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Strategic Management & Leadership


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Why are some firms more successful than others? This is the fundamental question that we will tackle in this course. Successful management of a corporate enterprise begins with a coherent, well-defined strategy. This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze, formulate and implement strategy effectively. We will take the perspective of the general manager, learning how to assess the external environment, as well as the firm’s internal resources and capabilities, so as to create a successful strategy. We will learn how the general manager makes the parts of the firm (functional areas, product lines, and/or geographic units) work in harmony to support the strategy and create a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. Throughout the course, we will address the complexity of leading a business in this era of globalization, social and technological change, and dynamic firm and industry boundaries.

MGT 603 Entrepreneurship

This course examines the factors leading to the creation of new ventures, characteristics of the successful entrepreneur. Organizing and financing a new venture. Strategic Planning and writing a business plan.

MGT 604 Strategic Management

This course examines the way in which organizations formulate and implement their strategic plans. Key topics include systematic analysis of trends in the operating environment, analysis of the industry and/or sector in which the organization operates, the identification of critical success factors and the recognition of competences. Possible strategies are then identified before continuing to strategic choice and the problems of implementation. Full recognition is given to the fact that although strategic planning is a rational and logical process, it is conducted on the basis of imperfect and volatile information. High emphasis is on  risk management, which introduces the development and use of multiple-scenario planning models. Strategic planning at this level has significant research content.

MGT 605 Project Management

This course examines project initiation and life cycle. Project estimation:  resources, cost, time and risks, work and product breakdown structures, tendering and contracting processes, planning, building and leading the team and execution.

MGT 606 Corporate Social Responsibility

The course examines the increasingly important role of corporate social responsibility, recognizing the basic principles of ethical and responsible treatment for stakeholders, within the organization, the community and the environment.  The rapid development of CSR as a concept – i.e., a better quality of life for everyone — has made it an essential element of today’s curriculum as it cuts across academic disciplines.  Students will look at decision making processes in industry with regard to the need to balance business profits and returns on investment with the growing awareness in favor of more sustainable practices.  The impact of businesses on communities in both the developed and less-developed countries will be examined, as will the responsibility and governance of issues affecting the stakeholders.  In addition, the importance of companies in developing socially responsible strategies will be examined.  This will include case studies involving specific industries (e.g., oil & gas) and their ethical role in the integrated, globalized market.

MGT 607 Human Resources Management

Human resource management (HRM) is concerned with the effective management and utilization of human resources in organizations. For most organizations, human resources are their greatest assets and their optimal utilization is the key to competitive advantage in today’s increasingly harsh economic environment. Moreover, because effective HRM is now so crucial for success, many organizations now regard it as the responsibility of all managers, not just specialists in personnel management. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the HRM from a strategic perspective and an operational perspective. Strategically, HRM policies and activities are designed to support and reinforce more general business strategies and objectives. Operationally, HRM is concerned with the design and implementation of procedures to optimize the day-to-day management of people in organizations.

MGT 612  Corporate Governance

The need for corporate responsibility and ethical governance has become paramount in the stakeholder and investors decision making process; Investors are prepared to pay a premium for good governance. The complex nature of corporate governance and social responsibility within emerging markets creates a need for leadership within this area. Students will be able to apply a contextual risk framework to analyze the importance of good governance, and to assess the risk factors for bankruptcy and exit strategies.  The aim of the course is to understand the behavior of individual banks versus regulation, supervision and governance, to understand the function and rationale of public intervention in financial markets and enable the students to solve independently and on an academic level problems that are related to bank behavior and bank supervision.

GT 609  Financial Risk Management

In this course, the pricing and the use of derivative products is discussed. Especially the quantitative techniques used for pricing and risk management will be extensively covered. Next to that, the key ingredients for the measurement of market risk, credit risk and operational risk are introduced.

MGMT 610 Executive Leadership

This course examines the characteristics and skills that allow leaders to make positive contributions to their organizations. It offers students the opportunity to improve their skills through the use of simulations, role-plays, case analyses, and discussions. Skills examined and practiced in this course include developing and communicating a vision, systems thinking, team building, and decision making.

MGT 611 Strategy, Management & Organization of Financial institutions

The aim of the course is to make students understand the complex interactions in the organization of financial services firms, their strategy formulation and the implementation of strategic plans.

MGMT 620 Legal Aspects of Management

This course introduces students to business-related aspects of the American legal system. Students will be exposed to a variety of areas including constitutional law, administrative law, dispute resolution, business formation and equal employment opportunity as well as contracts, torts and property. The emphases of the course are issue recognition and the resolution of such issues through application of legal principles.

MGMT 630 Managing Organizational Diversity

This course helps students understand themselves at their own place (within cultures and subcultures) and their responses to difference; other people (bosses, coworkers, subordinates, clients, and customers); differences among organizations; and the skills for managing diversity well. It stresses on the role of managing diversity well as essential to good management for the coming decades.

MGMT 640 Managing Change

This course examines contemporary theories and practice in managing change and preventing and managing crisis. The focus is on applying theoretical concepts from the fields of organizational behavior and strategic human resource management (HRM) to the practical challenges of managing organizational change and transformation.

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