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Summer 2015 Special Topics Descriptions

MGMT-546-001 Corporate Structuring for Global Business - 3 credits
This course introduces students to the cultural, finance, strategy, business and legal issues arising in international mergers and acquisitions. To build a foundation to better understand the M&A process, students will work on practical exercises designed to simulate the steps of a typical decision making process and the steps involved in a typical transaction. Exercises include drafting a letter of intent, considering issues in due diligence, and drafting and negotiating an acquisition agreement from both a buyer's and seller's perspective. Students will analyze various acquisitions by one firm of all of some of the assets or stock of another firm, and its impact on both the companies. Additional topics include a discussion of the types of combinations, the motivations of the participants, the financial analysis required to carry out merger or acquisition activities and negotiation strategies that are available to M&A participants.

MGMT-546-002 Project Management Professional Exam Prep - 3 credits
The PMP Certificate is the most recognized and respected credential in the field of project management. The purpose of this course is to prepare eligible, or nearly eligible, students to obtain this certification by helping them with an organized study approach, by providing explanations and presentations of the most challenging topics, providing many practice questions with explanations of the answers, and access to a knowledgeable instructor and a study cohort group.

MGMT-546-003 Dark Side of Leadership - 3 credits
Dark Side of leadership will explore behaviors and traits that have been destructive through history to current day. During this class we will analyze destructive leadership behaviors and determine how to address these behaviors when faced with them. We will also explore the role of followership related to both positive and negative leadership.

MGMT-546-004 Lead Project Management - 3 credits
An introductory class to the principles of lean project management. Lead project management takes the principles of lean manufacturing and applies them to the project management process to streamline the development and flow of value-adding activities throughout the planning and execution stages of the project cycle. Multiple lean manufacturing tools will be applied to the entire project management process in order to improve the likelihood of success of the project.

MGMT-546-005 Applied Business Research - 3-4 variable credits
Students apply research techniques to investigate an issue or solve a problem in an organization including a determination of the return on investment (ROI) of the solution. Experience is gained in defining research problems, designing a project, relating pertinent literature, and in collecting, analyzing, recording, and interpreting data. Research will be non-IRB focused which means review of historical trends and data and research of non-human subjects. Review of processes and procedures and research of best practices that can be applied to improve business and organizational results.

MGMT-546-006 Health Care Economics and Health Care Ethics - 3 credits
This course will review critical elements of Health care economics - Supply chain, Accounts Receivable, Provider Network Development and Contracting and Payer Relations and analyses them against the backdrop of legal, regulatory and ethical bounds that are often inconsistent. Students will study the practical, fiscal challenges facing healthcare systems and how the labyrinth of regulations and societal expectations makes the revenue cycle process exponentially more difficult. Practical examples including end-of-life decisions, anti-trust issues and privacy regulations will be analyzed as well as future challenges and opportunities for abatement.

SVLD-546-001 Readings in Servant Leadership: Power, Trust, and Organizational Culture - 3 cr.
Robert Greenleaf understood that the primary task of a Servant Leader is to build an effective, ethical organizational culture and that the means to do this was through the intentional surrender of coercive power and the cultivation of trusting relationships. This course will examine seminal writings on the nature of power and trust spanning two thousand years, beginning with historical and philosophical writings by figures like Thucydides and Plato and ending with contemporary empirical studies in sociology and psychology. The goal of the course is to know how to create the conditions of ethical culture in our own organizations.

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