Introduction to Business
This course provides an opportunity to learn the role business plays in society on a national and international level. Students will have the opportunity to explore their roles as consumers, employees, or investors. They will have the opportunity to learn about corporate socially responsibility. Students will also explore how global politics and economics impacts business strategy and management decisions. This course provides a useful link between liberal arts studies and the business world. Fall and Spring. Group: II. Social Systems Thematic Course.
The managerial activities of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are examined as they are carried out at various levels in profit, nonprofit, government, and health care organizations. Concepts covered include; understanding the manager's job, strategic and tactical planning, organization design, analyzing and motivating performance, leading versus managing, managing teamwork, and controlling operations. Fall.
Prerequisite MN 101 or permission. Group: II.
Organizational Change: Strategies and Methods
Organizational Change: Strategies and Methods is a multi-disciplinary course incorporating organizational change contracting, strategic change analysis and planning, intervention methods, and change skills development. The mission of the course is to introduce students to the world of facilitating organizational change as it’s actually practiced. There is a mix of course content in the form of change models based on an organization’s needs and the methods used by practitioners to achieve planned change goals. There is also an emphasis on inclusive leadership, social responsibility, and communication skills typically required to manage and improve organizational effectiveness. The course would make use of lectures, case analysis, and experiential exercises. The course is specifically intended for students who are majoring, or are seriously considering a major, in Management and Organizational Change. Spring.
Prerequisite: MN 101, MN 211, or permission. Group: II.
The effects of diverse political, economic, and social systems on global business are explored in this course. Students will examine the impact of multinational companies and how international business is managed in small and large organizations. Offered selectively.
The Nonprofit Organization
This course exposes students to the role and scope of the nonprofit organization in our country. Specific topics include: voluntary organization management and leadership; inclusive leadership style; the dynamic functions and membership structure of nonprofit organizations, including staff, board, and other volunteer relations; governance and management of nonprofit organizations; resource mobilization; program development, management, and evaluation; scope of philanthropy; and the role of volunteerism in a democratic society. Offered selectively. Group: II.
Human Resource Management
Starting with the critical HR functions of recruitment, selection, training, performance analysis, and compensation in organizations, this course explores the range of behaviors and issues involved in managing an organization’s most crucial resource—its employees. Topics covered include behavioral interviewing, mentoring, coaching, performance appraisal, affirmative action, sexual harassment, union/management relations, safety and health issues. Approaches to motivation and leadership in the workplace are explored. Fall, alternate years.
Prerequisite: MN 211. Group II
Business Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Organizations continue to grow more complex as mergers, acquisitions, and increasingly sophisticated technologies tie together far-flung domestic and international operations. This course provides learners with an understanding of the dynamics of organizations, as they explore management practices and new models of leadership, including the inclusive leadership model. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the business leader’s style and its relationship to the effectiveness of the organization, both from an internal and external customer satisfaction standpoint. Using selected simulations, case studies, experiential exercises and readings, students explore how leaders operate in organizations as they accomplish goals, and adapt to change. Spring.
Prerequisite: MN 211. Group: II.
What is involved in starting a new business venture? Students learn about the start-up process, including how to assess opportunities, obtain financing, and plan for launching, managing, and growing a new business. Preparing a detailed, written business plan is a key component of this course. The focus is on starting a small business. Fall, alternate years. Prerequisite: MN 211 Group: II.
A variety of legal principles and considerations affecting business operations are explored. Specific areas of the law covered include forms of business organization, contracts, personal injury law (including product liability), labor and employment law, consumer protection, and real estate law. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission. Group: II.
Methods for Managerial Decision Making
This course exposes students to the quantitative techniques and qualitative ideas necessary for managerial problem-solving and decision making. In the context of Total Quality Management, students learn managerial concepts, analytical tools, and team skills. MN 351 is a core requirement for the major in Management and Organizational Change. Fall 2011. Spring.
Prerequisite: MN 211 or permission Group: II.
Senior Seminar in Business and Management
The capstone course in the Management and Organizational Change Program serves to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through the development of managerial and organizational change strategies to ensure the character and success of profit and nonprofit organizations. Fall.
Prerequisite: Senior status.
Senior Internship (6 credits)
The internship provides a carefully selected work experience in an organizational setting related to each student’s special interests and career goals. Interns work a minimum of 16 hours per week at corporate or nonprofit sites where they acquire and enhance their career skills. A required seminar focuses on issues arising in the workplace. Students keep a journal, read articles related to their work experience, and consolidate their learning in class discussions. Spring.
Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of the Department.