Jan 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Decision Sciences and Management

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Professor Timmerman, Chairperson; Chair of Excellence Guimaraes (J.E. Owen Chair of Excellence in Management Information Systems); Professors Armstrong, Natarajan (W. Eugene Mayberry Professor of Management), Wells; Assistant Professors Clary, Jenkins, Matthews, Schoen, Toth, Turner, Williams, J.; Lecturers Nation, Smith, Wells, Williams

The department offers majors in Business Management and Business and Information Technology. Business Management Majors may choose from among four concentrations: General Management (BUMA), Human Resource Management (BUHR), Production/Operations Management (BUPR), and Business Analytics and Intelligence (BUBA).

General Management is the science of getting people and resources together to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. It can include things like planning, organizing, staffing and, most importantly, leading. General Management graduates obtain positions in administrative services management, lodging management, management consulting, meeting and convention planning, non-profit and community services administration, retail and food services management, project management, and property and facilities management.

Human Resource Management helps an organization make the best use of its most valuable asset: its people. The Human Resources function helps an organization select the best employees, develop them to meet their full potential, and reward them in ways that foster individual and organizational success. Human Resource Management graduates are hired in a wide variety of organizations including financial institutions, health care providers, manufacturing companies, and consulting firms. Entry-level jobs include recruiters, compensation analysts, and human resource assistants.

Production & Operations Management is the management of processes and operations used by businesses in the production of their goods and services. It is the study of efficiency and effectively. Manufacturing plants are the main employers of production/operations management personnel, but many service organizations, including health care organizations and banks, also hire graduates as operations analysts or quality and productivity analysts.

Business Analytics and Intelligence fundamentally involves the use of data to help decision-makers make better decisions. Through advanced statistical analysis, data visualization, and critical thinking, these students learn how to turn data into valuable insights in a variety of domains. There is a growing variety of career paths available for these graduates such as management analyst, operations research analyst, and quality control analyst.

Business and Information Technology students use information technology to solve business problems. This requires more than technical skills. Our program also emphasizes work place skills like business concepts, critical thinking, communications, working with people, project management, and thinking strategically about technology. Graduates often work as business applications developers, systems analysts, project leaders, database and network administrators, business consultants, and information systems managers.

In addition to offering the five options of study, the department provides a significant amount of the core coursework in organizational behavior, analytical methods, management information systems, operations management, and business strategy, to support other undergraduate majors offered in the College of Business, as well as the graduate program in business.

The department houses two distinguished professorships in the state’s program of chairs of excellence allowing universities to attract eminent faculty and individuals of national and international prominence as chairholders. In the department is the J.E. Owen Chair of Excellence in Management Information Systems held by Dr. Tor Guimaraes, a scholar of international distinction. The W. Eugene Mayberry Chair of Excellence in Quality and Technology Management is currently vacant, but was most recently held by Dr. Curt Reimann, senior scientist emeritus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and retired director of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This distinguished position is named in honor of Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry, retired chairman of the board of governors of the Mayo Clinic.


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