2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog


Interim Chairperson: Dr. Gordon Rands
Office: Stipes Hall 414
Telephone: (309) 298-1535
Fax: (309) 298-1019
E-mail: GP-Rands@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/management

Faculty: Axley, Bates, Boneva, Brakefield, Dobson, Gates, Grachev, Gray, Grenier, Hunt, Knod, March, Patterson, Perry, Rands, Ribbens, Sawhney, Shike, Solymossy, Stewart, Walter, Yi.

The Department of Management offers two Bachelor of Business degree programs which provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed for managerial and specialist jobs having high potential in various types of organizations.

The B.B. in Management degree program emphasizes practical professional management skills, allowing students flexibility to focus on such areas as organizational behavior/organization development, small business management, and operations management. Since management is a diverse and applied field of study, the objectives of the management program include the preparation of generalists who integrate and coordinate organizational activities of marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and human resources in order to meet organizational goals, and the preparation of specialists who focus on such activities as management analysis, information systems, policy and strategic analysis, and the management of a single operation. Typical placements include positions in computer-related occupations, general management, retailing management, high technology administration, organization development consulting, health care administration, hotel/motel management, government services, administration of non-profit organizations, and operations management positions in manufacturing and service organizations.

The management of human resources exists to improve the effectiveness of people in organizations. The B.B. in Human Resource Management degree program is designed to develop the professional skills needed for a successful career in the human resource management function in both service and production organizations. In addition, students receive a solid base in other functional areas of an organization. Typical career areas are employment recruiting, training and development, industrial relations, contract analysis and administration, labor relations, wage and salary administration, employee benefits, safety and health, and government compliance.

GradTrac is available to Management and Human Resource Management majors. See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Business - Management

All students seeking the Bachelor of Business in Management must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

I.  University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.

II.  Business Core Courses†:  33 s.h.

III.  Department Core Courses:  21 s.h.

BL 431 or 432; CS 302; HRM 353; MGT 350; MGT 481; OM 352, 455

IV.  Electives

  1. Directed Electives: 12 s.h.
    Management courses (6 s.h.)
    Upper-division Business courses (6 s.h.)
  2. Open Electives:  8-11 s.h.

V. Other:  15 s.h.*

Natural Sciences/Mathematics: MATH 137 and either STAT 171 or DS 203
Social Sciences: ECON 231 and 232 and either PSY 100 or SOC 100

†IS 320 (Business Core) fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*12-15 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Business—Human Resource Management

All students seeking the Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
  2. Business Core Courses†:  33 s.h.
  3. Departmental Core Courses:  24 s.h.
    BL 431 or 432; CS 302; HRM 353, 441, 442, 446, 449; OM 352
  4. Electives
    1. ECON 440; HRM 443, 444; MGT 350; either MGT 425 or 445; EOS 311 or EOS 377 or MET 448 (choose one); PSY 457:  9 s.h.
    2. Open Electives:  8-11 s.h.
  5. Other:  15 s.h.*
    Natural Sciences/Mathematics: MATH 137 and either STAT 171 or DS 203
    Social Sciences: ECON 231 and 232 and either PSY 100 or SOC 100

†IS 320 (Business Core) fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
* 12-15 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement.


Minor in Management, Operations Management, or Human Resource Management:  18 s.h.

  1. BL 230*, MGT 349*, OM 352, HRM 353:  12 s.h. 
  2. Select two courses from one of the following set of courses in either management, operations management, or human resource management: 6 s.h. 
    Management: MGT 350, 425, 445, 447, 448, 470, 474, 481, 483, 485
    Operations Management: OM 455, SCM 453
    Human Resource Management: HRM 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 449

*Business majors should consult with their academic advisor.

Course Descriptions


230  The Legal Environment of Business. (3)  An introduction to the legal system and the laws governing activities of business, including a study of the foundations of the legal system, business ethics, alternative dispute resolution, contracts, business wrongs (torts), and an introduction to business organizations.

431  The Law of Commercial Transactions. (3)  A study of commercial transactions including contracts, sales, bankruptcy, secured transactions, and the legal environment of business.

432  The Law of Business Organizations. (3)  A study of the laws governing business organizations, including agency, partnerships, corporations, employment, real estate, and an overview of the legal relationships between business and government.

435 Cyberlaw. (3)  A study of the legal, ethical, and public policy issues related to computer technology, the Internet, and electronic business and commerce with special emphasis on the state of the law and policy as it is developing. Prerequisite: BL 230 or consent of instructor.

460, 461, 462  Independent Research in Business Law I, II, and III. (1–2 each)  Independent research study of an approved topic. For selected business majors. Prerequisites: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and permission of the department chairperson.

484  Legal Environment of International Business. (3) An introduction to the laws regulating international trade and commerce, including international and comparative law, and the legal and ethical environment of international business. Course examines the special risks of international business and how to minimize those risks. Prerequisite: junior standing.


349  Principles of Management. (3)  Study of the managerial process in an organizational setting with emphasis on decision making, planning, organizing, and controlling including discussion of motivation, leadership, communication, and interpersonal dynamics in an organization context.

350  Organizational Behavior. (3)  Extended study of concepts dealing with individual and group behavior in organizations. Students explore theory and research as well as practical applications related to management. Prerequisite: MGT 349.

400  Applied Leadership Skills. (3)  An experiential course designed to prepare technical students for managerial and leadership positions. Emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills necessary for effective performance in technical employment situations. Not available to students in Business programs. Does not count as a course for minors in management. Not available to students who have had MGT 349. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

425  Managerial Decision Making. (3)  An examination of problem solving or decision making processes. Emphasis is on skills and techniques of individual and group problem solving and decision making including creative and critical thinking. Prerequisites: MGT 349 and CS 101.

445  Organization Development. (3)  Examines current models and methods for bringing about change in organizations. Emphasizes understanding organizations as complex adaptive systems. Provides knowledge and practical tools to promote and maintain system viability across the dynamic contexts facing modern organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 350.

447  Analysis of Behavior in Organizations. (3)  Examines organizational behavior from a cultural/interpretive perspective for the purpose of describing how organizations are run rather than how they should be run. The nature of the course allows the students to gather information on how to cope with life in organizations, with specific focus on being a successful organizational member. Prerequisite: MGT 350.

448  Business Organization Structure/Theory. (3)  Explores the influence of organization structure on behavior by examining such topics as technology, environment, bureaucracy, effectiveness, and power. Course includes case analysis and small group activities. Prerequisite: MGT 349.

460, 461, 462  Independent Research in Management I, II and III. (1–2 each, not repeatable)  Independent research study of an approved topic. For selected management majors. Prerequisites: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and permission of the department chairperson is required.

465  Internship. (3–12, repeatable to 12)  Work experience, on- and/or off-campus, in an organization involving on-the-job training in management-related areas. Intern will be supervised by a faculty coordinator and a supervisor in the organization. Reports of work experience are submitted to the coordinator. These hours cannot be applied toward meeting the requirements for a management or a human resource management major or minor. Prerequisites: junior standing, management or human resource management major or minor, and permission of department chairperson. Graded S/U only.

470  Seminar in Management. (3, repeatable once)  An in-depth treatment of various facets of management problems and concepts. Possible topics include conflict resolution, organizational change, and stress management. Topics determined by instructor. Prerequisite: MGT 349.

474  Entrepreneurship and Small Business. (3)  The course examines the decision process of starting a new business. Topics covered include: the role of small business in society; characteristics of small business owners; problems, opportunities, advantages, and disadvantages of being in small business. The process of writing a complete business plan is a major focus of the course. Cases, interviews, and other hands-on methods are used. Prerequisites: MGT 349, MKTG 327, and either FIN 311 or FIN 331.

481  Management and Society: Ethics and Social Responsibility. (3)  A study of relationships between business, government, society, and individuals. Topics include ethics, social responsibility, regulation, globalization, and managing ethical and social issues of concern to various stakeholders and the natural environment. Prerequisite: MGT 349.

483  Managing Organizations for Environmental Sustainability. (3)  Studies how businesses and other organizations can become more environmentally sustainable, emphasizing sustainability management practices/methods. Includes background coverage of sustainability, ecological principles, environmental problems and philosophies, organizations’ environmental impacts, and government policy approaches. Includes a project to improve organizational sustainability. Prerequisite: MGT 349 or permission of instructor.

485 International Management. (3)  The study of managing people and organizations in a multicultural global environment. Topics include the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling as they apply to strategy formulation, decision-making, cross-cultural organizational behavior, global teams, and intercultural communication. Prerequisite: MGT 349.

490  Business Strategy. (3)  This capstone course integrates functional perspectives in a general manager’s view of organizational competition under uncertainty; explores frameworks analyzing external environments and firm resources; building and sustaining competitive advantage; and develops skills in designing, communicating, and implementing strategies. Prerequisites: senior business major; 12 s.h. in major area; and FIN 311 or 331, MGT 349, and MKTG 327.


352  Operations Management. (3)  Foundations for operations management as practiced in contemporary organizations. Focus is on the efficient and effective value-adding transformation of inputs into goods and services in both internal and external value chains.

455  Total Quality Management. (3)  A study of theoretical principles and practical applications of total quality management in service and manufacturing settings. Addresses quantitative and managerial foundations for Statistical Process Control, Process Capability, Six-Sigma Quality, ISO9000, and the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award procedures. Prerequisite: OM 352.

460, 461, 462  Independent Research in Operations Management I, II, and III. (1–2 each, not repeatable)  Independent research study of an approved operations management topic. For selected business majors. Prerequisites: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and permission of the department chairperson.


353  Human Resource Management. (3)  This course focuses on recruitment and human resource planning; employment, placement, compensation, and benefits; training and development; employee and labor relations; health, safety, and security; and personnel research in business and industry.

441  Staffing. (3)  The study of human resource planning techniques in business and industry such as measurement and testing principles; attracting, selecting, and placing personnel. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

442  Compensation Management. (3)  The course focuses on pay systems, which includes a study of compensation laws, job evaluation methods, wage/salary curves, development of compensation packages, and administrative procedures used in compensation and benefits administration. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

443  Collective Bargaining. (3)  A comprehensive study of collective bargaining. Stress is given to legislation, policies, and practices pertinent to collective bargaining, as well as to procedures and techniques utilized in bargaining. Attention also focuses upon the problem of handling and settling industrial controversy. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

444  International Human Resource Management. (3)  The study of human resource management practices and regulations. Topics will include staffing, selection, training and development, labor relations, performance appraisal, and managing workforce diversity in a global economy.

446 Human Resource Management in the Legal Environment. (3) Social and economic implications of government regulations concerning equal employment opportunity are covered. Includes laws and agencies relating to equality in employment for women, minorities, veterans, older employees, and disabled workers. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

449  Appraising and Developing Employees. (3)  Examination of employee performance appraisal and development activities in organizations. Emphasis on their design, implementation, and evaluation, and on the systemic relationships among training, careers, and the management of organization development. Prerequisite: HRM 353.

460, 461, 462  Independent Research in Human Resource Management I, II, and III. (1–2 each, not repeatable) Independent research study of an approved topic. For selected human resource management majors. Prerequisites: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above and permission of the department chairperson.