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College of Business: Management Department

MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A study of management functions, decision processes and human behavior in business organizations. Ethical and political considerations are addressed, as are behavioral science research and its applicability to understanding organizational behavior. Prerequisites: Junior standing (56 hours) and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU. Open only to non-business majors.

MGT 340. International Management.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A comparative analysis of management styles and organizational effectiveness across cultural boundaries and within other political, legal and economic environments. Prerequisite: COB 300.

MGT 365. Human Resource Management.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A study of employer-employee relationships in business and industry including personnel policies and methods; selection, placement, training and promotion of employees; and recent trends in employment practices. Prerequisite: COB 300 or PPA major (or minor), having completed PUAD or PPA 265.

MGT/MS 370. Quality Management.
3 credits. Offered every three years.
An introduction to the management of quality in organizations. Topics include statistical quality control, the design of quality management systems, implementation, measurement and management issues in quality programs.Prerequisites: COB 300 and junior standing.

MGT 372. Entrepreneurship.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
A survey of the field of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs and their significance in the American free enterprise system. Emphasis will be on exploring the theoretical framework of the entrepreneurship process and the entrepreneurial personality. Prerequisite: COB 300.

MGT 375. Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
This course explores the nature of moral values, moral judgments, and ethical decision and behaviors in modern business organizations. Alternative perspectives of right and wrong will be considered. A highly interactive course, students will analyze and discuss ethics-related current events, case studies, real-world scenarios, and common ethical dilemmas in order to improve skills in recognition, understanding, and decision-making related to business ethics and social responsibility at various organizational levels. This course is open to students in any COB major provided they meet the course prerequisites.Prerequisite: COB 300 or permission of the instructor.

MGT 390. Organizational Behavior.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
This course examines the determinants of work behavior in organizations. Topics to be covered include individual differences, work motivation, leadership, and work values and attitudes. Issues of measurement, survey use and managerial application will be emphasized. Prerequisite: COB 300.

MGT 420. Management of Technology and Innovation.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
This course will focus on the management of technology and innovation through an examination of technology transfer across industries, the evolution of technology, technology strategy, the innovation process within an organization, and the management of research and development. The importance of product champions, lead-users and cross-functional teams is emphasized. Prerequisites:COB 300 and senior standing (90 hours).

MGT 425. Project Management.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
This course focuses on different techniques for managing many types of projects. The course addresses a variety of project management issues such as project prioritization, the use of management tools and techniques to plan and schedule projects, the role of the project manager, maximizing project team performance and management of complex projects. Prerequisites: COB 300 and senior standing (90 hours).

MGT 430. Team Management.
3 credits. Offered every three years.
This course focuses on the effective use of teams as vehicles for accomplishing organizational work (e.g., solving complex problems). The course addresses a variety of team management issues such as designing and structuring work teams and reward systems, diagnosing team functioning and process problems, resources utilization planning and interventions for improving team performance.Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 hours). 

MGT 450. Creativity and Innovation.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Students will become aware of and develop their own creative potential while addressing the problems associated with building creative organizations and managing creative employees. Prerequisites: COB 300 and senior standing.

MGT 460. Employment Law.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
Course provides student with an overview of federal regulations and court decisions, which affect employment, employee/management relations, compensation, benefits, safety and health. Explores impact of regulations on general business operations. Prerequisite: MGT 365.

MGT 462. Compensation and Benefits.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
Compensation and benefit theories, planning and legislation. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, conducting wage surveys and administration of benefit plans. Prerequisite: MGT 365.

MGT 463. Labor Relations.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
An examination of the field of labor relations including the evolution of the labor movement, the structure of unions, public labor policy and the emergence of public sector bargaining. Prerequisite: MGT 365.

MGT 464. Industrial Psychology.
3 credits. Offered every three years.
Motivation of workers, leadership, work groups; measurement of job performance and job satisfaction. Prerequisites: COB 300 and COB 191.

MGT 465. Senior Seminar in Human Resource Management.
3 credits. Offered every three years.
A study of advanced personnel management theory and techniques. Topics include development and implementation of policy and procedures; new techniques in planning, administration and evaluation of human resources management in organizations; and research problems. Prerequisites: Senior standing, MGT 365 and at least nine hours from MGT 460MGT 462MGT 463MGT 464,MGT 466MGT 467 or MGT 468, or permission of the instructor.

MGT 466. Employee Training and Development.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
A study of training and development of human resources in organizations. Topics include design, development and evaluation of programs; adult learners; adult development; and career development programs in organizations. Prerequisite:MGT 365.

MGT 467. Human Resource Strategy and Implementation.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
Study of human resource management from a macro organizational perspective. Emphasizes the role of the human resource manager as a strategic partner in organizational planning. Topics include environmental analysis, forecast techniques, human resource strategies and implementation programs.Prerequisite: MGT 365.

MGT 468. Staffing.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
A study of the selection of human resources in organizations. Topics include internal and external recruitment, internal and external selection and testing.Prerequisite: MGT 365.

MGT 472. Venture Creation.
3 credits. Offered once a year.
The formulation, financing and operation of new ventures by individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams will be explored. The course will include a group term project designed to give the students clinical experience in the venture creation process. Prerequisites: COB 300 and MGT 372 or permission of the instructor.

MGT 480. Organization Theory and Design.
3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Examines the theory and research underlying the design of complex organizations. Takes a macro approach to the study of organizations, placing particular emphasis upon the interaction between an organization and its environment and the impact that the environment has on organizational design, structure and processes. Prerequisites: COB 300 and senior standing (90 hours).

MGT 481. Negotiation Behavior.
3 credits. Offered every two years.
An overview of negotiation as an effective conflict management device. The process of negotiation is examined in terms of how it affects disputants, the associated social structure and the encompassing system as a whole.Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 hours).

MGT 490. Special Studies in Management.
1-3 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Designed to give capable students in management an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: Management major and senior standing (90 hours); recommendation of the instructor and written permission of the director prior to registration.

MGT 494. Management Internship.
3 credits. Offered fall, summer and spring.
A course providing an opportunity to work in and with local industry to gain insight into the real side of modern management. Prerequisites: Management major, senior standing (90 hours), minimum cumulative GPA of 2.800, recommendation of the instructor and written permission of the program director prior to registration.

MGT 495. Human Resources Internship.
3 credits. Offered fall, summer and spring.
Internship in the area of human resource management as a generalist or in a specific area. Prerequisites: Management major, senior standing (90 hours); minimum cumulative GPA of 2.800, recommendation of the instructor and written permission of the program director prior to registration.

MGT 498. Special Topics in Management.
3 credits for each course. Offered according to course availability.
This course is designed to allow explorations of areas of current topical concern or to exploit special situations. Course content will vary. For current course content consult your adviser. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MGT 499. Honors.
6 credits. Offered fall and spring.
Year course. See catalog sections entitled "Graduation with Distinction" and "Graduation with Honors."