2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Organization & Behavioral Sci (MGB)

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.

MGB Courses


  • MGB 11SA Special Studies Organizational & Behavioral Science
    Tutorial

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGB 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.
  • MGB 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.
  • MGB 301LEC Organizational Behavior and Administration
    Lecture

    Explores the systematic interrelation of economic, technological, psychological, and sociological variables useful in observing, predicting, and influencing organizational behavior. Students develop ways of thinking about organizational problems to increase their effectiveness as administrators.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: PSY 101 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.
  • MGB 305LEC Leadership in Sports Organizations
    Lecture

    This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of effective leadership in sport organizations. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate leadership theories from classic and contemporary perspectives; analyze leadership styles from the most frequently used perspectives in the sports industry; investigate contemporary thinking on leadership; identify ways leadership in sport organizations can positively affect local and regional communities; and develop effective leadership models for sport organizations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGG 150 and MGG 205.
  • MGB 359LEC Leadership Development I Part 1
    Lecture

    Success in today's organizations depends not only on your functional/technical skills and expertise, but also on how well you handle yourself, your interactions with others and your ability to learn and adapt to new and changing situations. Acceptance into the School of Management Undergraduate Honors Program is the pre-requisite. Students will be introduced to and assessed on key leadership competencies and the processes that strengthen those competencies. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for students to further identify strengths and personal limitations as well as establish an individualized development plan to build on strengths and mitigate weaknesses.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Admission to School of MGT Honors Program
  • MGB 360LEC Leadership Development I Part 2
    Lecture

    Success in today's organizations depends not only on your functional/technical skills and expertise, but also on how well you handle yourself, your interactions with others and your ability to learn and adapt to new and changing situations. Acceptance into the School of Management Undergraduate Honors Program is the pre-requisite. Students will be introduced to and assessed on key leadership competencies and the processes that strengthen those competencies. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for students to further identify strengths and personal limitations as well as establish an individualized development plan to build on strengths and mitigate weaknesses.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Admission to School of MGT Honors Program
  • MGB 361LEC Leadership Development II
    Lecture

    Acceptance into the School of Management Honors program and successful completion of MGB 360 (Leadership Development Program I) are pre-requisites for MGB 361(Leadership Development Program II) course. MGB 361 will provide students the opportunity to be debriefed on the individualized developmental plan started in MGB 360. The final product will be a personalized Competency Action Plan (CAP) portfolio, where students will integrate feedback from various assessments from MGB 360, and applicable plans derived from completion of honors program flex credits, internships (if applicable), study abroad experiences (if applicable), research experiences (if applicable) proposed development actions, etc. The purpose of the CAP is to stimulate a process of self-directed learning to be modified and adjusted as needed and it is meant to be a living document and guide for future professional strategic plan.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MGB 360 & Admission to School of MGT Honors Program
  • MGB 421SEM Seminar in Organization and Administration
    Seminar

    Focus varies from comparison of different approaches to organizational analysis to in-depth studies of specialized topics of field studies of organizations. Involves systematic development of knowledge about organizational behavior and implications for management practice. Offered infrequently.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • MGB 425LEC Power and Influence in Organizations
    Lecture

    Examines the nature of power and influence, the acquisition of power, and its use in organizations, utilizing tools from organizational theory. Analyzes major frameworks from the social and behavioral sciences and delineates their utility for application. Discusses cases and other exercises for application in both the public and the private sectors. Students are encouraged to relate the material to their personal experiences and professional objectives.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: MGB 301 and junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGB 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
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