Management & Entrepreneurship

Management Courses

The management curriculum provides the student with an appreciation of the nature and capabilities of organizational resources and how the manager acquires, utilizes, and maintains an optimum resource mix in the organizational setting. The curriculum integrates current knowledge of human behavior and physical resources to form a unified, systems philosophy of management. The primary objective of the management curriculum and program is to provide students with concepts and understandings that lead to effective management decisions.


3305 Organizational Behavior
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing

This course provides an introduction to the managerial process through a study of the organization as a social systems. Emphasis is placed on presenting practical skills that will facilitate the student's transition to the workplace. Topics examined include management philosophy, employee motivation. job satisfaction, managerial effectiveness, leadership, group dynamics, managerial communication. time management, organizational politics, conflict management, creativity and risk taking, and planning and management.

3320 Distribution Management
Prerequisite(s):QBA 2302

This course focuses on the distribution process from point of manufacturer to the point of use. Major topics include: evolution and trends in distribution, structure of durable and non-durable goods industries, types of distribution intermediaries, customer and market segmentation functions performed by distributors and their strategic allies, common financial terminology used in distribution, fundamental elements of distributor finance, alternative performance measures, application of technology to the distribution process, and the like.

3325 Operations Management
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in QBA 2305

A survey of the most critical aspects of managing the operation of a business in order to efficiently produce and deliver goods and services to the customer. Topics include decision making, productivity management, inventory analysis, quality assurance, project management, supply chain management. enterprise resource planning, scheduling, and constraint management. This course emphasizes the latest management practices and utilizes computer simulations and other experiential exercises us learning tools. Students also participate in a hands-on project that requires them to apply the concepts learned in class to a real-world organization.

4305 Principled Leadership
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

This class is designed to challenge students to consider the principles they use or will use to lead others and contribute to positive change. Participants will discuss principles and examine role models that live out virtues that serve as the basis for servant leadership and ethical behavior. Moreover, students will be involved in helping the Waco community through applying their personal and business skills in Students in Free Enterprise service learning projects.

4320 Negotiating and Conflict Resolution
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

Enhances individual effectiveness in the workplace through the provision of an advanced understanding of negotiating through the development of specific negotiating skills. Discussions and skill-building exercises in the class are focused broadly and include informal and formal negotiations between multiple departments, and so on. Because effective negotiating is fundamental to an individual's survival and prosperity within an organization, knowledge of negotiating concepts and development of negotiation skills are critical.

4330 Project Management (Cross-listed as MIS 4330)
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in MIS 1305 (or equivalent competencies); and MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students

This course covers concepts and issues important to effective project management including project planning, budgeting, scheduling, auditing, project termination, and the role of the project manager. Methodologies for monitoring and controlling projects, risk analysis, and resource allocation are also presented. The student will learn how to apply Microsoft Project software to real life projects and learn how to effectively manage projects in both single and multi-project environments. This course is also designed to help the student prepare for certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

4333 Procurement and Materials Management
Prerequisite(s):MGT 3325 or concurrent enrollment; not open to pre-business students

This course provides the student with the opportunity to analyze problems and issues encountered by managers as they consolidate buying power across the entire firm by aligning purchase governments with corporate strategy, developing and communicating purchasing policies, streamlining tactical purchasing functions, and expanding the strategic responsibilities of purchasing. Mastery of the material presented in this course will enable the student to assist his or her firm in building, achieving, and sustaining purchasing organization.

4336 Personnel/Human Resource Management

Prerequisite(s: MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

A study of the human resource management profession. Specific personnel functions to be studied include recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, discipline, and equal employment opportunity laws and cases. Emphasis throughout is the personnel manager's role in organizational effectiveness.

MGT 4337 Human Resource Staffing and Employee Relations
Prerequisite: MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

This course provides an overview of HR staffing systems from the acquisition of human resources through managing employee relations, with the aim of improving organizational effectiveness. Through hands-on activities and classroom discussions, students learn how to obtain and retain the right people in business. Topics such as labor market trends, job analysis, recruitment, interviewing, psychological testing, HR selection decision-making, retention management, and labor relations are discussed. Major labor relations laws, grievance procedures, and labor management cooperation are also covered.

4338 Compensation Management

Prerequisite(s): MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

A study of the total reward system. Topics examined include job content and context factors, job evaluation, wage surveys, wage and salary administration, incentives and noncash benefits, and performance appraisals. Emphasis is on developing and maintaining an adequate and equitable compensation system for all employees.

4340 Technology Entrepreneurship (Cross-Listed as ENT 4340)
See ENT 4340 for course information.

4345 Global Supply Chain Management

Prerequisite(s): MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students

Focuses on the principles and techniques used by managers to plan, schedule, contol, and evaluate the supply chain management strategies of world-class organizations. Good supply chain management practices will lead to a competitive advantage, while poor practices will hurt firm performance. Methodologies for supply chain analysis are developed and applied to topics such as designing the supply chain network, planning demand and supply, planning and managing inventories, and coordination and technology in the supply chain. Special attention is given to understanding facilities, inventory, transportation, and information as key drivers of supply chain performance.

4353 Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Cross-listed as ENT 4353)

Prerequisite(s): MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students

Is capitalism good for the poor? This course examines the morality of capitalism, the role of institutions in perpetuating or eliminating absolute poverty, and the contextual challenges of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the socio-cultural, political, economic, and technological challenges of doing business in the third world, we use organizational theory to design for-profit ventures that use appropriate technologies to create sustainable solutions to social problems Course projects are intended to produce organizations that will be partially owned and operated by the members of communities that benefit from their goods and services.

4355 Management Consulting
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in business and management consulting. The course emphasizes the development of critical analysis skills that are useful in analyzing organizations and systems as well as resolving more personal problems and conflicts. Specific topics include cause/effect analysis, identifying root causes of problems, resolving critical conflicts, developing creative breakthrough solutions, and identifying and overcoming obstacles that prevent the implementation of solutions. Students apply the concepts learned in class to analyze actual organizations. Practicing management consultants are invited as guest speakers.

4360 Managerial Field Experience
Prerequisite(s): MGT 4305 and 4350; not open to pre-business students

A practicum course that provides students with opportunities to apply concepts from previous management courses. Student teams work with managers to assist in routine management of a unit and/or to assist in solving specific managerial problems. Problems may be related to employee motivation, interdepartmental coordination, resistance to change, and so on.

4396 Distribution Management and Technology Internship
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3320; MGT 3325; and MGT 4333 with a grade of C or higher; Distribution Management and Technology majors only; not open to pre-business students

Internship in distribution management; fulfilled in cooperation with a firm that provides the student opportunities to participate directly in activities such as distribution, purchasing and materials management, and supply chain management.

4398 Special Studies in Management
Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor and chair;not open to pre-business students

Independent study under the direct supervision of a management department faculty member.
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