Decision Sciences and Management

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Welcome to the Department of Decision Sciences and Management. Our department is an academic unit of the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University. We seek to educate business leaders who are capable of making lasting contributions to business and society and who are also skilled in using an interdisciplinary approach to decision making in an increasingly global and technology-dependent business environment.

Whether you desire a career with computer giant Apple or have an entrepreneurial spirit, a degree in Business Management will give you the tools to chase your dreams. The degree offers endless possibilities upon completion; graduates have started their careers in all types of business imaginable, from small local family owned companies to multibillion dollar multinational corporations.

The department offers the Business Management major with a choice of four concentrations:

General Management
This concentration is designed for the student desiring broad managerial expertise and curriculum exposure to a variety of business areas. This program is characterized by an emphasis on advanced organizational management skills.

Human Resource Management
This concentration prepares students for career opportunities in human resource management in both the public and private sector. The curriculum focuses on conflict management and negotiations, leadership and employee development, compensation administration and employee practices.

Production/Operations Management
This concentration is designed to prepare graduates for careers in effective operations management, with a focus on analytically based decision making and the improvement of quality and productivity. The emphasis is on the management of the resources, processes, and technologies used to create goods and services in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments.

Management Information Systems
This concentration is designed to prepare students for various careers in the area of business information systems. The curriculum is characterized by an emphasis on analytical methods for business problem solving, information technology applications, and business systems design and implementation.

In addition to offering the four options of study, a primary mission of the department is to provide a significant amount of the core coursework in organizational behavior, analytical methods, management information systems, operations management, and business strategy, to support other undergraduate majors offered in the College of Business, as well as the graduate programs in business.

The department houses two distinguished professorships in the state’s program of chairs of excellence allowing universities to attract eminent faculty and individuals of national and international prominence as chairholders. In the department is the J.E. Owen Chair of Excellence in Management Information Systems held by Dr. Tor Guimaraes, a scholar of international distinction. In addition, the department has the W. Eugene Mayberry Chair of Excellence in Quality and Technology Management held by Dr. Curt Reimann, senior scientist emeritus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and retired director of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This distinguished position is named in honor of Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry, retired chairman of the board of governors of the Mayo Clinic.

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