2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Management Operations Analysis (MGO)

School of Management

Office of Undergraduate Programs
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North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010
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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 exclusive access for management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are numerous tables 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 (of the 12), a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all 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 the School of Management faculty and staff directory 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 Management
    Lecture

    This course deals with design and management of supply chains for competing effectively in global markets. The management of specific functions within supply chains such as manufacturing, procurement, distribution and inter-organizational information and coordination are dealt with. Some of the topics covered include qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of supply chains, principles of postponement in design, mass customization, collaboration and coordination among various players in supply networks, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, vendor managed inventory (VMI), purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships. The qualitative and quantitative techniques discussed will enable managers to minimize cost, reduce inventories, increase speed of delivery, and improve communication in today's supply chains.

    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 Management
    Lecture

    This course imparts an understanding of service operations management. The service sector is the largest and the fastest-growing 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, financial services, hotels, restaurants, education, retail, and government. The planning and control mechanisms for a variety of service situations, and ways and means to lower the costs and boost the revenue, to achieve efficient, effective, and quality-oriented service operations will be analyzed through many quantitative models, such as queuing theory and revenue and pricing optimization, and qualitative methods.

    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 336LEC Operations Analytics
    Lecture

    This course examines the application of data analytic techniques to operations management problems. Selected data analytic techniques will be introduced to help make operational decisions in certain and uncertain business environments, such as linear programming, non-linear programming, integer programming, goal programming, network optimization, decision trees, and simulation. The usefulness of these analytic techniques will be illustrated through examples drawn from functional areas of operations management, such as production planning, capacity constraints, deterministic and stochastic inventory management, transportation, global supply chain network design, and production scheduling.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGQ 301 and MGO 302.
  • 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: MGQ 301, 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. May not repeat upper-level courses which earned passing grades without consulting an academic advisor.
  • MGO 432LEC Strategic Quality Management
    Lecture

    The most significant factor in determining the long-run success or failure of any organization is quality. This course examines quality from that strategic perspective, examining how models such as product design, customer focus, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), and the ISO 9000 family of standards are used to improve business results. This course is dual listed with MGO 632.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGO 302
  • MGO 438LEC Logistics Management
    Lecture

    Modern logistics is increasingly based on analysis combining data and decision support tools to make informed decisions. This course covers the fundamental concepts, principles, methodologies, and strategies necessary to achieve efficient, effective, and quality-oriented logistical operations. This includes when and how qualitative logistical concepts and principles are applied, in conjunction with quantitative methodologies to identify solutions in the context of logistical operations. Dual-listed with MGO 638.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGO 302
  • MGO 439LEC Sustainable Operations Management
    Lecture

    Many companies are actively pursuing strategies to reduce their impact on the environment. Such strategies cannot focus only on the individual organization, but should encompass suppliers, supply networks, inbound logistics, distribution systems involving outbound logistics activities of warehousing and transportation, in addition to reverse logistics operations such as collection and recovery operations, third party service providers and consumers. In this course, we will focus on the environmental impact of business operations, by taking a cradle-to-cradle approach that includes raw material acquisition through manufacturing, use, end-of-life disposal (reuse/recycling/remanufacturing). The topics covered include tools and techniques needed to quantify environmental impact in supply chains such as life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting, environmental legislation, design for the environment, recycling and remanufacturing, energy efficiency, eco-certification, responsible sourcing, and managing supply of renewable resources. The formulation of business and supply chain strategies that lead to actionable, proactive agenda for sustainability that not only ensures profitability for the firm but also social and environmental responsibility will be the central theme of this course. Dual-listed with MGO 639.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGO 302
  • 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: 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
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