Management Sciences Courses

Course Descriptions

2320 — Decision Sciences: Statistical Techniques

Examination of the use of statistical techniques in managerial decision-making processes; statistical inference, simple and multiple regression, time series.

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2321 — Business Analytics

Examination of the use of business analytic models used in managerial decision making processes. Emphasis on formulation and interpretation of models; supported by spreadsheet based software.

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2322 — Operations in Action 

This course is designed to provide early business students, especially women, exposure to the field of operations and supply chain management (OM/SCM)

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3130 - Foundations of Operations Management

In 1962 two businesses began with similar names and business objectives. Over the years, one focused on marketing and promotion while the other, far less recognized, concentrated on operations issues. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world with over 2 million employees and  annual sales over $400 billion. Its competitor and former industry leader K-Mart emerged from Chapter 11 in 2003, a much smaller and weaker company. Clearly, the growth and success of Wal-Mart cannot be attributed to a single issue alone, but their strategy demonstrates that companies can achieve competitive advantage through their operations.

The objective of this course is to introduce how operations contribute to the health of an organization. Some of the specific objectives include:

  1. Understand the role of operations management (OM) in the overall business strategy of the firm (strategic).
  2. Understand the interdependence of OM functions with other, key functional areas of the firm  (tactical).
  3. Review several of the tools available to evaluate operations techniques.

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3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

Effective operations and supply chain management contributes to the competitiveness and survival of an organization.  This course helps students to understand how concepts, principles, and techniques from operations and supply chain management can be leveraged to analyze, control, and improve critical processes responsible for efficiently making and delivering goods and services to the right customer, at the right cost, in the right quantity, with the right quality, and at the right place and right time (i.e., RIGHT6).  These critical processes reside in manufacturing, as well as service, organizations; these critical processes are evident in for-profit, as well as non-profit, organizations.  Students are introduced to key operational and supply chain challenges having strategic and tactical implications, as well as various conceptual aids and quantitative techniques to cope with these challenges.  While quantitative techniques are discussed, the focus is on using these techniques to help make informed decisions to overcome operational and supply chain challenges.

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 BA 3630.01 Healthcare Cluster

This course is the first in a 2-course sequence where students will get an overview of the US healthcare system. You will learn from Fisher faculty and healthcare industry partners about the history of healthcare, finance and payment structure, healthcare operations focused on providing safe, reliable and cost effective care, manufacturing and delivery of pharamceuticals and supplies, manufacturing and delivery of products that help people with disabilities, physician involvement, healthcare IT, and explore various careers in the healthcare industry. The second course will provide you and hands-on experience working on real world projects at various healthcare organizations.

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BA 3630.04 Manufacturing Cluster

Leading practitioners across the field of Manufacturing will share their expertise and discuss up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today, and look to students to provide real-world solutions. Complementing this action-learning format will be a series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.  Fall semester is primarily hearing from our sponsoring companies and spring will include working on projects for the sponsor companies.

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BA 3632.06 Consulting Cluster

Hands-on experience in the execution of industry business practices to fill a need articulated by an operating public or private organization.

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BA 3630.07 Consulting Cluster

The overall objective of this two part course series in the Consulting industry cluster is to familiarize the students with a working understanding of consulting role, client engagement process, solution development and presentation techniques and its applicability in a diverse client business environment for any industry.

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4232 - Operations Planning and Control

Review of a Planning and Control System. Theoretical frameworks and utilization of techniques to execute strategic and tactical goals to increase productivity and effectiveness of forecasting, scheduling, and inventory and capacity resources.

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4233 - Information Systems in Operations Management

This course is a study of the information systems and modeling tools used in operations management. Emphasis is spreadsheet and database applications.

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4234 - Service Operations

This course surveys a broad framework of key operations management challenges, while also focusing on a broad variety of different services via in-depth case studies.

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4237 - International Operations Management

Current influences, practices and standards for structural and infrastructural decision making across national boundaries. Explores complexity of managing geographically dispersed operations with relationships between multiple entities.

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4239 - Managing Process Improvement

Describes the basics of establishing and managing a Lean process in service, office and manufacturing operations. We will look at how we can add value in delivery of goods or services to the customer.

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4240 - Management of Technology

Introduces the critical elements for designing and developing innovative products and services for competitive advantage. Focus on tools, techniques and concepts necessary for designing, developing and managing the innovation process.

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4250 - Six Sigma Principles

Designed to familiarize students with the Six Sigma process improvement methodology and to provide them an opportunity to practice using Six Sigma Black Belt tools.

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4251 - Six Sigma Projects

Six Sigma Projects Class.

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4261 Purchasing and Supply Management

The purchasing course is designed to explore the industrial-institutional purchasing cycle for operating supplies, raw materials, components and capital equipment within the context of the Integrated Supply Chain Management Organizational Concept.

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4262 - Purchasing Strategy

Strategic purchasing is a methodology used in many businesses to realize the greatest amount of benefit to the company while still effectively managing the costs associated with the acquisition of raw materials and operational components.

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6220 - Data Analysis for Managers

Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business. Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making.

MBA 6231 - Operations Management I

How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization.

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MBA 6232 - Operations Management II

How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Continuation of 6231.

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MBA 6233 - Operations Management

Course is designed to provide a solid foundation and deeper understanding of how the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization.

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MBA 6273 - Data Analysis for Managers

Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business.  Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making.

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7202 - The Business of Healthcare

Course focuses on the evolving issues facing the healthcare industry today. Students will develop business and decision-making skills that will enable them to excel and advance under demanding circumstances in the competitive healthcare environment.

 7203 - Service and Healthcare Business Operations

Examines how techniques including lean, six sigma and value stream mapping are increasingly being utilized in service businesses, as well as to improve both flow (Cost) and patient safety outcomes in medicine.

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7204 - Managing Continuous Process Improvement in Healthcare

Designed to provide an understanding of how lean processes work in a health care setting and to introduce several important tools. Classes are often hands-on and always participative.

7221 - Introduction to Decision Making

Designed as an introduction to deterministic modeling for business, i.e. optimization and related approaches along with discussion of major applications.

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7222 - Simulation, Risk Analysis, and Decision Making

Focus on analyzing management decisions that involve uncertainty, risk, and complexity by using modeling tools.

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7223 - Project Management Part I: Senior Manager Issues

Covers topics of concern to senior managers in companies that run projects. Thus, it focuses on program management, project selection and organizational issues, rather than hands-on management of an individual project.

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7224 - Project Management Part II: Project Manager Issues

Focuses on issues of concern to the manager of an individual project. Thus, the focus is on hands-on operational and control decisions, with detailed planning using spreadsheets.

7231 - Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management

Addresses techniques of managing the flow of materials in manufacturing; emphasis on overall structure of manufacturing planning and control, and how manufacturing decisions relate to other functional areas.

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7232 - Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand

Explores how firms effectively align their supply with the demand for their products or services. We use analytical methods and models that have been developed to make use of data to intelligently operate the supply chain.

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7233 - Global Sourcing I: Organizing for Effective Global Sourcing

Focus on major decisions related to Global Sourcing. Discuss ownership and location, then study fundamental trade-offs in sourcing, including whether a buyer should employ relational or transactional arrangements with suppliers and vendors.

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7234 - Global Sourcing II: Managing for Effective Global Sourcing

Provides the tools necessary for effective day-to-day management of a global network of suppliers and vendors. Examines techniques for supplier/vendor selection (e.g., reverse auctions) and on-going management (e.g., scorecards).

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7241 - Lean Enterprise Leadership

Provide an overview of Lean Management tools and to prepare the students to participate in a Lean environment in a future job or internship. The students will participate in a variety of simulations to gain a basic knowledge of lean and to gain an understanding of how Lean can relate to service industries and office situations as well as industrial settings.

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7242 - Six Sigma Black Belt Principles

Designed to familiarize students with the Six Sigma Black Belt process improvement methodology and to provide them an opportunity to practice using Six Sigma Black Belt tools.

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7244 - Six Sigma Projects

Teams of students apply the Six Sigma body of knowledge through a real-world project at an area company. Projects will follow the DMAIC body of knowledge as students and coaches work through its tollgates to achieve process improvement.

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7251 - Operations and Supply Chain Strategy

Strategic management of operations is viewed by organizations as a means of building a competitive edge. Focus on how a well-defined operations strategy leads to a set of decisions regarding operations resulting in improved financial performance.

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7252 - Technology Management

Introduces the critical elements of designing and developing innovative products and services for strategic competitive advantage. Focus on tools, techniques and concepts necessary for designing, developing and managing innovation process.

 7253 - Sustainable Operations

Examines various ways for the businesses to adopt eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness principles into their operations (e.g. waste reduction, design for recovery) and the factors that promote these efforts (e.g. environmental laws, product returns).

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7254 - Introduction to the Global Energy Industry

Useful to students whose career goals and objectives are leading global businesses in existing and emerging technologies. This course will also be helpful in providing a platform to further understand how core concepts are applied.

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7255 - Inventive Problem Solving

Every student planning a career in today’s marketplace will be someday be asked to attend a brainstorming session in which a group of employees will be tasked with finding a solution to a product or process problem. This course is designed to enable today’s students to bring to such a session a new series of tools and techniques called TRIZ (pronounced “trees”) also known as the Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving.

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7257 - Data Analysis and Visualization 

Designed to equip students with competencies in translatating real-world problems into forms that such technologies can assist with, to portray/visualize these translations in ways that enhance the understanding of the dynamics of these problems, to structure mechanisms that derive suggested solutions, to clearly convey the justification and practicality of final solutions to others.

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 7258 - Sports Analytics 

Analytical techniques and quantitative methods are on the rise in many areas of industry, and, of late, have made their foray into the sports realm. Skills such as critical thinking, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, predictive analytics and optimization are crucial in the data-centric realm. The class seeks to develop and refine these skills in the business application area of sports.

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7259 - Operations and Technology Strategy

Develop a unifying framework for analyzing strategic issues in operations. Use theory and cases to illustrate and explore the concept of operations and technology strategy. Covers strategic decisions on technology, facilities, vertical integration, human resources, global operations and social issues.

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7701 - Managing Business Operations for Health Sciences

Many businesses and organizations have demonstrated that operations management can be an effective competitive weapon. In conjunction with well-conceived marketing and financial plans, these firms have made major penetrations into markets worldwide. This course is designed to address the key operations issues in health science organizations that have strategic as well as tactical implications.

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 7717 - Capstone: Healthcare Business Solution Teams 

This class focuses on diagnosing and solving real-world problems in life science and healthcare business practices. Mirroring the approach taken by leading consulting firms in stressing an analytical, data driven, problem solving approach; students work with managers at a client firm to systematically analyze a focal business challenge, generate alternative solutions, recommend a course of action that is supported by evidence from secondary data, and communicate actionable steps that may guide implementation of any recommendations.

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