William Ira Knowles, II
B.A. in Management
"One of the great things about Webster is you never feel like you’re just another number in the system. "
This curriculum is designed for individuals who are seeking a graduate degree with a broad general management and leadership perspective.
The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (M.A.) or the 48 credit hours required for the master of business administration (M.B.A.) must include the following courses for a major/emphasis in management and leadership:
In this course, the student is introduced to the basic concepts of management and organizations. Primary emphasis is given to three primary functions: planning, organizing, and controlling. Additional topics include: organization theory, the global environment, ethics, and decision making.
This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.
Strategic management refers to managerial decisions and actions that influence the long-run direction and performance of an organization. This course introduces the basic analytical concepts and processes underlying environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control of strategies. The course also addresses specific topics, including the central role of the organization's purpose in formulating effective strategy, the identification, development, and leveraging of core competencies, the increasing use of strategic alliances, globalization and strategy, and the organization's ability to develop and sustain competitive advantages.
This course is a comprehensive view of personnel policy development with emphasis on the interdependence of personnel and operating functions. Students analyze personnel functions of recruitment, development, training, compensation, integration into the workforce, and maintenance of personnel for the purpose of contributing to organizational, societal, and individual goals.
Organizational leadership is the process of influencing other people to achieve organizational goals. This leadership course reviews and builds upon the basic knowledge of leadership provided in an introduction to organizational behavior course by expanding the scope and depth of the student's knowledge of leadership theories, by providing practice in basic leadership skills, and by developing the student's self-knowledge of his or her preferred leadership styles.
Organization development (OD) is the process of planning and implementing interventions to create interpersonal, group, inter-group, or organization-wide change. This course presents the theoretical foundations of organization development as an applied behavioral science. Students will also be introduced to many types of interpersonal, intra-group, inter-group, and organizational interventions that are used to effect comprehensive and lasting changes.
Managers and human resources management professionals must be able to understand financial information contained in financial statements and reports. Line managers must be able understand financial information contained in financial statements and reports in order to evaluate their unit's financial performance, to communicate clearly with other managers, and to apply financial information when making decisions. Human resources management professionals must understand financial statements and principles if they are to effectively assist line managers and be strategic partners with other business functions. This course will focus on the interpretation and use of basic financial information by non-financial managers, not on the production of financial statements and reports. (FINC 5000 cannot be substituted for BUSN 5200.)
In this capstone course, the student is expected to synthesize and integrate the conceptual and theoretical knowledge and understanding acquired in the curriculum by use of case study analysis, a research project, or management plan. The emphasis is on the student's development of written analytic material that can be utilized for program assessment as well as individual student assessment. Prerequisite: completion of all other required courses in this major.
In addition, the student chooses elective courses offered in this major and/or from the program curricula of other School of Business and Technology majors.
If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major or from the program curriculum of another School of Business and Technology major. Students pursuing dual majors who have the requisite course(s) waived will complete only the remaining required courses for the dual majors.
Program requirements may differ based upon the enrollment year. Please speak with an academic advisor for specific requirements.