Topics include studies in marketing and the marketing environment including marketing segmentation, product, distribution and price issues, buyer behavior and market information, marketing communications, and international marketing issues and strategic market planning. Participants also explore industrial production marketing and services marketing. . Participants participate in seminar activities, complete assigned readings, answer short essay questions and prepare a brief scholarly paper or project.
Participants examine the importance of management and organizational behavior to the overall success of the business firm. Topics include study of individual behavior and motivation, group behavior, organizational politics, organizational design and effectiveness, organizational process, leadership, communication and decision making. Participants participate in seminar activities, complete assigned readings, answer short essay questions and prepare a brief scholarly paper or project.
Participants review essential elements of HRM, including trends in the changing HRM environment. Topics include study of the impact of new management practices, discriminatory personnel management practices, employee resourcing, employee development, and employee relations.
This course examines the strategic management process. Participants receive instruction in effectively establishing company direction, completing industry analyses, evaluation of company resources and competitive capabilities, strategic competitive advantages and strategic implementation. Topics examine business models and strategies, building resource strengths and organizational capabilities for the information age
Participants are provided a financial management overview including accounting, cash management, ratio analysis, cost accounting, pricing ratio, planning and budgeting, and investment appraisal. The course module will also explore financial management issues for international business.
This course covers the major elements of logistics management including gaining competitive advantages through logistics and supply chain, the customer service dimension of logistics, measuring logistics costs and performance, benchmarking the supply chain, the challenge and trend towards globalization in the supply chain, logistics pipeline management and strategic lead-time management, just-in-time and ‘quick response’ logistics, developing the logistics organization, managing the supply chain as a network and managing the supply chain of the future.
Participants investigate core aspects of business and industry within the professional environment through close contact with practitioners and real world situations. Students may pursue practicum through a supervised practice, apprenticeship, professional practice, advanced field study or other external exploration under the direction of a qualified mentor and an approved field site sponsor. Students participate in the practicum for a minimum of 50 contact hours. The field placement is expected to afford students appropriate practical hands on experience and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of business. Students complete a daily journal and prepare a scholarly paper summarizing their findings for the practicum.
This course explores the global business environment, and investigates the elements of building the global organization, managing strategic alliances, organizational transformation and change, managing across cultures, communicating in multicultural teams and global organization in the networked digital economy. Topics also include techniques for organizational transformation, new Internet-enabled business models, E-business, building and managing global brands, and global supply chain management.
This course addresses diplomacy and trade from the perspective of contemporary international politics. Topics evaluate international law and environmental law policies, public management and policy, ad development of diplomats, and the importance of international development organizations.
Students examine strategies for marketing products and services across the global community. Topics review the political, legal and cultural factors across the international arena including understanding the international marketing environment, conducting international market research and carrying out business transactions across national borders.
This course examines the theoretical foundations, structures, and processes of nonprofit organizations. Topics explore historical development and impact, and the social, political, legal, and economic environment in which nonprofit organizations exist. Students will also study the complexities of organizational governance confronted by volunteer and professional administrators.
This course reviews the principles and practices of fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations. Topics examine planning the campaign and successful strategies; identifying sources of support, promotional campaigns and public relations, and management issues including recruiting and managing volunteers. Students investigate proper procedures in acquisition and maintenance of resources.
This course analyzes the principal legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations. Topics include liability, contracts, procedures related to boards of directors and members, employment law, incorporation and bylaws, tax exemption and reporting requirements, and political advocacy. Principal relations between nonprofit organizations and federal, state, and local government, and relationships with funding sources are studied.
This course module is a comprehensive study of the varying levels of success in transitioning Asian economies. Topics explore the economies of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Philippines, and Vietnam. Topics examine macro and microeconomic factors including influences of government, business and labor, problems of economic development, agricultural development, and problems in industrialization, foreign trade and the process of regional integration. Smaller Asian economies are also examined.
This course examines the strategic contribution of human resource management to successful organizations. Topics address the attainment of competitive advantage by application of effective people skills, the human resources cycle (selection, performance appraisal, rewards, and development); mental mastery (systems thinking, mental modeling, shared vision, and team learning); trust; empowerment; corporate governance; and the role of transformational leadership.
This course examines formal and informal approaches to manpower training and development. Topics explore the history of human capital development, the effectiveness of varying industry and government approaches to manpower development.
This course presents business uses of alternative dispute resolution including mediation in business and civil disputes, arbitration, and the art of negotiation.
Participants will understand how successful supply chain management adds value to their organizations and learn how to develop a supply chain strategy that aligns corporate strategy.
This module describes the key interdependencies and complexities that exist within the supply chain.
This module shall assist the participants in aligning the supply chain strategies to meet industry and market needs. Participants shall understand the innovative technologies enabling channel relationship and global visibility and will learn to develop the supply chain initiatives and measurement to achieve efficiency and responsiveness.
This advanced unit will explore the current practices and the fundamental theories pertaining to electronic commerce. The subject examines the ramifications of electronic commerce and how it is best managed within the modern organization.
This course explores the principles and techniques of network security and management. Topics investigate security attacks, security policies, auditing, intrusion detection, key management, network security, and database security. Topics might also include encryption, public-key cryptology, cryptographic algorithms, and authentication and digital signatures and typical network security applications.
This course is an examination of distance technologies available for educational and training. Students are introduced to automation systems for delivering synchronous (near-real time) and static (non-real time) distance learning techniques. Students may explore and apply delivery modes that allow dynamic student-instructor interaction including text-only, voice and video teleconferences over the Internet. Topics may also cover application of static delivery modes including Internet pages, email, newsgroups and list servers and a variety of other electronic venues. Students should be able to assess the training needs of a specific population of learners and plan the appropriate delivery model.
This course is an intensive study of concepts, tools, methods, and theories of research in women entrepreneurship and new venture formation. Topics cover major aspects of small business management from starting a business through financing, marketing, and managing.
The course examines issues of women in leadership within the general business and social environments. Topics stress the new role of women in leadership, the emergence of the new business and organizational culture. Students examine research revealing the favorable contributions of women in business leadership and success of the contemporary business culture.
Students address the complexities of increasing diversity in the workplace and the challenges facing business managers. Topics examine the foundations and demographics of differing cultural groups, and the contemporary legislation shaping the work environment.
This course addresses the sustainability of current development paths. Topics evaluate the importance of natural resources, social-cultural influences, new technologies, and policy directions for sustainable development. Students examine mathematical growth models, fundamental principles of development, policy issues relative to the growth performance in developing countries.
This course addresses principles of banking and finance, the economics of poverty and community development. Topics review socio-economic aspects of poverty and the application of micro-finance models in poverty reduction. Students investigate the role of the state and alternative strategies and paradigms of development.
This course explores planning and managerial issues in economic development projects. Topics focus upon evaluating project environments, selecting appropriate team members, and managing the project. Students cover the project cycle from identification, feasibility and design, to appraisal, financing and budgeting, through implementation, monitoring and evaluation, paying special attention to the need to be sensitive to local circumstances and needs.
Participants will examine research tools, techniques, and resources used to development analytical ability and techniques to gather and present data in viable forms of business communication.
This course covers the basic statistical concepts, theory and methods in statistical research. Topics include variables, graphs, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, probability theory, binomial, normal and Poisson distributions, statistical sampling theory, and statistical decision theory.
This course covers parametric and nonparametric hypothesis testing. Topics include sampling theory, Chi-square test, least squares regression, correlation theory, nonlinear regression, analysis of variance, Student's t-test, and various methods in nonparametric analyses.
This course provides detailed study of qualitative research methods. Topics survey historical and theoretical foundations of qualitative research, explore major qualitative research strategies, and build an understanding of the art and science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative information. The course provides background on applied qualitative research, the politics and ethics of qualitative inquiry, and the major paradigms that inform and influence qualitative research.
This course provides the foundational principles of participatory action research. Topics survey theoretical foundations of action research, the methodology and applications of PAR in contemporary culture. Students assess the rigor and usefulness of participatory action research in addressing major world problems.
Masters participants complete this comprehensive examination as a required element of their academic program, prior to undertaking the thesis. The examination usually includes both written and oral components and is confined to the programs of studies completed by the participant.
This course is required of all Master’s participants designed to guide them through the formal research proposal process for their final projects, including the development of the research method, data gathering device and data analysis techniques. Participants also prepare annotated bibliographies of the major scholarly works underlying their project.
This course governs the conduct of the thesis project for the Master’s level participant. The Master’s thesis is the demonstration of the mastery of a body of knowledge in a given field and is presented in a manuscript usually 50 or more pages in length. The final project may take any of several forms, depending upon the field of study and the expectations of faculty. This may be quantitative or qualitative research, participatory action research, or a major project demonstrating excellence. Master’s participants may re-enroll for this course for no-credit, as needed.
This examination is an oral review of the business project thesis conducted by the graduate committee.