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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 20, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Management - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Seidman College of Business section in this catalog.

The management major provides students with a balance of technical and interpersonal skills required to be effective managers and to lead others in a world of constant change and intense competition. This major offers four areas of emphasis.

General Management
This 18-credit hour emphasis is recommended if you are interested in more diverse areas of management. It allows for combining interests in areas such as human resource management, organizational information systems and operations management by selecting from a range of courses.

With the versatile general management emphasis, you are prepared for positions as branch managers, customer service managers, departmental managers, account managers, and catalog managers.

Human Resources
Business, nonprofit, government, and union organizations all need specialists who are trained to respond to employee concerns, administer labor and employment laws, and design policies dealing with diversity and equal opportunity, recruiting and selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, discipline, and labor negotiations. Study in the area of human resources emphasizes the management of the relationship between an organization and its employee.

As organizations grow and add employees, the demand for human resource managers increases. With an emphasis in human resources, graduates may find employment as human resource managers, training directors, staffing specialists, human resource specialists, and benefits managers.

Operations Management
Operations Management involves the application of managerial, quantitative, and computer skills to areas of quality assurance, inventory management, forecasting and scheduling, with the goal of providing you with the tools you need to effectively manage service and manufacturing operations. This emphasis is designed to prepare you in the technical and strategic aspects of producing goods and services.

Graduates from the operations management emphasis are prepared for employment in a variety of businesses that require technical and strategic analysis of their business processes. Careers in operations management include materials managers, plant managers, quality managers, continuous improvement coordinators, service managers, and customer service managers.

Management Information Systems
The Management Information Systems emphasis provides you with the combination of technical and managerial skills that prepare you to function as the liaison between technical staff and the end-users of information systems.

As computers continue to become the central nervous system for business organizations, people with an understanding of the technical and managerial aspects of information systems will remain in demand. You may find positions such as Webmaster, director of e-commerce, Web analyst developer, ERP administrator, SAP consultant, and applications consultant.

The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management 

Management Minor