2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

General Management (MGG)

School of Management

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010
Ph: 716-645-3206
F: 716-645-2341
W: mgt.buffalo.edu
Paul E. Tesluk
Dean
BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean
David Murray
Chair, Undergraduate Program
Diane Dittmar
Assistant Dean

The Learning Environment

Students take a series of prerequisite courses early in their academic careers that serve as a foundation for the upper-level core curriculum. There are 12 upper-level core requirements cutting across multiple management disciplines providing a comprehensive understanding and application of contemporary management practices. Many courses are project-based integrating case studies. Capstone courses offer academic training with real-world exposure through experiential learning.

About half of the 12 courses are delivered via Digital Access or in lecture halls, while the other half average 45 students. Recitations that accompany core courses are taught by teaching assistants in class sizes of approximately 30 or less. The class size for additional required concentration courses typically average 45 students. A concentration is not required, but all students must complete a minimum of three 300 or 400-level management courses beyond the core courses. Opportunities for independent study and study abroad are available both during the regular semester and over summer/winter breaks.


About Our Facilities

The Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that commingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars. The School has a computer lab open over 100 hours a week with exclusive access for management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are another numerous tables and work spaces throughout the three floors of the atrium for group work, study, networking, and socializing with peers.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes three classrooms, a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all dedicated exclusively to our undergraduate majors, with technology throughout to enhance their experience. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively to School of Management majors, to help undergrads feel at home at UB.

About Our Faculty

The School of Management includes six departments with a total of 56 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 20 full-time clinical faculty members, 20 part-time adjuncts, and 22 graduate teaching assistants who support our courses. Our faculty includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers you will find on any business school campus. Their research is published frequently in leading academic journals and textbooks, and their expertise and advice is sought regularly by the business community and mainstream media.

In the classroom, this expertise enables them to illustrate the theoretical side of business concepts and bring them to life with practical industry examples. Our faculty's commitment to teaching, along with their contacts, availability and friendliness, makes them a powerful and highly approachable resource for our students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our School of Management faculty and staff directory for additional information about our faculty.

MGG Courses


  • MGG 150LEC Business and Society
    Lecture

    Comprehensively provides a broad understanding of business, including various functions and their interrelationships; terminology; management fundamentals and competitive factors; legal and ethical issues; and consideration of various external elements, including society at large. Required for Management Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MGG 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MGG 199SR UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MGG 200LEC Baltic States: Business at the Crossroads of the EU and Eurasia
    Lecture

    In today's global economy, it is important for students to expand their horizons to include international perspectives. Baltic States: Business at the Crossroads of EU and Eurasia provides students with a unique interdisciplinary and cross-cultural experience. In addition to the joy of international travel, students will gain knowledge that will be useful throughout their careers. Students will gain an awareness and understanding of the history, the people and the business climate of the Baltic States and how these have played important roles in making the area a hotbed for innovation. The course culminates in an intensive two- week visit to Riga, Latvia conducted in partnership with the Riga Business School (RBS). The study trip consists of visits to local and regional businesses, government offices and other institutions in concert with Latvian business students.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MGG 201LEC Costa Rica: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership in Latin America
    Lecture

    This eight -day experiential learning would provide School of Management undergraduate and selective MBA students exposure to the history, culture, and business in Latin America with emphasis on social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Students will engage course material in weekly classroom sessions and corresponding assignments at UB for the 4-6 weeks of the spring semester with a CAPSTONE trip to Costa Rica during Spring break. Students and faculty will travel to Costa Rica to explore case studies of entrepreneurial leadership in Latin America that advance solutions to global problems in partnership with ICADS (https://icads.org/). The applied learning curricula in Costa Rica will contain combinations of the following site visits & experiences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MGG 298LR Career Connections 1
    Lecture

    MGG 298 is designed to build a foundation for career planning and exploration rooted in experiential learning. The concepts of the course revolve around connecting classroom knowledge to real world settings, promoting service learning and internships. In addition, this course will introduce students to key career related materials to assist with selecting a concentration and developing a Career Action Plan that aligns with career interests. This course is delivered over 10 weeks of the semester as a combination of lecture (first five weeks) and small recitations (second five weeks).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MGG 300LEC Career Strategies, Planning, and Management
    Lecture

    A hands-on course taught by a team of faculty, Career Resource Center staff, area professionals, and alumni. Introduces a strategic approach to career planning and job search. Topics/activities cover the job market, job-search resources, developing a personal marketing strategy, researching potential employers, networking, interviewing, and resume writing skills. Recommended for the junior year. Formerly MGT 300.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: Junior standing in the School of Management. Students may not repeat upper-level School of Management courses in which they have earned passing grades without consulting with an academic advisor.
  • MGG 303LEC Communication Literacy for Business
    Lecture

    This course will focus on composition in professional genres related to the field of business. The goal of MGG 303 is to help students build a strong foundation in a range of communication skills, and to improve how they write, speak, operate, and conduct themselves in the workplace. Students will also learn techniques for communicating and adapting to audiences in the workplace.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • MGG 398LR Career Connections 2
    Lecture

    A hands-on course taught by a team of faculty, Career Resource Center staff, area professionals, and alumni. Introduces a strategic approach to career planning and job search. Topics/activities cover the job market, job-search resources, developing a personal marketing strategy, researching potential employers, networking, interviewing, and resume writing skills. Recommended for the junior year. Formerly MGT 300.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Junior standing in the School of Management and completion of MGG 298
  • MGG 433SEM Data Modeling
    Seminar

    All managerial activities revolve around decision-making. One of the hallmarks of successful management in a complex and rapidly changing environment is the ability to recognize decision situations, understand their essential features, and obtain insight that makes clear what the appropriate actions are. Some successful managers seem to have an innate ability to do this. Many consider decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience rather than anything based on a set of systematic methods. This course will give you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how you can think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. Fundamental to decision making is a model that represents the situation. The spreadsheet-modeling environment is a most widely accepted modeling tool for managerial decision making. This course studies two fundamental issues of decision making, namely, the modeling of situations or problems and the solution of those problems. The purpose of this class is to provide you with a working knowledge of a method to address decision situations in a rational, well-organized manner. Decision analyses using simple yet effective quantitative tools will be explored. The use of computer decision support for these analyses will be emphasized.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MGQ 301, and MGS 351 with minimum grades of B. Minimum UB GPA of 3.0 required. Junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGG 493SEM Management Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Junior or senior standing in the School of Management.
  • MGG 495SEM Management Topics
    Seminar

    Topics vary by semester. See class schedules for details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGG 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    Tutorial

    Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) positions for MGG 101 and MGG 102 are available for School of Management Students who meet the qualifications, including senior standing, a minimum GPA of 3.0. and a minimum School of Management GPA of 3.0. Students must apply for UTA positions with the Undergraduate Academic Programs office in 204 Alfiero Center. Credit does not count toward the major. Graded P/F.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGG 496TUT Management Internship
    Tutorial

    Provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-life situations. Students choose their own placement from a listing available from the Internship Program Office. The placement process is similar to that of a job search. Thus, students have the opportunity to send their resumes to sites of their choosing and interview for placement. Each site assigns a specific project to the student to be completed within 150 hours during the course of the semester. Management students work under the supervision of a management professional and receive exposure to the day-to-day operations within a professional setting.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MGG 498LAB Management Undergraduate Research
    Laboratory

    Undergraduate research for School of Management Undergraduate Honors Program participants.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
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