Management has been described as a practice where art, science, and craft meet. It is management that takes the assets of a firm (its products, its services, its people) and combines them in a way that achieves lasting success. Because there is an art to it, effective management is something that a firm’s competitors find difficult to imitate.
Undergraduate and masters students can learn the craft and science of management in a number of different areas. Strategic management focuses on the decisions that top management can make to increase profitability. Organizational behavior focuses on what leaders can do to improve motivation and performance. Operations management focuses on improving the processes used to produce goods and services. Students with Management majors, concentrations, or certificates can leverage those skills in industry, management consulting, and entrepreneurial careers.
PhD students are trained to contribute to the science of management. The department’s faculty are among the most productive in the country and include current and former editors of several top journals. The faculty study a wide variety of topics and encourage students to carve out their own unique research identities.
Points of Pride
Jon Bundy (a PhD candidate) just accepted a position at Penn State. Jon had a very successful job market experience, with job offers and/or pending site visits from Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, and Arizona.
Professor Mike Pfarrer was named a Terry College of Business Outstanding Teacher in 2013 for his excellence in the classroom. Professor Pfarrer teaches Strategic Management at the undergraduate, Professional MBA, and PhD levels.
Professor Marie Mitchell won the 2013 Best Symposium Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. The symposium, titled “Theoretical and empirical developments on motives of (un)ethical decision making and behavior,” showcased work by Professor Mitchell and Mike Baer, a PhD candidate in Management.
Professor Scott Graffin has been named an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field. Professor Graffin’s three-year term will begin in January of 2014.
Interim Department Head
Terry awards doctorates in seven disciplines, each of which nominated distinguished graduates in academia. These seven represent the cream of a very impressive crop.
Kevin Brinson, a senior in management and international business, has received numerous honors and accolades, but his passion is to give back to others and help uplift communities.
When it comes to networking with big names in industries of entertainment, fashion, and sports this student-run organization is delivering the goods.