The Management, Leadership, and Innovation (MLI) major is an interdisciplinary major grounded in the organizational, social, and behavioral sciences. MLI courses draw on theory from these disciplines and a wide variety of practical and experiential exercises. The major’s goals are to help students develop the managerial, interpersonal, organizational, communication, analytical, and diagnostic skills necessary to succeed in a wide variety of industries and occupations. In addition, the MLI major helps students to: work and lead effectively in increasingly diverse organizations; think creatively, act entrepreneurially, and innovate effectively; develop skills in managing human and social capital; understand the ways in which individuals, groups, and organizations change; and communicate effectively. The MLI major prepares students for a wide range of job opportunities in management consulting firms, innovative and entrepreneurial ventures, for-profits and non-profits, and any organization where excellent teamwork and strong interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills are critical success factors.
Student Learning Goals for Completion of the Management, Leadership, and Innovation (MLI) Major:
• Develop managerial, interpersonal, organizational, communications, analytical, and diagnostic skills;
• Develop skills in managing human resources, including recruiting, selection, training, coaching, motivating, and compensating employees;
• Think creatively and understand the progression from ideas to innovations and organizations;
• Understand the ways in which individuals, groups, and organizations change – and develop the skills necessary to create change in those settings; and,
• Work and lead effectively in increasingly diverse and international teams and organizations, in changing economic, cultural, social, and legal environments.
The major prepares students for a wide range of job opportunities in:
• Management consulting firms, which provide services (strategic, behavioral, operational, technological, etc.) to clients in a wide variety of industries;
• Innovative and entrepreneurial ventures, including small and family businesses;
• Large firms and non-profits in which effective talent and performance management, motivation, and compensation are important;
• Any organization where excellent teamwork and strong interpersonal, analytical, and communications are critical success factors.
Taken alone or in combination with another major, MLI can be a powerful basis for advancement into managerial and leadership roles.
All students in the management major are required to complete five classes beyond MGMT 201 Management and Organizational Behavior. These include:
- MGMT 295 Managing Human Capital and Resources for Peak Performance
- Section A - students must complete two of the following courses:
- - MGMT 200 Communicating for Business Leadership
- - MGMT 277 Imagination & Creativity
- - MGMT 299 Leadership and Power
- Section B - students must complete two of the following courses:
- - MGMT 215 - Innovation & New Idea Mgmt
- - MGMT 291 -Organizational Design and Change
- - MGMT 297 - Negotiations
- - MGMT 205 - Intercultural Comm
- - MGMT 206 - Managing Corp. Comm
- - MGMT 207 - Comm Tech for Managers
- - STRT 280 - Entrepreneurship
- - MGMT 370 - Micro-enterprise Program Design
- - MARK 236 - New Product Mgmt
- - OPIM 256 - eCommerce
- - OPIM 259 - Project Management
- - SOCI 168 - Social Entrepreneurship
For an overview of the required courses in this concentration, consult the undergraduate course catalog here.
For questions about the management major, students may contact the management faculty advisor, Chris Long.