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MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts (3) Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management. Not available to students who have taken B A 304.

MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts (3)

MGMT 301, Basic Management Concepts, is a three credit course offered each semester across Penn State. MGMT 301 exposes undergraduate students to the fundamental principles and basic concepts of management, with emphasis on organizational design, management processes, leadership, motivation, and managing teams and individuals in a global business environment. Understanding these principles and concepts is extremely important for students preparing for and entering the business profession. 

Managers plan, organize, lead, and control. These functions provide a foundation for MGMT 301 and are included in all course topics and modules. Typical modules include: An Overview of Management; Strategy and Structure; Organizational Behavior; and Group/Organizational Dynamics. The overview of management focuses on the manager’s role and function, decision making, ethics, and managerial oversight. Topics covered in a strategy and structure module will include culture, environmental influences, strategy, organizational structure, globalization, and innovation. Organizational Behavior focuses on how decision making is influenced by various stakeholders who have formal and informal authority and control in a business. What motivates individuals and who are leaders in an organization is discussed along with group dynamics. Understanding team processes, conflict, adaptation to change, and various levels of group and one-on-one communication is important and will be covered by reviewing traditional management strategies and structures along with discussions on current and evolving management issues.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030;ECON 102 orECON 104;MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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