Business Management

What is Management?

All organizations, including large, multi-national companies, small business start-ups, and non-profits, require leaders skilled at getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives.

Business Management majors will learn and apply key skills including effective communication, motivating employees, leading change, managing conflict, fostering agile and inclusive organizational culture, defining the organization’s vision, mission, and values, and strategic planning and implementation.

These skills will be invaluable in whatever career our graduates decide to pursue. We offer specialization in four career tracks, or students can pursue a general management degree.

Career Tracks

Undergraduate management majors have the opportunity to customize their education by choosing from one of five distinct career tracks.

If you select the General Management track, you will get exposure to the relevant management areas of expertise, including human resource management, entrepreneurship, sustainable business strategy, and supply chain/logistics. Armed with this knowledge, you can decide to pursue many different careers, including:

  •   Human resource management
  •   Project management
  •   Entrepreneurship
  •   Sustainability specialist
  •   Organizational development
  •   Organizational leadership

Students who choose the Entertainment Management track will learn the business of entertainment, including music, television, film, sports, live performance, literary and visual arts.

You will learn from top professionals in the industry, both alumni and additional industry leaders, in a relaxed classroom environment.

This one-of-a-kind program offers an incredible opportunity for students looking to break into the entertainment industry.

Things you can do with the Entertainment Management track:

  • Personal management for artists
  • Show marketing, promotion, and production
  • Budgeting events
  • Budgeting for film and television
  • Acquiring funding for live events
  • Agency and artist relations
  • Venue management

Learn more here: Entertainment Management

Recent events have taught us about the importance of fostering organizations that embrace diversity and support their employees’ needs for work-life balance and mental and physical well-being.

In addition, younger generations of employees are entering the workplace with strong demands for meaningful work and opportunities for personal growth and development.

Students who choose the Human Resource Management track will learn the skills needed to become effective HRM professionals in any organization in any industry, preparing them for a dynamic and rewarding career.

Things you can do with the Human Resource Management track:

  •   Human Resource Generalist/Manager/Director
  •   Company Recruiter/Campus outreach
  •   Compensation and Benefits Analyst/Manager
  •   Training and Development Coordinator/Director
  •   Organizational Change Leadership
  •   Organizational Development

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.“

  - Alan Kay, Computer scientist

Humans are creative. 

We create solutions reactively when circumstance require that we adapt.

We create proactively to solve global problems, local problems, business problems, personal problems

Innovation and creation are the key to solving any and all problems.

This is a track where we create the environments, experiences, and opportunities to hone your problem-solving skills, to nourish your creative spirit, to challenge your innovative mind, cultivate your ability to express yourself and your ideas, and encourage you to be the leaders of tomorrow.

The jobs and businesses that exist now, and the technology that exists now, will all change dramatically in the next five, ten, fifty years.  The Innovation and Entrepreneurship track is for students who want to be a part of creating, shaping, and building the future.

Learn more here: (link to entrepreneurship page – make it look more like the entertainment mgmt. page; include info about Accelerate Montana, Blackstone Launchpad, Pursue Your Passion, internship opportunities).

Forward-thinking, adaptable business strategy requires an understanding of sustainability theory and practice. Without this lens, businesses and their leaders are already behind the curve. Sustainability concerns affect risk management and costs of doing business. They can also offer opportunities for innovation, enhanced product differentiation, value for customers, and employee recruitment and retention.

Students who choose the Sustainable Business Strategy track will learn to incorporate sustainability considerations into all strategic decisions of business, including enhancing customer value throughout the value chain.

You will gain knowledge in business strategy fundamentals, as well as a broader-based “systems perspective” highlighting the inter-relationships between and among a company’s eco-system of partners and stakeholders.

Things you can do with the Sustainable Business Strategy track:

  • Sustainability Specialist, Sustainability Analyst, or Chief Sustainability Officer in the private sector
  • Sustainability Management roles in the public sector (federal, state government or higher education)
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Supply chain assessment and logistics
  • Oversight of compliance and reporting, driving high standards of data quality and transparency
  • Bring additional value to ANY job through your holistic understanding of risk, identification of new markets, and analytical skills