Management (MGT)

College of Business Administration
Department Chair: Thomas Kuffel
416A Wimberly Hall,
(608)785-8110
email: kuffel.thom@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/ba/mgt

Professors: Betton, Kuffel, May, Pena, Ross, Stapleton;
Associate Professors: Hench;
Assistant Professors: Secchi;
Lecturers: Gillis, G.

Credit by examination -

The department offers students the opportunity to attempt “credit by examination” for BUS 205 — The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. Examination information is available from the department chair.

Students in the College of Business Administration must also complete the college core requirements viewable here. (36 credits in the common core)

Management Major

(College of Business Administration)

— 24 credits – MGT 328, 360, 408; 15 credits from any 300- or 400-level management courses, BUS 305, 405, 415, IS 320 and 330. Up to three credit hours of outside elective courses may be approved by the faculty adviser and department chair. At least nine of the 15 elective credits should be 400-level courses. Students with interests in special areas – e.g., operations management, human resources, international management, etc – should work closely with their advisers to select classes accordingly.

MGT 100 Cr. 3 Introduction to Business

Provides framework within which to develop an appreciation and introductory understanding of the nature of business and the relationships of the functions of business to the environment of the American economy in which students shall assume a major role. May be counted as an elective in the College of Business Administration. Offered occasionally.

300/400 level management courses are open only to those students who have been admitted to the business program and students in business-related programs for which such a course is specifically required.  Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the College of Business Administration dean.

MGT 300 Cr. 3 Business Communications

The study of the theory of communications is illustrated and reinforced by many specific applications in writing sales letters, credit and collection letters, business reports of various lengths and kinds, and messages to employees, shareholders, and the public. The resume, job application letter, and the interview are also studied. Oral presentations are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered occasionally.

MGT 303 Cr. 3 Principles of Labor — Management Relations

Instruction develops the necessary perspective and the theoretical and legal structure necessary to an understanding of current public policy and contemporary issues in labor-management relations. The case study approach is used in studying current applications. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MGT 308 Cr. 3 Behavior and Theory in Organizations

This course provides an introduction to Organizational Behavior and Theory. Emphasis is on key individual and group level behavioral processes deemed essential for effective management. They include perception, motivation, communication, and group dynamics. In addition, the course covers some basic concepts of organizational theory such as organizational structure and design, organizational culture, and strategy and goals. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

MGT 328 Cr. 3 Principles of Management Thought

This course focuses on the principles and evolution of “management” thinking from the advent of the industrial revolution to the present in an increasingly integrated and interconnected world. This course places management thought in a larger political, economic, social and temporal context. It focuses on how management thinking and its accompanying frameworks and practices must evolve and change if it is to make contemporary organizational life creative, effective and sustainable. (This course should be taken in the first semester of admission to the business program and management major) Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring. 

MGT 360 Cr. 3 Global Perspective on Business

This course focuses on managing in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Special attention is paid to creating and maintaining sustainable business practices across international boundaries, including building socially, economically and environmentally effective organizations in a culturally diverse world. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 370 Cr. 3 Management of Information Technology

An examination of issues that both MIS and non-MIS managers face in managing information and information technology within an organization. The course is a topics course and will, of necessity, vary from semester to semester to stay current with the technological changes which managers would face in the workplace. Topics include strategic uses of information technology, technological trends and their implications, the relationship between organizational structure and information technology, evaluation of the effectiveness of information technology, end user computing, management of new and existing systems and ethical and international issues. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 385 Cr. 3 Human Resources: Employment

Examines principles and practices involved in recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring and developing employees. Separations, transfers, promotions, EEO considerations, privacy and affirmative action are considered. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MGT 386 Cr. 3 Compensation and Benefits Administration

A comprehensive treatment of issues involved in compensation and benefits administration. Issues involved are wage theory, job evaluation, job pricing, types of incentives. Mandated and voluntary benefits, ERISA, legal issues in compensation, cost, impact and future of compensation and benefits administration are also considered. Prerequisite: MGT 385. Offered Fall.

MGT 393 Cr. 3 Production and Operations Management

This introductory course provides business students with the processes of creating and disseminating value in both manufacturing and service operations. The course includes the theoretical foundations for production and operations management, as well as how decision-making techniques aid the manager in creating and delivering value. Global production and distribution strategies are integrated with management processes and projects. Topics include the operation system and processes, the lean and agile enterprise, six sigma, supply chain management and global logistics. Emerging information and manufacturing technologies within the global supply chain are reviewed. Prerequisite: MTH 145, 175, and junior standing. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

MGT 395 Cr. 3 Management Science I

Introduction to the quantitative models used in the private and public sectors. Topics include linear programming, transportation and assignment models, project planning, basic inventory models, decision theory, queuing models, and game theory. Prerequisite: MGT 393. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 398 Cr. 3 Total Quality Management

A course designed to explore the nature of company-wide quality management. This course critically analyzes the work of quality pioneers such as Deming, Juran, Crosby, Taguchi, etc. Focus is on the functional integration and implementation of quality management in manufacturing and services: management of process quality, quality function deployment, strategic quality planning, human resource and information system management to ensure quality, measures of quality performance, Japanese approach to quality, and internal and external customer focus for continuous improvement. Prerequisite: MTH 145 and junior standing. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 399 Cr. 3 Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, Executing, and Controlling

This course emphasizes the use of special tools and techniques in management to accomplish the organizational mission through better control and use of existing resources. It explores ways to harness cross-functional synergy in an organization to successfully plan, schedule, execute and control projects. Prerequisite: MTH 145 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.

MGT 400 Cr. 1-3 Management Forum

Emphasis will be on examination and study of current management issues. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Offered Fall.

MGT 408 Cr. 3 The Global Responsibility of Business

This course considers the turbulent environment in which organizations function and examines specific dimensions of this environment including the evolution of a framework of global human rights, the impacts of economic and social globalization, the convergence of global approaches to sustainability and the changing ideological and political frameworks affecting business. It will also examine matters of global corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship, Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 412 Cr. 3 Emergent Leadership and Team Development

This course focuses on key differences between management and leadership and the importance of leadership in the context of effective team building. The emphasis is on organizational change and the role that leadership plays in providing direction for this change. Collaborative and non-hierarchical strategies that facilitate team building will be discussed as an alternative to top-down behavior. The course will provide opportunities to think deeply and systematically about the development of leadership skills and the creativity, initiative and motivation critical to that development. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Spring.

MGT 428 Cr. 3 Management of Technology and Innovation

This course focuses on the management of technological innovation in organizations. It examines how the design of an organization’s structure, internal processes, reward systems and staffing, etc., can enhance the organization’s capability for technological innovation. A combination of lectures, case analyses and independent readings will be used. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall.

MGT 430 Cr. 3 Comparative Management Systems

Comparative management is concerned primarily with studying the similarities and differences among nations in the context of management systems in different countries. The focus of the course is on the interaction between sociopolitical and cultural environments and management systems. This course seeks to encourage future managers in a global environment to think in a global context and be knowledgeable about the cultures, political economies and business practices of other countries. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 431 Cr. 3 Business, Labor, and Human Rights

The course examines the impact of globalization, trade regulation and international conventions, agreements and law on human rights, specifically in the context of business and labor rights. Topics include the emergence of post-war human rights structures; the impact of the International Labor Office on Human Rights in the workplace; the establishment of economic, social, and cultural rights in the context of business; the growing conflicts between trade agreements and national policy and emerging partnerships between business organizations and international agencies. Managerial and trade union responses to emerging human rights issues are considered. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Spring.

MGT 449 Cr. 3 Administrative Policy Determination

An integrated case study approach to the variables in management policy determination at the overall level. The course will operationally apply the principles, concepts, and methods of the College of Business Administration core requirements to both actual and simulated case situations. May be taken only in the semester of graduation. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of the core requirements, and senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MGT 450 Cr. 1-6 College of Business Administration Internship

The internship program as conceived and implemented is an unusual program designed to provide an opportunity for students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to participate in an approved program with a cooperating business, governmental or civic organization for usually 15 weeks of their undergraduate work. For additional information, see internship description under the College of Business Administration heading. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail grading. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MGT 452 Cr. 1-6 College of Business Administration International Internship

The internship program as conceived and implemented is an unusual program designed to provide an opportunity for students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to participate in an approved program with a cooperating business, governmental or civic organization for usually 15 weeks of their undergraduate work. Credit for international internships can be received for only internships classified as internationally related internships by Career Services. For additional information, see internship description under the College of Business Administration heading. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail grading. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MGT 483 Cr. 3 Corporate Training

The course examines principles and practices of employee training and Human Resource Development in business organizations. Students learn to analyze training needs and objectives at the organizational and job level. They also learn about various instructional methods used in business. Differences between formal training programs and on-the-job training will be considered. Methods for evaluating training programs will also be discussed. The relationship between corporate training and other organizational and human resource management goals will also be examined. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered occasionally.

MGT 484 Cr. 3 International Human Resource Management

The course examines human resource practices in countries other than the United States. These practices are compared and contrasted with common U.S. practices, and implications for multinational corporations are considered.  Specific topics may include: staffing, recruiting, overseas transfers, performance appraisal, compensation, and equal employment opportunity issues. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.

MGT 485 Cr. 3 Collective Bargaining

Nature, scope and historical background of collective bargaining in the U.S. Labor– Management sector covering organization of the parties for bargaining, procedures, strategies, issues. Analysis of contents of labor agreements. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered Fall.

MGT 486 Cr. 3 Human Resources: Current Issues and Policies

An in-depth investigation of selected current trends and issues of importance in personnel and industrial relations. An integrative, case-oriented approach to the study of problems and policy in personnel and industrial relations. Simulation exercises and case analysis are used in addition to lecture and student presentations. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered occasionally.

MGT 487 Cr. 3 Male/Female Relationships in the Business Environment

An examination of current managerial issues with emphasis on the psychological and social barriers which inhibit the effective performance of individuals in an organization. The course examines the socialization of men and women as related to leadership in working organizations and cultural perceptions of work roles for men and women. The development of human resource strategies for the attainment of individual goals also is emphasized. Other topics such as mentoring in organizations, sexual harassment, benefits issues (e.g., those under the Family and Medical Leave Act), and comparable worth in pay also may be considered. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered occasionally.

MGT 494 Cr. 3 Business Process Re-engineering

This course shows how to rethink and redesign business processes in order to achieve dramatic improvements in critical measures of performance such as cost, quality, service, and speed. Prerequisite: MGT 393. Offered occasionally.

MGT 499 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Individual reading or research under the guidance of a staff member. Open to selected advanced students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with the consent of the student’s regular adviser, the instructor and the department chairperson. Repeatable for credit – maximum six. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.