Management Concentration

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Management concerns the introduction of theories related to maintaining, supporting, in administering resources. Specific areas of management practice might include: information systems, human resources, leadership, international business, etc.

Management Courses

The two primary management courses that every student in a bachelor of business degree takes are:

  • Principles of Management – As the name implies, this course introduces the primary theories behind management practice.
  • Organizational Behavior – Organizational behavior is a deeper diver into management theory and practice. It has a bit more theory and is primary influenced by psychology research.

Students who concentrate in management may further specialize by taking any of the following course series:

  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • International Management
  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management

In this article we focus primarily on the general management. The dos common courses applicable to a general management concentration include:

  • Leadership
  • Small Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Negotiations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Decision Analysis
  • Management Strategy

What Jobs do Manager Majors Pursue

As with any business degree, a degree in management can lead to any career path. The management degree is a starting point for any number of business careers. It is common to see management majors move into roles in operations, sales, and human resources. In theory, however, the management major is training to be a manager of company resources. Following a specialized management concentration can lead to a career as a professional service provider in that function.

For a general management concentration, the student is preparing to be a management of labor within the company. For example, the management graduate may manage a restaurant or retail facility. If the employee has some exposure to a specified area of business operations, she may move directly into a role managing more specialized labor. For a detailed discussion of the separation between classes of employment, see Breaking Down Employment: Classes of Jobs.

In larger companies, a new employee may move into a management rotational program. This exposes the employee to various areas of company operations for a specified period of time. These programs generally rotate through 3-4 positions over a 1-3 year period. After the rotational period, the employee is placed within a company department. Some employees will move into roles as professional service providers. Other students will move into operational roles managing labor-level employees and operational resources.

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