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Management Courses (MGMT)

School of Business Administration

If a student takes noncore, upper-level business administration courses prior to acceptance to the School of Business Administration, 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.

302 Organizational Behavior and Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Completion of at least 60 semester hours including COMM 100, 101, 220, or 260. Review and application of major theoretical issues in organizational behavior. Analysis and critique of research methods used in the field. Particular emphasis on microfactors and their application to development of effective managerial styles.

312 Principles of Management (3:3:0). Discussion of principles of management, emphasizing managerial functions. Emphasis on internal management of organizations with advanced, in-depth study of theoretical and behavioral concepts as applied to practical management problems.

321 Human Resource Management (3:3:0). Presentation of principles and procedures related to recruitment and selection of a labor force, grievance and disciplinary procedures, problems involved in collective bargaining, pay policies, merit rating, promotion, and training. Emphasis is on their relationship to management.

331 Employee-Management Relations (3:3:0). Examination of American trade unions and unionism. Topics include the labor contract, the bargaining processes, the philosophy of unionism, the use of bargaining techniques for nonwage issues, the legal context of labor-management relations, the responsibilities and duties of unions and management, and the political-economic impact of unionism.

341 Business Communication (3:3:0). Introduction to theory and practice of effective business communication. This includes inquiry into principles of communication, communicating through correspondence and reports, and business research methods.

381 Management Problem Solving and Decision Making (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 302. Application of principles and techniques of management to cases drawn from business, public, and nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is on internal management of organizations, applications of systems theory and methodology, and techniques used to analyze problems effectively.

391 Special Topics in Management (3:3:0). Objective is to offer coherent and organized coverage of important contemporary topics. Specific topics will be announced when course is scheduled.

411 Organization Theory and Development (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 302. Study of complex organizations from the perspective of developing theoretical models and applied research designs. Emphasis is on systems approach as an integrative framework. Organization development techniques for effective management of change are provided through analytical and experimental exercises.

421 Current Issues in Human Resource Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 321. In-depth, experience-based examination of the more complex areas of human resource management: wage and salary allocation, internal communications, fringe benefits, administration, management development, and employee training.

431 Labor Legislation and Collective Bargaining (3:3:0). Study of the institutional framework of collective bargaining with two distinct focuses. The first is on major events in employee relations from English Common Law through the present day; the second includes an in-depth practice of employment negotiation ¬its participants, techniques, issues, and legal environment, plus evaluation of the outcome.

451 Small Business Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 312. Study of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial organizations through use of Small Business Institute (SBI) cases. Emphasis on the entrepreneurial process and the factors affecting behavior. SBI cases come from a variety of high-technology and service-related businesses.

471 Organizational Management and Environmental Change (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 302 or 312. An examination of organizational management concepts and applications in response to changing environments. The organizational impact of various stakeholders, as well as the interaction between organizations and processes, are reviewed. Management practices, structures, and processes are emphasized.

491 Seminar in Management (3:3:0). Prerequisites: MGMT 302 and 312. Advanced study of management concepts and selected topics and intensive analysis of management problems that represent long-term strategic significance or current urgency for organizational planning and operations. Significant contemporary research findings are included.

492 Field Experience in Management (3:3:0). Prerequisites: MGMT 302 and 312. Faculty-governed field experience in a Northern Virginia business. Teams of students, matched with client firms through the Entrepreneurship Center, propose action plans relating to a major problem or opportunity faced by the company.

493 Management of Technology (3:3:0). Prerequisites: MGMT 302, MKTG 301, and DESC 301. Cross listed as DESC 493. Technology development and implementation is a key to business success in the 21st century. This course examines issues involved in managing technology including technological lifecycles, sourcing technology (internal or external development), choosing to lead or to follow in innovation, and designing the innovative organization.

498 Business Strategy and Policy (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Final semester and FNAN 301, MGMT 302, and MKTG 301. A capstone course designed to acquaint the student with the nature of strategic management and the shaping of business policy. Emphasis is on managerial decision making as it relates to business strategy formation and implementation in large, medium, and small enterprises, both domestic and international.

499 Independent Study (1-3:0:0). Prerequisite: Management majors with at least nine upper-level management credit hours. Research and analysis of selected problems or topics in management must be arranged with an instructor and approved in writing by the Undergraduate Program Director before registration. Written report required.

Graduate Business Institute

600 Organizational Behavior and Development (3:3:0). Development, theories, and practice of management within organizations. Particular emphasis on human behavior and how it influences organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Student skills improved through case studies, readings, exercises, and class discussion.

711 Organization Theory (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 600. Surveys the theoretical and empirical literature in organization theory, including organization/environment relationships, organization structure, organization design, and dynamic processes in organizations. Focus on understanding theory, evaluating research, and recognizing factors that influence organizational effectiveness.

721 Seminar in Personnel Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 600. Current and emerging theories and practices of manpower management. Problems of white-collar and professional employees in "knowledge" industries. Research in contemporary problems.

722 Seminar in Staff Planning (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 600. Introduces the study of concepts and issues in human resource staffing and planning, which is a natural base for work in the general personnel function of an organization.

750 Strategy and Policy Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Final 12 hours of M.B.A. program; corequisite: BULE 700. Provides students with an integrative learning experience by examining the strategic management concepts and practices across all operational and functional areas. A generalist, senior-level executive perspective emphasized. Case studies, lectures, group projects, and field work.

751 Small Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 600. Small business and its economic, competitive, and social environment. Lectures, case studies, and research illustrate and develop solutions to potential problems of initiating, organizing, and managing a small business.

791 Seminar in Current Management Problems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGMT 600. Develops practical solutions to selected problems of managers. Readings, discussion, case analysis, and action exercises.

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