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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Management

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Dr. Elizabeth Karam, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-7461
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 4036

S. Gallagher, L. Leduc, F. Mousa, M. Pattie, W. Ritchie, M. Rutherford

Associate Professors
E. Karam, A. Shahzad, E. Stark

Assistant Professors
E. Bruno, S. Dmytriyev, A. Heavey, C. K. Lee, D. Peterson, R. Ross

R. Eliason, C. Hamilton, J. Johannessen, J. Lhospital, F. Pargas, C. Roeder, R. Walsh, M. Yankey


The mission of the Department of Management is to provide students with a nationally competitive undergraduate education in the field of management studies. The Department of Management major prepares future organizational leaders to manage effectively in a dynamic global business environment. The Department of Management faculty strive to develop students’ theoretical and practical managerial expertise, focusing on interpersonal and team skills, situational and data analysis, innovation and creativity, problem solving, evidence-based decision making, and ethical reasoning.


The overall goals of the Department of Management (MGT) program are:

  • To prepare graduates of the MGT major for a wide variety of management careers and leadership roles.
  • To provide instruction relating to the study and practice of management to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business .

Core Management Objectives

After studying management, students will possess an advanced understanding of:

  • The functions of management: Management majors will understand the basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling and how these functions are used to achieve organizational objectives in dynamic, culturally diverse and competitive global business environments.
  • The legal and ethical environment of management: Management majors will recognize and understand the behavioral implications of the ethical and legal boundaries of managerial decision making and subsequent actions.
  • Effective decision making and problem solving: Management majors will develop and enhance critical thinking, analytical and decision making skills. These skills will be demonstrated in students’ ability to engage successfully in situational analysis, problem recognition, integration of information from diverse sources, use of logic and reasoning to develop solutions, and alternative courses of action, and implementation of action plans.
  • Organizational strategy and design: Management majors will be able to identify and explain elements of the internal and external environments that influence the formulation, implementation and evaluation of organizational strategy, structure and design.

Career Opportunities

  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist or Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Operations or Logistics Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Small Business Owner/Manager
  • Customer Service/Relations Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Facility/Events Manager

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE): National honors fraternity for management majors.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Student chapter of a national organization that provides students with opportunities to learn more about the field of human resource management through speakers, facility tours, networking and other activities.
  • Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS): JMU chapter of APICS, a national professional organization that provides research, education and certification programs that foster supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience.
  • The JMU Society of Real Estate (SRE): A professional business organization that allows students to explore different facets of the real estate industry through speaker events, workshops, company site visits and other activities.


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