2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Management Operations Analysis (MGO)

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.

MGO Courses


  • MGO 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.
  • MGO 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.
  • MGO 302LEC Production and Operations Management
    Lecture

    Introduces the process, tools, and techniques of production and operations management. Develops sufficient skills in the use of financial, quantitative, statistical, and computer-based tools and techniques as they apply to operations management and control problems in business, industrial, service, and governmental settings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGQ 201 and 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.
  • MGO 303LEC Supply Chain and Logistics Management
    Lecture

    The course deals with design and management of supply chains and logistics for competing effectively in global markets. The management of specific functions within supply chains such as manufacturing, procurement, logistics and inter-organizational information and coordination are covered. The topics covered include qualitative & quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of supply chain and logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaboration and coordination among various players in supply networks, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances & partnering, purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships. Given the increasing importance of logistics and retail sectors in employment generation, logistics management topics such as warehousing, transportation and third party logistics service providers are also covered.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MGQ 201 and junior standing in the School of Management
    Other Requisites: MGO 303
  • MGO 304LEC Service Operations & Extreme Events Management
    Lecture

    This course imparts an understanding of service operations management. The service sector is the largest sector in terms of contributions to GDP as well as employment. This course is designed to cover unique aspects of service operations and complexities involved in a wide range of service organizations such as health care, management of quick-response services (such as fast food restaurants), education, retail, government, and non-profit organizations. The planning and control mechanisms for a variety of service situations, and ways and means to lower the costs, improve the efficiency and customer service organizations will be analyzed through many quantitative models such as queuing theory, design of service delivery systems and qualitative methods. In addition, given the growing turbulence in social and economic spheres in recent years, additional emphasis is placed on service business processes involved in emergency management systems, extreme events and rapid execution of service logistics processes. These include the four sectors of: 1) management of organizations such as fire, health care, police protection; 2) disaster management techniques (hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural events), 3) emergency response to unanticipated shortages of critical materials such as blood, vaccines; and 4) handling and transportation of toxic materials, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MGQ 201 and junior standing in the School of Management
  • MGO 330LEC Entrepreneurship and Small Business
    Lecture

    What's your big idea? Dreaming about starting a company, but not sure where to start? Whether your interest lies in solving the world's biggest problems, creating the next commercial success or starting a non-profit venture, this course will give you the tools to test your ideas in the real world. Learn about the key ingredients that drive success in entrepreneurial ventures. Learn what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial, and how they bring new ideas to market. In this course, you will gain valuable insights into how entrepreneurs start and grow companies. We will explore how to identify customers for your new venture, how to build a business model around those customers, and how to obtain financing to support your efforts. Through engaging lectures and hands-on projects, you will discover tools practiced by successful entrepreneurs. By the end of the course you will have an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and what it takes to thrive in your own venture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Junior or Senior standing in the School of Management.
  • MGO 365SEM Technology Entrepreneurship
    Seminar

    The course will walk you through the process of starting a new technology-based venture from idea generation to commercialization. Through case analyses, mini lectures, guest speakers, class pitches, and business plan presentations, you will acquire skills in conceptualizing, developing and managing a successful new venture involved in or affected by technological innovation. These skills will then be applied to a class project focused on the development of a technology-based idea. The course is designed for graduate students in arts, sciences, engineering, health sciences, law and management. Upper-level undergraduate students are also welcome.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Junior or Senior standing.
  • MGO 403LEC Fundamentals of Strategic Management
    Lecture

    Deals w/ organization, mgmt. & strategic positioning of the firm for gaining long-term competitive advantage. In this capstone course, you will develop skills to:understand how firms gain & sustain competitive advantage;analyze strategic bus. situations & formulate strategies; select the best strategy for a company; provide quantitative support for recommendations; implement the strategy & organize the firm for strategic success. This course introduces and employs various analytical frameworks that help identify the sources of competitive advantage at the industry- & firm-levels. By focusing on what makes some competitive strategies strong & viable, and others weak & vulnerable, we shall develop the ability to consider the impact of change & other important environmental forces on the opportunities for establishing & sustaining competitive advantage. Only students who have fulfilled the prerequisites may enroll.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: MGF 301, MGM 301, MGB 301, MGS 351, MGO 302 & MGE 302; or a minimum of three completed and concurrent registration in remaining three; senior standing. May not repeat upper-level courses which earned passing grades without consulting an academic advisor.
  • MGO 450LEC Business Forecasting
    Lecture

    Examines forecasting for business purposes in the fact of uncertainty. Designed to familiarize students with various forecasting techniques and their practical applications in business, including projections of retail sales, real estate loans, tool shipments, costs, revenues, stock prices, inflation rates, and other micro and macro level variables. Numerous case studies were used.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MGQ 301, junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGO 463SEM The Entrepreneurship Lab
    Seminar

    The Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) helps students accelerate the startup process. It is designed for those who already have entrepreneurial ideas before taking the course and plan to develop the ideas into new businesses and seek seed funds. The course includes mini-lectures, mentoring, interaction with entrepreneurs and investors, and guest lectures by venture capitalists, angels, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. As an experiential learning course, the eLab focuses on gaining hands-on experience in starting new ventures. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all academic units and disciplines. Online application is required prior to course registration (http://mgt.buffalo.edu/elab).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MGO 493LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Various topics of concern to management students are offered periodically by guest lecturers and faculty members. Not offered on a regular basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGO 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 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:01 AM