Management and Leadership

Draft Version
This is a DRAFT catalog for review and advising purposes. Items in this catalog draft are subject to change until the catalog for 2019-2020 academic year will be officially published on August 1, 2019. The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution. Should changes in a program of study become necessary, those changes will be applied liberally by the institution while the catalog is in draft mode.

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; Instructors Burek, 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

Nine hours of M L major elective courses.  At least 6 of 9 hours must be M L prefix.  Remaining hours can be selected from ATG 268, BLW 345, BLW 355, BLW 446, ENT 280, ENT 382, ENT 383, ENT 385, ENT 386, MIS 272, MIS 375, or other M L courses.

Typical Course Sequence

For a four-year course plan for each major in the Foster College of Business, go to: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/fcba/.

Concentration in Human Resource Management

  • M L 300 Environments of Organizations
  • 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

Two of the following: 

  • ECO 310 Labor Problems
  • PSY 321 Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • BLW 355 Labor-Management Relations
  • PSY 411 Tests & Measurement
  • M L 415 Diversity in the Workplace
  • M L 420 Performance Management

Typical Course Sequence

For a four-year course plan for each major in the Foster College of Business, go to: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/fcba/.

Concentration in Business Law

  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology
  • BLS 342 Legal Environment of Business
  • BLW 345 Law of Business
  • BLW 446 Employment Law
  • M L 300 Organizational Environments
  • M L 353 Operations Management
  • M L 356 Human Resource Management
  • M L 357 Leading Organizations
  • M L 358 Managerial Decision Making

    Two of the following:
  • BLW 347 Law and the Entrepreneur
  • BLW 355 Labor Management Relations OR CON 394 Construction Labor and Unions
  • BLW 395 Real Estate Law
  • BLW 360 Business & Intellectual Property or COM 330 Communication Law and Ethics
  • ECO 310 Labor Economics OR ECO 362 Economics and Law
  • PLS 317 International Law OR PLS 459 Constitutional Law OR PLS Constitutional Law
  • 3 hours of M L, BLW, ENT or MIS approved elective courses

Typical Course Sequence

For a four-year course plan for each major in the Foster College of Business, go to: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/fcba/.

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.

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.

6 hours of M L Elective courses:

Courses must be selected from M L prefix courses that are not required in the Foster College of Business Core.

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.