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MSM 600      Leadership in Organizations

This course focuses on knowledge and skills related to both leadership and human behavior in the workplace. Content includes both organizational behavior and leadership theories. Students combine information from the academic literature and new thought leaders with their own and their classmates’ experience to understand the importance of leadership and to develop their personal managerial and leadership skills.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in analyzing managerial problems and developing workable plans to address them.
  • Describe their own values, skills and styles of leading
  • Analyze how individual, group, and organizational factors influence the motivation of leaders and managers.
  • Describe how to influence behavior in their own organizations.

MSM 610       Analytics for Success

This course provides students with the necessary functional quantitative and technological skills in business. Topics include a review of basic mathematics relevant to business, including basic algebra, understanding relationships between critical success factors, optimization, and problem solving skills needed to evaluate complex business situations. Technological tools used for problem solving will also be introduced.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze complex business problems and determine which components are relevant and which are not.
  • Determine which tools can assist in the calculation of various complex business problems and select the appropriate tool.
  • Create equations needed to solve problems.
  • Create reports using presentation tools.

MSM 620       Effective Business Communications

This course focuses on the study of business culture and the skills required for effective communication in a business environment. Content includes a look at evolving business culture and the changing expectations of employees within an organization through the use of case studies.  Various forms of communications will be covered including memos, reports, email, presentations, and informal discussion. The use of technology and its ability to aid or harm culture and communications will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the effect of evolving business culture on leadership and employees within an organization.
  • Identify types of business communications and determine which type is most effective for information that needs to be communicated.
  • Create appropriate communications using business-writing styles and appropriate tools.
  • Create business presentations using appropriate tools.

 

MSM 630       Accounting Information fo Management Decision Making

This course provides an introduction to accounting and finance concepts utilized to provide organizations with the information necessary for external reporting and management decision-making purposes, with a focus on how technology has created new challenges and opportunities.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify each of the financial statements and determine which accounts appear on each of the financial statements.
  • Analyze the effect of business transactions on financial statements.
  • Use financial ratios and tools to compare the financial performance of multiple companies to make decisions.
  • Describe the effect that technology has had on reporting and the financial markets.

MSM 640       Economics and Financial Markets

This course provides an introduction to macroeconomic principles and the role the financial markets play on the economy. Various financial instruments and the impact they have on business decision-making will be explored.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify macroeconomic principles that guide business decisions.
  • Describe types of financial instruments used by businesses.
  • Identify the effect of major financial events to determine the impact on the economy.
  • Analyze the impact of business decisions on the financial markets and the economy.

MSM 650       Marketing in a Noisy World

This course examines marketing systems, concepts, institutions, marketing functions in organizations, and marketing management decision processes from a global perspective. Emphasis is on developing integrated approaches to solving marketing problems under turbulent environmental conditions. Major topics include marketing organization, consumer behavior, product policy, integrated marketing communications, and strategic market planning. Case studies of companies in sectors ranging from services to consumer-packaged goods to high-technology industrial goods are analyzed to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic global marketing concepts.
  • Apply global marketing concepts to a variety of markets.
  • Analyze the impact of social media on marketing to customers and determine which social media platforms are appropriate for various businesses.
  • Apply decision-making principles to marketing problems.

 

MSM 660       Managing Innovation and Projects

This course focuses on how to manage innovation and projects within and between organizations. Students learn about the nature and diffusion of innovation, its competitive impact, how to foster innovation within and across organizations, and the protection of intellectual property. To prepare students for managing projects, this course covers major topic areas in project management, such as strategic overview, project initiation, selection, planning, organizing, control, and closeout. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the phases of project management.
  • Determine methods to create and manage efficient projects.
  • Identify technologies to assist in project management.
  • Describe what innovation is, how it spreads, and its potential impact on organizations.

MSM 670       Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

The skills, theory, and processes used in a variety of negotiation settings are addressed. Topics include negotiating styles, power, coalitions, conflict, distributive versus integrative bargaining, representational negotiations, mediation, and intercultural bargaining. Skills are developed through a series of role-play simulations in which everyone negotiates and receives feedback.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the skills needed for negotiation.
  • Analyze and describe negotiation situations using standard terminology.
  • Develop strategic and tactical plans for effective negotiations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reach mutually satisfactory outcomes in multi-party negotiations while demonstrating understanding of emotional and cultural issues.

 

MSM 680       International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

This course explores the complexities, conflicts, and opportunities facing firms operating in a global environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the financial, community, and environmental contributions managers can help global organizations achieve. Students improve their decision-making skills by considering the impact of cultural, legal, political, ethical, economic, financial, and organizational environments on business success.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current trends in international business.
  • Analyze the impact of cultural, political, and economic differences on international business activities.
  • Describe the special issues involved with running a socially responsible organization in a global environment.
  • Determine the necessary skills for strategic decision-making in different markets.

 

MSM 700      Strategy Development and Implementation

This broadly integrative course considers the strategic leadership of organizations as a whole within ever-changing and increasingly global environments.  Course frameworks and concepts build on previous course work to develop students’ abilities to analyze complex situations, identify issues, and provide specific solutions and steps for implementation.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how various functional areas of an organization develop and execute business strategy.
  • Analyze the relationships between competing business models within an industry and the differential impacts of external events and trends.
  • Describe and apply a methodology for designing and rolling out a strategic plan at the enterprise-wide and or functional levels, including the creation of plan deliverables.
  • Apply different forms of organizational structures to appropriate settings.