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,
  • Advanced Organizational Theory

    Gannon University
    GOLL 801

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course is designed to enhance understanding of the organization as a vehicle for a group of people to organize and utilize resources in the pursuit of shared goals. The course originates from a view of the organization as a system embedded in an environmental context. Students will investigate how resource dependencies confer power to certain firms and expose others to dependencies. Students will participate in discussions about organizational processes that allow firms to integrate strategy, structure and internal process in an attempt to best adapt to environmental change."

    Overview
    I was asked by Gannon University to design this course as an introductory organizational course to doctoral students in the Organizational Learning and Leadership program. I taught this course along with the Dean of the Business School with three primary objectives: 1) develop the students' knowledge and facility with organizational theory and concepts, 2) expose the new doctoral students to a seminar and research setting, and 3) help the students begin to adapt to the doctoral and to begin the process of building relationships within their cohort.

    This course content was designed to enhance the students' understanding of organizations as vehicles within which groups of individuals organize and utilize resources in the pursuit of shared goals. We viewed organization as systems embedded in an environmental context. From that departure point, we investigated how resource dependencies confer power to certain firms and expose others to dependencies. We discussed how organizational processes allowed firms to integrate strategy, structure and internal process in an attempt to best adapt to environmental change. In addition, we spent some time inside the firm, with a particular emphasis on culture as a complement to formal structure and the roles leadership and motivation play in advancing the firm toward its goals.

    The class was run as a traditional doctoral seminar, with a particular focus on critical discussion of pertinent theoretical research. It was our intention to build a base of organizational theory from which the candidates could scaffold subsequent study of leadership in organizational settings.
    Management,Organizational Theory,Gannon,Graduate
  • 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
  • Organizational Behavior

    Gannon University
    GMBA 631

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "The course addresses the application of the behavioral sciences to management. The focus is on the analysis of structure and behavior in work organizations as well as classical organizational theory."

    Overview
    We focused on the interaction of individuals and groups in the pursuit of organizational goals. The course departed from the organizational context within which organizational life occurs. From there, we considered the individual factors that influence actions and behaviors, and how behavioral factors influence key organizational processes. Specifically, we focused on:

    • the organizational context of behavior (structure and culture)
    • individual differences and personality
    • the moral, cultural and individual influences on decision making
    • motivational approaches in the workplace
    • group dynamics and teamwork
    • communication in the workplace
    • the characteristics and function of leadership
    Management,Organizational Behavior,Gannon,Graduate,Hybrid
  • Social and Ethical Responsibility

    Gannon University
    MGMT 360

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course explores the nature of various interrelationships within the environment of the firm, particularly the relationship with societies and governments, including the effects of globalization on the firm. The responsibilities the firm has when pursuing its objectives and critically assessing the ethical issues associated with managerial decision making are the major focus of the course."

    Overview
    This course was designed to help students create ethical decision frameworks. Building from a study of classical utilitarianism, deontology, and Aristotelian principles, we worked toward developing practical contemporary ethical decision models. Then, we studied how decisions were made in organizations and how to build ethical decision making into organizational cultures. The outcome we desired was that managers can and must build ethical decision making frameworks as prominent part of organizational culture.

    The course was heavily discussion oriented (both f2f and via online activities), working from actual case studies as well as instructor-modified situational analyses. The students were actively engaged in written reflections on ethical analyses as well as verbal defenses of actual case studies. Working as teams, the class used a group analysis of the Ford Pinto Fires case to critically assess failures in a decision scenario and to craft a suggested decision framework that would avoid the problem in the future.
    Management,Ethics,Gannon,Hybrid,Social Responsibility,Decision Making
  • 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,Decision Making
  • Training and Development

    Mercyhurst University
    HRMG 345

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "This course exposes students to different types of training and development at all levels of employment. The student will be introduced to concepts that demonstrate the significance of training and developing employee skills. This course will help students determine which training methods are most appropriate for achieving particular objectives and shows the link between training objectives, training methods and training evaluation. Students will learn how to identify and write training objectives."

    Overview
    This course was highly interactive, asking students to design corporate and worker-specific training programs based upon detailed KSA analyses. Each student-designed analysis was presented, and in turn, critiqued by other members of the class. In doing so, students became skilled in KSA analyses and ADDIE program development. The two prime take-aways were that successful training and development programs must be tailored to develop the skills and abilities needed to further the objectives of the firm, while coincidentally providing workers with the types of development that will further their career ladders and maintain positive workplace motivation.
    Management,Mercyhurst,HRM,Training,Organizational Behavior,Hybrid
  • Strategic Management and 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,Decision Making
  • 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,Decision Making,Hybrid
  • 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,Decision Making
  • 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,Decision Making
  • Business, Ethics, and Society

    Penn State University
    MGMT 451W

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    Catalog Description when Offered
    "Advanced examination of social, ethical, legal, economic, equity, environmental, public policy, and political influences on managerial decisions and strategies. MGMT 451W Business, Ethics, and Society focuses on the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that a manager must have in order to deal with the social, legal, ethical, and political demands in society. Ecological, ethical, and public policy dimensions of various managerial decisions are examined."

    Overview
    This course was structured to highlight the ethical issues embedded in the everyday activities of individuals and organizations. The course was structured primarily around case studies and relied upon extensive class discussions to expose the students to real-world ethical dilemmas. Case discussion were used to illustrate the practical application of ethical decision frameworks. In addition, students were asked to produce a wide array of properly formatted written artifacts to address the writing-across-the-curriculum requirements, including one-page memos, a long-form research paper, decision-relevant emails, and short essays.
    Management,Decision Making,Ethics,Penn State,Social Responsibility,Capstone
  • 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,Decision Making
  • 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,Decision Making,Hybrid
  • 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,Organizational Behavior,
  • 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
  • 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 was heavily oriented toward 1) embedding the human resource function within the strategy of the firm, and 2) using contemporary HR news and events to illustrate successful as well as unsuccessful HRM activities and processes. These examples were deployed both through discussions and class projects/case analyses to illustrate and explore the foundational concepts of human resource management.
    Mercyhurst,Management,HRM