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Management and Organizations Competencies*

All the Management and Organizations degree programs 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.

Bold Leaders

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 and injustices, speak up in difficult and conflict-oriented situations, demonstrate care, concern, dignity for others and for the environment, value the importance of diverse perspectives, and lead by example.

Creative Innovators

Students will develop a capacity for creativity and 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.

Excellent Communicators

Students will develop an ability to write articulately, speak and present compellingly, and actively listen. They will learn to clearly and effectively present their purpose and relevant rationale and details to ensure that their communications are thoroughly understood by the receiver.


Students will develop an ability to contribute their personal best in a team environment while seeking and leveraging the diverse strengths and perspectives 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.

Engaged Citizens

Students will develop a capacity to demonstrate care about their communities and take action to shape personal, relational 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 help organizations meet social, environmental, and financial goals. They will also learn the importance of demonstrating integrity, humility, tolerance, and empathy for those around them.

Champions of Inclusion

Students will develop a capacity to embrace diversity of all forms and work comfortably and effectively in a broad range of cultural contexts. 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. 

Evidence-Based Problem-Solvers

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 Dickinson, Ph.D. and John Michel, Ph.D.

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