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Summer 2017 Course Descriptions

MGI 601 Principles of Workforce Engagement (3 credits)

This course will examine human resources from a strategic perspective, emphasizing the contribution of HR decisions to the development of a high performance organization. Human resources management will be treated as a dynamic system that enables organizations to cope more quickly and effectively with a rapidly changing environment. The course will emphasize those topics, such as reward systems, performance management and the selection and retention of high performance employees, that confront managers in a variety of organizational roles. Emphasis will be given to the identification, evaluation and solution of specific HR problems facing managers with these responsibilities.

MGM 625 Marketing Management (3 credits)

An introduction to managerial decisions in the marketing area and approaches to making these decisions. Among the topics considered are the institutional framework of retail and industrial markets; buyer behavior; and product line, promotion, pricing, and distribution decisions and strategies. Impact and relevance of electronic markets are also considered.

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

MGB 619 Facilitating Group Dynamics (1 credit)

The approach for this course is interactive and participative, using activities to reinforce topics and concepts. Participants learn by doing, reflecting and discussing activities. The lessons they discover are based on their experience, which reinforces understanding and commitment.

MGB 620 Organizational Culture and Change Management (1 credit)

In human societies, people are fundamentally interdependent, resulting in a set of consistent and perplexing issues. What role do norms play in task accomplishment? Why are ethics important in our work life? Should we maintain the status quo or change?

By relying on case studies and state-of-the-art simulations, you will explore answers to these questions and discuss how leaders can effectively address these challenges. You also will gain an understanding of the underlying principles of organizational change and the role ethics and culture play in organizational life.

MGG 620 Spreadsheet Modeling (1 credit)

NOTE: To enroll in this mini-course, you MUST have a laptop loaded with Excel 2013 (and bring it to each class session).

Microsoft Excel is a tremendously powerful tool; it provides the capability to manipulate complex data to provide information and to make decisions. This hands-on course is designed to enhance the skill of Excel users. I hope to show you that it really is not that difficult with a little bit of knowledge, and given a willingness to practice and make mistakes, you will be amazed at how quickly your effectiveness in using spreadsheets will improve. Exercises should enhance your skills in numerous areas.

MGG 621 Managerial Game Theory (1 credit)

Managers continually have to make decisions in situations in which the outcomes depend, at least in part, on what their competitors do. Game theory provides a lens that is useful for examining these types of strategic interactions. This mini course will introduce you to some simple frameworks and tools from game theory that you can use to analyze strategic interactions to inform decision making. We will look at a wide range of examples from business, law, politics and everyday life to illustrate the power of this approach. The class will be highly interactive. There will be minimal lecture and a high level of discussion and real-time working through problems. The assignments will consist of in-class exercises and a take-home problem set. Because game theory is a branch of mathematics, the course will use some math so you should be comfortable with basic algebra. Many of the applications of game theory have been developed within the field of economics, so some background in microeconomics, while not necessary, will be helpful. There will be a pre-assignment consisting of a short reading prior to the first class meeting.

PMBA Core Classes

MGQ 606 Statistical Foundations of Analytics (3 credits)

Topics to be discussed include probability theory, counting problems, random variables (also known as probability distributions), Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing (including chi-square tests), regression analysis (simple and multiple), interpretation of regression output on computers and, if time allows, analysis of variance.

MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic tools and concepts needed to effectively manage organizational behavior (OB). An array of contemporary OB topics are reviewed, including communication, learning, diversity, multiculturalism, teamwork, motivation, power, innovation, leadership, organizational design and change. Learning occurs through a variety of activities such as case discussions, self-assessment, group exercises, role-playing, team projects, lectures and training videos.

MGF 631 Financial Management (3 credits)

The scope and objectives of corporate financial management are introduced along with the concept of the risk-return trade-off. The various sources of capital are discussed, along with their costs. Financial planning with special emphasis on the evaluation of capital projects is considered. The implications of the efficient market hypothesis are considered throughout the course.

Prerequisites: MGA 604, MGQ 606 or concurrent registration in MGQ 606.

MGE 602 The Global Economy and the Business Firm (3 credits)

A study of the patterns and fluctuations of growth of the aggregate level of economic activity in a modern complex society. Among the topics included are the measurement and determination of national income; the nature and role of money and interest rates; inflation; the role of expectations; the role of trade; macroeconomic forecasting; alternative fiscal and monetary policies and their role in promoting stability and progress; and macro aspects of legislation.

Prerequisite: MGE 601 or undergrad.

MGT 617 The Government, The Law and the Firm (3 credits)

An analysis of how the business sector relates to the principal forces operating in the legal, political and social environment. Particular attention is given to constraints and freedoms offered under common, corporate and regulation. Also examined are contemporary problems in corporate governance, such as business and professional standards, code of ethics and corporate social responsibility.

MGO 641 Strategic Management (3 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide the analytic techniques and tools to help develop an understanding of how competitive advantage can be created and sustained. This is an integrative course that examines the firm as a whole and adopts the perspective of the general manager. It draws together and builds on ideas from courses in functional areas such as marketing, finance and operations. There is extensive use of cases. Specific topics covered include analyzing industries, analyzing firm resources and capabilities, understanding organization structure and management systems, developing competitive strategies and understanding competitive behavior, determining the scope of the firm, developing corporate strategies, managing the multibusiness firm, and understanding corporate governance mechanisms.

Prerequisites: MGA 604, MGF 631 and MGM 625.

PMBA Seats in Full-Time Classes

MGH 642 Innovators in Health Care (3 credits)

The class will focus on the major challenges facing the health care industry and innovative solutions being developed across the country. Topics will include access, cost, long-term value analysis, implementing the Accountable Care Act, government and private health plans, accountable care organizations, electronic medical records, health information exchanges, centers of excellence, managing chronic disease, end-of-life issues, primary and preventative care, private practice, and collaboration and teamwork.

Prerequisite: None

MGO 634 Project Management (3 credits)

This course deals with defining, organizing and managing activities associated with complex, multidisciplinary projects. Such endeavors are critical to raise an organization's level of performance and enable it to have a competitive edge. When applied in the real world, many aspects of MBA education require extraordinary and coordinated effort by various parts of the organization for implementation. In times of rapidly changing technologies and managerial processes, the need for cross-functional teams to achieve long- and short-term goals is increasingly imperative.

Prerequisites: MGO 630 or concurrent with MGO 630.

MGO 636 Supply Chains: Designs, Modeling and Optimization (3 credits)

The course will enable you to obtain APICS professional certification (CPIM/CFPIM) with minimum preparation after the course. It focuses on design, modeling and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course deals with modeling approaches and quantitative tools and techniques for design and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course also covers information systems and technologies for supply chain planning and coordination. The topics covered include: supply chain strategy formulation, performance metrics, new forecasting models applicable for supply chain contexts, newsvendor models for capacity and aggregate planning, models for location and design of supply and distribution entities, interorganizational planning, advanced planning systems, multi-echelon inventory management techniques, distribution requirements planning (DRP) systems, joint transportation-inventory models, and pricing and revenue management techniques.

Prerequisite: MGO 630.