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Management Courses

Management (MGMT) Course Descriptions.  [Information taken from USC Undergraduate Bulletin and from the USC Graduate Bulletin.]  Courses are linked to representative syllabi as they become available.  If a specific professor's syllabus is needed, please e-mail him/her using the information on our faculty list.  Please note that courses are not offered every semester.  Please consult the USC Master Schedule for course availability.

Undergraduate Courses 

250 — Professional Communication. {ENGL 463} (3) (Prereq: ENGL 101, 102; MGSC 290; prereq or coreq: THSP 140) Theory and practice of oral and written communication skills required in the contemporary business environment.

371 - Principles of Management. (3) A comprehensive survey of the basic principles of management applicable to all forms of business. The course provides the student with a basis for thinking about complex business situations in the framework of analysis of the management process.

374 - Management of Human Resources. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) A survey of the major approaches used in managing human resources. Covers selection, compensation, legal compliance, discipline, organizational restructuring, TQM, motivation, labor relations, and performance management.

376 — Organizational Behavior. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) Introduction to human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on factors that contribute to the effectiveness of individuals and groups in organizations.

401 - Negotiation and Conflict in the Workplace. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) This course is designed to improve students' knowledge and skills in the areas of workplace conflict resolution and negotiations. 

402 - Managing Teams in the Workplace. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) Team dynamics in organizational settings; basic concepts of interpersonal behavior, how to facilitate effective teamwork and create, motivate, and participate in effective teams based on concepts in team design and team process.

403 - Leadership in Organizations. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) Reviews research and practice in organizational leadership; provides students with self-assessment, developmental exercises, and case studies to prepare students for leadership roles. 

404 — Pay, Rewards, and Motivation. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 374) An examination of how organizations use pay and other types of rewards (both intrinsic and extrinsic) to affect employee motivation and behavior.

405 — Staffing. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 374) An examination of how organizations can improve workforce quality by making effective use of recruiting and selection processes.  Attention is also given to the training and development of new hires and to legal issues that surround the staffing process.

406 — International Human Resource Management. {=IBUS 406} (3) (Prereq: MGMT 374) This course examines how human resources are managed within global context.  It examines how human resources are managed within global firms as well as across different cultural settings. 

407 — Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Management. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) This course examines the role of corporate social responsibility in managing organizations.  Attention is given to the role of stakeholder management and ethics in organizational decision-making. 

472 — Entrepreneurship and Small Business. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371) This course is an introduction to the ownership and management of small firms, emphasizing their role in the U.S. economy, their particular demands on owners, and the effects of newness and smallness on their mangers' decisions. 

473 — Initiation and Management of New Business Enterprise. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 472) Analysis of proposed business opportunities; planning and establishing a business organization to exploit an opportunity; management of small business.

476 — Collective Bargaining. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 371 and junior standing) Practice and structure of collective bargaining, administration of collective agreements, law of union-management relations, labor history, and bargaining theory and practice.

478 - Strategic Management. (3) (Prereq: MKTG 350, FINA 363, MGMT 371, and senior standing) A study of the formulation and application of functionally integrated business policy by top management. Emphasis is on decision-making in the face of changing conditions.

479 - Advanced Issues in Entrepreneurship. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 472) Intensive examination of situations currently faced by entrepreneurs and their firms and of practicable recommendations for action. Customarily involves consulting projects for local firms.

Graduate Courses 

702 — Strategic Management. {MBAD} (3) The objective of this course is to provide knowledge of concepts central to long-range strategy formulation and implementation.

718 — Management of Human Resources. (3) The processes inherent in effective management of the organization's human resources. Topics include: employee selection, training, and development; design of compensation and reward systems; applied motivation models; and current issues in the management of human resources.

719 - Management of Compensation. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 718 or 779) Topics in compensation on a rotating basis including job analysis, internal alignment and consistency, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, benefits, performance management systems, external pay comparisons, compensation validation, turnover, and executive compensation.

720 — Staffing. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 718 or 779) Topics in staffing on a rotating basis among job analysis, recruitment, test validation, selection systems, and other subjects.

721 - Employment Relations Law. (3) The law of employment relations. Policy and practice in areas such as equal employment, wages and hours, employee health and safety, pensions, and labor relations.

722 — Labor Relations. (3) An analysis of some of the major problems faced by managers in their dealings with organizations representing employees. Primary emphasis is on the negotiation of labor agreements and the handling of problems arising under them. The public policy aspect of these problems is also considered.

723 — Employee Responsibilities and Rights. (3) Rights of employees in relation to their employers that arise from individual and collective agreements. Employee discipline and justice. Grievance procedures and their administration, including labor arbitration.

724 — American Labor Unions. (3) The nature, structure, and development of the labor union in the United States. Topics covered include labor history, structure of the labor movement, union governance, the law of unions, and problems of the labor movement.

725 — Personnel and Employment Relations Research. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 718 or 779; MGSC 692) Research methods in personnel and employment relations. Emphasis on: problem identification and hypothesis development, proper research design, application of analytic strategies, strengthening research report writing skills.

726 — Global Strategic Management. (3)  Designed to provide an overview of the basic building blocks of the strategic management process. Provides a framework by which how the HR function can be better leveraged to support organizational strategies and goals in multinational companies.

727 — Internship in Personnel and Employment Relations. (6) Field experience in personnel and employment relations. Includes a report analyzing the experience. 

728 — Teams and Teamwork Management. (3) When to use teams; how to design and implement team structures and motivate and lead team members; team decision making, conflict resolution, and other team processes.

729 — Managing Cross-border Teams. {=IBUS 717} (3) (Prereq: DMSB 714 or IBUS 700 or MGMT 770 or MGMT 799 or instructor's permission) How the presence of members from multiple national cultures and multiple national locations affect the functioning of teams within the multinational corporation.

730 - Consulting and Organizational Development. {=IBUS 718} (3) (Prereq: DMSB 711 or IBUS 700 or MGMT 779 or instructor's permission) Restructuring and transformation initiatives within multinational organizations as internal consultants and/or change agents.

735 — Mergers and Acquisitions. (3) Mergers and acquisitions in international and domestic settings: effects of strategic, financial, legal, accounting, and human resource factors.

770 - Organization Behavior. (3) Development of an understanding of behavioral concepts necessary for effective production management of organizations. Current literature, case studies, and other simulations to demonstrate applicability of concepts. Concepts studies include perception, motivation, leadership, and intergroup conflict.

771 — Organization Theory and Design. (3) A study of the nature of organizations, their design, their structure, their processes, as well as problems inherent in organizations (e.g., coordination, conflict, communications, power usage, politics).

772 — Employee and Organizational Development. (3) Examination of methods of employee development and organizational change efforts designed to increase organizational effectiveness with an emphasis on planning, design, management, and evaluation of intervention programs.

773 — Business Policy. (3) (Prereq: MKTG 751, FINA 760, MGMT 770, and MGSC 791) Policy formulation and decision-making in organizations. The interrelationships of functional areas within the organization, the application of management skills and processes to integrate these areas, and the impact of factors external to the organization are examined with a view toward the attainment of organizational goals.

774 - The Firm and Its Environment. {=ECON 774} (3) (Prereq: ECON 720) The forces which influence and constrain decision and actions within the individual firm. Consideration of these forces as features of the existing legal, social, and ethical environments. Specific topics include the legal system and public policy, social organization, moral and ethical standards, public opinion, the social responsibility of the firm, and conception within the firm of its role in society, and the interaction of these forces with economic forces.

775 — Competitive Strategy Analysis. (3) (Prereq: MKTG 751 and FINA 760) A study of the techniques used in industry analysis and in the strategic posturing of a firm within its competitive environment.

776 — Strategic Planning. (3) An evaluation of the conceptual and analytical foundations associated with the management function of planning.

777 — Initiation and Management of New Business Enterprise. (3)  Presents entrepreneurship in both theoretical and practical terms. Examines entrepreneurship by focusing on how opportunities are discovered, the conditions of markets and industries that must be weighed in choosing to enter them, and the resources needed by the entrepreneur to establish a new venture and build it into a succesful enterprise.

778  - Small Business Management. (3) An examination of problems involved in the organization and management of a small business, including an analysis of legal forms, location, product market determination, production, and other operating conditions.

779 — Personnel and Employment Relations. (3) (Prereq: Restricted to students in the Master of Human Resources Program) Orientation to the field of personnel and employment relations. Also provides training in communications and computer skills needed in managing human resources.

782 — Managing Careers in Organizations. (3) Chronological view of career development issues, from initial vocational and job choice decisions through retirement. Short-run and long-term consequences of individual and organizational career development strategies.

786 — Perspectives in Teaching Secretarial Skills. {=EDSE 703} (3) Strengthening the technical competence of the business teacher. Philosophy and psychology of skill development in secretarial subjects.

787 — Perspectives in Teaching Bookkeeping/Accounting and Basic Business. {=EDSE 704} (3) Strengthening the technical competence of business teachers in bookkeeping/accounting and basic business, and improving instruction in these areas.

788 — Contemporary Issues in Office Administration. (3) Contemporary issues in business and business teaching to prepare students for careers in business or for advanced study in business administration.

789 — Organization and Administration of Secretarial Internship Programs. (3) Principles and practices of organizing and administering secretarial internship programs involving both simulated and actual job experiences.

790 — Business Research and Reports. (3) Research tools, techniques, and sources are utilized in the development of both analytical ability and facility in communication. 790V -- Business Research and Reports. (3) (Open to students in the IMBA program only.)

801 — Specialized Study in International Employment Relations. (3) (Prereq: DMSB 702 or MGMT 718 or 779) An analysis of selected employment and labor relations problems and practices viewed from a comparative, cross-national perspective and the perspective of a multinational enterprise.

820 — Foundations of Management Theory. (3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Emphasis on development of understanding the history of management theory and examination of current interpretations of these concepts.

821 — Doctoral Seminar in the Behavioral Sciences I. (3) Study of major theoretical and methodological issues in organizational behavior with emphasis on developing conceptual models and implementing research designs.

822 — Doctoral Seminar in the Behavioral Sciences II. (3) Exploration of current specialized topics in organizational behavior with emphasis on synthesizing research, developing conceptual models, and implementing research designs.

823 — Current Issues in Organizational Behavior. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 821 or 822) An advanced seminar focusing upon reading, synthesis, and critical evaluation of current research in organizational behavior.

824 — Doctoral Seminar in Human Resource Management. (3) Theories and research in human resource management.

828 — Seminar in Entrepreneurship. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 878) Theories and research in entrepreneurship, emphasizing strategic management framework in integrating diverse treatments of the entrepreneur, new ventures, and corporate innovation.

871 — Organization Theory. (3) An evaluation of theories of organization, with particular emphasis on business applications. Approaches to a conceptual framework include decision theory, sociological and behavioral theories. Various models are evaluated in an attempt to build a framework for analysis of organizations.

872 — Seminar in Management Research Methodology. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 792) Research methods and techniques for translation of management theory and practical problems into testable propositions.

878 - Seminar in Strategy Formulation. (3) Investigates the theoretical and empirical evidence regarding strategies aimed at creating and sustaining competitive superiority in business firms and the strategy formation process.

879 — Seminar in Strategy Implementation. (3) (Prereq: MGMT 878) Continuation of MGMT 878, with emphasis on strategy implementation.