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MBA Core & Electives

Organizational Behavior

Become a more effective manager, communicator, and problem solver. Find out how to manage change in organizations, create a positive culture, and develop strong leadership skills that foster productive working environments. Concepts, theories, and skills learned in these courses will be immediately applicable in your professional career and useful for the rest of your life.


Core Courses

MGT 6502  Leading People and Organizations (1.5 credit hours)
This course provides future organizational and executive leaders with a focused understanding the inputs and processes in predicting individual and group behavior within organizations. Students will develop a systematic understanding of why people behave the way they do in formal organizational settings and in how that knowledge can be translated into practical organizational applications. The class will examine behavioral issues in the management of individual, team, and organizational performance.

MGT 6507  Business Communications (1.5 credit hours)
This course provides future leaders and managers with the communication skills that enable them to sell themselves and their ideas. To improve verbal and written communication skills, students will develop and deliver presentations that connect with listeners and learn to write effective memos, emails, and executive briefings.

MGT 6510  Leadership Assessment Workshop (1.5 credit hours)
This course is designed to integrate the student's work experience into their development as a leader. It will enable students to prepare themselves to become leaders of organizations, to exercise leadership, and to embark on paths of personal leadership development.



Electives

MGT 6101  Managing Human Resources: Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credit hours)
This course is intended to provide an introduction to the theory, policies, and practices that guide the management of human resources within organizations. The underlying premise of this course is that the people employed in an organization represent resources through which a sustainable competitive advantage can be achieved. Students will learn data-driven research findings concerning the relationships among human resource practices, employee outcomes, and organizational performance. Discussions will include detailed examinations of the tools and procedures used by organizations to attract, select, and retain employees. In addition to detailing established best practices for staffing, the course will also cover decision making biases and heuristics that frequently undermine organizational efforts to effectively manage their employees. Thus, this course is designed to help students develop a framework for making evidence-based decisions dealing with critical and complex human resource management issues facing today's organizations.

MGT 6107  Leadership and Organizational Change (3 credit hours)
Learn challenges and methods of leading through change. Course includes change simulations. Explores change management in mature organizations. Discusses what makes an effective change agent. Examples of change include rapid growth or business turnaround.

MGT 6110  Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)
Explore the process of bargaining and negotiation. Learn and develop your own conflict resolution and bargaining style. Emphasis on negotiation through exercise and role plays. Understand a spectrum of situations managers face that call for effective bargaining.

MGT 6111  Innovation and Entrepreneurial Behavior (3 credit hours)
Understand the different types of innovations. Recognize and reduce barriers to innovation. Lead, cultivate, and manage innovation. Stimulate creativity in individuals and groups. Manage the innovation process and pipeline.

MGT 6113  Nonprofit Team Consulting Projects (3 credit hours)
Teams work on a project developed in consultation with a not-for-profit organization, and present results to organizations and boards.

MGT 6114  Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
Understand why leaders lose their way and the self-awareness needed to avoid derailment. Understand leadership principles, values, and ethical boundaries, and how they and others might respond under pressure when challenged. Learn how to use motivation to build support teams and lead an integrated life. Optimize leadership effectiveness.

MGT 6116  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
Examine how managers and employees become more effective leaders by understanding the role gender, race, and ethnicity play in the life of the organization. Understand the way the majority views itself and what effect this has on change within the organization. We will explore how a leader can use an understanding of these divergent styles to enhance both the individual's and group's effectiveness.

MGT 6118  Cross-Cultural Management (3 credit hours)
This course provides a broad overview of the various roles managers play within the unique international contexts. It introduces you to comparisons of significant cross-cultural differences and helps you to become familiar with ways to effectively anticipate and address cultural differences toward organizational and individual success. A particular emphasis is placed on the unique challenges associated with managing people in an international environment ranging from the psychology of cross-cultural relationships to developing strategic HR policies to attract and retain a global workforce.

MGT 6119  Leading Teams (3 credit hours)
Working in teams is an integral part of organizational life. The purpose of this course is to prepare you to succeed as an effective leader, manager, and member of teams. Accordingly, this course is designed around two objectives. First, it will introduce you to the critical theories, concepts, and frameworks that can be used to successfully identify the threats and opportunities teams face and improve team performance. Second, it will create opportunities for you to design effective teams, implement effective team processes, and practice leading and managing dynamic teams. This course promises to provide insight into what separates successful teams from the many that fail, as well as give you greater confidence in your own ability to lead and contribute to enhanced team performance.

MGT 8803  Strategic Management of Human Assets (3 credit hours)
The effective employment and deployment of human assets or resources in organizations is widely recognized as a critical characteristic of successful firms. A firm's ability to respond to changing environments, to "learn," and to be efficient and competitive all depend, to some extent, on the individuals inside the firm. It is the management of those individuals in a way that is consistent with the goals and policies of the firm that will be our focus. This class will explore the content and the process issues surrounding the management of human assets.

MGT 8803  Uncertainties and Opportunities of the Emerging World (3 credit hours)
Gain a strategic understanding of geopolitical matters such as geography, natural resources, population, ethnicity, religion, and global finance. Understand how these issues shape international business and strategic decision making.