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We work to understand the dynamics of organizations from all perspectives.

Research and education in the Broad College’s Department of Management focuses on synthesizing approaches in human resources, leadership and change, organizational behavior and strategic management. What Broad management faculty learn as researchers and advisors shapes what is taught in the classroom, producing an educational experience that is grounded in reality, yet forward-looking in emphasis.

Department Information Sheet

  • 3
  • in Management Research Productivity
  • among public universities (5 year total)
  • (Texas A&M/University of Georgia Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity)
  • 14
  • Undergraduate Management Program
  • (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 16
  • Professional Master's Programs
  • among public universities
  • (U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Business Programs)

Management @ Broad


Broad Spartan alum has kept his family business on a fast-growing track for past decade 
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MSU Department of Management chairperson Don Conlon provides instruction at the Henry Center for Executive Education.

Our best-in-class programs are ranked among the nation’s finest.

Management degree programs at Broad equip students for tomorrow’s business challenges. We offer the state of Michigan’s premier undergraduate programs in human resource management and management, as well as minors in retail management and sports business management.

Our master’s degree in management, strategy and leadership is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top 25 online business program – and our Ph.D. programs with specializations in organizational behavior, strategic management and human resource management produce graduates who go on to become distinguished leaders in management scholarship at top research universities.

The Ph.D. in Management program prepares students for careers in management scholarship at top research universities. The program allows students to pursue their unique interests through intensive research and close partnership with Broad’s world-renowned management faculty.

The program includes specializations in organizational behavior, strategic management and human resource management.

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Designed for working professionals, this 100 percent online master’s program integrates management theories with everyday applications to prepare students for management and leadership positions. Students learn the power of influence through courses on leadership, decision-making, team dynamics and people management.

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The management major allows students to explore courses in the following subject areas: accounting, finance, general business law, management, marketing and supply chain management. Students enjoy a high degree of flexibility in selecting courses to satisfy the major field of concentration requirement. The student’s program of study is designed within the context of the student’s personal, academic and career goals.

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The human resource management major focuses on personnel management in organizations, on the role and development of the manager as a leader and on the specific functions and mission of the personnel/human resources department. Entry-level positions are obtained in private and public enterprise and wherever the personnel function is departmentalized.

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Prepares students for careers in the field of retailing and financial retailing. This minor is particularly valuable to students in advertising and public relations, finance and food industry management.

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The minor in sports business management enhances students’ marketability for highly competitive careers in sports business management roles, including sports associations and leagues, intercollegiate and professional sports organizations and teams, sports entertainment and media services, and firms that primarily supply the sports and entertainment industry.

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Strategic leadership and management certificate programs are offered 100 percent online. Program options include professional and master certificates. Certificate programs are designed to improve job performance and marketability, providing the opportunity for students to gain the versatile skills, immediately applicable knowledge and valuable credentials that can help them advance in their current career path or provide the flexibility to move into a new field or competitive industry with greater growth potential.

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The executive education and corporate learning programs of the Broad College provide immense, long-lasting value to more than 2,000 professionals each year. A number of programs developed and delivered by our management faculty are offered in business improvement, strategy, management and leadership.

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MSU Department of Management professor Georgia Chao smiles for a portrait.

Our Faculty

Department of Management faculty at Broad are widely acknowledged as leaders in management research. We are editors of major journals, authors of leading textbooks and members of influential review boards. Faculty members work with businesses to strengthen competitive effectiveness and improve managerial understanding of organizational processes and performance.

Our scholars publish in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management and strategic management. Management faculty regularly publish in the leading management and applied psychology journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology.

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Gerry McNamara

  • Eli Broad Professor of Management
    Management
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Brent Scott

  • Frederick S. Addy Endowed Distinguished Professor
    Management
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Frederick Morgeson

  • Eli Broad Professor of Management
    Management

Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management Research

The organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HR) faculty conduct research at both the individual and group levels. Numerous faculty members conduct research on leadership, motivation, employee reactions and attitudes (including affective reactions, organizational justice perceptions), individual differences (personality, cultural intelligence), employee behaviors (citizenship behaviors, workplace deviance, individual decision making), psychological well-being (job and life satisfaction, work-family balance), personnel selection, mentoring, socialization, performance appraisal, job design and job analysis. Many faculty members also investigate issues related to groups and teams, such as team decision making, group performance and negotiations. Research is conducted in the laboratory and in field settings.

Strategic Management Research

Broad’s strategic management (SM) faculty examine a broad range of issues centered on process-oriented aspects of organizational strategy. SM faculty members draw upon theoretical perspectives from the management literature as well as from disciplinary fields, such as economics, psychology and sociology, to study the strategic actions and positioning of organizations. Specific topics currently being examined by our faculty include strategic decision making, the selection and integration of resources, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, organizational risk taking, organizational learning, and innovation and change.

Management professor John Wagner stands for a portrait in the stairwell of the Business College Complex at MSU.

Advisory Board

The Management Advisory Board (MAB) provides guidance and support to connect students, alumni, businesses and faculty. The board consists of members who advise and offer expertise either to our students majoring in management or human resource management, or to students who connect to our department through one of our two minors: retail management and sports business management.

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Contact Information

  • Department of Management
  • Business College Complex
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N475
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 353-5415
  • Fax: 517-432-1111