Management and MIS

Dr. Lauren Rich

Dr. John Batchelor
Dr. John H. Batchelor, Chair

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The faculty in the Department of Management and MIS are a very diverse group, in both their industrial and their academic backgrounds. Most have had a number of years of professional work experience in the areas in which they teach. As a result, many have won university-level teaching and research awards, and many have won awards within the College of Business. They also publish and consult widely, nationally, and internationally, and hold positions of responsibility in national professional organizations. Thus, they bring a great deal of depth and relevance to their classroom teaching.

Is the Management degree right for you?

Every organization, company, department, or group, whether large or small, needs people who will provide leadership. These people set goals, develop plans, organize teams, implement plans, monitor progress, and take corrective action when needed. The Management major is for those people who want to perform this critical function for an organization or its sub-units.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Management builds administrative competence for careers in industrial, service, governmental, educational, and other settings. The orientation is toward effective utilization of resources and information in a complex, changing environment.

Is the MIS degree right for you?

Businesses need people who can use or develop computer based systems to improve business processes, solve business problems, and/or provide information to help managers make better decisions. The MIS major is best suited for those who desire the challenge of solving complex business problems using computer systems. The major prepares you for many jobs including that of a Systems Analyst. U.S. News and World Report magazine calls Systems Analyst the most offshore resistant computer related career.

The B.S.B.A. degree with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) emphasizes information as a resource to be managed, planned, and controlled in much the same way as other organizational resources. This program of study presents the concepts and methods of analyzing, designing, planning, and managing simple or complex information systems within an organization. In addition, MIS emphasizes the managerial aspects of information systems by providing a base of business instruction common to the College of Business program. The MIS program makes heavy use of a dedicated Business Systems Design laboratory housing equipment supported by MIS alumni donations.

Is the General Business degree right for you?

Small and medium-sized businesses look for graduates who have cross functional skills across multiple disciplines because such employees are flexible and provide the great advantage that they can be deployed in many different ways and in many different functions. The General Business major develops abilities across multiple business disciplines including Management, Marketing, and Finance/Economics to meet this important need. The General Business major is for those people who want to provide the employer with broad business abilities so that they may support the business in its area of maximum need. According to an article on Yahoo.Net, Business is considered, by employers, to be the most versatile degree.

Ability to work with and through people, plan for an uncertain future, develop strategy for the market place, gather and utilize information, function in a global environment, and integrate cross functional perspectives into business decision making are important credentials in today's globally competitive environment. All these are included in the preparation of the general business degree. The orientation of this degree is towards effective management of resources, adoption of market orientation, and understanding of financial and/or economic implications of business decisions.


Dr. Lauren Rich

Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Lauren Rich

Dr. Lauren Rich helps lead the instruction and research for the Human Resources (HR) programs within the Management and MIS department. She has put significant effort into developing high impact teaching practices for her HR courses.  Last year, for instance, she developed and implemented active learning projects for graduate and undergraduate sections of both Compensation & Benefits and Recruitment & Selection in which students partnered with organizations to study elements of their compensation systems. For the 2019-2020 school year, 77 students and 22 organizations were involved in her high impact teaching practices. 

Last year, Dr. Rich also developed an Excel software application-specific to each course that her students use to conduct various stages of job analysis. She has also designed workbooks to complement her active learning projects by highlighting how the various components/steps of job analysis relate to each other.

Dr. Rich’s teaching philosophy centers on her belief that students benefit from working with organizations and focusing on the application of HR concepts. We are lucky to have her as a part of our team of very qualified Human Resources faculty. Learn more about the Human Resources programs offered within the Management and MIS department.



Accredited by AACSB International

We are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 4.7% of business schools worldwide have earned this symbol of the highest standard in management education.