One of the most important skills any business professional can possess is the ability to effectively manage and lead others. A manager is an expert who is trained through education and experience to lead in both public and private organizations. What makes the management profession so interesting is that it requires developing solutions to a wide range of problems every day. Managers are required to address financial, interpersonal, legal, operational, and strategic problems using a variety of techniques and skills that are designed to lead to the achievement of organizational success. No other career can provide you with such a rich mixture of challenges.
The management major is designed for people who want to gain a mix of the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed as professional managers and leaders of the organization of the future. The focus is on learning the interpersonal, systems, and strategic skills necessary to build and manage effective teams in both public and private organizations. Coursework in administrative theory, entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business, organizational behavior, and project management (among others) emphasizes the processes of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations.
With strong ties to industry and teaching that is research-led, the Department of Management offers a world-class management education that is steeped in a pedagogy that stimulates the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as the technical knowledge required to develop strong managerial competencies. In as much, the major is focused on fulfilling one of the primary founding principles of AUS - to prepare students to become leaders who are ready to the myriad challenges that their organizations will face.