Management (B.S.B.A.) Management Concentration
Human Resource Management
Students in the management program of study develop a number of skills in evaluating and understanding the activities of an organization.
What is management?
Management involves the broad understanding of a variety of systematic business practices, techniques and philosophies. The management program stresses the mastery of key managerial concepts from the perspective of how they affect the behavior, performance and satisfaction of individuals and how individual performance and satisfaction contribute to organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Special attention is devoted to the necessity of adapting to environmental conditions. Due to the designed flexibility of the program, students have the opportunity to tailor a general management program of study that best fits their individual career interests.
What kinds of career choices can I expect?
Whether you choose to start your own organization or choose to work in an already established organization, you will be prepared to work with others as a member of a team. Your understanding of the activities of others prepares you to work with people in a wide range of functional areas.
Graduates of the program are prepared to work in both private and public sector organizations. Students are not limited by a narrow functional perspective. They have a considerable degree of flexibility, due to the broad sweep of their studies. While the typical graduate is seeking an
entry-level position, those with prior work experience may expect a starting job and salary at a level commensurate with their experience.
How should I prepare for the management major?
Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, along with a sound analytical foundation, establish a very good beginning. An understanding of culture and history is a plus. Work experience provides a perspective against which classroom discussion may be evaluated. If you enjoy competition, or the process of expanding the limits of your understanding, you are well prepared for the management educational process.
What kinds of courses will I take?
Students in the management program of study take the core curriculum required of all College of Business students. The core is designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, without narrowly focusing their perspective. The required major courses focus on international business, human resource management, leadership and decision-making, corporate entrepreneurship, and strategy implementation, while introducing students to the demands of a global business environment. The management electives provide an opportunity to develop a perspective suited to either a management specialty or the demands of graduate school.
Students in the management program have a unique opportunity to focus on specialized areas of management study, including entrepreneurship, human resource management and international management. Additionally, they may develop complementary competency areas of study in numerous functional areas including: marketing, finance, management information systems, and supply chain management.
For those who decide to pursue a graduate degree, it is good to know that the professional accreditation of the College of Business, by the AACSB International, is a plus. Our graduates have gone on to further studies at a number of major universities throughout the United States. Many schools are willing to offer attractive scholarships to well-prepared management graduates.
May students who are not majoring in general management take management courses?
Given the necessity for management in all areas of both private and public sector organizations, management courses represent an outstanding option for students of any major. For those who may one day run their own organizations, management courses present the opportunity to save valuable time by avoiding mistakes in working with others.
Where can I get more information?
Dr. William Oberman, Chair
Department of Management and Marketing
224 Grove Hall Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
John L. Grove College of Business
The John L. Grove College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International
Entrepreneurship is focused on opportunity identification, enhancement, and realization to create value for all stakeholders. The point of view for all entrepreneurship ventures is the “owner”, but it has evolved beyond the classic start-up notion to include companies and organizations of all types and stages. The skills learned through an entrepreneurship major are vital for the success of any business large or small, public or private, corporate or not-for-profit, local or global. While the entrepreneurship major will give a broad skill-set for business, it will also provide highly customized paths for success in very specific business systems including new ventures, franchises, corporate ventures, socially responsible companies, and family controlled enterprises. Students will learn to prepare for the challenges involved in new venture creation and small business management. The emphasis of this nationally accredited program is the recognition of opportunities and the conversion of new ideas into business plans with a focus on implementation. New business development, small business management, franchising, family business, and corporate entrepreneurship are all areas of study within this major. The program is designed to help people understand risk and develop an entrepreneurial perspective by overcoming challenges and achieving success.
Human Resource Management
The people aspect of business is a growing field both in employment opportunities and in salaries. The goals of human resource management are the efficient and effective utilization of human resources to achieve strategic organization objective while accomplishing individual goals. Human resource management encompasses personnel, labor and industrial relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, and legal issues. Students are afforded the opportunity of developing knowledge and skills in job analysis, human resource planning, recruiting, interviewing, training and development, law, labor relations, and continuous improvement. Graduates of the program begin their careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations. They are employed as interviewers, recruiters, job analysts, grievance and arbitration specialists, negotiators, compensation specialists, safety directors, and training coordinators.
With an ever-increasing number of firms operating outside the boundaries of just one country, having an understanding on the culture, customs, religions, political systems, and language makes you extremely versatile in the global business environment. The international management program supplements the core business curriculum with courses that extend you knowledge of business, management, marketing, finance, and economics to the global arena while familiarizing you with various world cultures, religions, and societies. Proficiency in a foreign language is a requirement of the international management major. Although studying abroad is not a program requirement, it is strongly recommended that international management majors take advantage of study abroad opportunities to development their language skills and enhance their awareness of cultural and business practice differences. In addition to be qualified for entry-level position in US firms, our graduates have taken management trainee position in US subsidiaries of foreign firms such as BMW, Royal Dutch Shell, and Unilever. Graduates have begun their careers work for a small import/export firm, a freight forwarder, the international department of a bank, and as a sales correspondent in the international division of a large multinational corporation.