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2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog

MBA Sustainable Fashion Operations

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Fashion Operations at Lasell University will help you become a leader who drives innovation in sustainability in the fashion industry.  You will gain awareness of the main challenges of sustainable fashion and use innovative thinking to develop future-oriented solutions. If you are seeking to advance your career in the sustainable fashion industry and want to help make a change towards sustainability while also being ethically responsible, this program will instill the knowledge you need to be successful.  

What you will learn:

  • Become a successful leader that continually evolves, innovates and implements new business strategies, ideas and practices
  • Plan and apply critical skills of project management to ensure projects are on time, on budget and meet business goals
  • Examine the supply chain and quality of sustainable fashion development 
  • Explore and analyze the Fashion industry's triple bottom line, sustainable sourcing issues, fair trade and ethical practices, resource efficiency, and waste and surplus reduction
  • Develop effective frameworks and emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry and product lifecycle management
  • Adopt innovative and visionary approaches to building a sustainable fashion brand's identity, awareness, recognition, loyalty, equity and retention.

Advance your career According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the fashion industry generates more than 10 million tons of textile waste per year in the U.S. alone. Because the consumer is more aware than ever before about the negative impact the fashion industry has on the environment, they are looking to buy from brands who are ethical with their sourcing, develop sustainable products and operations. As this trend of sustainability accelerates,  so will the demand for employees to have the knowledge and skills to lead a fashion brand in the right direction.  Your graduate degree will give you the qualifications to fill  roles such as:

  • Ethical Trade/ Sustainable Sourcing Manager
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Product Innovation Manager
  • Product Sustainability Manager
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Project Managers
  • Executive Managers
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Executive Officer
  • Supply Chain managers
  • Marketing Manager
Course Code Course Title Credits
Degree Requirements
FASH749 Fashion Ethics 3
MGMT700 Global Leadership 3
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management 3
MGMT714 Principles of Project Management 3
MGMT728 Human Resources Management 3
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing 3
MGMT769 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making 3
MGMT770 Managerial Economics 3
MGMT771 Accounting for Managers 3
MGMT772 Financial Analysis for Managers 3
MGMT773 Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation 3
Concentration Courses
FASH761 Sustainable Fash Sourcing & Quality Mgmt 3
FASH762 Sustainable Innovation & Des Strat Fash 3
FASH763 Fashion Brand Development & Management 3

FASH101 - The Business of Fashion

The Business of Fashion is a survey course that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the fashion business as it relates to cultural, historic, economic, and contemporary influences, giving students a basic understanding of the terms and concepts associated with the fashion and retail industries. The concepts and practices developed are applicable to the many career paths possible within the Fashion Industry. Topics include: technological applications, environmental influences on fashion, the fashion cycle, trend forecasting, fashion marketing, women's, men's, and children's apparel, supply chain management, product development, foreign and domestic market centers, and retail merchandising on multiple platforms.

FASH102 - The Fashion Consumer

The Fashion Consumer examines the psychological and sociological variables that shape the fashion consumer’s decision-making process. The wants and needs of consumers are explored through an understanding of attitudes, and purchase motivation. Students consider internal and external influencing factors, including the influence of social media and technology, the potential impact of government regulation, the consumer’s perception of self, and their perceived social and ethical responsibilities. The goal of building a strategy towards a satisfied and loyal customer is at the heart of the conversation.

FASH105 - Excel for the Industry

Microsoft Excel is the foundation of business analytical software and has become the number one required skill for industry professionals. This course will introduce basic spreadsheet functions such as; formatting, data entry, pivot tables and analytical graphical display. Projects will directly reflect best industry practices. Students will apply developed skills to projects throughout the fashion curriculum.

FASH200 - Fashion History I:Imperial Societies to Industrial Revolution

Fashion History I: Imperial Societies to Industrial Revolution surveys the history of prevailing dress and material culture from Ancient Egypt into the nineteenth century, expanding upon a general understanding of shifting modes to examine the symbolism of fashion from extensive perspectives. Students develop a context for fashion and its relation to aesthetic expression and function within various societies over time. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students examine a range of scholarly resources that pertain to the field, including The Lasell Fashion Collection. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: WRT102 or Permission of Instructor

FASH201 - Merchandise Planning and Control

Merchandise Planning and Control provides an understanding of business strategies related to assortment planning, buying, and allocating inventory. Building upon retail math and excel fundamentals, students create stock and sales plans in accordance with the goals and objectives of a given seasonal sales strategy, including methods of figuring markups, sales projections, turnover, average stock, stock-to-sales ratios, open-to-buy, markdowns, and gross margin. Negotiation skills related to terms of sale, shipping and pricing strategies are explored within the wholesale/retail business relationship. Both manual and computer-based calculations are explored through the use of Microsoft Excel. Prerequisites: FASH101, MATH116, & BUSS105 or FASH105

FASH204 - Fashion Research Abroad

Fashion Research Abroad brings students from across the School of Fashion together for an international study-travel experience, with exposure to and research of the ever-changing global fashion industry. Course structure focuses on the host country’s culture and fashion industry, setting the stage for an immersive study abroad experience. While abroad, students experience a combination of lecture and field practice. In addition to Lasell University faculty, professionals from the host country’s fashion industry lecture on a variety of topics. Hands-on workshops play an important role in exploring content. Cultural immersion includes a community service project that engages students in reflecting on the evolving social consciousness in the global fashion marketplace. Prerequisite: By Application and Permission of Instructor

FASH206 - Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Sustainability in the Fashion Industry explores issues surrounding the concept of sustainability in relation to the fashion industry. The history and contemporary status of sustainability in a global fashion context is explored, including the influence of social, cultural, and economic factors. Guest speakers include specialists in sustainable fashion design and production, the greening of the supply chain, merchandising, and promoting the sustainable product.

FASH207 - Digital Tools for Fashion

Digital Tools for Fashion equips students with the technical skills and understanding of how to use a variety of software applications, an increasingly in-demand skill in all capacities of the fashion industry. The course introduces students to software used in apparel manufacturing, retail, and media. With a focus on methods of visual communication, projects include technical drawing, colorization, editing, integration and manipulation of photographic images, and video editing basics.

FASH210 - Textiles

Textiles introduces the study of textiles through exploration of the production of fibers and methods of creating fabrics. Students learn to identify fiber content, properties and various types of weaving and knitting applications. Other topics include the study of fiber characteristics, quality and care of fabric finishes, and a practical assessment of fabrics in relationship to particular end-uses.

FASH211 - Omnichannel Management and Operations

Omnichannel Management and Operations provides students with an understanding of the principles of Retail Management and Operations in both the physical and digital realms. Topics include: the changing nature of the omnichannel environment, principles of strategic planning, organizational structures and design, management skills and HR practices, store planning both on and offline, customer service in a world of connected platforms, global impact of the industry, and an introduction to backend operations and supply chain management. Applications of these principles are explored through course discussion, case studies, papers, and readings. Prerequisites: FASH101 & ECON101

FASH212 - Visual and Digital Merchandising

Visual and Digital Merchandising introduces students to the art of visual and digital presentation as a tool to support business strategy and enhance brand and messaging. Students develop and apply color, aesthetic, and design awareness to develop impactful visual messages and presentations in varied environments – both on and offline. Students are challenged to think about visual and digital merchandising as a way to create engaging experiences that prompt product discovery and inspire purchase. Creating brand aesthetic, strategically positioning product, communicating design concepts, styling merchandise for optimal salability, and all modes of creative visual solutions are central to visual and digital merchandising. The curation of these efforts is explored relative to the various platforms that consumers engage with: social, mobile, traditional retail, and ecommerce. Prerequisites: ARTS126 & FASH101

FASH219 - Fashion Industry Professional Development

Fashion Industry Professional Development is designed to prepare students for entering and building careers in the professional work environment. Students reflect and analyze both themselves and the industry to identify and develop a comprehensive plan for pursuing professional objectives. Students’ professional strategies yield specific, actionable plans and a suite of materials to prepare them for entering the job market. The final outcome is a personal branding suite, including traditional job application materials as well as a digital brand presence and portfolio of industry-relevant course outcomes. Professional communication skills are developed, including networking, job searching, and interviewing. Upon completion of the course, students demonstrate a preparedness for a required internship experience. Prerequisite: FASH102

FASH303 - Fashion History II:Modernity to Globalization

Modernity to Globalization explores the history of fashion as it moves from the nineteenth century into a new era, examining the aesthetic and sociocultural forces that have influenced the development of styles from modernity to globalization. Students use skills in critical thinking to understand fashion as an art form, a commodity, and a symbol of cultural and personal expression. Students explore how contemporary designers draw from and reinterpret fashions from across the twentieth century. Prerequisite: WRT102

FASH307 - Fashion Brand Management

Fashion Brand Management introduces students to the myriad of concepts associated with fashion branding and an analysis of brand management theory. Methods for building brand identity, awareness, recognition, loyalty, extensions, and equity are explored, including an examination of the impact of advertising, marketing, thematic control and integrated marketing communications on the perceived value of fashion brands. The course considers influences such as social media, iconic brand ambassadors, cultural branding, and omnichannel communications. Tactics and techniques for influencing brand perception and associations as well as developing a brand ethos and strategy are also covered. External environmental factors that influence brand and the branding process are studied. The brand management process is discussed from inception to consumption and analyzed through contemporary case studies. This course is writing-intensive. Prerequisite: FASH102

FASH308 - Fashion Event Production

Fashion Event Production explores the dynamic components of fashion events. Students develop a working knowledge of event planning and management. A major outcome of the course is a professional large-scale event that is planned, coordinated, managed, and produced by students in the course. Students are responsible for all elements of event preparation, promotion, and all logistics of event execution. Students think strategically about events, from concept to structure to audience experience, and more. The course emphasizes hands-on learning experiences, teamwork, communication, and collaboration as essential elements of successful event production. Prerequisite: FASH211 or FASM218

FASH309 - Apparel Product Development

Apparel Product Development explores the global product development matrix in the apparel industry. Students work together in teams to explore the product lifecycle in terms of sourcing and production. Topics covered include: supply chain management, design calendars, apparel product price points, brand differentiation, product distribution channels, trend forecasting services, color management, specification and technical package development, sizing, quality control, ethics, and evaluation of the global production environment. Prerequisite: FASH211 or FASD220

FASH315 - Trend Forecasting and Analytics

Trend Forecasting and Analytics introduces students to theories, frameworks, and methodologies used to analyze and forecast fashion trends and change. Major macro themes that impact trends are explored, including cultural and societal issues and all elements of zeitgeist. The ability to recognize emerging trends and anticipate aesthetic preferences coupled with the aptitude to ground style intel in concrete numbers and analysis via sales and inventory level forecasts, market data, predictive analytics, and other tools prepares students for both the art and science of formulating a sound fashion forecast. Students also explore the applications, function, and purpose of forecasts within the fashion company. Prerequisite: FASH200, May Take Concurrently

FASH317 - Ethics in the Fashion Industry

Ethics in the Fashion Industry explores ethical, moral, and legal issues in the fashion industry, from design and manufacturing through distribution, promotion, and sales. Grounded in theories of consumption, students explore operating procedures for various aspects of the apparel business, such as responsible advertising, consumer privacy, compliance with sustainable practices, fair labor, working conditions, and more. The course also examines ethical considerations of identity, cultural, and societal issues as they relate to fashion, including gender, age, body image, and more. Students address topics through in depth discussions using group models and by exploring and mastering decision-making frameworks to generate solutions. Prerequisite: WRT102

FASH325 - Fashion Industry Special Topics

Fashion Industry Special Topics courses offer students the opportunity to engage with diverse areas of fashion that are not covered within the required curriculum. Course content changes, with the goal of having faculty and students explore varied industry concepts and theory in depth to meet special interests. Courses are offered at the 200, 300, and 400 level, dependent upon the area of exploration. Prerequisites are determined by level and content.

FASH342 - Fashion and Culture

Fashion and Culture evaluates the concept of fashion in the cultural context and its impact on human behavior as non-verbal communication, including the expression of national identity. Through a historical and contemporary study of the connection between fashion and society, the relationships between clothing, culture, ethnicity, social and political events, economic status, and geographical location are examined. Students explore the symbolic aspects of clothing from the personal and consumer standpoints. Prerequisite: PSYC101 or SOC101 or SOC103

FASH406 - Global Perspectives and Markets in the Fashion Industry

Global Perspectives and Markets in the Fashion Industry explores varied facets of global fashion. Students interpret world perspectives through the study of international markets, including fashion marketing and the global consumer, and omnichannel management in a dynamic business environment. This includes discussion topics of importing and exporting in the retail sector, world economies’ impact on intercontinental commerce, and the diverse cultural contexts of the industry. Prerequisite: FASH211

FASH407 - Digital Commerce and Analytics

Digital Commerce and Analytics explores the dynamics of the fast growing digital space in the retail industry. The course prepares students to understand the underpinnings of both the front and back end of ecommerce website and app development, the digital consumer and their behaviors, UX design (user experience) and the end-to-end consumer journey. Students apply critical thinking skills to assess web and app functionality, ease of navigation, and ways to engage the consumer in the virtual world. Students analyze the impact of ecommerce on business models and strategy, as well as the infrastructure of these operations. The course includes retail analytics with an emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative analysis used to track behavior and conversion. Prerequisites: BUSS 105, MATH 209, & FASH 211

FASH409 - Studio 1851: Pop-up Management

This course continues to manage all aspects of running a POP Up Store, which will be the test market for our future student run, on campus store and website. This retail store would eventually become the subject of a future course within the fashion department. In addition to being a Connected Learning Experience for the Fashion Department and beyond, the store would be a venue for show casing the artistic abilities of faculty, students and all Lasell Community members. Students will continue a research and planning project started in SP17, evolving the ideas and building on progress made towards a professional, and operationally sound business plan, and putting all phases of POP Up shops and website management into action. Students will work as an executive team on the different aspects of planning and executing a minimum of 3 Pop Up’s during the fall semester. Students will be responsible for all promotion-both physical and digital, and website design and management. Students will be responsible for inventory management and control, including the procurement of merchandise through re-orders of sweatshirts, working with both the Graphic Design League and Fashion Design students to create t-shirt designs, and visiting trade shows in NYC and Marlborough, Massachusetts for product that fits within the STUDIO1851 mission.

FASH410 - Fashion Supply Chain Management

Fashion Supply Chain Management exposes students to elements of the global supply chain. Students learn supply chain functions, from raw materials to consumer. Content includes organizational logistics, sourcing and production, inventory and information systems. The course focuses on the apparel and textile industry and discusses Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and associated global factors that impact the supply chain. Students gain an understanding of how the fashion industry supply chain relates to various roles in a fashion company, from designer to merchandiser and beyond, creating value for the consumer and to the benefit of the organization. Prerequisites: FASH309 & MATH209

FASH411 - studio1851: Retail Innovation Lab

studio1851 is Lasell University’s student-directed retail enterprise. Once operating solely as a pop-up business, studio1851 is a permanent physical retail space on campus. studio1851 students work as an Executive Team, developing and evolving ideas, building on past progress, and making decisions towards a professional and operationally sound strategic business plan. Specific studio1851 team member responsibilities include team collaboration on branding, promotion, relationship building, merchandise planning, procurement and control, graphic/product design, visual display, sales performance and personal selling, as well as overall business operations. Students must be at the sophomore level or above and in good academic standing to be considered for enrollment in studio1851: Retail Innovation Lab. Acceptance to studio1851 is at the discretion of the professor, including a personal interview to determine qualifications and fit, based on team needs. Prerequisite: permission of instructor

FASH412 - Buying and Merchant Operations

Buying and Merchant Operations utilizes fundamental business math formulas, business strategies and Microsoft Excel functions used in FASH201 Merchandise Planning and Control, to build a greater understanding of the Merchandising function. This course offers a deeper dive into analyzing reports and making product decisions in terms of profitability, assortment, allocation, sourcing opportunities, and pricing strategy. Students engage in a hands-on opportunity to put together a buy for different volume doors. Private-label development, ecommerce inventory integration, merchandising strategies, and current industry software are discussed. This course will consist of lecture, in-class assignments, projects, case studies and tests. Prerequisites: FASH201, FASH315, FASH309

FASH415 - Fashion Industry Internship Seminar

Fashion Industry Internship Seminar is four-credits and includes a field placement and course. Fashion industry exposure and real-world experience is paramount to the fashion student. Supported with resources, students explore the job market to identify challenging, value-adding internship positions during which they gain practical, hands-on industry experience. On-the-job industry exposure is an opportunity to synthesize and apply concepts, theories, and techniques previously learned, both leveraging and adding to industry skill sets and knowledge. Internship experience and seminar learning outcomes include: (1) exposure to and strengthened command of industry dynamics and fashion business operations, (2) first-hand experience in the professional working environment, (3) acquisition of professional skills required for industry and career readiness, and (4) resume and professional network growth. Students complete self-reflection and critical analysis of the internship organization and experience, as well as receive feedback and evaluation from the internship site supervisor. A minimum of 150 hours of supervised onsite work is required and should be in an area of the industry aligned with students’ career objectives. Internship field placement is subject to the approval of the Internship Coordinator and the Lasell University application process and requirements outlined therein. Prerequisites: FASH219 & FASH207 or FASD220

FASH420 - Collection Research and Management

Collection Research and Management is an extension of Fashion History for students who have excelled in their studies of historic dress. Students concentrate on developing research techniques and writing skills related to museum practices in support of the Lasell Fashion Collection (LFC). Students learn and utilize a collection management system based on PastPerfect museum software to document LFC acquisitions in terms of time period and unique features. This challenging course includes independent study components that contribute to the growth the LFC while challenging the student. Course outcomes include preparing and mounting exhibits on and off campus and presenting at academic symposia. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

FASH425 - Fashion Industry Special Topics

Fashion Industry Special Topics courses offer students the opportunity to engage with diverse areas of fashion that are not covered within the required curriculum. Course content changes, with the goal of having faculty and students explore varied industry concepts and theory in depth to meet special interests. Courses are offered at the 200, 300, and 400 level, dependent upon the area of exploration. Prerequisites are determined by level and content.

FASH427 - Fashion Industry Capstone

Fashion Industry Capstone is the culmination of the Fashion Merchandising and Management and Fashion Media and Marketing programs. The course synthesizes previous academic, professional, and relevant co-curricular experiences, leveraging knowledge and skills from prior courses, specializations and minors, internship experiences, industry engagement and employment, etc. The course partners with a real company for the duration of the semester and students act as a consulting agency for the firm. Following initial meetings with the company and from analysis and diagnostic assessment of the organization’s position, a comprehensive strategic plan is developed and ultimately presented to senior executive management members within the company. The project involves a company analysis, a review of the competitive landscape, a study of market conditions and trend analysis, and development of a promotional strategy, product mix planning, the proposal of options for new strategic initiatives and an outline of benchmarks to measure feasibility, success, and outcomes. Prerequisite: FASH415, May Take concurrently

FASH762 - Sustainable Innovation & Des Strat Fash

Sustainable Innovation and Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry facilitates research and exploration of effective frameworks and best practices in Circular and Smart design and other emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry. Students consider complex fashion system dynamics, with respect to socially, economically, and environmentally responsible decision-making in all areas of product lifecycle management. Through research, analysis, and case studies, students examine value-creation driven by a sustainable, ethical, and/or responsible ethos and business practices achieved in large part by leveraging technology and innovation.

MGMT700 - Global Leadership

This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability.

MGMT702 - Research Methods

This course introduces both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, providing the student with an overview of the different steps in the research process. The course evaluates common methods of data analysis, develops skills in critical thinking, and provides experience in data analysis using SPSS.

MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management

This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches

MGMT704 - Financial Management

This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles of finance, including financial statement analysis, present/future value/ NPV/discounted cash flows, capital budgeting, and risk analysis.

MGMT705 - Organizational Theory

This course is an introduction to the significant theoretical frameworks that have emerged over time to describe and explain organizations. There is no single theory of organization but rather a body of theory relating to organizational development. Examining this body of theory will enable the student to 1) better understand human activity in an organizational environment from a theoretical perspective, and 2) use the knowledge as a guide for future managerial applications.

MGMT707 - Operations Strategy

This course involves the study of concepts relating to the operations function in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students study how the operations process is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling resources in order to effectively and efficiently produce goods and services. Formerly - Operations Management

MGMT714 - Principles of Project Management

This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

MGMT728 - Human Resources Management

This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.

MGMT731 - Human Resource Law & Compliance

This course introduces students to individual employment law, which is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily as applicable to non-unionized workers. The course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer’s statutory obligations to its employees, privacy in the workplace, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment.

MGMT736 - Leadership & Operations in Lodging Mgmt

This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within various lodging settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined as they related to each segment including hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, campsites, and other lodging properties. Topics covered include: best practices of lodging managers, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.

MGMT740 - Consumer Behavior

This course explores how and why consumers behave the way they do. Consumers can be indi­vidual households buying goods and services for their own consumption or they can be buyers in industrial and other business-related markets. The course takes an interdisciplinary, in-depth approach to the study of buyer behavior.

MGMT741 - Marketing Research & Data Analytics

This course provides an in-depth study of the marketing research process and how data analytics are an integral part to strategic decision making in the current business environment. The course will integrate the primary research process with secondary data analytics and review the tools used to gather, interpret, analyze and present data to management for better decision-making. Through a project-based approach, students will learn how to conduct research and integrate data analytics in a manner relevant to the business challenge.

MGMT743 - Fundraising Concepts & Practices

The world of fundraising has become increasingly complex, and knowledge of the various components of fundraising is now essential for anyone wanting to work and advance in this field. This online course introduces students to every major facets of fundraising: the annual fund, working with volunteers, writing successful proposals and grants, capital campaigns, special events, board relations, donor research, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit organizations.

MGMT744 - Global Marketing

The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of marketing in a global context. This includes the decision of extending or adapting domestic marketing strategies for use abroad and the special demands of managing the marketing functions globally. Major emphasis is on devel­oping global marketing strategies. However, the course also addresses issues of importance to entrepreneurs just entering global markets.

MGMT745 - Strategic Marketing

This course provides an overview of data-driven strategic marketing; the management, planning and control of the function and the process. Designed as a foundation course for the Masters in Marketing, an emphasis is placed on developing the skills to lead, plan, implement and measure strategic marketing initiatives within the dynamics of today’s organization.

MGMT746 - Digital Marketing

This course provides a practical view of how Digital Marketing has grown to become a strategic foundation for today’s marketer. It is critical to have a basic understanding of the tools and best practices of Digital Marketing and how they are applied to build marketing programs that are smarter and faster. The course will cover how branding and marketing messages translate across digital platforms and how the latest techniques to reach and engage audiences are assessed and integrated into the marketing strategy.

MGMT747 - Event Management Operations

This course presents a detailed look at operations within the major segments of the event industry including meetings, expositions, special events, and conventions. The course highlights the role of the event manager, whose responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling various types of events as well as it’s relationships with outside vendors, contractors, and clientele. Students will explore advanced procedural methodologies as they relate to successful practices within each segment.

MGMT749 - Ethical Theory & Management

This introduces the discipline of ethical analysis and its application to management. The course examines different methods of value clarifications, the sources of ethical conflict in management practices, the structure of ethical argu­ments, as well as the ethical theories and principles associated with management. The course also explores how these concepts are concretely applied in organizations and professional life.

MGMT750 - Ldrship & Ops in Casino & Resort Mgmt

This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within casino and resort settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined within resort, cruise, and casino properties. Topics covered include: best practices, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.

MGMT751 - Business Strategy

This course studies strategy formulation and implementation in international and domestic business enterprise. Case analysis and other appropriate methodologies are used to develop the skills and judgment necessary to provide overall direction to the organization. In particular, the course emphasizes the translation of strategy formulation to strategy implementation.

MGMT752 - Change Management

This course focuses on how organizational change can be managed. In order to survive in rapidly changing and highly competitive operating environments, organizations must learn how to continually adapt, evolve, contract, expand, and innovate. Organizational change management is about implementation of business strategies, and more generally, new ideas and practices.

MGMT754 - Revenue Management in Hospitality

This course provides an advanced overview of the revenue management function in the hospitality industry. Revenue management is a method for managing capacity profitably. This course offers an integrated approach to maximizing revenue that includes capacity analysis, demand forecasting, variable pricing, and distribution technology. The objective of this course is to allow students to learn how to apply the principles of revenue management to maximize profitability within the hospitality and events industries. Topics covered include forecasting, overbooking, reservations systems, information technology, process design, pricing, and management and marketing issues.

MGMT755 - Sustainability in Hosp & Event Mgmt

This course takes a progressive look at sustainability issues as they relate to the hospitality and events industries. Students will examine current statistics and environmental problems created by the tourism and events industries, best practices for operations and hospitality business development, and the greening and greenwashing of current hospitality business operations. Students will learn to develop and analyze impactful sustainable practices within the various segments of each industry.

MGMT756 - Policy & Brand Management in Hospitality

This course focuses on management strategies, policy formulation, and strategic operations at upper management levels and explores the importance of customer service as it relates to the organization's brand and service environment. Students will spend the semester learning to analyze consumer feedback to create methods of measuring and assessing customer satisfaction, using critical thinking to examine the significance of organizational branding, consumer trends, and government regulation, and learning to manage a global market in order to operate hospitality businesses with continuous profitability.

MGMT757 - Hosp & Event Law, Ethics, & Risk Mgmt

This course examines how ethical business making decisions effect others, the codes of law relating to the foodservice, travel, event management, and lodging industries, and other relevant topics such as labor relations, security, loss prevention, safety, and risk management. Students will learn about strategic planning and ethical decision-making tactics, why laws are important to the hospitality industry, and the possible consequences of not adhering to these laws and regulations. Repercussions of legal issues are assessed and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and safety and security are examined. Students will study legal procedures, contract law, negligence, consumer relationships, franchise law, and liabilities related to food and alcohol service.

MGMT758 - Service Quality Management

This course explores the application of advanced quality management theories and techniques in lodging, events, and tourism operations with a focus on organizational effectiveness. Case studies and real-life examples facilitate students’ synthesis of previous knowledge with the principles of service quality, and excellence. Students will design and complete a service audit of a local hospitality organization. This is a research-intensive course.

MGMT760 - New Product Development

The main objective of this course is to provide a framework so that students gain a fundamental understanding of the new product development and introduction process. The course emphasizes the process of new product development, from idea generation to commercialization, and the critical role it plays in driving innovation and growth. It will provide practical tools to develop and implement launch plans for new products, services and brands.

MGMT761 - Performance MGMT & Employee Development

Employees and managers often complain about the effectiveness of performance management systems, performance appraisal and employee development. Whether it’s a lack of clear performance goals, honest feedback or technology issues, complaints can center around the system’s tools and processes but often meet resistance because of its personal and sometimes threatening nature. In this course, students will consider functional best practices to develop a performance management system that considers not only the organizational goals but the human factor in its design.

MGMT762 - Employee Relations, Engage & Retention

Employee relations initiatives which considers engagement and retention leads to enhanced employee involvement and dedication to the organization. Employees who are engaged are more productive, content and more likely to be loyal to an organization. This course provides a practical view of how employee relations, engagement and retention initiatives have grown to become a strategic foundation for today’s organization with a focus on the most recent tools and best practices.

MGMT763 - Employee Learning & Development

Human resource development is critical to the success of today’s organization. Whether learning and development is needed to increase overall effectiveness, retain and motivate employees or drive innovation, a well-designed learning and development initiative can create a competitive edge. In this course, students will learn how to build learning and development programs that address the needs of the organization in the context of its business model and growth objectives.

MGMT764 - Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias

In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. This course provides a foundation for human resource professionals to best handle current issues of diversity, inclusion and countering bias. It provides a basic understanding of the tools and best practices that will foster a culture that respects individuality, encourages belonging, and focuses on the strengths of differences.

MGMT765 - Project, Program & Portfolio Management

In today’s business environment, leading projects, programs and/or business portfolios requires common critical skills regardless of geography, industry or domain. In this course, you will learn to apply those critical skills that will ensure your projects are on time, on budget and meeting the organization’s strategic goals. It is designed to align with the content of PMP certification series for project, program and portfolio management.

MGMT766 - PM Tools & Technology

Organizations that are agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully and efficiently than their slower-moving counterparts. Project managers must utilize agile approaches, possess strong collaboration skills, embrace complexity and thrive on rapid response times to be competitive in an environment of rapid change. Projects and teams today are increasingly global and virtual, and scheduling is key to managing activities, resources, dependencies and ultimately, project outcomes. Designed to align with PMI, this course will expose the student to the latest principles, tools and technologies to enhance project management accuracy and efficiency.

MGMT767 - Risk Management

For the high-performing project manager, advanced skills in risk management are critical in protecting the needs of today’s organization. Designed to align with the content covered in the PMI-RMP distinction, this course will cover the basics of this specialized function as it relates to the project environment that is increasingly global, virtual and complex.

MGMT769 - Statistical Analysis for Decision Making

This course covers basic statistical techniques in a managerial setting featuring case studies and conceptual exercises. Statistical topics include effective use of numerical and graphical summaries, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. A few more advanced topics such as data mining, the Bayesian paradigm and principles of model building may be encountered during projects.

MGMT770 - Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency. The emphasis in this course will be on demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, forecasting and decision making under uncertainty. The course provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision making. Topics include competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis

MGMT771 - Accounting for Managers

As the language of business and the cornerstone of our capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to analyze and understand the financial consequences of business activities. This course explains the basics of accounting, links accounting to financial statements, analyzes financial statements and works through economic analysis of investments. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The course highlights how managers use cost, cash flow and financial reporting information in their decisions. Pre-requisites: MGMT768 or MGMT769 & MGMT770

MGMT772 - Financial Analysis for Managers

The primary purpose of this course is to help you develop a high degree of financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise in order to enhance your capabilities as an informed manager and decision maker. In addition, this course has a global perspective which examines the operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

MGMT773 - Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation

Entrepreneurship is the process of creating and growing new businesses and is fundamentally concerned with the identification and exploitation of opportunities for wealth creation (profit). Successful entrepreneurs generate wealth by identifying opportunities for value creation and then develop competitive advantages to exploit them. The broad objective of this course will be to apply insights from the fields of strategic management and economics to the process of entrepreneurship in order to understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful entrepreneurial firms.

MGMT798 - Research Project Capstone

In this course, students undertake comprehensive research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The project is an intensive study based on action research models from the behavioral sciences enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge, and insights implicit in the Master of Science in Management curriculum. No later than the semester preceding the undertaking of the Research Project, the student should present to the designated faculty mentor a two-page summary of the proposed research. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of their Capstone Project findings. This course is taken during the student's final graduate semester.

MGMT799 - Internship Capstone

The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester

Cristina Haverty

Dean, School of Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: Science and Technology Center

Lori Rosenthal

Dean, School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences; Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication; Chair, Graduate Communication Program

Office: Donahue 108

Keith Belmore

Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Program Director of Athletic Training

Office: STC 104N

Linda Bucci

Professor of Justice Studies, Program Chair of Justice Studies, Graduate Program Chair of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer

Sarah Giasullo

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, Coordinator of Clinical Education and Internships for Athletic Training and Exercise Science

Office: STC 104T

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Janet Huetteman

Associate Professor of Marketing, Graduate Program Chair for MBA/Management

Office: 23 Maple Street, Office #5

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Science and Technology Center

Ron Laham

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Office: Science and Technology Center

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Meryl Perlson

Interim Dean of the School of Communication & the Arts, Professor of Communication, Program Chair of Communication

Office: Donahue 107

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: 70 Maple/IC3

Matthew Reilly

Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment

Claudia Rinaldi

The Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor/Professor of Education, Program Chair of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Daniel Sargeant

Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Graduate Program Coordinator of Sport Management

Office: Science and Technology Center

Nancy Waldron

Program Chair of Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business

Office: DeArment

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment

Brian Wardyga

Professor of Communication; General Manager, 109.2FM WLAS & LCTV

Office: Brennan Library, G04F

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Winslow

Catherine Zeek

Professor Emerita

FASH749 - Fashion Ethics

Ethical Management in Fashion is a general introduction to ethical decision-making and management within the fashion industry. Varied methods of assessing and addressing ethical considerations in management practice are addressed, as examined through the perspective of ethical theories and frameworks. The course addresses these elements through in-depth research, analytical methods, and problem solving of case studies to generate solutions to current issues within our clothing industry. Students develop a relevant and decisive understanding of various ethical dilemmas facing modern apparel businesses. The majority of topics surround non-profit national and global business models, accountability of human rights and fair-trade issues, environmental impact, and exploitative marketing images. We unveil big brands appropriation disputes, social justice and responsibility needs and the activism of new technology supporting these efforts.

MGMT700 - Global Leadership

This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability.

MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management

This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches

MGMT714 - Principles of Project Management

This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

MGMT728 - Human Resources Management

This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.

MGMT745 - Strategic Marketing

This course provides an overview of data-driven strategic marketing; the management, planning and control of the function and the process. Designed as a foundation course for the Masters in Marketing, an emphasis is placed on developing the skills to lead, plan, implement and measure strategic marketing initiatives within the dynamics of today’s organization.

MGMT769 - Statistical Analysis for Decision Making

This course covers basic statistical techniques in a managerial setting featuring case studies and conceptual exercises. Statistical topics include effective use of numerical and graphical summaries, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. A few more advanced topics such as data mining, the Bayesian paradigm and principles of model building may be encountered during projects.

MGMT770 - Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency. The emphasis in this course will be on demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, forecasting and decision making under uncertainty. The course provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision making. Topics include competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis

MGMT771 - Accounting for Managers

As the language of business and the cornerstone of our capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to analyze and understand the financial consequences of business activities. This course explains the basics of accounting, links accounting to financial statements, analyzes financial statements and works through economic analysis of investments. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The course highlights how managers use cost, cash flow and financial reporting information in their decisions. Pre-requisites: MGMT768 or MGMT769 & MGMT770

MGMT772 - Financial Analysis for Managers

The primary purpose of this course is to help you develop a high degree of financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise in order to enhance your capabilities as an informed manager and decision maker. In addition, this course has a global perspective which examines the operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

MGMT773 - Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation

Entrepreneurship is the process of creating and growing new businesses and is fundamentally concerned with the identification and exploitation of opportunities for wealth creation (profit). Successful entrepreneurs generate wealth by identifying opportunities for value creation and then develop competitive advantages to exploit them. The broad objective of this course will be to apply insights from the fields of strategic management and economics to the process of entrepreneurship in order to understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful entrepreneurial firms.

FASH761 - Sustainable Fash Sourcing & Quality Mgmt

Sustainable Fashion Sourcing and Quality Management focuses on the study of supply chain with special emphasis on the practice of quality sustainable fashion development. Consideration of fashion businesses’ impact on society, the planet, and local and international economies (triple bottom line or TBL) is explored and analyzed. Examining a wide range of sustainable sourcing issues including, global trade infrastructure and operations, fair trade and ethical practices, and increased efficacy and efficiency in resource utilization, the course highlights recent practices that consider TBL and waste and surplus reduction. The course also explores the important value of total quality management or TQM in the development and subsequent delivery of fashion products and services across the globe.

FASH762 - Sustainable Innovation & Des Strat Fash

Sustainable Innovation and Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry facilitates research and exploration of effective frameworks and best practices in Circular and Smart design and other emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry. Students consider complex fashion system dynamics, with respect to socially, economically, and environmentally responsible decision-making in all areas of product lifecycle management. Through research, analysis, and case studies, students examine value-creation driven by a sustainable, ethical, and/or responsible ethos and business practices achieved in large part by leveraging technology and innovation.

FASH763 - Fashion Brand Development & Management

Sustainable Fashion Sourcing and Quality Management focuses on the study of supply chain with special emphasis on the practice of quality sustainable fashion development. Consideration of fashion businesses’ impact on society, the planet, and local and international economies (triple bottom line or TBL) is explored and analyzed. Examining a wide range of sustainable sourcing issues including, global trade infrastructure and operations, fair trade and ethical practices, and increased efficacy and efficiency in resource utilization, the course highlights recent practices that consider TBL and waste and surplus reduction. The course also explores the important value of total quality management or TQM in the development and subsequent delivery of fashion products and services across the globe.