Undergraduate Management Courses

Undergraduate Management & Organization Courses
Management & Organization Major Core Courses
Management & Organization Consulting Courses
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor Courses

 

UNDERGRADUATE MANAGMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL COURSES

MGT 20200: PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (3 CREDIT HOURS)

A study of the management process including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasis is placed on executive leadership, organizational behavior, and management theory.

MGT 20600: IT MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to the world of Information Technology Management. Students will attain a general understanding of opportunities and challenges in IT Management through the use of common tools and business processes. They will use Microsoft Excel to structure and solve general business problems, analyze what-if scenarios and use optimization processes. They will use Microsoft Access to create and manage databases. They will also learn the use of HTML in basic website design to create both a personal web site and an e-Commerce site.

BAET 20300: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ETHICS (1.0 CREDIT HOURS)

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the central questions and fundamental character of ethics and morality. The course is focused on a discussion of ethical theories that can help to guide students' problem solving in ethical situations they will encounter in business. Ethical dilemmas faced by business people will be integrated into the class for purposes of discussion and analysis.

BA 30310: JUNIOR RESEARCH CHALLENGE: FORESIGHT IN BUSINESS & SOCIETY (3.0 CREDIT HOURS)

The Foresight course challenges students to engage in the process of identifying and evaluating major issues and trends impacting society in the future and exploring potential business implications that can drive sustainable innovation. The course is designed to facilitate three core thinking skills (critical, systems and creative) within a framework of foresight tools and methods for assessing change, forecasting future scenarios and analyzing implications of future change. Students apply these thinking skills and the foresight framework in a semester-long team project on a topic of their choice to develop insights on emerging opportunities and provide recommendations on how business can positively influence future change and create resilient strategies to enable success in an uncertain future.

BAMG 30900: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

Strategic management deals with the organization, management, and strategic positioning of the firm so as to gain long-term competitive advantage. Up until this time, most of your business education has emphasized a specialized, functional perspective of business situations (e.g., marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, operations management). In this course, we integrate these acquired skills by taking the perspective of a general manager (or, equivalently, a management consultant). General managers are responsible for setting the goals, objectives, and strategies of the organizations they lead as well as the implementation and execution of such plans. To do this, managers must be capable of understanding and utilizing the knowledge from each of the organization's functional areas to develop a cohesive and effective competitive strategy. In addition, they must be able to analyze competitive situations within industries in order to understand the sources of the firm's competitive advantage. In today's business environment, whether you are a new hire, consultant, or the CEO, you must be capable of thinking strategically.

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MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION MAJOR CORE COURSES

MGT 30220: MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

A principal challenge for every manager is to determine what sorts of arguments others will find persuasive. Communication is at the heart of what business is about: writing, speaking, and listening are skills that will permit you to succeed. We’ll use case studies to examine authentic business problems and we’ll offer coaching, feedback, and peer review to develop the skills that executives, customers, employees, shareholders, the press, and the public find so valuable in a professional manager.

MGT 30490: BUSINESS PROBLEM SOLVING (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Businesses constantly face problems – how to increase revenues, decrease costs, if and where to expand, finding the right product portfolio balance, identifying the optimal markets, etc.  Oftentimes these decisions are required to be made quickly, complicated by a fast changing environment and dispersed teams.  As stated by Bartkus and Conlon in the course text Getting It Right, “In times of great uncertainty, ever more rigorous habits of mind are required to solve problems.”  Using hands-on techniques and tools practiced by leading consulting firms you will increase proficiency in how to identify problems, generate ideas, gather data, identify creative solutions, and then communicate these recommendations effectively.  This course will be hands on, with live cases provided directly from consulting firms and presented directly to their team of consultants.   This class will help you determine the right approach to understanding business problems by teaching you to ask the
right questions, improving your judgment, and optimizing your decision making. 

MGT 30660: STRATEGIC IT (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

While Amazon and Dell used the internet to create new retailing business models, that same technology was instrumental in destroying the business models of the telephone and music industries. What caused the difference? We’ll examine how to use IT for competitive advantage in a digital economy. We’ll explore how IT improves problem solving, productivity, quality, customer service, and process reengineering. We’ll also examine how to apply current technologies in innovative ways to impact an organization’s bottom line.

MGT 40700: PROJECT MANAGEMENT (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

Whether you become a high-profile real estate developer, an investment banker, or an entrepreneur, in any career you’ll need some project management skills to get your job done. Everyone tries to get projects finished on time and under budget, but many critical business projects fail anyway. We’ll learn the steps associated with successful project management, examine some optimization techniques, learn how to use the softwaretools that enhance productivity, and discuss how to avoid the implementation pitfalls that cause good people doing good projects to fail.

MGT 40750: QUANTITATIVE DECISION MODELING (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

Whether it is picking an investment portfolio, moving goods through a supply chain, staffing a customer support center, or deciding how many reservations an airline or hotel should take, business decisions involve substantial quantitative analysis. We’ll learn how spreadsheets (beefed- up with powerful add-ins) can help solve these sorts of problems. In particular, we’ll learn how the techniques of simulation and optimization can help make a variety of businesses more competitive. Only a basic familiarity with spreadsheets is assumed.

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MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION CONSULTING COURSES

MGTC 30300: MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Some people find joy and fulfillment in their work while others find it an experience only slightly better than being tortured. While many people may merely speculate on the factors that affect our work lives, we will explore solid evidence concerning the key factors that have been found to influence employee attitudes, motivation, and performance. You will build awareness of interpersonal dynamics, and gain insights into how to manage the behavior of others more effectively.

MGTC 30450: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Whether you are working for a Fortune 100 company, a dot-com startup, or something in between, it has become increasingly clear that "the people make the place". We'll learn how organizations acquire, develop, and maintain high-performing employees. We will examine HR systems from a managerial point of view to help you become informed consumers of practices that affect the quality of life in an organization. This should help you manage your own career and provide useful skills as you progress beyond your initial job placement.

MGTC 30460: INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT (3 CREDIT HOUR)

International business is conducted with and through people from various cultural backgrounds. Cultural differences, if not understood and bridged, can be significant barriers to the implementation and success of a business venture. We'll learn how to conduct business across borders and cultures by focusing on the cultural, political, economic and legal environments in which multinational corporations (MNCs) operate.

MGTC 40410: VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP (3 CREDIT HOURS)

What is leadership? Which types of leadership are more effective? How do you get entire business units, and the people in them, motivated to do what needs to be done? Can leadership make a difference? We'll ask and answer these questions while seeking to understand the process by which a person who holds responsibility is able to facilitate unit performance.

MGTC 30420: INNOVATION AND DESIGN THINKING (3 CREDIT HOURS)

As the challenges and opportunities facing society and businesses grow more complex, and as stakeholders grow more diverse, organizations are increasingly seeking innovative ways to create and capture value.  In this course we will explore organization-centered methods of innovation while gaining proficiency in human-centered methods of innovation through an approach known as “design thinking”.  Design thinking is an iterative problem-solving process centered on understanding users and their unarticulated needs throughout the journey of product/service interactions. Systematic application of ethnographical research, ideation, prototyping, and customer co-creation lead to innovations grounded in human-centered design, applicable for both intra-preneurship (innovating within an organization) and entrepreneurship. Students will apply design thinking methodologies and innovation tools independently and in teams throughout the course of the semester to gain proficiency in innovation and design thinking tools and techniques.     

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INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINOR COURSES

BAEN 30500: INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3 CREDIT HOURS)

This course serves as the foundational course for entrepreneurship minors. Students are introduced to competing definitions of entrepreneurship, its history and role in free market enterprise as an engine of economic growth, wealth creation, and improvement of the human condition; entrepreneurial personality traits and skill sets, and the mechanics of bringing a new product or service to market, including innovation and ideation, technology "push" and market "pull," disruptive business models, and the elements of feasibility analyses and venture plans.

BAEN 30420: INNOVATION AND DESIGN THINKING (3 CREDIT HOURS)

As the challenges and opportunities facing society and businesses grow more complex, and as stakeholders grow more diverse, organizations are increasingly seeking innovative ways to create and capture value.  In this course we will explore organization-centered methods of innovation while gaining proficiency in human-centered methods of innovation through an approach known as “design thinking”.  Design thinking is an iterative problem-solving process centered on understanding users and their unarticulated needs throughout the journey of product/service interactions. Systematic application of ethnographical research, ideation, prototyping, and customer co-creation lead to innovations grounded in human-centered design, applicable for both intra-preneurship (innovating within an organization) and entrepreneurship. Students will apply design thinking methodologies and innovation tools independently and in teams throughout the course of the semester to gain proficiency in innovation and design thinking tools and techniques.     

BAEN 30520: FUNDING NEW VENTURES (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

Every new venture needs money and other resources to begin operation. The best source of money depends upon the nature of your idea and its stage of development. We'll learn when it is best to go to your family and friends and when it is best to go to banks, angel investors, venture capitalists or other funding groups. Of course, you'll need to know how to position your proposal, how to perform venture valuation and a bit about the theory of entrepreneurial finance. When you finish this course you will know who to approach to "show you the money" for your deal!

BAEN 30505: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Some of the most dynamic and successful businesses are aspiring to a "double" or "triple bottom line": profitability, beneficial human impact, and environmental sustainability. This course exposes students to a new and growing trend in leadership, venture creation, product design, and service delivery which uses the basic entrepreneurial template to transform the landscape of both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures.

BAEN 30550: IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY & COMMERCE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Just as indispensable to our managerial enterprise as its quantitative counterpart marketing analytics is the discipline that I call marketing ludics. Ludics is the playful impulse arising in embodied imagination that seeks insight in divergent thinking and ensouls the data mine through story. It is a rigorous approach to discovering and cultivating the creative capacity of individuals, organizations and cultures in the service of transcendent consumer experience. The precursor of innovation, ludics challenges conventional wisdom and accepted practice in favor of relentless curiosity and provocative improvisation. I will help you harness the power of ludics in this course. I will show you how to engage your imagination in a holistic fashion, and apply it to a range of managerial challenges. We will awaken your dormant creative faculty through a host of experiential exercises such as lateral thinking, artful ideating, brain/heart-storming, brandscaping, storytelling, zone tripping, dream mapping, ethical borrowing, introspective journaling, and mindful apprehending. You will develop skills for problem finding as well as problem solving. The course will observe a seminar-workshop-studio format. Class will depend for its energy upon the practice and elaboration of creative techniques and the discussion of project outcomes. Our goal is to enable you to engage, enrich, express, extend and enjoy your creative capacity on a regular basis. This is an extremely interactive course that should be as much fun as it is demanding. This course will be immediately useful to careers in any field you choose to pursue, as well as to your life at large.

BAEN 40530: LEGAL ISSUES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

Good ideas are often 'imitated' or 'borrowed' by others. This can result in you losing your competitive strength in the market and potentially your business. We'll learn how to protect good ideas and keep this from happening. We'll also learn how to structure an organization so the law becomes your ally and your partners don't become your enemies. After completing this course, you'll understand the basics of contracts, regulations and the legal concepts that must be considered when starting and sustaining a business.

BAEN 40570: ENTREPRENEURIAL SALES & SALES MANAGEMENT (1.5 CREDIT HOURS)

This course is primarily intended for students who at some point in their career will participate in an entrepreneurial venture. Someone once said: "Nothing happens until somebody sells something." Sales skills are needed at all levels of entrepreneurship including: selling potential investors on investing; selling banks to loan needed seed and on-going capital; selling potential suppliers to provide favorable supply chain terms; selling potential partners and employee candidates on the validity of career options with the new venture; and selling consumers or businesses on the start-up product or service.

BAEN 40510: NEW VENTURE CREATION (3.0 CREDIT HOURS)

Alright, so you think you have an idea for a new venture and are looking to explore the path towards launch. This course will give aspiring founders a first-hand experience in building from an idea into a viable business venture, using the proven best practices used by some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. We'll learn the first steps one should take that will lead to a successful launch rather than frustration and failure. In this course you will work as a team to define an idea for serving an emerging or unmet market need, work to create and validate a solution to serve this opportunity, and create a business model to justify the investment of resources necessary to launch the venture. Teams will pitch their progress at regular intervals to seasoned professional entrepreneurs and receive direct feedback on the business model fit and viability of the venture. When you finish the course you'll better understand the discovery and validation steps that can lead to successful venture launch.

BAEN 40610 VENTURE FUNDING PRACTICUM (3.0 CREDIT HOURS)

This entrepreneurship capstone elective provides students the opportunity to work directly with seasoned angel investors to assist in the investment process. For students interested in venture capital and entrepreneurship, this is an opportunity to work with actual entrepreneurs and angel investors in a highly engaging and dynamic role. Selected students will gain experience screening deals, performing due diligence, and communicating directly with entrepreneurs. Students will work remotely from South Bend but will have the opportunity to work with real world
venture funding cases and present their findings to investors.

BAEN 40506: SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CONSULTING (3.0 CREDIT HOURS)

Social Enterprise Consulting melds social entrepreneurship and microentrepreneurial theory with practical application through service learning. The course provides a practicum experience in which students create marketing, financial and/or operational plans for low-income entrepreneurs, culminating in a feasibility analysis and/or business plan for these clients. Students also partner with the Notre Dame Law School and local attorneys in course segments relating to community and local economic development, business modeling, financial drivers, business law, and taxation.

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