University Catalog 2005-2006

Management (MGMT)

School of Management

If a student takes noncore, upper-level business courses before acceptance to the School of Management, those courses will not count on an undergraduate degree application for any major in the school (except as general elective credit). A grade of C or better must be presented on the graduation application for each upper-level course in the major. Prerequisites are strictly enforced. Degree status is defined as formal admission to SOM.

301 Managing People and Organizations (3:3:0) Prerequisites: completion of one of COMM 100, 101, 104, 220, or 260; and sophomore standing. Explores how individuals behave in the workplace, and how group and organizational structures affect individual behavior. Topics include individual differences, groups and teams, managing conflict, negotiation, stress, diversity, influence, leadership, and motivational theories and techniques. Half lecture, half lab; format provides students opportunities to discuss and apply concepts throughout semester.

312 Principles and Practices of Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Builds on fundamental theories and concepts learned in MGMT 301 by examining the nature of managerial work under a range of business models and under rapidly changing business conditions. Managerial functions and activities such as planning, strategizing, organizing, controlling, and directing examined in depth and in the context of current organizational examples and scenarios.

321 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Human capital is the most important asset to most firms. The field of human resources examines what can or should be done to make workers more productive and satisfied. Course builds on MGMT 301 by introducing key concepts and techniques that managers need to best attract, retain and develop, compensate, and motivate quality talent. Also emphasizes legal and ethical considerations in human resource management.

412 Diversity in Organizations (3:3:0)Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Builds on MGMT 301 by emphasizing the skills to address organizational issues of visible and invisible diversities. Examines ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and thought; also covers diversity as a legal issue and lever for improved individual and organizational performance.

413 Organizational Development and Management Consulting (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Introduces theory, concepts and practice of organization development and behavioral science, theory of organizations. Assuming some basic knowledge of organizational behavior, addresses how to use knowledge about organizations to change organizations, to improve themselves. Initial focus is ways of understanding organizations with attention to the theoretical underpinnings of the field and diagnostic models, and on processes for entering organizations. Later sessions focus on contracting, data collection, organizational diagnosis, data feedback, and change technologies. Students consult to actual organizations to learn the process and method of organization development consultation.

421 Advanced Human Resource Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301, 321; degree status. Builds on MGMT 321 by using case-based approach to deepen studentsÕ understanding of HRM best practices. Students conduct projects requiring the application of important strategic human resource processes. In addition, advanced topics not thoroughly covered in MGMT 321 are discussed, such as international HRM. Relevant for any management major, and of particular importance for management majors seeking a career in human resource management. Course helps prepare students for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam, which is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

431 Employee Relations (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Focuses on employee relations issues from historical and current perspectives; intended for management majors interested in pursuing a career in HRM.

451 New Venture Creation (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Exposes students to the process of conceptualizing and creating a new venture. Using the central concepts of innovation, strategic opportunities, and globalization, students learn to evaluate new venture opportunities and consider external environmentÕs impact. Students also gain a greater understanding of entrepreneurial concepts by developing business plans in which they address issues critical to starting a firm, including management composition and structure, effective business and functional strategies, operational logistics, legal issues, financial projections, and financing options.

461 Cross Cultural and Global Management (3:3:0) Prerequisite: MGMT 301 and degree status. Explores theory and practice of managing culturally diverse organizations in domestic and international contexts. Topics include management customs and practices in different regions of the world, crosscultural communication and learning, and the development of culturally and internationally sophisticated employees and managers.

462 Honors Seminar in Management (3:0:0) Prerequisite: invitation by professor. Topic and format vary. In-depth study of a topic of interest to managers and organizations. Enrollment limited and competitive.

463 Negotiations in Organizations (3:3:0) Prerequisite: MGMT 301 and degree status. Focuses on theory, processes, and practice of negotiation within and across organizations, including attention to ethical issues. Explores systematic ways to increase the quality of negotiated agreements, including methods of preparation and use of rational assumption, bidding and decision criteria. Format includes negotiation exercises, lecture, and discussion.

464 Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Focuses on intensive development of a high professional-level skill set for collaboration and leadership in contemporary environments. Builds on content introduced in MGMT 301, 312. Attention to developing personal leadership capabilities, collaborating in traditional and virtual environments, improving group processes, project management, tolerating ambiguity, improving communication, creative problem solving, time management, coaching, and empowering employees.

471 Competitive Strategy (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Explores industry structures and competitive behavior of firms. Attention to how a firm uses tangible, intangible, and human resources to develop a sustainable competitive advantage, and on how competitors interact in the marketplace. Introduces tools and concepts to analyze industry dynamics and competitive interactions of firms within these industries.

491 Current Topics in Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 312; degree status. Advanced study of management concepts and selected topics. Incorporates intensive analysis of management problems of long-term strategic significance or current urgency for organizational planning and operations. Significant contemporary research findings included.

493 Management of Technology (3:3:0) Prerequisites: MGMT 301; degree status. Uses general manager perspective to explore relationships among technology, competition, and development of competitive advantage. Readings and discussions help explain how firms can exploit technology, whether they should invest in new technologies, and how they should respond to technological threats. Includes project on advanced technologies issues of particular relevance to MasonÕs business -community.

499 Independent Study (1-3:0:0) Prerequisite: management majors with at least 9 upper-level management credits. Research and analysis of selected problems or topics in management must be arranged with instructor and approved in writing by associate dean for undergraduate programs. Written report required.