Business Strategy Program and Courses
Our concentration in business strategy develops global business leaders to integrate the critical functions of a firm so that decisions flow from, and support, the overall strategy. This concentration prepares graduates to be collaborative professionals who can immediately add value to any organization.The following courses are included in this business strategy concentration:
Exploring International Business (MGT 345)
Through exploration of various approaches and strategies, this course is designed to build skills needed to effectively lead organizations in today’s highly complex and globally competitive world. It focuses on ways to manage, empower and inspire culturally diverse, and often virtual, individuals and teams. The course materials cover the nuances of conducting business in various regions of the world. This course makes extensive use of role plays, small work groups, films, exercises of critical management problems, and skill practice sessions.
Contemporary Topics in Personal Finance (MGT 375)
This course provides a guide to managing personal finances through a review of contemporary topics in personal finance, which includes principles of investing, credit scoring, mortgages, taxes and financial planning. Topics include investing and diversification, risk management, setting personal objectives, and tax efficiency. The course also requires students to apply their understanding of these topics by creating budgets, financial goals, loan amortization tables, and basic equity analysis.
Organizational Development (MGT 385)
What makes for a highly functioning workplace? This course introduces students to the fundamental principles, theories, and concepts regarding organizational design and development, which are critical to creating highly motivated and effective employees, teams, and organizations. Management topics include: organizational culture, team dynamics, aspects of communication, training and efficiency, change and risk management. Productive, healthy work environments are emphasized, through applications of workplace psychology. Case studies include cross-cultural and dispersed work settings.
Corporate Responsibility (MGT 413)
In this course students identify corporate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives and assess their effectiveness from the cultural, social, environmental, and financial perspectives of its diverse stakeholders. Students investigate international supply chains and examine related social issues. They identify and evaluate companies’ values and ethics. Trends in sustainability, triple bottom line reporting, and responsibility-based entity types are also surveyed. Students apply concepts to an analysis and recommendation for improved environmental and social impact of a selected organization.
Business Analytics and Reporting (MGT 430)
Managers in any area of a business need to be equipped to analyze and explain the metrics, results, and numbers of the business. In this course, students evaluate a company’s strengths and weaknesses through financial statement analysis, as well as perform forecasting functions such as regression analysis, and pivot tables. Students will learn how to convert data to information by combining various data sources, spotting trends, prioritizing details, and grouping and highlighting information most pertinent to business decisions. Constructing visual reports, such as executive summaries, and dashboards that highlight key information give students an opportunity to apply course learning.
Business Development (MKG 427)
Business development links marketing with the supply chain and provides a pipeline to sales. Its focus is on the development and growth of profitable new business. For a given enterprise course participants develop best practices for account management and create a plan for account rounding and expansion that appropriately leverages and involves those responsible for sales, marketing, product management and development, and other areas. As part of this process, students learn how to structure and negotiate deals, seek out new business opportunities, and how efforts may differ by industry based on not-for-profit or for-profit status, as well as other regulatory requirements.