Houston Baptist University Catalog

Management (MGMT) Course Descriptions


MGMT 3302, Principles of Management
Prerequisite: None
This course provides background in the theory and practice of management principles centered around leading, controlling, planning and organizing for a more effective workplace. Students will learn the historical underpinnings of current management practice in the areas of organization design, theory, strategy and planning, team building, motivation, leadership and decision-making, among others. Heavy emphasis is placed upon application in the modern organization.

MGMT 3305 Organization Behavior and Management
Prerequisites: One of the following: MGMT 2341 or MGMT 3302
An introduction to problems and decision making processes of organizations from a behavioral theory viewpoint. The level of analysis of the material is that of the individual manager and groups within the organizations. Topics include personality, motivation and attitude effects on organizational effectiveness, decision making models, leadership traits and behaviors, stress management, and group and team behavior. The integration of these concepts occurs within the organizational structures and processes. Emphasis is on effective management leading to effective organizations.

MGMT 3316, Innovation and New Offering Development
Prerequisite: MGMT 3302
This course deals with the critical issues in the management of highly innovative enterprises and the way they create value through innovation. Innovation can be applied at all levels of the value chain and in the areas of research and development, manufacturing, marketing, and new offering development and support. The concept of innovation in the area of new offering development will be examined in great detail and the students will become familiar with how some of the best-in-class companies create products and services much more quickly and effectively than the rest of the industry.

MGMT 3322, Human Resources Management
Prerequisite: MGMT 3302
Study of all phases of the human resources management (HRM) function from recruitment to retirement of the employee. Included are employment strategic planning, recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, discipline, and the various laws under which employers must operate. Emphasis is on improving organizational effectiveness through the HRM function.

MGMT 3336 Organizational Theory
Prerequisite: MGMT 3302
This course provides the student with a foundation in the area of organizational theory. The focus of the course is on the structure of organizations and the interrelationship of organizations and their environments. Emphasis will be given to theoretical development, comparison of theoretical foundations, the assessment of empirical support for the theories, current perspectives of management, and current frontiers in organizational research. Applications of the theoretical perspectives to management and to current organizational events will be discussed.

MGMT 4315 Power and Negotiation
Prerequisite: MGMT 2341 or MGMT 3305 or MGMT 3302
This course examines the art and science of management negotiation. The use of power to affect outcomes is explored. Students are exposed to cooperation theory, as well as multiple perspectives and analytical skills, in power management with a firm and between firms. Labor relations negotiations are also discussed. The course heavily depends upon cases that stimulate decision-making in the real business setting.

MGMT 4323, Transformational Leadership and Change
Prerequisite: MGMT 3302
In-depth overview of the behaviors and characteristics of an effective leader conducted through current readings from experts on management, leadership, and business and through the study of the habits of visionary companies. Emphasizes the importance of innovation while studying various ways of leading people and organizations to become innovative. Examines common misconceptions about leadership and provides a practical understanding of leadership by analyzing great leaders and their organizations.

MGMT 4335, Managing the Global Enterprise
Prerequisite: MGMT 3302
Focuses on general management and integration of functional area skills needed to compete in a complex international business environment. Case material addresses strategic issues, operational practices, and governmental relations of multinational companies. Key topics include identifying, developing, and defending an international competitive advantage; evaluating the international environment; and, organizing to become a successful global competitor.

MGMT 5260, Decision Making Techniques for Managers
This course will provide a sound knowledge of many quantitative methods used by managers in the decision making process - linear programming, multi-objective decision making, analytic hierarchy process, decision making under uncertainty, decision trees and simulations. The course will integrate modeling into many functional areas of business, including Finance, Management, Marketing and Economics. Students will get hands-on modeling experience in the Microsoft Excel environment. Basic principles of probability and statistics are also explored. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 5261, Management Principles
This course provides background in the theory and practice of management principles centered around leading, controlling, planning and organizing for a more effective workplace. Students will learn the fundamental and historical underpinnings of current management practice in the areas of human resources management, motivation, leadership operations, and decision-making, among others. Graduate Business Program Only

MGMT 5262, Organizational Principles
This course introduces students to fundamental organizational concepts. Students will learn the elements and advantages of various organizational structures and processes. Further, students will be introduced to the most current thinking and practices in the management of organizational operations, both in manufacturing and services. Graduate Business Program only

MGMT 5263, Legal Environment of Business
A study of the legal environment of business, the role of law in society, the judicial process, and government regulation. Emphases are given to the law of contracts, torts, intellectual property, as well as employment law dealing with discrimination and its relation to human resources. Graduate Business Program Only

MGMT 5340 Internship: MBA
Prerequisites: current enrollment in MBA Program, completion of 12 hours in the MBA Program, good academic standing
An opportunity or experience by which students learn by undertaking responsible roles in organizations where the business practices of the enterprise will be studied. The students will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills while acquiring practical knowledge in their disciplines. The students will be exposed to various work roles and career choices.

MGMT 5348, Organizational Behavior for HRM
This course investigates the impact that individuals, groups and structure have on behavior within organizations. Special attention is paid to the functions of the HR department and Production and Operations Management. This knowledge will be developed and applied using frameworks provided by a conventional text and a compilation of theoretical and practical research. MS-HRM Program only.

MGMT 5360 Decision Making Techniques for Managers
This course will provide a sound knowledge of many quantitative methods used by managers in the decision making process ¿ linear programming, multi-objective decision making, analytic hierarchy process, decision making under uncertainty and decision trees. Topics include simplex method, sensitivity analysis, transportation and scheduling models, inventory models and other widely used quantitative methods. This course will integrate modeling into many functional areas of business, including Finance, Marketing and Operations Management. Students will get hands-on modeling experience in a Microsoft Excel environment. Basic principles of probability and statistics are also explored. This course must be taken within the first 12 semester hours in the Program. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 5361 Staffing and Performance Management
Examines strategic approaches for determining staffing requirements. Focuses on the overall staffing process including identifying non-traditional innovative recruiting sources, labor and supply and demand impacts, candidate evaluation/selection methods, legal framework, interviewing techniques and marketing strategies for attracting the best candidates. Development of knowledge and skills in contemporary performance management processes, and coaching methods. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 5362 Human Resources Information Technology
Examines the application of technology to human resource administrative processes and management information requirements. Applications include resume management, training, interviewing and selection, performance management, compensation administration, governmental reporting, payroll and benefits administration. The theory is reinforced through a series of real-world exercises using current software technologies. Topics also include defining technology needs based on business requirements, selecting technology vendors, outsourcing and preparing cost/benefit analyses for proposed projects. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 5363, Decision-Making Tools for HRM
This is a sruvey course on basic quantitative methods. The course will provide sound knowledge of basic business statistics and quantitative tools used by management in decision-making process. Topics include measures of central tendency and varition, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and forecasting, single and multi objective decision-making techniques, decision-making under uncertainties, simulations. Students will get extensive hands-on modeling and decision-making experience in the Miscosoft Excel environment. MS-HRM program only.

MGMT 6181 SPEC TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Business.

MGMT 6307, International Law
As global corporations span national boundaries, they must interact with a large number of national legal systems, international agreements, and international organizations. This course deals with a wide variety of international legal issues which affect the conduct of business, including, but not limited to, the following: the evolution of international law; laws and regulations that concern international trade; organizations that regulate and promote international trade, such as WTO, NAFTA, and the EU; employment law; criminal law for business fraud; laws for the protection of IP-patents, copyrights, and trade secrets; environmental laws and organizations; issues of personal privacy and confidentiality; and laws that govern property rights and the resolution of ownership. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6310 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
This course is a functional study of the legal environment of business, examining the role of law in the business environment. Emphasis is given to the legal process and substantive legal areas of torts, strict liability, product liability; business related crimes, contracts, agency and employment law. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6319, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business for HRM
This course is a functional study of the legal environment of business, examining the role of law in the business environment. Emphasis is given to the legal process and substantive legal areas of torts, strict liability, product liability, business-related crimes, contracts, agency and employment law. Ethical considerations are addressed throughout. MS-HRM Program only.

MGMT 6328, Executive Communication and Information Strategies
This course has two related but separate components – executive communications and information strategies. Overall, the fundamentals of communicating, sharing, storing, and protecting organizational ideas and information will be examined. Communicating ideas and information, both orally and in writing, is a major part of the course. Students will examine different genres of written communication appropriate for managers and executives. Similarly, they will examine the different genres of oral communications expected of business leaders. In examining information strategies, the course deals with a manager’s use of information resources for decision making and explores best practices for managing the acquisition and operation of information systems. Students will learn the role of information technology in various business processes. Finally, the course examines the processes and technologies involved in protecting information and privacy of the organization and all of its stakeholders.

MGMT 6331 Compensation and Benefits
This course provides an in-depth understanding of total rewards including compensation and benefits. The content of the course considers the role of total rewards within the larger context of human resources management and business strategy with an emphasis on the theories, principles, design, imlementation and administration of total rewards programs. Topics include internal and external pay relationships, job analysis, job evaluation, compensation models, performance appraisals, salary structures, short and long-term incentives, benefit designs and cost management. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6332, Managing the HR Function
This course introduces students to the tools and techniques to manage human resource functions. The context of the course will emphasize the implementation of human resource functions as projects and includes a discussion of organizational behavior and project management. The course focuses on various aspects of organizational behavior including culture, performance and reward systems, ethics, organizational change and teams. Applications include the methodology, tools and techniques used to design, track, and manage human resource functions as projects. The focus of the course will include the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the challenges of implementing human resource functions. MS-HRM Program only.

MGMT 6333 Human Resources Management
Provides a strategic overview and integrated perspective of all the primary human resources functions. Emphasis is on the integration of HR practices and programs with the business strategy and culture of the organization. Topics include formulating HR strategy, staffing, performance management, strategic compensation, managing change, benefits, policy development, embracing diversity, employee development and HR technology. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6334 Legal Challenges in HR Management
This course explores the legal aspects of the employee/employer relationship from a functional standpoint- beginning with the recruiting and selecting of employees, through their development and growth in the organization and ultimately, in some cases, their departure. Emphasis is on limiting employer liability though effective and sound interviewing processes, documentation of employee performance, execution and the ultimate handling of employee/employer conflict, including but not limited to labot relations and discrimination issues such as harassment, disability, etc. Graduate Business Programs only.

MGMT 6335 History of Management, Human Resources, and Employment Relations
Tracing the evolution of managerial thought from the Industrial Revolution to contemporary theory, this course provides background in the theory and practice of management and human resources. Principles of scientific management, the human relations movement, and the modernization of personnel to the modern models of human resource management will be examined. Concomitantly, employee relations will be examined both as a by-product of management systems and socio-cultural pressures.

MGMT 6338, Human Resource Management for HR Professionals
The course provides a strategic overview and integrated perspective of all the primary human resources functions. Emphasis is on the integration of HR practices and programs with the business strategy and culture of the organization. Topics include formulating HR strategy, staffing, performance management, strategic compensation, managing change, benefits, policy development, embracing diversity, employee development, and HR technology. Since students are HR professionals, the course is structured to draw upon their work experience. MS-HRM Program only.

MGMT 6338, Human Resource Management for HR Professionals
The course provides a strategic overview and integrated perspective of all the primary human resources functions. Emphasis is on the integration of HR practices and programs with the business strategy and culture of the organization. Topics include formulating HR strategy, staffing, performance management, strategic compensation, managing change, benefits, policy development, embracing diversity, employee development, and HR technology. Since students are HR professionals, the course is structured to draw upon their work experience. MS-HRM Program only.

MGMT 6341 Operations Management
This course explores the design, management and improvement of productive processes, systems and projects associated with services, manufacturing and public sector organizations. Continuous improvement processes, time-based competition, work design and project management are described. Attention is given to global supply chain and e-Procurement, inventory management, six sigma and service operations. This course emphasizes a value-based management process. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6346, Global Supply Chain Management
This course presents a methodology that links all the organizations involved with a company’s global supply-chain in an integrated two-way communication system to manage high-quality inventory in the most effective and efficient manner. It examines the multitude of policies, procedures, and organizational structures that are required to do this. It presents the evolution of the Purchasing function into Supply Management, examining such issues as buyer-supplier relationship, cross-functional teams, total cost of ownership, quality management, and others. It further presents the whole process of product development. Other management issues include outsourcing, strategic sourcing, strategic cost management, and pricing. In addition, the course examines legal and ethical issues, government procurement, and institutional supply management. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6352, Organizational Behavior
This course deals with the basic concepts of management from a behavioral viewpoint. The behavior of individuals and groups in an organizational setting as well as the dynamics of the organization as the aggregate of individual behaviors are emphasized. Organizational theory and human resource management are discussed. Production operations management will be introduced. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6357, Project Management
This course will introduce students to project management by providing an overview of project management activities. The focus of the course is to execute a standardized body of knowledge that can be used to handle projects in various industries and institutions including engineering, construction, business, and education. Additionally, the students will obtain knowledge and skills necessary to manage the challenges of human resources.

MGMT 6364 Training and Development
Focuses on creating learning designs and delivery approaches to meet employee development needs and business priorities. Topics include training needs analysis, methods of instruction, consulting skills to determine performance issues and potential training solutions, audio-visual hardware, educational software, validation and evaluation. Students are exposed to new learning technologies and authoring tools and the broader issues of employee development, including career planning and succession management. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6374, Global Business Strategy
This course deals with the management of global enterprises in their pursuit to maximize value provided to their respective stakeholders. It examines the evolution from international to global competition and how this affects a variety of industry types. It also looks at the different competitive structures that have appeared in the global area--alliances, partnerships, and acquisitions. Related to this, it presents the resulting organizational structures and business models. It further examines many issues of global management, such as global marketing, global risk management, global supply chains, global R&D, global knowledge management, and others. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6376 Business Strategy and Policy
This course focuses on strategic management from a value-based perspective. The corporate level of decision-making is emphasized. Various models of the strategic process from formulation, to implementation, to evaluation are discussed. How resources, including such intangible assets as knowledge, are used to implement strategic decisions is evaluated. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6378 Management of Global Human Resources
Examines the human resources issues facing multi-national organizations and joint venture. Areas covered include the process of expanding internationally, the process of understanding culture and applying human resource management concepts in a multinational environment. Provides an understanding of organizational design in multinational corporations. The course will develop skills in gathering information on the business, economic, legal and cultural environment in various regions and countries around the world. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6380, Seminar: Selected Topics
Directed study. Involves specification and approval of a study design; development of data; and analysis and reporting results. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Business.

MGMT 6382 Strategic Planning and HRM Challenges
Focuses on the integration of business strategy and human resources strategy. Prepares students to understand the linkages and impact of HR programs on the successful execution of business strategy and to develop HR strategies that are aligned with business strategy, culture and employee motivation. Includes examination of contemporary political, social and economic and environmental issues that impact the development of HR strategy. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6386, Organizational Problems, Diagnostics, and Solutions
Prerequisites: Completion of 15 credit hours of core courses in the program
This course focuses on the role of the manager as a problem-solver, including the processes involved in anticipating, recognizing, diagnosing, and generating solutions for large-scale organizational problems. Students are exposed to the proper methodologies and are given the tools to go beyond events and “patterns of events” to the underlying systemic structures responsible for organizational and other problems. In addition to the managerial role in organizational problem-solving, the course will explore the possible roles of business in addressing large-scale social and global problems. Such problems represent legitimate business opportunities and threats and, thus, the role of business in solving them is explored in terms of emerging business and social models. Graduate Business Programs only.

MGMT 6389, Value Creation through Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This course explores the critical role that knowledge and innovation play in corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Entrepreneurial thinking and innovative processes are vital for gaining and maintaining advantages in the marketplace. Topics include entrepreneurial processes, the types and management of knowledge assets, knowledge management processes, innovation processes, and protection of an organization’s intellectual resources. Graduate Business Programs only

MGMT 6392, Transformational Leadership and Ethics in Business
This course focuses on integrating leadership theory, ethical frameworks, current events, and experiential practice to help students become leaders who are grounded in ethical foundations. While a breadth of Leadership models will be explored and discussed, special attention will be given to the transformational leadership that becomes necessary in the midst of organizational change. The course will further emphasize the importance of ethical behavior in leadership, strategic thinking, leading transformational change, and shaping organizational culture to nurture leadership development. Graduate Business Programs only.

MGMT 6393 Global Enterprise Management
The multinational enterprise must deal with a variety of institutions, forces, and problems that extend far beyond those faced by the organization which operates in only one economy. Effective management of the multinational requires solving a set of problems that differ intrinsically from those faced by the manager in a single economy. This course addresses the nature of these problems and their effective solutions. Graduate Business programs only.

MGMT 6395 International Management Experience
This course combines classroom work with international travel and provides the student with direct contact with managers operating in another country. A weeklong international trip (scheduled at the end of the term) is a part of the course. Topical coverage in class sessions emphasizes cultural and historical differences in countries that produce different managerial styles and contrasting business practices. Graduate Business programs only