The Management Career:
The Management Major curriculum prepares students to pursue a career in human resource management, operations management, entrepreneurship, or general management. The curriculum also provides students with the qualities and necessary skills that an executive/general manager must have to be successful. A minor in Management prepares individuals for the important tasks of supervising others, working in teams, and taking on additional responsibilities in their field of interest.
General managers and top executives formulate policies, set strategies, direct the operations of the business, and ensure that the organization's objectives are met. In a large organization middle managers may direct one aspect of the organization, such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, personnel, training, or administrative services. Middle managers direct their department's activities within the framework of the organization's overall plan and help first-line managers and their staffs. First-line managers oversee and motivate workers to achieve the organization's goals. In small firms, the owner or general manager may be responsible for all purchasing, hiring, training, and other day-to-day duties.
Qualities that an executive/general manager must have to be successful include:
- leadership abilities
- sound business judgment
- the ability to communicate effectively
Necessary skills the executive/general manager should have include:
an analytical mind to assess information
the ability to consider and evaluate the interrelationships of numerous factors
an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively
highly developed interpersonal skills
"The primary skill of a manager consists of knowing how to make assignments and picking the right people to carry out those assignments." --- Lee Iacocca