Management/ Studies in Management

Program Overview

The management program in the Dolan School of Business offers an innovative approach to the leadership, strategic planning and decision-making in business organizations. Our Action Learning Module combines work experience with classes on management theory. The result is an innovative learning process that combines management theory with a grasp of the realities of the business world.You are given the option to choose between four concentrations: general management, human resource management, business and society, and entrepreneurship.

Our faculty is composed of business professionals and scholars. Their experience offers a connection between the practice and theory of the profession. As a major in the program, you will build a foundation of modern business experience and relevant theory to understand the behavioral, social, and environmental factors that impact performance. Throughout, you learn the nature of management, and the relationship between business and society.

To effectively prepare you and broaden your work experience, the program emphasizes case studies, research projects and internships. This blend of theory and hands-on experience provides you with a broad perspective of managerial effectiveness and the role it plays in the world of business, equipping you with the skills for a successful career in business or graduate school.

Requirements

Management Major

Management majors study the theory and the practice of managing people and organizations. Emphasis is given to the nature of the management function; the management of people; the relationship between business and society; and to the behavioral, social, and environmental factors that influence effective organization and managerial performance. Research efforts in the field are examined to develop fundamental principles and concepts, which can serve as a rational basis for managerial action. Students may choose one of three concentrations: human resource management, business and society, or entrepreneurship.

For an 18 credit management major, students complete:

  • MG 235 Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • MG 240 Leading and Managing People
  • MG 340 Critical Issues in Management
  • 3 more Management courses to complete the general management major

Students are not required to pursue a concentration. 2 courses are required from a concentration area in order to receive the concentration notation; the 3rd course can be from any management area. No course may count for more than one concentration.

 

Concentrations and Area Courses

Business and Society Concentration

Complete at least two courses from the following:

BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
BU/AE 391 Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
MG 301 Topics in Business and Society
MG 350 International Law
MG 360 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
MG 365 Ethics and Technology in Business
MG 390 Cross-Cultural Management

Human Resources Concentration

Complete at least two courses from the following:

MG 302 Topics in Human Resources
MG 320 Diversity in the Workplace
MG 330 Career Development
MG 355 Organizational Culture
MG 380 Performance, Compensation, and Reward
MG 385 Managing People for Global Business
MG 390 Cross-Cultural Management
BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Required:*

MG 335 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Complete at least two courses from the following:

  • MG 336 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MG 337 Technology Ventures
  • MG 338 Managing a Family Business

*It is strongly recommended that students take the BU 211 Legal Environment of Business section with Entrepreneurship emphasis.

General Management Major

Complete three courses from the following:

MG 301 Topics in Business and Society
MG 302 Topics in Human Resources
MG 303 Topics in Management
MG 320 Diversity in the Workplace
MG 330 Career Development
MG 335 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MG 336 Social Entrepreneurship
MG 337 Technology Ventures
MG 338 Managing a Family Business
MG 350 International Law
MG 355 Organizational Culture
MG 360 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
MG 365 Ethics and Technology in Business
MG 380 Performance, Compensation, and Reward
MG 385 Managing People for Global Business
MG 390 Cross-Cultural Management
BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
BU/AE 391 Seminar in Business Law and Ethics

 

Minors

Management Minor

This minor offers students in the non-management disciplines an opportunity to examine some of the theories, principles, and issues that influence their growth and development as managers in their chosen fields.

For a 15-credit management minor, students complete:

  • MG 101 Introduction to Management in Organizations
  • MG 235 Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • MG 240 Leading and Managing People
  • 2 other courses from:
    • BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
    • BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
    • BU 391/AE 391 Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
    • MG 301 Topics in Business and Society
    • MG 302 Topics in Human Resources
    • MG 303 Topics in Management
    • MG 320 Diversity in the Workplace
    • MG 330 Career Development
    • MG 335 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
    • MG 336 Social Entrepreneurship
    • MG 337 Technology Ventures
    • MG 338 Managing a Family Business
    • MG 350 International Law
    • MG 355 Organizational Culture
    • MG 360 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
    • MG 365 Ethics and Technology in Business
    • MG 380 Performance, Compensation, and Reward
    • MG 385 Managing People for Global Business
    • MG 390 Cross-Cultural Management

Business Law and Ethics Minor

This minor offers students a foundation in law and regulation, as well as ethics, applied to the business sector to better understand the social responsibility of business and the interdependent nature of business and society.

For an 18-credit minor in business law and ethics, students must complete:

  • BU 211 Legal Environment of Business
  • AE 291 Ethics in Business Management
  • BU/AE 391 Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
  • Three courses from the following groups (no more than two courses can be selected from each group):

Group 1

  • BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
  • BU 311 The Law of Contracts, Sales, and Property
  • BU 312 The Law of Business Organizations and Financial Transaction
  • BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
  • MG 350 International Law

Group 2

  • AE 276 Ethical Dimensions of Global Business Policy
  • AE 281 Ethics of Communications
  • AE 282 Ethics and the Computer
  • AE 284 Environmental Ethics
  • AE 295 Ethics in Law and Society
  • AE 384 Seminar in Environmental Law, Economics, and Policy
  • MG 365 Ethics and Technology in Business
  • Other law or ethics courses by permission of the program director.

One course may double count for the business law and ethics minor and the management major.

Entrepreneurship Minor

This minor offers students across the University exposure to entrepreneurship, from concepts of creativity, technology, and innovation to implementing business plans. Students may explore opportunities in both the for- and non-profit sectors.

For a 15-credit Entrepreneurship Minor, students must complete:

  • MG 335 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • BU 211 Legal Environment of Business*
  • Non-management majors choose one course from Group 1, two courses from Group 2. Management majors choose three courses from Group 2. No courses may double count for the entrepreneurship minor and the management major.

Group 1

  • MG 101 Introduction to Management (allowed for non-DSB students only)
  • MG 235 Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • MG 240 Leading and Managing People

Group 2

  • MG 336 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MG 337 Technology Ventures
  • MG 338 Managing a Family Business
  • BU 320 Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace

*It is strongly recommended that students take the BU 211 Legal Environment of Business section with Entrepreneurship emphasis.

Course of Study

See Management course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information

MG 101 Introduction to Management in Organizations
MG 235 Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
MG 240 Leading and Managing for the 21st Century
MG 300 Business Strategies in the Global Environment 
MG 301 Topics in Business and Society
MG 302 Topics in Human Resources
MG 303 Topics in Management
MG 320 Diversity in the Workplace
MG 330 Career Planning 
MG 335 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MG 336 Social Entrepreneurship
MG 337 Technology Ventures
MG 338 Managing a Family Business
MG 340 Critical issues in Management
MG 350 International Law
MG 355 Organizational Culture
MG 360 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
MG 365 Ethics and Technology in Business
MG 380 Performance, Compensation, and Reward
MG 385 Managing People for Global Business
MG 390 Cross-Cultural Management
MG 391-392 Management Internship
MG 397-398 Seminar in Management

Internships

Management majors are strongly encouraged to combine their academic pursuits with real-world business internships. Recently, management majors have held internships in a variety of Fairfield County and New York firms in:

  • Consumer research
  • Data processing
  • Business consulting
  • Management research
  • Actuarial analysis
  • Office management
  • Construction planning
  • Human resources

New opportunities for internships and postgraduate employment have also been opening in arts, sports, and entertainment management.

Academic Success

Management majors are very well prepared for entry-level positions in large corporations and in small businesses. Many are able to convert their internships into full-time positions after graduation. The broad education provided for all School of Business students is also excellent preparation for graduate study. Recent management major graduates have enrolled in graduate and law programs nationwide, from Harvard to UCLA. Our students receive job offers from the foremost companies in the world including:

  • General Electric
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • United Technologies
  • USB Warburg

Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Meet the Faculty

Professors

Donald Gibson

Dean, Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Dean and Professor of Management

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Carl Scheraga, Chair

Professor of Business Strategy and Technology Management

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Norman Solomon

Professor of Management and former Dean, Dolan School of Business

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Associate Professors

Mousumi Bhattacharya

Associate Professor of Management

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Michael Cavanaugh

Associate Professor of Management

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Paul P. Daulerio, Jr.

Assistant Visiting Professor of Management

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Catherine C. Giapponi

Associate Professor of Management

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Jeffrey Moretz

Assistant Professor of Management

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David Schmidt

Director of Applied Ethics
Associate Professor of Ethics

Business Ethics

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