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M.A. in Organizational Management Course Descriptions

OMG 500 Management Foundations (3 credits)
An introduction is given to the philosophy and methodological approach underlying the Master of Arts in Organizational Management. This course focuses on skills used throughout the curriculum including critical thinking, creative thinking, continuous learning, and the use of the Internet and other available electronic data sources.

OMG 505 Organizational Theory and Behavior (4 credits)
This course promotes the understanding and use of General Systems Theory and its applications in identifying, interpreting, and solving problems within complex organizations. It also examines management theory to see how it has led to current theories such as organizational learning and self-directed management.

OMG 510 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
An overview is given of major functions and concepts regarding the management and administration of human resources in the organization including: recruitment, development, motivation, compensation, benefits administration, employee relations, and human resource information systems.

OMG 515 Management and Leadership (4 credits)
Different theories of leadership and management styles are introduced and what their impact is on organizational structure, productivity, decision making, resource allocation, and human resource development. This course will analyze how leadership is not only different from management but also more effective in today?s workplace.

OMG 520 Managerial Finance (3 credits)
The practical aspects of the strategic and operational roles of accounting and finance are explored, including applications of strategic planning, budgeting, financial performance, and fiscal and ethical responsibility in a global market.

OMG 525 Productivity and Quality (3 credits)
Students will explore the concepts and theories underlying Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement Processes in manufacturing and service environments. This course includes re-engineering, innovation, and Six Sigma as practical tools for improving productivity.

OMG 530 Managerial Research Methods and Design (4 credits)
This course examines the various research methodologies used in organizational settings. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies, and action science. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of management research are introduced. Students will begin work on their Capstone during this course.

OMG 535 Managing in an Information Age (3 credits)
This course focuses on the way in which business strategy is served by information technology. It also explains the tools and techniques that help to ensure that information systems strategies are in line with strategic organizational needs. Concepts introduced include maximizing the value of individual knowledge work and how it can improve personal productivity.

OMG 540 Legal Environment for Managers (3 credits)
This course covers legal issues that managers face in operating organizations in today?s complex environment. The ubiquitous nature of our legal environment necessitates managers being able to recognize legal issues, understand the policy reasons behind the law, and effectively comply with governmental regulation. Students will study the foundations of the U.S. legal system, the public and international environment, the private environment, and the regulatory environment.

OMG 545 Ethical Dimension of Leading and Managing (3 credits)
Students explore the ethical dimension of organizational life from the perspective of Christian vocational ethics and values and how values and ethics are incorporated into the organizational decision-making process. This course also focuses on values formation, self-understanding in an ethical context, and the construction of a personal model of ethical decision making congruent with personal values.

OMG 550 Strategic Thinking (4 credits)
This course examines the role of the leader in the development of coherent strategic plans and the articulation of short- and long-range plans. It examines the systemic interrelationships among the topics introduced in earlier program courses.

OMG 555 Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
Provides students with an opportunity to synthesize and demonstrate mastery of the key elements introduced during the Master of Arts in Organizational Management program. Students will present the results of a self-directed capstone. This could be a case study, action research, literature review, or various other form of quantitative or qualitative research.