Albers is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As of July 2015, less than five percent of the world’s business schools and less than one third of U.S. business schools have achieved business accreditation from AACSB.
2015-2016 Graduate CatalogAll graduate courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.Syllabi information is for reference only; information may not be current.
This course requires application of economic analysis to business issues. Topics include demand theory, production and cost analysis, markets and pricing, and government policy.
This course will include an integrated examination of financial statements with an emphasis on analysis for investment purposes. The course will also include a discussion of product costing techniques, use of accounting data in decision-making, and in planning and evaluating managerial performance.
Students will apply the concepts and tools of project management through a service project. Through the project, students will engage with both the science and art of project management. Topics include project selection, requirements definition, client relations, project scoping, work breakdown structures, estimation, budgeting, scheduling and software, supply management, project team management, resource allocation, time/cost trade-offs, risk assessment, task coordination, team-building, progress monitoring, and post-project assessment.
This course is the study of formal and informal organizations, the individual, group dynamics, communication, leadership, motivation, and organizational design.
This course focuses on the management of information systems (IS) within an organization. Concepts covered include: IS and competitive strategy, globalization and collaboration, hardware and software, data management and analytics, networking and the Internet, security, systems development, legal, ethical, and privacy concerns.
This course is the study of the theory and techniques related to financial decision making within firms. Topics include time value of money, valuation, capital budgeting, market efficiency, risk/return tradeoff, portfolio theory, CAPM model, capital structure, dividend policy, and financial institutions.
This course is intended to introduce key principles of marketing management with a focus on the creation of value for customers and firms. An analytical approach to the study of marketing problems will be emphasized, thereby providing students with a toolkit to: 1) determine customer needs, 2) decide which customers to serve, 3) identify which products and services to offer, and 4) choose appropriate methods to communicate, capture, and deliver value. Students will undertake a consulting project as part of this course.
Students study concepts and tools required to develop and manage the global network of company-owned assets and facilities and external suppliers of goods and services. Topics include processes and technology, quality and continuous improvement, demand and inventory management, supplier management, transportation and logistics, and sustainability.
The course covers cases in financial analysis and management control that develop student skills for identifying problems, acquiring relevant material, and using appropriate tools for making strategic decisions. Topics include preparation of pro-forma financials, budgeting, capital investment analysis, corporate valuation, internal controls and business processes, target costing and activity based management, and performance measurement.
This course applies the areas of contracts, employment law, intellectual property, product liability, torts, and international law to the business environment. The course also examines corporate governance and the various legal structures including corporations, partnerships and LLCs. Finally, the course will expose students to the U.S. legal system and the role of legal counsel in advising businesses within the legal environment.
Students will learn how to identify ethical issues in business, how to make defensible decisions regarding these ethical issues, and learn strategies and tactics to implement these decisions. Topics range from organizational issues such as difficult relationships between employees to how business affects society and the environment, such as the role of business in promoting sustainability.
Students can participate either in an approved internship or in the business plan competition.
This course introduces practices necessary to stimulate ideas and frameworks and tools required to manage innovation. It is grounded in creative problem-solving models that promote imagination, practical thought and action. The course moves from enhancing creativity in individuals and organizations to the managerial strategies and tactics for developing innovation in organizations and networks.
This course develops students' appreciation for understanding interests behind positions taken during difficult problem solving sessions or negotiations. The course introduces students to research on negotiation and conflict resolution. It explores collaborative techniques to resolving conflict and engaging in productive problem solving. Experiential exercises and carefully selected readings will be used to achieve course objectives.
This course is the study of general management and the tasks of strategy formulation and implementation. It builds on and integrates material from all functional areas.. Critical thinking and analysis are engaged as students make decisions, set goals, and act on information from real business situations. The business situations reflect today's multicultural and international environment. (6 credits)