About our Department
The Department of Business Management and Administration is the largest department in the Foster College of Business. The department offers the management major, including concentrations in human resource management and legal studies; entrepreneurship major, and management information systems (MIS) major. The department also offers two minors, the management minor, and the management information systems (MIS) minor. It also serves graduate students enrolled in the MBA program, including the management concentration, and offers a graduate certificate in management. Eighteen full-time faculty members teach in the department. The faculty members come from prestigious graduate schools and have written scores of research articles and several textbooks. The department has produced six winners of the University's top award for outstanding teaching, three winners of the university’s teaching award for new faculty, two winners of the University’s top research award, and a Caterpillar Professorship. Additionally, the faculty members serve as consultants to a variety of business and not-for-profit organizations.
The department received the inaugural Helen Bartlett Award for Excellence in Service to Students and sponsors the Journal of Small Business Strategy.
The department is host to several student organizations that provide students with opportunities for extracurricular enrichment. The organizations include Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the Society for Human Resource Management, Enactus, Women in Business, and the Society for Advancement of Management.
Specific departmental objectives include the following:
- To provide students the historical perspective necessary to understand the evolution of business in a global, social, political, economic, and technological environment;
- To excite students about new ideas and knowledge;
- To help students develop understanding and skill in the practice of management;
- To provide students with a basic understanding of leadership, management, information technology, operations management, the legal environment of business, and strategic management;
- To develop well-informed individuals who understand their ethical and social responsibilities in business situations;
- To enable students to understand the operation of our business and economic systems;
- To develop the ability to think clearly, analyze carefully, and express thoughts and conclusions logically; and
- To help students develop competence in a major field of study.