All students earning their undergraduate degree in a Business discipline from the OSU College of Business complete a common business core. This core, consisting of about 100 credits across all four years, provides students with a strong business foundation.

The following learning goals and objectives are in addition to those in the business core learning goals and objectives.

The management program will allow graduates to:

  • Use appropriate integrative frameworks to identify company-wide problems and discern between their causes and symptoms; use those frameworks to create solutions to problems and think through their strategic implications including projects, contingency plans and the creation of business unit plans. 
  • Enact strategy, including management of contingencies, emergent strategies and other modifications to existing plans.     
  • Effectively plan, prepare and execute negotiations; use various processes and tools for bargaining, negotiating and resolving disputes; know the principles of effective negotiation and have practiced negotiation skills in a number of in-class and personal settings.     
  • Apply human resource principles and law to effectively recruit, select, train and retain employees; conduct job analyses and apply performance appraisal, compensation, career training and development tools; use quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluate human resource initiatives and solve problems; have well-developed performance management skills; particular emphasis will be given to the application of these objectives within the context of teams and project-based work groups.  
  • Identify, assess and develop appropriate responses to operational/implementation risks.        
  • Identify, plan, budget and initiate projects and monitor project performance.     
  • Develop a supply/distribution environmental assessment and a supply chain strategic plan; conduct supplier/customer evaluation; manage inventory, pricing, capacity and order fulfillment processes in the supply chain and understand the impact of supply chain decisions on profitability, assets and sustainability. 
  • Lead, facilitate and contribute to effective work groups and teams; manage dispersed work groups (virtual teams).
  • Create a shared vision and mobilize energy toward goal achievement; manage organizational change and communication; overcome resistance to change.        
  • Recognize diversity and its layers; identify barriers and challenges to managing diversity and be able to implement best practices; understand the difference between affirmative action and diversity management; manage the effects of diversity in small groups.