Master of Business Administration (MBA) Courses: Fall 2021



Master of Business Administration

LEAD 500 : Organizational Leadership and Self Development

3 Credit Hour(s)

Drawing on material from various social science disciplines, this foundational course integrates research and self-assessment with the evolving study of leadership. We begin with a historical review of leadership theory, research, and multiple leadership models noting their associated strengths and weaknesses. Students explore the relationship between personality preferences, assumptions, and the behaviors of socially responsible leaders. Topics include theories of group development, motivation, power, authority, disclosure, and feedback. Additional topics include metacognition, self, group, and systems awareness, diversity of style and perspective. Leadership approaches studied include transactional and transformational models; path-goal, contingency, and trait approaches; situational, contingent, values-based, servant, and inclusive leadership as well a social change model. Approaches include diagnostic instruments, role-plays, group work, and case studies. Students create a vision and mission statement with defined goals and personal learning objectives. The leadership portfolio is introduced. Prerequisite: Leadership and Innovation Majors, MBA Majors only, or permission of instructor. (GR)


LEAD 501 : Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Methods of Organization Research

3 Credit Hour(s)

The main goal of this course is to provide students with balanced, differentiated thinking skills, and facilitation tools necessary for effective problem solving and decision-making. The course is based on the Osborn-Parnes model of creative problem solving and decision-making which originated in Buffalo and unites a firm understanding of various problem solving methodologies with deliberate creative and critical thinking skills. The course includes the study of the inquiry process appropriate to investigation of organizational climate and group behavior. Topics include divergent, convergent, and systems thinking, group process facilitation, methods of collecting and processing information, clarifying core issues, weighing multiple potential solutions, and developing and implementing an action plan. The organizational processes and skills practiced include identifying complex challenges, data collection, ideation, forecasting, decision-making under uncertainty, and communicating or implementing results. Teaching methods include lecture,experiential activities, case studies, and projects. Also, scientific ways of knowing will be contrasted with more intuitively based decision-making processes, demonstrating the importance of both, when making personal and organizational leadership decisions. During this course, students will be encouraged to apply methodologies to their own experiences, and will engage in facilitation projects designed to allow them to use various methods to aid in the discovery of their own leadership decision-making processes. Prerequisite: LEAD 500, Leadership and Innovation Majors and MBA Majors only. (GR)


LEAD 513 : Developing Leadership Skills: One-on- One Leadership, Conflict Management, and Team Building

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course explores challenges and opportunities for effective leadership at three levels - the individual (both self and those being engaged in one-on-one interactions), the group or team, and the organization or system as a whole. Topics include systems thinking, coaching and feedback, the use and application of standardized assessment tools (including a 360 degree instrument), organizational theory, conflict management, emotional intelligence, leadership styles, and team development. The emphasis throughout the course is on the practical application of leadership theories and models; participants are encouraged and supported in making connections with their real worlds of work, past, present, and future. Significant in-class time of the course is used as a learning laboratory to explore various concepts around self and team leadership. This includes collaboratively setting up a self-directing team and delivering a product to a defined customer. The context for the exploration of leadership at the three levels in LEAD 513 reflects the inherent complexity of organizations and organizational life, and the critical role of the leader in the organization's achievement of results and long-term sustainability. Learning methodologies include personal reflection and sharing of experiences, action learning, a written paper and presentation, completion of leadership/learning log, and extensive reading and dialogue. Prerequisite: LEAD 500, 501, Leadership and Innovation Majors, MBA Majors only (GR)


MBA 500: Strategic Profitabilit & Analysis

3 Credit Hour(s)

Financial and operational company data will be collected and incorporated into a strategic profitability analysis built around case scenarios to illustrate the role of financial and managerial accounting information in management decision making. Each analysis will decompose changes in a firm's operating income into components related to growth, price, recovery, and productivity. Specifically, using a Balanced Scorecard Approach, the financial, customer, internal business process, learning and growth, and environmental and social aspects will be evaluated in terms of their strategic alignment. Relevant analytical tools, software applications, and managerial techniques will be utilized for customer profitability analysis, inventory management, activity-based costing, workflow analysis, decision making, pricing planning, and control. (GR)


MBA 501: Current Issues in Corporate Finance

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course covers important investment and financing decisions from an inclusive managerial perspective. Metrics for financial analysis, the DuPont system, business intelligence, and the impact of accounting standards on R&D, marketing, and human resource activities are investigated. Further discussed are the valuation of risk and investments, M&A as a growth option, short and long-term trade-offs, the cost of Inventory and operational alternatives, break even and leverage, andaspects of international finance in various service and manufacturing industries with relevant cases and numeric examples. (GR)


MBA 502: Organizational Theory and Leadership

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course examines leadership within the context of the organizational theory. Specific focus will be placed on examining how individual, group, and organizational level factors impact the leader's ability to develop and execute business strategies. Contemporary Organizational Behavior (OB) theory will be applied to case student and current business events to provide insight and understanding about how organizational components such as employee skills , abilities and ethics, group processes, team dynamics, organization culture, and organizational structure impact the leader's ability to achieve desirable organizational outcomes. (GR)


MBA 504: Strategic Operations Management

3 Credit Hour(s)

Strategic operations management as a contribution to and part of a wider organizational goal in domestic and international companies will be explored. Current research and cases will be used to show how a distinct reactive and aligned operational strategy can provide a competitive advantage. Benefits and trade-offs of managing capacity, productivity and effectiveness, lean and continuous improvement, quality control, processes design, and service orientation in a number of industries will be discussed and practiced. This approach includes workforce planning, systems integration, supply chain management and optimization, collaboration and integration, performance-enhancing contracts, advanced inventory management, project management, and business simulation. (GR)


MBA 507: Marketing and E-Commerce

3 Credit Hour(s)

E-commerce marketing no longer occurs on an emerging medium and effective integration of e-commerce into a marketing plan can become overwhelming in a rapidly changing environment. In this course, students will learn to envision customer-centric marketing strategies in order to tailor them to the digital environment. Additionally, they will understand how to utilize both word-of-mouth and viral techniques to leverage social networks and enhance the spread of marketing messages across multiple channels. Because the accessibility and inherent flexibility of e-commerce marketing require multiple parts of an organization to integrate into its centralized enterprise-level strategy, this course introduces the tools needed to identify, analyze, and adapt to global and emerging e-commerce trends with a strong focus on internet-based business concepts and data base marketing. (GR)


MBA 510: Economics of New Ventures

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course requires students to understand key managerial economics concepts s a foundation for decisions in new venture development with established and entrepreneurial enterprises. Economic models of competition as well as demand functions and optimal pricing will be critiqued. Structures such as non-profit, technology start-ups, social startups, and corporate entrepreneurship are investigated. Case-studies will reinforce critical links to operations, marketing and other topics covered throughout the semester. Students will then develop a business model and a minimum viable product or service for a new venture or an existing organization. Cross-disciplinary strategies and best practices to obtain funding and plan scale-up and growth will be introduced. Student projects will require meeting with and presenting to professionals to validate learning. (GR)


MBA 511: Data-Based Decision Making

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will develop he needed analytical leadership and quantitative skills to interpret data and inform decision making. Incorporating the larger business context and culture around risk and uncertainty, application areas include customer relationships, operations management, human resources, finance, and accounting examples. Students will learn to arrive at a decision individually, as a team, or as an organization, and how to integrate activities and decisions within and across organizational boundaries. The analytical hands-on-portion is based on and includes an introduction to the R software environment. This course should be taken during the first semester. (GR)


MBA 512: Comparative Care Studies in Business Law And Ethics

3 Credit Hour(s)

Business Leaders and managers are legally, ethically and financially accountable for the actions of their employees and the business as a whole. This course uses case studies to examine the formulation interpretation and application of laws and ethics to the business environment. Constitutional, legislative, judicial, regulatory, and public policies and explored and the effect they have on employees and business leaders. Specific discussion of the contract, tort, and property laws as they apply to businesses. The course further explores how on organization's values and actions affect internal and external constituencies and provides reasons to promote responsible behavior on the part on the part of organizations and employees. Students study real-world dilemmas and gain knowledge from choosing among the legal options and navigating the ethical quandaries that often surrounds key management decisions. Emphasis is placed on active, experiential application of legal reasoning and analysis and on the global and comparative dimensions of legal and ethical issues. (GR)


MBA 650: Capstone

3 Credit Hour(s)

This is the last course taken in the MBA program, all other coursework must be complete. The student will be assigned a faculty mentor by the director of the program based upon the specific area of study the student wishes to undertake. As a foundation, the student will learn about salient strategy and management models. Subsequently, in close consultation with the faculty mentor, a project paper in the form of a case study, a management consulting report, or a theoretical research study will be developed. The work generated in this course needs to be approved by graduate program faculty at various stages. (GR) (GR)


MBA 651: Business of Sports

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course provides students with a framework for understanding the unique dynamics, structure, delivery systems and marketing and promotional strategies of the sports industry and its numerous sectors. Course materials and class discussions will review theoretical and practical applications and provide a comprehensive understanding of the underlying business practices in sport. The course will explore the implications of the league structure, labor relations, analytics, marketing, media, facilities and legal issues on the business of sport through class lecture, class projects, homework, and case study. The course further examines the differences among the industries many products and many businesses both public and private and for profit and not for profit. By learning the unique elements of the sports industries. The course will explore the implications of the league structure, labor relations, analytics, marketing media, facilities, and legal issues on the business of sport through class lecture, class projects, homework, and case study. (GR)


MBA 652: Strategic and Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course takes the perspective that a company's human resources are the most important source of sustainable competitive advantage. Human Resource strategic planning requires adaptation to changes in the external organization, especially the legal environment. Through the use of case studies, academic research and current events, students will be presented with a strategic way of thinking about managing human resources. Course material will help students identify what needs to be done to develop and implement HR strategies to facilitate long-term competitive advantage within the context of an organization's strategic and legal environments. (GR)


MBA 657: Supervised Internship Experien

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course provides the opportunity for students to gain additional experience through self-guided learning, site contact, and faculty feedback to strengthen applied business skills. Students will apply academic knowledge and concepts already acquired, and deepen specific areas through mentorship, feedback, and related readings. This course will begin after a joint in-person or virtual meeting between the site contact, faculty advisor, and students, followed by individual bi-weekly meetings between the faculty advisor and student. (GR)