Competencies and Learning Aims

Management Competencies*

All the management courses are designed to promote development of the following competencies. Certain classes will focus on some competencies more than others, but all competencies will be developed over the course of your studies.

  1. Bold Leaders: Management students will develop an awareness of their own values, strengths, and passions through self-reflection. They will learn to become leaders by understanding how to influence others, improve efficiency and process reliability through setting goals and planning, improve human and social capital within organizations, challenge the status quo to overcome ineffective processes, speak up in difficult and conflict-oriented situations, demonstrate care, concern, and dignity for others, and lead by example. 
  2. Creative Innovators: Management students will develop a capacity to generate novel ideas and put them into practice. They will learn to examine traditional problems in novel ways, foster a culture of risk-taking, take ownership of the need to contribute resourceful ideas to solve problems, think about desired outcomes - not simply quick solutions, develop the capacity to utilize cross-disciplinary thinking to connect seemingly unrelated ideas or events, foster the cultural intelligence to find global solutions to problems, and adapt to change effectively. 
  3. Excellent Communicators: Management students will develop an ability to write articulately, speak and present compellingly, and actively listen. They will learn to realize that communication exists for the benefit of the receiver, so they must clearly present their purpose, present relevant rationale and details, and ensure that their communications are thoroughly understood by the receiver.
  4. Collaborators: Management students will develop an ability to contribute their personal best in a team environment while seeking and leveraging the strengths of others. They will learn how to work cooperatively and collaboratively to help their team achieve a common goal. This includes developing trusting and supportive relationships with teammates, managing conflicts within the team, and adapting to the needs of the team.  
  5. Engaged Citizens: Management students will develop a capacity to demonstrate care about their communities and take action to shape personal and organizational practices to create a more just and equitable world. They will learn how to create a more just world through both social entrepreneurship and an appreciation for how they can apply management principles to make socially-oriented organizations more successful. They will also learn the importance of demonstrating integrity, humility, tolerance, and empathy for those around them. 
  6. Champions of Inclusion: Management students will develop a capacity to embrace diversity of all forms and work comfortably and effectively in a broad range of cultural contexts. Moreover, they will learn to approach diversity as an opportunity to achieve more innovative and meaningful solutions rather than just a legal guideline.  They will learn to consider different cultural perspectives and value the viewpoints and backgrounds of others. 
  7. Evidence-Based Problem-Solvers: Management students will develop an ability to use sound research methodologies and incorporate available data, opinions, and historical context in making timely, sound decisions. They will learn how to think critically about problems and potential solutions, make decisions using data, facts and logic, and to balance the need to carefully consider the options with an understanding that progress must be achieved.

*These competencies are based on the Ignatian Citizenship in Action Competency Framework developed by Jim Dickenson, Ph.D. and John Michel, Ph.D.

Learning Aims for Undergraduate and Professional MBA Programs

Goal 1: To live, work and serve in teams.

  • Objective 1.1: Demonstrate the value of teams.
  • Objective 1.2: Demonstrate an understanding of key team behaviors.
  • Objective 1.3: Demonstrate an understanding of motivations of team members.
  • Objective 1.4: Understand the potential challenges of group decision-making.

Goal 2: To live, work and serve in a globally diverse world.

  • Objective 2.1: Demonstrate an understanding of the various types of diversity.
  • Objective 2.2: Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences that affect organizations and business.

Goal 3: To create a "capstone" experience for students of the SSBM through the discipline of Strategic Management. More specifically students will:

  • Objective 3.1: develop knowledge of Strategic Management (the formulations, implementation, evaluation and control of strategic plans)
  • Objective 3.2: comprehend the language of strategic management in organizations
  • Objective 3.3: analyze organizational situations and apply their understanding of strategic management and their functional area skills to solving the strategic problems of organizations
  • Objective 3.4: integrate and apply their understanding of the functional areas of business to Strategic Management
  • Objective 3.5: develop recommendations that address the unique strategic issues of organizations.

Executive and Fellows Programs

Goal 1: Leadership/Teamwork

  • Objective 1.1: Develop executives with the capability to lead in a diverse and changing world. This means enhancing the ability of executives to develop a vision for what needs to be done, to understand the underlying internal and external forces in the situation, and to initiate ethical actions to make things better.
  • Objective 1.2: Develop executives with the capability to lead teams as well as be effective team members and who can work and communicate effectively with diverse team members to identify and solve problems and make responsible recommendations.

Goal 2: Integrated Knowledge of Business in a Global Environment

  • Objective 2.1: Develop executives with the capability to construct and implement strategic, integrative, and innovative approaches to business decisions in the creation of value in their organizations relevant to an increasingly global environment.
  • Objective 2.2: Develop executives with the capability of integrating knowledge of core business functions and applying in complex, ambiguous and unfamiliar management situations.

Goal 3: Reflection, Analysis, decision-making and technology

  • Objective 3.1: Develop executives with the capability to examine and integrate work/life experiences with course and program concepts to develop a set of lessons learned. These lessons learned are then used to generate action implications to improve work/life situations.
  • Objective 3.2: Develop executives with the capability to analyze uncertain, complex management situations using information (as appropriate), the application of qualitative and quantitative solutions, and the integration of technology to improve decision-making and increase competitive advantage.