Management - Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business - Christopher Newport University

Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business


Management offers the greatest flexibility and broadest application of all the business majors by challenging you to understand both the social and technical aspects of an organization. A major in management helps you develop the skills and tools necessary to pull both people and projects together in an effective and efficient manner – competencies that contribute greatly to the success of an organization.

At CNU, you and your classmates will work in teams in a hands-on and project-driven environment to manage virtual companies using online simulation where you apply business principles to make decisions about a future course of action. You’ll learn to use critical thinking and analytical skills to make decisions and take action when facing a novel or complex problem. Clear expression and leadership, planning, and organizing a complex challenge are constant requirements.

An emphasis on ethical standards is an integral part of the management curriculum, and a necessary preparation for the challenges of an ever-changing, global and information-rich business climate.

Sample Courses

Leaders establish direction for their organizations by developing a vision for the future. They develop strategies for attaining their vision, and share their vision with others in an effort to motivate and inspire. Leaders produce change. This course views leadership as a process, and explores the role of leader, follower and context in that dynamic process. Topics include the nature of managerial work, perspectives on effective leadership behavior, participative leadership, dyadic roles, behaviors for managing both work and relations, charismatic leadership, transformational leadership, power and influence, ethical leadership, leading in a global economy, leadership in teams and self-managed groups, strategic leadership by executives, and the development of leadership skills.

This course focuses on management science techniques used for problem solving and decision making in all areas of management. These techniques involve the application of mathematical modeling and an analytical approach to business problems. Students learn to determine which methods are appropriate for solving various types of problems. The primary goal of the course is to help students become more skilled builders and consumers of models. Another important goal is to encourage a more disciplined thinking process when approaching management situations. Management science and operations research tools such as linear programming, sensitivity analysis and decision trees are covered.

This course examines the management of an organization’s key resource, its people. Topics include job analysis, recruitment, selection, orientation and training, performance appraisal, diversity, compensation, benefits, legislation and labor law, and the role of unions and collective bargaining.

Supply Chain Management deals with the management of the direct value adding activities across all the firms that contribute to the creation, manufacture and delivery of a product. Students will study and integrate the perspectives of different firms and different professional disciplines to develop a broader understanding of how to improve the performance of the entire supply chain. Specific issues include supply chain design, optimization of logistic networks, inventory management, sourcing and supplier contracting, information technology, product design, and globalization.

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