The Grace College Management Major is designed to address both the quantitative and qualitative components of leading others. Leaders are obligated to make decisions that consider the financial health and well-being of the organization, but the first obligation is to the people affected by those decisions.
Today’s leaders demonstrate marketplace readiness with deep and broad technical knowledge. They also display acquired skills by how they accomplish the goals of the organization through others. The integrated coursework provided within this program helps students dive into human resources, leadership and motivation, entrepreneurship, international business, and marketing. These topics are balanced with work in quantitative decision making.
Management and leadership taught outside the influence of biblical guidelines leaves out an important piece. This key ingredient is balance. At Grace College, students studying Management will find that biblical principles are woven into the content of all their courses. The program content highlights that employees, customers, and all other stakeholders are image bearers of God and therefore must be addressed in ways that lift up all people.
The Management major at Grace College is designed to challenge and prepare future leaders for administrative and decision-making careers in both organizational and ministry settings. Job opportunities for graduates include multiple career tracks within numerous industries and professions. Whether an organization is involved in providing services or producing products, positions for professional managers can be found across all business types. Examples include Organizational Management, Human Resources, Sales and Sales Management, Business Analysis, Team Leadership, Office Management, Product Management, Quality and Production Management, Scheduling and Resource Planning, and Consulting.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students in this course will study theories of motivation, leadership and management. The course will present current and recent trends in leadership and motivation, and provide discussion as to the viability of these theories in the workplace as well as how well these concepts integrate with a Biblical World View.
An examination of the personnel functions in the business organization, particularly job analysis, recruitment and hiring, training, performance appraisal, compensation, the psychological forces motivating workers, discipline and morale within a heightened awareness of legislative and regulatory oversight.
This course focuses on using data and statistical tools to make business decisions. Students will be introduced to existing statistical tools which are commonly used within the business environment, and then they will be given opportunities to complete business case studies based on provided statistical tools and data.
This course explores the practical skills required for product management using the Medical Device Industry as its primary example. Special attention will be given to the product cycle and development cycle to insure learners are competent to lead a product development team. Learners will be required to specify market requirements, develop differentiated product positioning, and understand sales tools and collateral.
Students will apply concepts learned in common professional component courses to start and run a business. A business plan will be written, a loan obtained and products commercialized within the semester. Each student company will also serve a local nonprofit organization with their time, talent and company profits.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Jeffery Fawcett serves as dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011, bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Fawcett is active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis; D.B.A., Northcentral University
Prior to coming to Grace in 2012, Alan Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis, where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/president and founder of Caremet, Inc. dba Miller's Merry Manor healthcare facilities, which was the largest independent healthcare organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren.
B.S. in Business Administration , University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; D.M., University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech Community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
If you are a good communicator who also likes problem solving and thinking logically, this might be a good career for you. Programmers work individually or in teams to create the software that helps keep businesses and other organizations functioning efficiently. Other careers involving computer programming include: systems developer, software engineer, web developer and programmer/analyst.
A systems analyst integrates business knowledge and technology to solve problems or improve organizational operations. The systems analyst works within the organization to understand business problems and then design operational solutions. The systems analyst spends a large portion of their time working with people, so good communication skills are a must. Technology skills also come into play when the systems analyst designs a solution. Students wanting to pursue a career as a systems analyst should consider mixing information systems with business administration and/or accounting.
The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases that store information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized and managed. Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs, set up computer databases and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and add people to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity, backup and security are critical parts of the job.