Management and Leadership

Program Overview

The manager’s job is fast-paced and requires the ability to make decisions and facilitate the work of others. The management and leadership major gives students the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Firms of all sizes and in all fields need good managers who know how to motivate subordinates, manage teams, resolve conflicts, and lead by example. Businesses want new employees who can handle themselves as subordinates, supervisors, and team members. Whether students are looking for a position with a medium to large organization or thinking of starting companies of their own, the management and leadership major provides the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful.

Curriculum Overview

Courses in the program include Team Management, Management Skills, Introduction to Human Resource Management, Managing Workforce Diversity, Career Management, Small Business Management, Negotiation, International Management, and more.

Degree Offered

  • B.S.B.A. in Management & Leadership

Contact

Eugene Kutcher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 237
609-896-5203
ekutcher@rider.edu

Program Website: http://www.rider.edu/mgtlead
Associated Department: Department of Management

Related Programs

Requirements for the Major

(18 credits)

Business Core
See Business Core Requirements
MGT 355Team Management 13
MGT 363Management Skills 13
Select four of the following:12
Small Business Management
Small Business Consulting Sem
Intro to Human Resource Mgmt
Managing Workforce Diversity
Career Management 2
Negotiation
International Management
Sel Topics:Mgt & Organztn Behv
Independent Research and Study
Total Credits18
1

Management majors have the option of completing MGT 355 Team Management or MGT 363 Management Skills for their major requirements as well as for their Leadership Elective requirement. If a student chooses to count either MGT 355 or MGT 363 toward the Leadership Elective, the student must complete 3 credits of free elective for graduation.

2

Management majors have the option of completing MGT 336 Career Management and waiving the professional development requirements of CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II and CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III. If a student waives these two 1-credit courses, the student must complete 2 credits of free elective for graduation.

An average grade of “C “or better is required in the 18 semester credit hours that are required for the management and leadership major. Majors are encouraged to take MGT 491 Internship as a free elective.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year, who change their major, or those who transfer to Rider will follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT Major Elective 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
MGT 355 Team Management 6 3
MGT Major Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 363 Management Skills 6 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
MGT Major Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MGT Major Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120
1

 CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials can be taken in the Fall or Spring of Year 1.

2

 Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement.  CMP 115 counts as a 3-year Free Elective.

3

Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement.  MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

Transfer students can take MGT 336 Career Management (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

5

Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free electives.

6

MGT 355 Team Management and MGT 363 Management Skills can be taken in Spring of Year 2, or in Fall or Spring of Year 3 or Year 4.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Free Elective 2 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
Free Elective 4 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 355 Team Management 2 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Free Elective 7 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
Free Elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
MGT 363 Management Skills 2 3
Free Elective 9 3
International Business Elective 1 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120
1

Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses (MGT 375 International Management) or as free elective courses.

2

The Leadership Elective requirement is not listed because MGT 355 Team Management and MGT 363 Management Skills (required for the Management major) both satisfy the Leadership Elective requirement. An additional 3-credit free elective has been added.

Notes:

  • This accelerated plan assumes no AP or other credits were transferred into Rider University.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective can be satisfied by courses that are designated as global/cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • Students are strongly suggested to complete a credit-bearing experiential course (e.g., internship, co-op, study tour, study abroad, ENT 448, ECO 450.)

MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3 Credits

This course deals with the fundamentals of organizational behavior as they relate to management such as motivation, communications, and leadership. Behavior is examined at the individual, group, and organizational level. The management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling are addressed. The effects of global operations and the requirements of ethical behavior on managers are also explored.

Prerequisite(s): minimum 30 credits completed.

MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt 3 Credits

This course deals with the nature of human resource management, its functions, procedures, and practices currently found in profit, non-profit and public sector organizations. Topics covered include recruiting and selection, t raining, human resource development, equal employment opportunity, performance appraisal, diversity, job analysis, compensation, and employee rights and discipline.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 320 Managing Workforce Diversity 3 Credits

Demographic shifts, changing patterns of labor force participation, global competition, and a growing cultural emphasis on the celebration of difference have all contributed to the creation of diversity as a hot topic in management. This course explores the opportunities and challenges of the increasingly diverse workforce emerging in the United States today. We will address the knowledge and skills managers must develop in working with others who are different from themselves. Some of these differences are obvious- gender, race, age, and physical characteristics. Other differences are not as easily observed - family structure, educational level, social class, and sexual orientation. This class incorporates experiential learning techniques for personal growth.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 336 Career Management 3 Credits

How careers are shaped by individual needs and experience and assisted by organization systems and practices is the focus of this course. The meaning of work and the development of careers are discussed, and students undertake self-assessment for the purpose of career planning. Careers are examined in the context of important changes occurring today in the world of work. The impact of the executive, organizational counselors and trainers, and the educational system upon the development of human potential is examined, along with the techniques for human resource planning and development.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 346 Negotiation 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is first, to explore the major concepts and theories behind effective negotiating practices and second, to develop negotiating skills applicable to a wide range of contexts. A knowledge of negotiation is a crucial requirement for anyone interested in a business career since it is a common mechanism for implementing change and for resolving conflict in the workplace. Topics will include two-party negotiations, power and politics, mediation, arbitration, and collective bargaining. A variety of teaching techniques will be used including readings, discussion, and role-playing.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of the instructor.

MGT 355 Team Management 3 Credits

This course prepares students to work in organizations that use teams as an integral part of their functioning-an increasingly common practice. The class involves intensive group interaction, focusing on individual growth in group settings. Working with other students in role-plays, exercises, and team assignments allows the student to develop better communication and leadership skills.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 363 Management Skills 3 Credits

The focus of this course is on specific skills necessary for success in a management role. These skills include leading, communicating effectively, delegating, conflict and time management and motivating others. Students will have opportunities to practice skills and to apply their knowledge to business cases.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 375 International Management 3 Credits

This course explores the ways in which culture impacts management practices and organizational behavior and dynamics. Topics include cross cultural communication, expatriate selection and training, leading and motivating cross cultural teams, developing organizational strategies to compete in a global market place, international business ethics, and current topics.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201.

MGT 421 Sel Topics:Mgt & Organztn Behv 3 Credits

The seminar focuses on an area of study announced at the time of registration (students should check the registration material). Examples of possible topics are: leadership, motivation, and organizational behavior research. Prerequisites vary according to the topic and are listed in the registration material.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Topic to be approved in advance by supervising instructor, chairperson, and academic dean. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation, and can be used as free elective or MGT major elective.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.

MGT 491 Intern Management/Org Behavior 3 Credits

Provides the student with the opportunity to supplement and apply their management and leadership classroom work in a supervised employment setting with participating companies. Requirements include a journal with a log of daily activities and a paper summarizing their experiences submitted to the internship supervisor. Students will receive a letter grade based upon their internship performance, as well as their performance on the journal and final paper submissions.

Prerequisite(s): major in management and leadership or human resource management and MGT 363, or senior status; Requires a 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in the major and permission of the instructor.