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Pamplin College of Business

Management

www.cob.vt.edu/mgmt/Managment students

Richard E. Wokutch, Head
Digges Professor of Entrepreneurship: S. E. Markham
Strickler Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies: J. R. Lang
Pamplin Professor of Management: R. E. Wokutch
Professors: M. K. Badawy; T. W. Bonham
Associate Professors: L. D. Alexander; K. D. Carlson; A. T. Cobb;
M. L. Connerley; J. L. French; D. R. Gnyawali; D. E. Hatfield;
K. F. Murrmann; C. P. Neck; L. H. Poppo; W. J. Smith;
L. F. Tegarden
Assistant Professor: J. B. Arthur
Emeritus Faculty: R. M. Madigan; J. F. Robinson; M. C. Schnitzer;
J. M. Shepard; C. U. Stephens
Career Advisor: C. P. Neck (231-4559)
Job Placement Coordinator: L. C. Borny
Small Business Institute Director: S. J. Skripak


Overview

    The curriculum in Management is unique within the Pamplin College of Business because it fosters an integrated perspective of business enterprises. Course work in the traditional functional areas (operations, finance, control, marketing, information technology) is coupled with a choice of one of two Management nine-hour options: I) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management, or II) Human Resource Management. Students in Management are also eligible to participate in the Department of Management's Leadership minor.

    Tomorrow's managers must be able to lead themselves, other individuals, and teams in both project- and process-oriented organizations. To this end, understanding how the separate business functions are integrated to achieve a single, coordinated effort, especially in complex, technologically-based enterprises is paramount. Additionally, students are exposed to state-of-the-art ideas and practices regarding leadership, and they are given multiple opportunities to develop their personal skills while applying this knowledge in team projects. Because basic communication skills are so important to effective leadership, a heavy emphasis is placed on development of written and oral communications skills. Increasingly in the modern business world, the success of a manager is dependent on the ability to manage in situations requiring complex moral judgments. Therefore, in addition to a required course on ethical leadership, a concern for ethics is infused in courses throughout the Management curriculum.

    In addition to fulfilling the Pamplin College of Business requirements for the first two years and the college core course requirements, all Management majors must 1) meet these specific Management major course requirements, and 2) choose one of two options of concentration.

    Required Courses:
    ACIS 2504: Personal Computers in Business
    MGT 3324: Organization Behavior
    MGT 3334: Intro. to Human Resource Management
    MGT 4334: Ethical Leadership & Corp. Soc. Responsibility
    MGT 4344: Productivity and Quality Leadership

    Option I: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology Management
    The focus of this option is preparing students to run their own businesses and to act in an entrepreneurial manner in other organizations. Three additional courses* are required for those students selecting this option:
    MGT 3604: E-Management
    MGT 4064: ITE Leadership
    MGT 4074: Applied Small Business Consulting
    * These courses have MGT 3304 as a prerequisite.

    Option II: Human Resource Management
    The focus of this option is preparing students to work in the human resources area. Three additional courses* are required for those students selecting this option:
    MGT 3344: Labor-Management & Employee Relations
    MGT 3424: Human Resource Staffing & Development
    MGT 4414: Compensation & Performance Management
    * These courses have MGT 3304 and MGT 3334 as prerequisites.

Leadership Minor

    The Leadership minor provides a multi-disciplinary, experiential background in the history, values, skills and theory of leadership. It provides the student with the opportunity to tailor his/her leadership education and experience to personal and career needs.

    The curriculum consists of eighteen (18) credit hours of study, including six (6) hours of electives and three (3) hours of experiential activity.

Required Courses
MGT 3304: Management Theory and Leadership Practice
MGT 4334: Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT 4354: Leadership: Advanced Skills and Concepts

Elective Courses
Students may select 6 credit hours of electives from the following areas, according to their interests:
Global/Multicultural Perspectives:
SOC 2024: Minority Group Relations
SOC 3614: Gender and Work in the U.S.
MGT 4314: International Management
Communication Skills:
COMM 2074: Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 3124: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 4064: Persuasion
HUM/COMM 3204: Multicultural Communication

Experiential Activity
An experiential activity may take the form of a formal three-credit course or an independent study which offers significant leadership and/or service experience consistent with the goals of the minor.

Undergraduate Course Descriptions (MGT)

1004: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
Introduction to the role of the free enterprise system in society and economy. Study of the various business functions such as economic trends, accounting, finance, management, marketing, and production and operations. Analysis of these functions for programs of study and for career opportunities. Restricted to freshmen and sophomores. (2H,2C)

2944: MILITARY LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Progressive leadership education, training and development through readings, lectures, exercises and leadership positions within the Corps of Cadets. Emphasis of this course is on the day-to-day implementation of leadership strategies and tactics in a military environment. Topics include leadership theory and practice, honor and ethics education, and professional integrity. Exercises include small group discussion, leadership scenarios, and role-playing. Each cadet will perform at least one leadership position to include team leader, cadre, squad leader, platoon leader, company commander, or primary/special staff positions. May be taken up to 8 times. Pass/Fail only. (1H,1C)

2954: BUSINESS STUDY ABROAD
This course provides students with an international business experience. It is only offered as part of a program outside of the United States. Students will learn from the structured educational experience developed by the faculty leader. This course is intended for students who want to develop management-related free electives. Pre: Instructor's consent and the completion of 24 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or departmental consent. Variable credit course.

2964: FIELD STUDY
Variable credit course.

3304: MANAGEMENT THEORY AND LEADERSHIP PRACTICE
This survey course introduces the student to a broad range of concepts, theories and practices important for a basic understanding of management. Topics also focus on the environment in which today's managers must effectively operate. Junior standing required. (3H,3C)

3324: ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOR
This course examines the determinants and consequences of human behavior in formal organizations. Specific focus is on the individual, interpersonal, and group processes which underlie all the human dynamics. Pre: 3304. (3H,3C)

3334: INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
This course examines the strategies, policies, and practices associated with effective human resource management and employee/labor relations in public- and private-sector organizations in both union and nonunion settings. This course is designed for future managers and emphasizes the acquisition, development, reward, and retention of employees within a legal and social context of today's organizations. Junior standing is required. Co: 3304. (3H,3C)

3344: LABOR-MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
An examination of labor and employee relations policies and practices from an economic, behavioral and legal viewpoint. Examines contemporary methods of employee organization, labor-management cooperation, representation and dispute resolution in private and public, and union and non-union work settings in the United States and selected other countries. Pre: 3304, 3334. (3H,3C)

3424: HUMAN RESOURCE STAFFING AND DEVELOPMENT
Concentrates on the acquisition, deployment, and development of human resources within organizations. This course emphasizes the design and implementation of staffing, training, and development processes to achieve organizational objectives within social and economic constraints. Pre: 3304, 3334. (3H,3C)

3434: MANAGING DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
This course examines the impact of diversity, culture, and ethnic origin on the work experience, and is designed to prepare individuals to meet the challenge of cultural diversity in organizations. Attention is given to how gender, race, religion, age, social class, sexual orientation, culture, tradition, education, economic structure, and organizational philosophy interact to create a set of rules for acceptable behaviors in complex
organizations. Junior standing required. (3H,3C)

3604: E-MANAGEMENT: CONCEPTS AND SKILLS
This course provides cutting edge experiences, skills, and knowledge for management majors and other College of Business e-commerce students who are concerned with the digital transformation of business. Within a context that examines fundamental changes in management due to the Internet Revolution which are as dramatic as the Industrial Revolution, three themes will be pursued: (1) how these organizations are different from traditional organizations, (2) new implications for knowledge sharing, knowledge management, and communication, and (3) e-based techniques for leadership practices. Pre: 3304, ACIS 2504. (3H,3C)

3754: MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Guided experience in work environments and job search. Through unpaid internships, students have the opportunity to view the inner workings of businesses first hand while working on organizationally meaningful assignments. Class activities prepare students for conducting effective job searches. Pass/Fail only. Pre: 3304. (1H,6L,3C)

3954: STUDY ABROAD
Variable credit course.

3964: FIELD STUDY
Variable credit course.

4064: INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP
This course examines the leader's role and required skills for new venture creation and fostering innovation and technology development. Partially duplicates AAEC/MGT 3454. Senior standing in the Pamplin College of Business required. Pre: 3304. (3H,3C)

4074 (MKTG 4074): APPLIED SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTING
Application of accounting, finance, marketing, management, information technology, and management science concepts to small business cases. On-site consultation with existing firms. Through the experiential studies, students will explore the role of 'pro bono' work in the management field. Pre: Pamplin College of Business senior or graduate standing. Permission of instructor is required for students outside the Pamplin College of Business. Pre: 3304. (3H,3C)

4104 (FL 4104): GLOBAL CULTURE
This course will examine problems of cultural differences using an interdisciplinary approach combining business studies with cultural studies in the humanities and social sciences. It will address issues related to living and working with people from other countries or cultures, whether domestically or abroad. It will also explore the impact of globalization on various aspects of culture. Junior standing required. (3H,3C)

4314: INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
The course is designed to provide the student with familiarity concerning the unique problems, characteristics, and demands that face multinational managers and the international business community. Junior standing required. (3H,3C)

4324 (PHIL 4324): BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
An inquiry into the fundamental norms of conduct in business and other professions and their justification in relation to the most important ethical theories. Special attention will be given to moral problems such as the ethics of hiring and firing, bribery, and professional responsibility to society. (3H,3C)

4334: ETHICAL LEADERSHIP AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The leadership role of managers in promoting ethics and corporate social responsibility in business today. Consideration of business-society issues such as environmental pollution, employee rights and responsibilities, discrimination/affirmative action, and the activities of multinational corporations. These issues will be examined through the conceptual frameworks of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Pre: 3304. (3H,3C)

4344: PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY LEADERSHIP
This course provides an introduction to leadership in the context of productivity and quality improvement. It focuses on understanding the concepts and skills associated with contemporary management strategies and systems. This course requires active student involvement and emphasizes participative leadership skills, data collection, qualitative problem solving, and communication processes. For Management majors only. Senior standing required.
Pre: 3304, 3324, BIT 3414. (3H,3C)

4354: LEADERSHIP: ADVANCES IN SKILLS AND CONCEPTS
This cornerstone course provides cutting-edge experiences, skills, and knowledge in leadership for students in the leadership minor. Within an historical context that balances military, political, and business perspectives, four types of leadership will be examined: self-leadership, dyadic leadership, team leadership, and enterprise leadership. Special emphasis will be placed on the specific skills, such as computer literacy and project management, required for leaders to succeed in modern, technologically oriented organizations. Pre: senior standing. Pre: 3304. (3H,3C)

4384: BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the relationship between business and government in a free market economy. Junior standing is required. (3H,3C)

4394: BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY
Integrates business principles and practices covered in basic courses. Cases used extensively. Senior standing required. Pre: 3304, MKTG 3104, FIN 3104, FIN 3055, BIT 3414. (3H,3C)

4414: COMPENSATION AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
This course provides the knowledge and skills required by managers to design and implement comprehensive compensation and performance management systems in public and private organizations. Topics include development of compensation strategy, internal pay structure, determination of pay level through wage surveys, evaluating job performance, rewarding individuals and groups, and administering employee benefits. Pre: 3304, 3334. (3H,3C)

4764: APPLIED HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The study of how human resource information systems (HRIS) can and should be applied in organizations to support organization strategy, improve efficiency and flexibility, increase productivity, and improve the quality of work life for all employees. Pre: 3334. (3H,3C)

4864: WI UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.

4874: WI INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

4964: FIELD STUDY
Variable credit course.

4974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

4984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

4994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.

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