Academic Areas

Faculty in the Department of Management are divided into six academic disciplines, which represent major teaching and research interests.

Sikes HallBusiness Statistics and Management Science

Decision modeling provides a practical understanding of the scientific approach to managerial problem solving, with an emphasis on the use of mathematics and statistics in management. This area provides insight and understanding of management science concepts and techniques important to managerial decision making. Faculty in this area are involved in research projects dealing with heuristics, mathematical formulations, queuing theory and a variety of predictive techniques as they relate to management decisions.

Information Systems

Information systems courses give students hands-on experience with computers and exposure to concepts associated with providing computer-based support for individuals and organizations. The information age presents significant challenges for managers as they deal with evolving information technologies that are instrumental in enabling organizational competitiveness. Faculty research how organizations can better deploy information systems at the individual, group, organizational and inter-organizational levels.

The department’s course offerings in information systems allow undergraduate, as well as graduate students in both the MBA and M.S. in management programs — to take a number of electives, including systems development, project management, telecommunications and data management.

International Business

Managing international trade has always been central to the business strategy of European and Japanese firms, but has only recently been recognized as significant by the American government, academics and business firms. The increasing international competition of the past two decades and the resulting enormous trade deficits have led to a new emphasis on international trade. To survive and prosper, businesses must learn to exploit international competitive advantages, to manage competition with imports and to understand the role of governments in influencing the terms of international competition.

Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Organizational behavior deals with the topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, leadership, job design, group and individual decision-making, power and politics, conflict management, stress and organizational change. Human resources management covers the topics of employee recruitment, selection, training, career planning and development, performance appraisal, industrial relations, discipline, compensation, safety and health.

Department faculty teach and do research on a variety of organizational behavior and human resources management topics. Research results are published in top-quality management and behavioral science journals.

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Strategic management deals with the complex world of high-level executives. This area’s overriding concern is helping organizations achieve high levels of performance in various industrial and competitive environments.

Strategic management faculty is composed of several scholars with expertise in corporate-level strategy, business-level strategy and manufacturing or operations strategy. Specific research and teaching topics include diversification, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic decision-making, corporate culture, just-in-time manufacturing and the integration of manufacturing strategy into the firm.

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Supply chain and operations management functions — managing the processes by which goods and services are sourced, created and distributed — are critical to the success of virtually all businesses and increasingly important to globalization. The department houses an Enterprise Management Laboratory where students can conduct research and implement many of the concepts learned in the classroom.

Faculty in this area are engaged in a rich variety of research that focuses on both strategic and tactical aspects of operations planning and control. In addition, faculty are also engaged in developing state-of-the art systems for use in these areas.

Within supply chain and operations management, logistics is a comparatively new area in business education. Its primary concern is the efficient physical distribution of a company's product. In addition to traffic management, the logistics manager has major responsibilities in such areas as material handling, warehousing, packaging, inventory, customer service and facility location.