Advances in business knowledge and technology have radically changed business systems, organization structures and processes. As a result, critical to today's businesses is the ability to get the right information to the right people at the right time, so that both strategic and operational decisions are made properly and quickly. Students majoring in Management and Entrepreneurship will learn to recognize the pivotal role that information plays in the business world and to use their knowledge to increase business competitiveness.
Students completing the management and entrepreneurship area of emphasis are viewed by potential employers as having the education required to successfully compete in the team-oriented, horizontally organized and globally competitive environments of the 21st century. The Management and Entrepreneurship area of emphasis prepares students for careers managing people, operations and information.
Management and Entrepreneurship students must choose one of three tracks: Human Resource Management, Information Management, or Operations Management.
Human Resource (HR) Management Track
Human Resource Management deals with activities related to people such as hiring, rewards, and development. Effective HR Management allows employees to contribute to the company’s accomplishment of its goals and objectives. The human resource management track provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn certification in human resources from the Society of Human Resources, the principal professional society in the field.
Graduates are qualified to act as human resource generalists in small, medium, and large companies; specialists in organizations with focused human resource units; or well-rounded general managers in any organization. Recent HR Management graduates have gotten jobs with Level 3, Vail Resorts, Stryker, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and many other world-class employers.
There are three required courses in the HR Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.
In addition, students in the HR Management track must complete three of the following courses:
- MGMT 4010: Redefining the Employee-Employer Relationship
- MGMT 4020: Hiring and Retaining Critical Human Resources
- MGMT 4030: Managing Employee Reward Systems
- MGMT 4040: Individual, Team, and Organizational Development
Students focusing on HR are also encouraged to take INBU 4300 International Management as a business elective.
Information Management Track
The most significant enabler of quality decision making is information management. Useful information must be captured and organized in a way that it is usable so managers can understand how much value is being added by the organization’s activities. Students graduating from the Information Management track are exposed to a wide range of tools, methods, and techniques for addressing issues such as the selection and implementation of new technologies. These technologies are used to get the right information to the right people at the right time.
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After completing the Information Management track, students find opportunities as consultants, business analysts, project managers, systems analysts, web developers, database administrators, IT auditors, software developers and many other interesting and rewarding careers. Recent Information Management graduates have gotten jobs with Google, Facebook, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Hitachi Consulting, Ernst & Young, Rally Software, Conoco Phillips, Brocade, and many other world-class employers.
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Leeds Association for Information Systems
Students interested in finding more information about career opportunities available with the Information Management track are encouraged to join the Leeds Association for Information Systems (LAIS). LAIS works closely with the faculty, corporate sponsors, and the Leeds School of Business. Find more information at the LAIS club page or at our Facebook group.
There are three required courses in the Information Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.
In addition, students in the Information Management track must complete three of the following courses:
- MGMT 4210: Systems Thinking (Was OPIM 3000)
- MGMT 4220: Business Technologies (Was OPIM 3101)
- MGMT 4230/5230: Design of Usable Business Systems (Was OPIM 4510/5510)
- MGMT 4140: Project Management (Was OPIM 4850 and MGMT 4085)
Students inclined toward careers in technical information systems are encouraged to also take programming courses as business electives (MGMT 2010 Business Application Programming) or as non-business electives (CSCI 1300 Programming or ATLS 3519 Applied Java Programming).
Operations Management Track
The principal function of any organization is the efficient creation and delivery of products and services to its customers (operations). The operations management track focuses on this creative process and identifies how organizations use productivity, quality, flexibility, timeliness, and technology to compete and prevail in their markets. Students graduating from the operations management track will have a broad understanding of the importance of operations in the success of any organization, and will be qualified to serve in entry-level line management positions and as general managers later in their careers.
After completing the Operations Management track, students find opportunities as production managers, quality assurance managers, logistics managers, purchasing analysts, consultants, project managers and many other interesting and rewarding careers. Recent Operations Management graduates have gotten jobs with Pepsi Beverages, Covidien, Leprino Foods, Staples, Vail Resorts and many other world-class employers.
There are three required courses in the Operations Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.
In addition, students in the Operations Management track must complete three of the following courses:
- MGMT 4110: Supply Chain Management (Was OPIM 4050)
- MGMT 4120: Managing Business Processes (Was OPIM 4060)
- MGMT 4130: Sustainable Operations (Was MGMT 4080)
- MGMT 4140: Project Management (Was OPIM 4850 and MGMT 4085)
Students focusing on Operations are also encouraged to take MGMT 4150 International Operations as a business elective.
BCOR 2300: Adding Value with Management
Focuses on how modern business firms compete in the global marketplace by adding value. Examines the value-chain of a firm and how firms use people, organizations, operations, and information systems to compete and win in world markets. Also covers contemporary issues such as total quality management, process reengineering, teams and team building, employee empowerment, and horizontal organizations. Prereq., BCOR 1010 and successful completion of the EXCEL proficiency exam. Restricted to students with a minimum of 26 hours. Formerly BCOR 2150.
BPOL 7560: Ph.D. Seminar: Micro-Entrepreneurship
Provides doctoral students with an understanding of strategic management and entrepreneurship theory, as applied to international business and technology management literatures. Additionally, students are exposed to research methods in the strategy and entrepreneurship arenas. Prereqs. BPOL 7500 and 7530.
ESBM 4570: Entrepreneurial Finance
Focuses on the financial concepts, issues, methods, and industry practices relevant to entrepreneurial decision makers. Addresses a variety of topics including financial valuation, various sources of funds, structures and legal issues in arranging financing, the private and public venture capital markets, and preparation for, and execution of, an initial public securities offering. Provides an understanding of the segments of the capital markets specializing in start-ups and growth financing. Prereqs., BCOR 2200 and ESBM 3700. Restricted to students with 52 hours completed.
ESBM 4830: Entrepreneurship Business Planning and Preparation
In-depth preparation for writing a business plan for a new business venture. Prereqs., ESBM 3700 and 4570. Same as EMEN 4825.
Uses computer programming to teach a complex problem solving skill. Objectives are: (1) learn to decompose a complex problem into manageable sub-problems. This method is applicable to any complex business problem but best exemplified in programming. (2) Understand the core concepts of programming such as variable, object model, and control flow–that will help not only appreciate what's behind modern technologies but also better understand business process models.
MGMT 3100: Managing Service Operations
Examines concepts, tools and techniques used in the management of service operations. Focuses on how firms add value and compete with high quality and efficient services. Emphasizes the use of models for designing new services and improving the effectiveness of service processes. Studies the application of technology in the context of productivity, growth and the globalization of services. Prereqs. BCOR 1010, 1020, 2500, and 52 hours completed. Formerly OPIM 3030.
Surveys the sources of competitive advantage in a global economy.
Explores developments in such areas as employee relations law and procedures, employee and employer rights, worker involvement programs, environmental safety and health, and the effects of technology on emerging organization forms.
MGMT 4020: Hiring and Retaining Critical Human Resources
Allows students the opportunity to practice conducting job analyses and then use this information to develop employee selection and performance appraisal systems. Provides thorough coverage of employers' equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations, as well as various approaches to gender, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Prereq., BCOR 2150 or BCOR 2300. Restricted to students with 52 hours completed.
MGMT 4030: Managing Employee Reward Systems
Examines theories of work motivation and relates themto the strategic use of compensation and other reward systems. Topics include procedures for managing base pay; linking pay incentives to productivity at the individual, group, and organizational levels; developing cost-effective programs of employee benefits; and the use of nonfinancial reward systems. Prereq., BCOR 2150 or BCOR 2300. Restricted to students with 52 hours completed.
MGMT 4040: Individual, Team, and Organizational Development
Explores how to determine where an organization needs to focus its development efforts, how to develop and deliver an effective training program, and how to evaluate the impact of development programs on organizational effectiveness. Explores individual, team, and organization-wide development, including such topics as skills training, team building, and managing change. Student teams work with local businesses to practice applying the course material to practical problems. Prereq., BCOR 2150 or BCOR 2300. Restricted to students with 52 hours completed.
MGMT 4080: Project Management
Acquaints the student with multidisciplinary aspects of project management, including the relationship between schedule, project cost, and performance. Uses qualitative and quantitative tools to facilitate project management skills. Prereqs., BCOR 1010, 1020, 2500 and 52 hours completed. OPIM major students should not take this course. Formerly OPIM 4080.
Explores the key issues related to the design and management of supply chains.
MGMT 4120: Managing Business Processes
Covers the concepts and tools to design and manage business processes. Emphasizes modeling an analysis, information technology support for process activities, and management of process flows. Graphical simulation software is used to create dynamic models of business processes and predict the effect of changes. Prepares students for a strong management or consulting career path in business processes. Prereqs., BCOR 1010, 1020, 2500, and 52 hours completed. Formerly OPIM 4060.
Sustainable Operations examines business strategies in response to environmental and social challenges. The course takes a pragmatic business perspective on improving operations across the value chain. Grounded in eco-efficiency, life-cycle thinking and a dose of investigative skepticism, the course assists students to thoroughly understand the scope of costs, benefits and risks associated with driving toward sustainable operations. Provides students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in developing sustainable business strategies to meet the real-world needs of small business entrepreneurs in developing countries. Students teams work with Peace Corps volunteers and other social entrepreneurs who are addressing social and environmental issues. Prerequisites: BCOR 2150 or 2300 and 52 hours completed. Also listed as CESR 4130.
MGMT 4150: International Operations Management
Compares systems of production/operations management in the United States with those in Japan, Europe, and Asia. Contrasts various regional and national approaches to business, quality management, labor practices, management styles, international competitiveness, productivity, distribution systems, trade practices, and strategies for penetrating foreign markets. Examines different sociocultural environments, government-business relationships, banking industries, operations strategies, and the potential for transferring industrial management practices and techniques between countries. Prereq., BCOR 2150 or BCOR 2300. Restricted to students with 52 hours completed. Same as OPIM 4065.
Acquaints the student with multidisciplinary aspects of project management, including the relationship between schedule, project cost, and performance.
MGMT 4210: Systems Thinking
This course is an introduction to systems thinking and the analysis of the interactions of a complex collection of people, processes, organizations, and technologies. Students learn to be creative and critical thinkers who can conceptually model the very complex systems we encounter in our world today. Prereqs., BCOR 1010, 1020, and 52 hours completed. Formerly OPIM 3000.
MGMT 4230: Design of Usable Business Systems
Focuses on the usefulness and usability of systems in organizations. Examines the bottom line implications of information systems and how to create systems that are easy to use for all potential users. Creative and critical thinking to design and build systems are stressed through individual and team exercises. Prereqs., BCOR 1010, 1020, 2500 and 52 hours completed. Formerly OPIM 4510.
MGMT 4820: Topics in Business
Experimental course offered irregularly for purpose presenting new subject matter in organization management. Same as MGMT 5820.
Offered irregularly to provide opportunity for investigation of new frontiers in Management.
MGMT 4850-1: Strategy: Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
This is a capstone course covering the issues and challenges of running a firm in a competitive environment from the perspective of the general manager. Designed to integrate and build upon coursework in other functional areas. Discusses principles, frameworks, and techniques that help managers and students understand how to analyze the competitive environment, firm source of competitive advantage, competitive dynamics, and specific types of strategies to promote firm performance. Prereqs., BCOR 2500, MGMT 3030, 102 hours completed. Formerly BCOR 4005
MGMT 4850-2: Strategy: IT-enabled Competitive Advantage
This is a capstone course covering the issues and challenges of running a firm in a competitive environment from the perspective of the general manager. The emphasis is on the use of information technology as an integral part of business strategy. It is not a technical course; rather, it addresses the question: why and how should information technologies be leveraged to shape and support strategic and entrepreneurial initiatives in today’s global landscape. Prereqs., BCOR 2500, MGMT 3030, 102 hours completed. Formerly BCOR 4005.
Requires prior consent of Department Chair, Dean and Instructor under whose direction study is taken. Intended only for exceptionally well-qualified business seniors who desire to study an advanced topic. Formerly SYST 4900, OPIM 4900.
Provides academically relevant work experience that complements students' studies and enhances their career potential.