Management

Creating responsible managers for a complex business world

Today’s global business environment is complex and fast. Business professionals and leaders need to not only understand how to manage people, processes and projects using the latest technology, but also be ready to make ethical and socially responsible decisions. The management major at Elon provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to succeed in this business environment by offering three focused Career Tracks in Business Analytics, Human Resource Management, and Sustainable Enterprise Management.  While not required, you are encouraged to choose a track that matches your career interests. Having a career track will also enable you to more clearly discuss your skill sets when interviewing for internships and jobs. 

The management major is offered by the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and is housed in the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center. The Love School is accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have AACSB accreditation.

Students completing the management major receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree. A solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences complements the major, ensuring students have the problem-solving, team-building, communications and decision-making skills desired by leading employers.

Active learning approach

As a management major, you will study with a dynamic, experienced faculty who believe in active learning and appreciative inquiry. Practical experiences, including a required internship, case analyses, service learning, consulting projects, and spending a winter term or semester studying abroad, make the material you study in class come alive.

Management faculty have deep roots in the business world and have earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in teaching, scholarly engagement and service to their communities. They build close ties with students and are available to offer their assistance and expertise. They have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, and have contributed to the field through their research and publications in major journals.

The same faculty also teaches in Elon’s nationally ranked MBA program, providing students with a rigorous academic environment and constant exposure to current business practices.

Dynamic curriculum

Management majors take a common core of courses representing the fundamental business disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. As a management major, you will experience how theory and practice intersect through our engaged approach to learning. Experiential activities in the classroom, co-curricular activities and internships involve you in the learning process. You will study how to manage people by engaging in self-assessment, team-building and strategic human resource management exercises.  Your study and practice of project management skills will help you stand out from the competition as you hit the ground running, prepared to coordinate major projects for your first employer. You will even be ready to take a project management certification exam by the time you graduate.

Using SAP enterprise resource management software, the most widely used software of its type in the world, you will learn how to navigate workflow, supply chain and sourcing processes. Many organizations are looking for students with business analytics skills who are able to analyze large amount of data from a variety of sources. The Business Analytics Career Track will prepare you to serve in generalist analyst positions in organizations, will provide the necessary skills to pursue more specialized business analyst positions, and will help you pursue appropriate certifications such as SAP and SAS Enterprise Miner.

Demand for well-trained human resource professionals has been rising over the last decade.  In recognition of the fundamental importance of organizations attracting, developing, and managing their workforces, the Human Resources Management Career Track will prepare you to serve in generalist HR positions in organizations, will provide the necessary background to pursue more specialized positions, and will help you gain appropriate certifications such as the SPHR certification offered by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Management of sustainable enterprises requires a skill set and way of thinking that incorporates triple bottom line accountability: corporate environmental and social responsibility, as well as business operational and financial performance. The Sustainable Enterprise Management Career Track helps prepare you for growing employment opportunities with a variety of public and private companies and NGOs in addressing their sustainability goals and objectives through policy, management practices and services, branding and marketing.

Special programs

The mission of the Love School of Business is to provide exceptional learning experiences that facilitate the transformation of students into knowledgeable, responsible business professionals and leaders who make a difference in their professions, their organizations and the global economy. The school was an early adopter of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global initiative designed to foster ethical and socially responsible management education, research and thought leadership.

The Legends of Business series brings accomplished business executives to campus to share their experiences with students. Recent speakers have included Kerrii Anderson, former CEO of Wendy’s; John Zeglis, former chairman and CEO of AT&T Wireless; Robert A. Ingram, vice chairman of pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline; and Leslie M. “Bud” Baker Jr., former chairman, president and CEO of Wachovia Corp.

Elon’s Business Fellows program recognizes outstanding students who have shown potential for business success. The program features scholarship support, study abroad grants, paid internships and more. Visit the Elon Fellows Web site for more information.

Management students have interned for companies all over the world, including:
• Credit Suisse
• Ernst & Young
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Kingsdown, Inc.
• UBS Financial Group
• The White House
• Marriott Vacation Club International
• IBM
• Wachovia Corp. Finance Division
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• UnitedHealthcare

First-class facilities

Management majors have access to and training in a range of state-of-the-art business technology. The 60,000-square-foot Koury Business Center houses computer labs, research spaces, classrooms and breakout rooms designed to enhance group discussions and activities. The Koury Business Center includes the William Garrard Reed Finance Center, which provides real-time data from global financial markets; the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership; and the Chandler Family Professional Sales Center.

Study abroad

During Elon’s winter term, students may take one of several business-related study abroad programs. A business school faculty member leads each program. Course offerings change from year to year, but may include a European cathedrals program, which focuses on the economic, cultural and political struggles of European nations; a program focusing on conducting business in the Pacific Rim; and business and cultural studies in New Zealand.

Management students may participate in a wealth of semester-long programs worldwide through Elon’s renowned study abroad programs; Elon is ranked No. 1 among master’s-level universities in the number of students who study abroad.

Honor societies

Management majors are eligible to participate in Sigma Iota Epsilon, which is associated with the Academy of Management (AOM) and the American Management Association (AMA), Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society in business administration, and the Love School of Business chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. The goals of the honor societies are to stimulate interest, scholarship and achievement in the field of management and to facilitate contacts between students and practicing managers.

After graduation

When it comes time for you to graduate, you will have acquired the skills sought by employers who are seeking talent to guide their organizations into the future. Graduates join management training programs with financial services, insurance, or manufacturing firms. Management majors accept entry-level management positions with small, private companies or enter the nonprofit sector to work in organizations whose mission is to serve others. Other students enter graduate programs or law school immediately after graduation. Examples of organizations that have employed Elon graduates include:
• American Express
• Bank of America
• Credit Suisse
• Deloitte & Touche
• Ernst & Young
• IBM
• KPMG
• Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
• PricewaterhouseCoopers