leadership.

Management of New Entrepreneurship (MGMT 48400)      
Analysis of problems and opportunities associated with starting and managing new and small firms. Topics include developing and appraising new business plans, raising capital, purchasing an established business, and dealing with problems of growth.

Managing Human Capital Globally (MGMT 44310)
Human capital – the collective knowledge, skills, and abilities of an organization’ people – is a critical source of competitive advantage for organizations. The challenge of developing and managing human capital is more complex today due to globalization. This course prepares individuals to manage a firm’s human capital in a global context. This course builds off of foundations in human resource management and organizational behavior to advance understanding of human and social capital for firms that operate or conduct business internationally. Students will gain insights into how to design and implement human capital management policies and programs that take into account the cultural, regulatory, and institutional diversity that global organizations face.

Manufacturing Strategy (MGMT 45200)
This course examines the management challenges posed by the growth in worldwide manufacturing capabilities, markets, and competition and by rapid advances in technology and the concomitant decline in product life cycles. The manufacturing function is considered within a broader context encompassing design, engineering, purchasing, marketing, and customer service in an effort to assess the degree to which existing management structures successfully meet the challenges arising from the changing manufacturing environment.

Negotiation & Decision Making  (MGMT 44690)
The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation so that you can negotiate successfully in organizational and management settings. This course covers a wide variety of negotiation problems faced by business people. In addition, models of effective and ineffective decision-making are introduced and students will have the opportunity to make decisions at both the individual and group levels.

Technology Strategy (MGMT 44810)
In today’s business environment, it is increasingly apparent that business success is driven by a firm’s ability to create and capture value through technology and innovation. Thus, the processes used by firms to develop new technologies, the choices they make regarding how to commercialize their technical knowledge, and the strategies they used to position and build a dominate competitive position all are important issues facing the firm. This course seeks to develop tools for understanding industry evolution with respect to new technology, forecast technological change, and understand the basis for technology in competitive advantage.

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