2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Management Industrial Relation (MGI)

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. Concentration courses typically average 45 students. 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 access limited to just Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are another 26 tables throughout the three floors of the atrium that are available as well.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes three classrooms (of the 12), a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance their experience. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively to them, 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 the Business Administration department website for additional information about our faculty.

MGI Courses


  • MGI 11SA Special Studies MGI
    Tutorial

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGI 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.
  • MGI 199SEM 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.
  • MGI 301LEC Human Resources Management and Labor Relations for Managers
    Lecture

    Introduces the management of human resources (HR) at the level of the firm. Focuses on the systems and practices required to implement such HR functions as selection, development, compensation, and performance appraisal. Evaluates these HR decisions with a framework that considers the influence of legal and market environments, as well as union and nonunion settings. Course assignments emphasize managerial applications.

    Credits: 3
    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.
  • MGI 415LEC HR Strategy Development and Implementation
    Lecture

    The course focuses on the effective and efficient utilization of an organization's "most valuable asset", its people, as the critical element in executing the organization's strategy. We will examine the strategic contribution of Human Resource Management to the achievement of an organization's success by exploring how capabilities such as leadership, employee engagement, innovation and adaptability are built. The organization's context, typically volatile, competitive, complex and increasingly global will be the backdrop to the exploration.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGI 301 and junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGI 416LEC Talent Management
    Lecture

    Talent Management is an increasingly important component of Human Resource Management's ability to add value to an organization. The course will examine the strategies and tools that organizations use to acquire, develop, deploy, and retain "talent", the critical differentiator in organizational performance. In addition to exploring how effective Talent Management enables organizations to meet their goals, the course also looks at what the increasing emphasis on "talent" will mean for the individual student as they develop their careers in the post-college world of work.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: MGI 301LEC and junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGI 417LEC Performance and Rewards Management
    Lecture

    This course focuses on performance management and rewards systems that aid in employee attraction, motivation, development, productivity improvement, retention, and support of an organization's strategic goals. Students will learn about the linkage between a manager's responsibility to produce results and how those results are achieved through effectively designed and executed performance management and reward systems that are also in compliance with legal principles.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: MGI 301 and MGB 301 and junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGI 418SEM Special Topics in Human Resources
    Seminar

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: MGI 301
  • MGI 420SEM Special Topics in Human Resources
    Seminar

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: MGI 301
  • MGI 440SEM Theory & Practice of Negotiations
    Seminar

    Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more independent parties who are seeking to maximize their outcomes. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in the context of competitive and cooperative situations. This course combines analytical material on the negotiation process with a series of negotiating experiences, to develop your skills at negotiation, bargaining and conflict resolution. The course encourages you to take risks, analytically think about what you read and observe, honestly reflect about your personal behavior and preferences, and apply course concepts to real experiences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MGI 441LEC Collective Bargaining
    Lecture

    Surveys collective bargaining in the United States. Topics covered include the nature and significance of collective bargaining, procedures of collective bargaining, bargaining issues, and contract administration.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGI 301 and junior standing in the School of Management
  • MGI 496TUT Human Resources Internship
    Tutorial

    Provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-life situations. Students choose their own placements from a listing available from the Internship Program Office. The placement process is similar to that of a job search. 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. Human resources management students work under the supervision of a human resources 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
  • MGI 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Instructional and practical experience in the skills and techniques of research through association with a faculty member actively engaged in research. Credit up to 6 hours, depending on the type and amount of research activity. May be taken for credit more than once.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:00 AM