Management and Leadership

All programs offered by the Foster College of Business, Bradley University, are accredited by the AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

FACULTY Professors Buchko, Fink (Chair), Goitein, Weinzimmer; Associate Professors Brown, Robin; Assistant Professor Baumann; Temporary Instructors Pape, Wood.

The Management and Leadership Department curricula provide students with the educational experiences of reasoning, problem solving, teamwork, and decision making so that they will be qualified to accept responsible positions in business and the public sector.

Specific departmental objectives include the following: (1) To give students the historical perspective necessary to understand the evolution of business in a global, social, political, economic, and technological environment; (2) To excite students about new ideas and knowledge; (3) To help students develop understanding and skill in the practice of management; (4) To provide students with a basic understanding of major management disciplines, including human resource management, operations management, and strategic management; (5) To develop well-informed individuals who understand their ethical and social responsibilities in business situations; (6) To enable students to understand the operation of our business and economic systems; and (7) To develop the ability to think clearly, analyze carefully, and express thoughts and conclusions logically.

Students majoring in Management and Leadership may elect a concentration in human resource management or business law. The department also offers a minor in management.

Management and Leadership Major

The Management and Leadership major provides a solid foundation in the skills and concepts necessary to meet the complex and challenging tasks of management. The program concentrates on developing the decision-making, problem identification, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills essential for combining the organization’s various resources to promote organizational effectiveness.

Students in the Management and Leadership major are prepared for management positions in both industry and not-for-profit settings. In larger organizations, graduates typically obtain entry-level management positions. Further, the major provides the background necessary to later advance to middle and upper-level management positions. In smaller firms, graduates may expect to enter middle or upper-level management positions. They may also find roles in consulting, or other advisory capacities. Students who are uncertain as to their career goals will find that the Management and Administration major provides excellent preparation in business for a wide range of job opportunities. Additionally, students are well prepared for graduate-level business (MBA, DBA, PhD) or public administration (MPA) programs, law school, and other graduate school programs.

Departmental requirements for the Management and Leadership major are as follows:

  • M L 300 Environments of Organizations
  • M L 353 Operations Management in Organizations
  • M L 356 Human Capital in Organizations
  • M L 357 Leading Organizations
  • M L 358 Managerial Decision Making
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology
  • Nine hours of M L elective courses

Students may choose from a broad array of courses to satisfy their elective requirements, or they may choose one of the following concentrations: human resource management or business law. Department requirements have been included for clarity.

Human Resource Management

  • M L 300 Environments of Organizations*
  • BLW 355 Labor-Management Relations
  • M L 356 Human Capital in Organizations
  • M L 357 Leading Organizations*
  • M L 358 Managerial Decision Making
  • BLW 446 Employment Law
  • M L 456 Compensation Management
  • M L 457 Advanced Human Capital Management
  • ECO 310 Labor Problems*
  • PSY 321 Industrial & Organizational Psychology* OR PSY 411 Tests & Measurement*

Management and leadership majors must satisfactorily complete at least 15 hours of BLW, ENT, MIS, or M L-prefixed courses at Bradley University. Students desiring concentrations should declare their intentions as early as possible and should consult with their advisor to ensure that the correct courses are taken. Students should also note that some courses are offered only once each year.

The following sequences of courses are recommended for students majoring in management and leadership. Course sequences for freshman and sophomore years are similar regardless of any concentration selected.

Freshman Year

  • BUS 100 Intro. to  Business - 2 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 115 Brief Calculus with Applications I - 4 hrs.
  • ATG 157 Accounting Principles – Financial - 3 hrs.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • Bradley Core Curriculum Courses  - 9 hrs.
  • MIS 173 Information Systems Business Applications - 3 hrs.

31 hours

Sophomore Year

  • ATG 158 Accounting Principles – Managerial - 3 hrs.
  • BUS 220 Career Planning Strategies - 1 hr.
  • ECO 221, 222 Principles of Economics – 3 hrs.
  • Q M 262 Quantitative Analysis I – 3 hrs.   
  • M L 250 Interpersonal Relations in Organizations – 2 hrs.
  • M L 350 Managing for Results in Organizations – 2 hrs.  (Need 42 hrs. completed)
  • I B 206 International Business – 3 hrs.
  • Quantitative Skill Building course - 3 hrs.
  • Bradley Core Curriculum, behavioral science, or elective course outside FCBA  - 10 hrs.

32 hours

The remaining semesters will vary depending upon the concentration selected. Courses marked with * are required for the particular concentration listed. Those not choosing a concentration may choose from a broad array of courses to satisfy the 12 hours of M L electives and the economics junior-senior elective. 

Junior Year

Fall

  • BLW 342 Legal Environment of Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • M L 300 Environments of Organizations – 2 hrs.
  • M L 353 Operations Management in Organizations – 2 hrs.
  • FIN 322 Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • Bradley Core Curriculum, behavioral science, or elective course outside FCBA - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Spring

  • M L 356 Human Capital in Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • M L 357 Leading Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • M L Elective - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
  • Economics Junior-Senior Elective - 3 hrs.

14 hours

Senior Year

Fall

  • M L  353 Operations Management in Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 355 Labor-Management Relations* - 3 hrs.
  • M L  358 Managerial Decision Making - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 310 Labor Problems* - 3 hrs.
  • M L  457 Advanced Human Capital Management - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Spring

  • BLW 446 Employment Law* - 3 hrs.
  • M L  452 Strategic Management in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • BUS 400 Business Capstone Client Consulting Project - 2 hrs.
  • M L  456 Compensation Management – 3 hrs.
  • Bradley Core Curriculum, behavioral science, or elective courses outside FCBA  - 6 hrs.

16 hours

Management and Leadership Minor

The minor in Management and Leadership provides students with essential background, understanding, knowledge, and skill in the practice of management. The minor in management aims to complement the focus area of their respective majors and, importantly, enhance personal career plans. The minor is comprised of 15 semester hours of study. The 15-hour minor includes required management foundations (9 hours) and selected management electives (6 hours). The requirements for the minor are outlined below. Students whose major is from the Foster College of Business must have at least 12 hours in courses that are unique from those used to fulfill their major requirements.

Required Management Foundations

  • M L 250: Interpersonal Relations in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • M L 350: Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • M L 356: Human Capital in Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • M L 357: Leading Organizations - 2 hrs.

Elective Courses (Choose 6 hours from the following)

  • MIS 272 Management Applications of Personal Computers - 3 hrs.
  • MIS 276 E-Commerce - 3 hrs.
  • ENT 280 Entrepreneurial Creativity – 3 hrs.
  • ENT 281 The Entrepreneurial Career – 1 hr.
  • M L 300 Environments of Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • M L 315 Risk and Insurance - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 342 Legal Environment of Business  - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 345 Law of Business - 3 hrs.
  • M L 353 Operations Management in Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • M L 354 Maximizing Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs. 
  • BLW 355 Labor-Management Relations - 3 hrs.
  • M L 358 Decision Making in Organizations - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 347 Law and the Entrepreneur
  • MIS 378 HCI & Usability Testing - 3 hrs.
  • ENT 382 Entrepreneurship - 3 hrs.
  • ENT 383 Small Business Management - 3 hrs.
  • ENT/FIN 384 Entrepreneurial Finance – 3 hrs.
  • ENT 385 Technology Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.
  • ENT 386 Social Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.
  • BLW 395 Real Estate Principles - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 446 Employment Law - 3 hrs.
  • M L 456 Compensation Management – 3 hrs.
  • M L 457 Advanced Human Capital Management – 3 hrs.
  • M L 459 Topics in Management – 3 hrs.
  • ENT 489 Topics in Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.

Students who desire to minor in Management and Leadership must be approved by the chair of the Management and Leadership Department prior to enrolling in the program. The chair must also approve recording the completion of the minor on the transcript. Transfer policies for minors are the same as those for Foster College of Business majors. Prior approval of transfer credit must be secured from the chair of the Management and Leadership Department.