Human Side of Enterprise Certificate

Are you looking to enhance your understanding of the interpersonal aspects of business? Through this in-depth exploration of best practices in organizational management, communication, and leadership, you’ll expand your expertise in employment and management issues.

The Human Side of Enterprise certificate builds on two MBA core courses—Legal Environment of Business and Managing Organizational Behavior—while allowing you to choose two specialized courses in motivation, communication, leadership, conflict management, collective bargaining and industrial relations, or organizational change management.

At Plymouth State, you can take up to 12 credits before being admitted—so, you don’t need to apply in order to complete the Human Side of Enterprise certificate, however there are minimum requirements that must be met in order for your certificate to be awarded. No admissions tests are required.

    • Required Courses
    • 3
      A review of theory and research findings in the field of organizational behavior, with emphasis on applications by practicing managers. Topics to be covered include perception, motivation, leadership, communication, group dynamics, conflict management and organization theory. Pedagogical techniques include case analysis, presentations, role plays and other experiential activities. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Legal Environment.
    • 3
      A basic understanding of legal problems is expanded, analytical ability is developed, and an awareness of the presence of legal problems that surround the businessperson is explored. Freedom of choice, taxation, stockholder status, acquisitions and divisions, antitrust, employment, administrative law, and bankruptcy are covered as time allows. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Legal Environment.

Plus choose two courses from the following:

  • 3
    A review of contemporary techniques, practices and research results in the area of human resource management, with emphasis on the perspective of the practicing manager. Topics to be covered include recruitment, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, labor relations and collective bargaining, occupational safety and health and employee rights within the context of federal and state legal regulation. The case method is used extensively. The goal is to assist the line or staff manager in effective utilization and implementation of human resource policies and practices.
  • 3
    This course provides the application of learning theories and instructional development to the education and training of employees. Topics include instructional design, strategy, technology and the implementation, evaluation and management of training in an organizational environment.
  • 3
    Exploration of the evolving and emerging paradigms of holistic health and healing, and how the personal and organizational realms interconnect. In addition to examining the traditional wellness models, discussions will include concepts of mind, transpersonal psychology and energetics. Through an examination of personal and organizational contexts, students will explore ways to transform personal and work environments through mindfulness towards good intention, open mind and compassionate heart.
  • 3
    A study of the nature and scope of organizational change and development, from the perspective of the practicing manager. Consideration is given to the need for and role of consultants in this process, be they internal or external to the organization. Procedures to be discussed include survey research, job enrichment, management by objectives, team building, and program evaluation. The case method will be used. Emphasis is on the role of the practicing manager in the control and facilitation of organizational change.
  • 3
    An in-depth study of the variables affecting the transmission of internal and external organizational communication. While focusing on audience analysis, message transmission and business/media relations, critical skills such as listening, speaking, writing analysis and an understanding of non-verbal, visual and mass communication will be developed. Practical topics will include: organizational systems, conference organization, metacommunications, public relations, improved listening skills and presentational speaking. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • 3
    This course examines the dynamics, constraints, and skills needed in negotiation, collaboration, and leadership. It focuses equally on using negotiation in business planning and in dispute resolution. Theories of negotiation are examined through current literature and specific techniques are taught through simulated exercises. The course is drawn from the fields of business, law, psychology, administration, and communication. Also offered as AD 5520.
  • 3
    This course challenges women to consider the cultures, climates and contexts that limit and support their capacities as leaders. Students will explore personal leadership styles, characteristics of effective leaders, and strategies for developing themselves as leaders.
  • Total for The Human Side of Enterprise Certificate – 12 credits

Did you know that you can apply your Human Side of Enterprise certificate credits toward your MBA?

By completing an additional six MBA courses, you can roll your The Human Side of Enterprise courses into a full 30-credit MBA. No admissions tests are required and financial aid is available for qualified students.

  • Additional MBA Core Courses – 18 credits
  • 3
    A complete corporate financial management course. Content covers the classic areas of valuation, capital structure and budgeting as well as more specialized financial topics. Online version incorporates online course materials and exercises. Prerequisite: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • 3
    From a decision-makers point of view, students will participate in a seminar involving middle and upper-level managerial responsibilities, as well as discussions concerning 'state-of-the-art' methodologies appropriate to all levels of management. Case studies and group projects will be combined with informal lectures and discussions involving such areas as strategic planning, action planning techniques, policy-making, managerial ethics, decision-making methods, control systems and the integration of all resources for optimum performance. Prerequisites: BU 5190, BU 5120, BU 5210 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Economics.
    • Total for MBA in General Management with a certificate in The Human Side of Enterprise – 30 credits minimum

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