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MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGF 611LEC Financial Analysis for Managers

The purpose of this course is to study the financial decisions of the firm. Specifically, the course develops a theoretical framework which is then used to understand and evaluate corporate financial decisions. Topics include present value, capital budgeting techniques, the relationship between expected return and risk, market efficiency, dividend policy, capital structure policy, financial planning, and the management of working capital.

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students? ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGG 600TUT MBA Advantage Discussion Group

The MBA Advantage Discussion Group is a structured course supporting students' success in the MBA program. The course meets weekly covering academic support, student expectations and fostering student engagement. The goal is to give students an environment to help their growth and success as current students and future MBA Alumni.

Credits: 0.00
Semesters offered:


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Concentrations

Analytics Concentration

Analytics concentration students must take MGG 633, MGS 616, MGF 694 and two analytics elective courses from those listed under the electives tab:

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Required Courses

MGG 633LEC Model Managerial Process

Historically, managers have considered decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience. This course gives you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how to think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. The main focus of the course will be on modeling decisions in the spreadsheet environment, illustrated by applications from operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. The approaches and techniques for decision-making are useful throughout the firm, both within functional areas and for the essential management challenge of working across functional boundaries.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
22444 F1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Norton 216 Smith, Sanjukta Das

Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19188 S3S LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Alfier 102 Smith, Sanjukta Das
11331 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Requesting Central Space Gaia, Joana
15757 S2S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Requesting Central Space Gaia, Joana

MGF 694LEC Financial Modeling Using "R"

This course utilizes "R," instead of Excel, as the computational tool. Students will learn how to download and process public data associated with economics, finance and accounting. Students will also learn how to apply "R" to various finance theories.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: Two graduate courses, preferably Co


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
23258 F1F LEC M 5 - 7:50 p.m. Jacobs 214 Yan, Yuxing

Summer

For this concentration, you need to have foundational programming knowledge or to have taken non-credit bridge courses, either prior to beginning your MBA or during the summer of your first year, to give you a broad introduction to foundational analytics methods (e.g., SAS, R). You may select any two courses from the following list, or an alternative course approved by the chair of the MBA/MS program committee:

  • Basics of SAS programming (equivalent to the requirement of Base SAS Certificate)
  • Basics of R programming
  • Other programming skills (e.g., Python)

The School of Management does not offer courses for these subjects.  Faculty will recommend summer reading or materials.

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Finance Concentration

The Finance Concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGF 633 and four elective courses from those listed under the electives tab.

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Required course

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


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Health Care Management Concentration

The Health Care concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGH 641, MGH 642, and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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MGH 641SEM Business of Health Care

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGH 642SEM Innovators in Health Care

The class will focus on the major challenges facing the healthcare industry and innovative solutions being developed across the country. We will start with the qualities of the innovator and how they can be learned; we will then move on to an in-depth look at major innovation evaluation models, with specific focus on innovations in hospitals, physician practice, chronic disease, and personal health.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGS 650, MGS 651, MGS 610 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.  Once complete, students must complete The Graduate School approval form to receive the certificate.

*For the UB Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance, refer to this link: https://cse.buffalo.edu/caeiae/advanced_certificate_program.htm


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Required Courses

MGS 610LEC Digital Forensics

This is an introductory course in Digital Forensics where students will learn how to acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence. Technical and managerial topics will be explored, providing students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software. The additional topics of E-Discovery, Data Retention, Litigation, Internal Investigations, Regulatory Compliance and Incident Response will also be discussed within the context of Digital Forensics. EnCase, Access Data FTK and other open source forensic software programs are used in this course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12133 F1S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 110 Sellitto, Dominic Michael

Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
15850 S1S LEC W 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. Requesting Central Space Sellitto, Dominic Michael

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602.


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
18818 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Nsc 222 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650.


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11332 S1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Requesting Central Space Border, Charles B

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Information Systems and E-Business Concentration

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Fall Semester

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602.


The courses listed above are concentration requirements.
  • Electives and/or internship – 6 credits

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640.


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642.


MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650.


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MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of doing business via the Internet. Topics include: elements of the infrastructure of electronic commerce; technologies and applications in electronic commerce; using electronic commerce for the creation of competitive advantages; planning technology-based strategies to achieve business goals. The course will rely heavily on research and peer learning with the instructor serving as catalyst, facilitator, and evaluator in a collaborative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


  • Elective – 3 credits

Note: MGS 614, MGS 616, MGS 651 and/or MGS 659 are concentration requirements.

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International Management Concentration

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Fall Semester

MGF 685LEC International Finance Management

This course is designed to familiarize students with the core concepts related to international financial management, including foreign exchange markets (from institutional details to quantitative models for the forecasting of future exchange rates), currency risk derivatives (spanning both a discussion of contract characteristics and quantitative methods for pricing and valuation of currency forwards, options, and swap contracts), quantitative approaches for risk management and hedging in cross-border settings, quantitative analysis of currency arbitrage operations, analysis of translation, economic, and political risks, cross-border financing, issues with cross-border taxation, analysis of institutional details and recent statistics on foreign debt and equity markets, and other topics.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite: MGF 611 and MGQ 608.


  • Primary concentration courses and/or internship – 9 credits

Note: MGF 685 is a concentration requirement.

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640.


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642.


MGM 683LEC International Marketing

The objective of this course is to develop familiarity with the problems and perspectives of marketing across national boundaries and to gain knowledge of tools and approaches to make international marketing decisions. The influence of e-commerce on international marketing problems such as gray channel and price coordination is also analyzed.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620.


  • Primary concentration courses – 6-9 credits

Note: MGM 683 and MGO 633 are concentration requirements.

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Management Consulting Concentration

The Management Consulting concentration requires four total courses (12 total credits), MGG 650 and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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Required Courses

MGG 650LEC Consulting Practices

This is a practical, hands-on course that will focus on the concepts, tools, and techniques associated with being a successful consultant and agent of change. The course covers the nuts-and-bolts of the consulting relationship. Students will learn about contracting, managing the relationship, and alternative deliverable formats. Students will also learn about the dynamics of change in organizations and the processes that create and sustain organizational development. Students will engage in the design and execution of a group consulting project in a local organization.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


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Marketing Management Concentration

The Marketing concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGM 667, MGM 651 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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In addition to the required core and concentration courses, you can take special topic seminars, electives and an independent study in marketing.

Required Courses

MGM 651SEM Consumer Behavior

Pertinent theoretical and empirical findings about the behavior of consumers and industrial and institutional buyers are discussed. Topics include motivation, learning, attitude formation, attitude change, and the relation between attitudes and behavior as applied to buyers. The impact of the electronic environment is also discussed as are innovation and market communication and the social and cultural concepts underlying strategies of market segmentation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12074 F1M SEM MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Lindsey, Charles Daniel

MGM 667LEC Marketing Research

Methods and functions of research in marketing management. Attention given to problems of conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of research designs and to techniques of analysis of research data.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


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Supply Chains and Operations Management Concentration

The Operations Management concentration requires five total courses (15 credits), MGO 631 and MGO 633. In addition choose one of the following: MGO 632, MGO 634 and MGO 639.  Also, two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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Required Courses

MGO 631LEC Production and Inventory Planning

This course focuses on production and inventory management problems in the entire supply chain, and the application of quantitative models and information systems and technologies for these problems. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system platform is assumed and the course also covers the implementation aspects of ERP systems. The topics covered include supply chain strategy and coordination mechanisms, forecasting systems, aggregate planning, advanced planning systems (APS), master production scheduling, materials requirements planning (MRP) systems, inventory management for suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, cellular manufacturing, just-in-time (JIT) systems, lean manufacturing, optimized production technology (OPT), and flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) technologies. The completion of this course will enable students to take the certification examinations (CPIM/CFPIM) for American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620.


And one of the following:

MGO 632LEC Strategic Quality Management

The most significant factor in determining the long-run success or failure of any organization is quality. This course examines quality from that strategic perspective, examining how models such as product design, customer focus, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), and the ISO 9000 family of standards are used to improve business results. The course is dual listed with MGO 432.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGO 634LEC Project Management

A project is a unique endeavor to create something of value. Modern project management does not belong exclusively to any particular industry, as it is useful to large corporations, government agencies, and individuals alike. This course covers the defining, organizing, and managing of complex, multidisciplinary projects, focusing on concepts and skills increasingly critical to 21st century work.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Fall 2019 (08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
18516 F2O LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Hayden, William M.
12218 F10 LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfier 104 Hayden, William M.

MGO 639 - Sustainable Operations

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