About University Classes

This section of the web site is a portal to materials associated with university classes I am teaching ("active") or have taught in the past. The classes and related materials are included here solely for the use of students registered in the classes by their respective registrars. The materials included here are offered to complement and supplement the materials housed for each class in its respective University-managed CMS.

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  • Labor Management Relations

    Mercyhurst University
    HRMG 316

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    Catalog Description
    "A historical, legal, and economic examination of conflict in labor/management relations. Topics covered include collective bargaining strategies and tactics, structure and operation of unions, and economic constraints on collective bargaining."

    Overview
    This course asks students to situate labor negotiations within the strategic, legal, and ethical contexts of the firm. Instructor-developed materials are used to expose students to organizational strategy and managerial decision making. Textual, video, and audio resources are used to investigate the nature of work and the history of labor strife in the U. S. That is followed by an investigation of historical and contemporaneous labor regulation and union organizing practices. Cases, discussions, and a targeted project are used to illustrate negotiation strategy and contract practices.
    Active,Management,Mercyhurst,
  • Human Resource Management

    Mercyhurst University
    MGMT 206

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Examination of the basic personnel processes involved in the selection, development and maintenance of human resources. Emphasis on managerial and legal requirements"

    Overview
    This course situates human resource management within the strategic imperatives of the firm. A premium is put on understanding the strategy of the firm and how to configure HR practices in furtherance of that strategy. The course builds upon discussion and exercises from topical readings and videos. Students design a recruiting and selection plan for a topical organization, develop a self-analysis of their own KSAs, and analyze how KSAs relate to that recruiting and selection plan.
    Management,HRM,Mercyhurst
  • International Management

    Penn State University
    MGMT 461

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Examines issues of nations and cultures including motivation, communication, negotiation, leadership, ethics and social responsibility, and women in management."

    Overview
    The overarching objective of this course is to help you develop the capacity to think of strategy and management in the context of global environments. Students explore how a business’ competitive advantage is now much more reliant upon a firm’s ability to understand multiple markets, to negotiate a myriad of cultures, and to exploit increasingly long and complex supply chains as they seek advantage in competition.

    Departing from a grounding in strategy, we first explore the historical development of global business, with a particular emphasis on the economic arguments for international trade and the governmental and supra-national influences on international markets. Using CAGE analyses, we hone in on the differences and similarities in countries, regions, and cultures that provide strategic opportunity to managers of multinational firms. The second portion of the course focuses on the art and science of country and industry analysis in global trade. The ability to understand the opportunities and risks associated with sourcing supply, operations and/or demand in a given country or region will set up the third portion of the course.

    Students actively engage in discussion and case analyses. They develop and present a CAGE analysis of a given country, and prepare and present a strategic risk/opportunity analysis of a target multi-national firm.
    Management,Global Management,Penn State
  • Business Policy and Strategy

    Gannon University
    GMBA 799

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "In this course, the student will apply functional expertise to actual strategic issues. The students will be challenged to assess real managerial problems, to integrate all of the skills developed in the MBA curriculum, and to develop well reasoned, innovative, and practical solutions to these problems."

    Overview
    GMBA 799 was the capstone strategy and policy course for the MBA program. We considered strategy to be an organization’s approach to acquiring, organizing, and deploying resources in order to develop and deliver value to its environment. The challenge to the students was to identify opportunities and risks associated with the firm's strategy, to analyze potential solutions, to identify an appropriate solution, and importantly, to effectively communicate that solution to peers and managers.

    We relied heavily on case analyses bolstered by a theoretical focus on resource-based competition. The students worked in teams to analyze and "solve" case issues and to develop a comprehensive analysis of a topical organization. Class discussion and presentation skills (written and oral) were highly prioritized
    Management,Strategy,Graduate,Hybrid,Gannon
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy

    Penn State University
    MGMT 471W

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Study of strategic management and business policy formulation and implementation processes."

    Overview
    This is a capstone and writing-intensive course. Students work from a strategy text supplemented by video and case discussions. Each class includes an opening discussion of a business-related current event (student prompted) and its relation to organizational strategy. A premium is placed upon the students' ability to critically analyze strategic problems and communicate solutions. A team-produced strategic critique (including a written management report and formal presentation) of a contemporary organization caps the students' experience.
    Management,Strategy,Penn State,Capstone
  • Strategic Management

    Gannon University
    GMBA 774

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "A study of how the organization plans for its long term survival based on analysis of the impact of changes in the economic, social, legal, competitive and technological environments. Uses of long range planning techniques for competitive advantage are examined and discussed."

    Overview
    This was a graduate level course in strategy. The course used a mixture of case analyses, discussion, and a capstone strategy project to 1) familiarize the students with the concepts and terminology of contemporary strategic action, 2) allow them a platform to use the terms and concepts in professional discussion, and 3) apply them in the context of contemporary case discussions and their presentation of a real-company in-depth strategy critique and analysis.
    Management,Strategy,Graduate,Gannon,
  • Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

    Penn State University
    ECON 102

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution."

    Overview
    This is a classic introductory course in microeconomics. Through class discussion, self-produced explanatory videos, and problems and exercises, students explore the concepts of price determination, opportunity cost, trade-offs, utility, externalities, and the various types of market structures. We place a particular emphasis on students explaining their solutions to the class in order to develop comfort in using appropriate economic terminology, and to critically think through questions about their analysis.
    Economics,Penn State
  • Social & Ethical Environments of Business

    Penn State University
    BA 242

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Explores the social and ethical environment of business and ethical decision making in a business context."

    Overview
    This course allows students to explore how ethical, social, technological, and natural environments affect, and are affected by, business organizations. In addition, they consider the social and ethical issues related to doing business in today’s demographically and internationally diverse contexts.

    The course is highly discussion oriented. Building from a base of classical ethics and decision making theory, the overriding emphasis in the class is to critically analyze ethical decision making. This requires that they listen critically and respect the positions of others involved in the discussion. Case analyses are used to illustrate real-world ethical dilemmas, and to allow students to reflect of the decisions that were made and their impacts in context.
    Management,Social Responsibility,Penn State,Ethics
  • Making Teams Work

    Gannon University
    MGMT 220

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Contemporary organizations increasingly utilize teams to leverage the skills of individuals in pursuit of synergistic solutions. This course will expose students to concepts of group dynamics and the stages of team development and allow students to develop their skills in team building and leadership and the interpersonal skills needed to manage conflict, foster cohesion and build performance in teams."

    Overview
    I designed this course to help business students understand that teams can be constructed and managed in a way that furthers the interests of both the team and the firm. Building upon a base of reading and active discussion of team theory, students were formed in teams to complete a series of "assignments" (a paper airplane building/flying competition, playing a complex board game as a team, product manipulation game, community task/logo design). They were then required to reflect on and analyze the way their team worked (or didn't work). As a group, they were tasked with developing, supporting, and presenting suggestions for team improvement.
    Management,Teams,Gannon
  • Quality Management

    Gannon University
    GMBA 737

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This is a course in the study of leadership and the organizational improvement process. Students will be exposed to contemporary thought on process and organization improvement and will obtain an understanding of the strategic importance of quality. Topics include the cost of quality, assessing organizational performance, and the development of a customer orientation."

    Overview
    This course offered MBAs an overview of quality management, with a particular emphasis of the role QM could play in the strategic outcomes of the firm. The course used video, readings, and cases to expose the students to the terms, concepts, and techniques of QM, and utilized real-world cases and instructor-designed projects to allow the students to apply these techniques to designed and real-world quality problems.
    Management,Quality Management,Gannon,Graduate,
  • Business Policy

    Gannon University
    BCOR 480

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This is a comprehensive capstone course requiring students to integrate previous analytical skills in analyzing corporate problems. The course is one dealing with organizational strategy and policy and focuses on the responsibilities of senior management and the analysis of situations having significant impact on the organization. The emphasis throughout the course is that of top management and this emphasis takes an integrative, multi-functional perspective with emphasis on ethics and responsibility to society. The basic concepts studied apply to all forms of organizations, both public and private, but the major emphasis of the cases studied will be that of business organizations."

    Overview
    This course allowed business students to integrate functional learning into a capstone achievement. Building from topical readings and discussion of strategy and tactics, the students used a computer-based simulation to apply their learning to the management of a company, and then were required to articulate their actions and results in a formal management presentation.
    Gannon,Management,Strategy,Capstone
  • International Management

    Gannon University
    MGMT 310

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course explores the management discipline in an international context. Specific topics include international strategy, international human resource management, cross cultural management and international organization structure and managing business and government relations in an international context."

    Overview
    As with all my classes in global management, the overarching objective of this course is to help students develop the capacity to think of strategy and management in the context of global environments. In addition, there is a premium in this class on the ability to communicate analysis and suggestions associated with international management dilemmas.

    The course is centered on case discussions of international management problems. Working both in teams and as an individual, students will be expected to develop analyses of problems and craft potential solutions. Students will also prepare a CAGE analysis of a particular country and present an associated risk assessment.
    Management,Global Management,Gannon
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Mercyhurst University
    BADM 285

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Supply chain management is the management of a network of interconnected businesses involved in the ultimate provision of product and service packages required by end customers. Businesses throughout the world are beginning to recognize that in an increasingly challenging and complex global marketplace, there is an urgent need for decision-making frameworks. This course will provide such a framework by integrating operations and supply chain concepts to address the critical issue of managing flows of products, services and information. The course will also emphasize the importance of managing information in the global environment and the effective use of supply chain information technologies such as e-commerce and e-business and their integration through an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system."

    Overview
    Using a mix of cases, video, sourcing problems, and class discussion, students will experience supply contracting, warehouse and inventory management, as well as supply chain risk assessment. Most importantly, though, you will explore the linkages among these points on the supply chain and identify the risks and opportunities provided in complex, global supply and demand environments.
    Management,Supply Chain,Global Management,Quality Management,Mercyhurst,
  • Entrepreneurship

    Mercyhurst University
    BADM 250

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course is designed for those students interested in learning how to start their own business, buy an existing business or function as an entrepreneur in a large company. Topics include developing and evaluating business concepts, preparing a business plan, trademarks and patents and securing financing"

    Overview
    This course focuses on the study of goal-directed change, the types of change that result in the creation of new sources of value. We'll examine how individuals, both inside and outside of the firm, identify underserved market opportunities, develop creative possibilities for those opportunities, and implement innovative value-driven solutions to those opportunities … in two words, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

    This will be a hands-on course. You'll journal ideas for entrepreneurial activity, develop plans and budgets for product development and roll-out, craft an elevator pitch for prospective investors, and make a pitch to the entire class. We'll use case reviews of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurial ventures and get some insights from some speakers.
    Management,Entrepreneurship,Mercyhurst,
  • Leadership and Business Ethics

    Gannon University
    GMBA 686

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "A study of leadership theory and how it impacts relationships in the organization and organizational performance. This course will provide a critical investigation of the ethical issues associated with decision making."

    Overview
    This was an MBA-requested graduate level course focused on understanding the process of leadership and how it can influence organizational action, specifically ethical action on the part of organizational members. Using readings, video, and select case analyses, the students were exposed to decision theory and a broad range of leadership dilemmas. They were asked to demonstrate their ability to analyze the strategic and ethical implications of a decision scenario, game out the implications of various choices, and articulate their judgements and support for their decision processes.
    Management,Gannon,Leadership,Social Responsibility,Organizational Behavior,Graduate,Ethics,
  • Administrative Decision Making

    Gannon University
    GMPA 511

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "A study of the technical aspects of the administrative decision-making process. This course will teach you how to use accounting and financial information to support administrative decisions. Also included is an overview of budgeting and marketing concepts as they relate to the offering of public services."

    Overview
    This was a graduate level on line course in decision making for public administration students. Utilizing a combination of textual and multimedia information, case studies, online discussions, and video mini-lectures, our class explored both the individual characteristics of decision making as well as the organizational context within which the individual decides, and offered insights into improved organizational decision making.
    Management, Public Administration, Decision Making,Graduate, Online,Gannon,
  • Human Resource Management

    Gannon University
    MGMT 211

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Human resource management methods and techniques in contemporary industry. Topics include manpower training, recruitment, safety, wage and salary, benefits, and labor relations"

    Overview
    This course departs from the view that Human Resource Management ("HRM") is best understood in terms of the overall strategy of the firm. Thus, HRM must reflect and contribute to the firm's theory of creating a competitive advantage.

    Using a mix of lecture, projects, and presentations, students will first be exposed to HRM concepts and practices. The critical aspect of the class will involve the creation of recruiting plans that reflect a given firm's strategy and, importantly, be able to communicate those plans (orally and written) to a critical audience.
    Management,Gannon,HRM
  • Principles of Operations Management

    Mercyhurst University
    BADM 275

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course is an introduction to the field of operations management. The student will be exposed to fundamental principles including demand forecasting, system design, supply chain management, project management, and quality. This course will demonstrate the importance of these topics in both manufacturing and service concerns alike."

    Overview
    This course focuses on the analytics, decisions, and actions that managers must undertake to ensure the firm delivers value to its customers. We'll hi-lite the interdependent activities that support the design, development, and delivery of both services and products to the customers and broader stakeholders of the firm. We’ll look at product and process design, workplace configuration, quality management techniques, demand forecasting, inventory management, and supply chain management techniques that can help manage operations.

    This is a hi-touch course, using problems and projects to apply concepts. We'll utilize short presentations and topical discussion to build our underlying knowledge base.
    Mercyhurst,Management,Operations Management