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What is Management?

Managing Resources
Management involves the processes of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling human, technological, and physical resources to maximize the effectiveness of an organization.  Management is the art of doing things correctly.  It is a universal process that involves both technical and interpersonal skills.  Management includes leadership, problem solving, negotiation, and strategic planning.  From small business enterprises, government agencies, to vast global corporations, effective management is vital for success.

Managing People
Since people are involved in virtually every business function, managers are concerned with human behavior in the workplace. Managing people or human resources is a vital element of the management function. Effective managers are skilled in the art and science of leading, directing, and motivating people.

Who Makes a Good Manager?
People who are intelligent, motivated, and want to lead people and command resources make the best managers. Creative people who enjoy interacting with others and want to have an influence in the world and on the quality of life make good managers. Those who initiate change are the managers of the future. The days of the faceless, nameless bureaucrat are rapidly coming to a close.

Why Major in Management?

Management is the art of getting things done right. It is a universal process that involves important technical and interpersonal skills that apply to small businesses, large organizations, and, most importantly, people. Management is a challenge. It is leadership, problem solving, negotiation, strategic planning, and it is ethical. A degree in management greatly enhances one's ability to motivate people and manage resources.

Degree Plans for a major in Management

Careers in Management 

  • Supervisor
  • Office Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • HR Specialist
  • Staffing Consultant
  • Administrator
  • Sales Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Strategic Planner
  • Small Business Owner

Management at MSU Texas

A Multi-Faceted Approach
The Management major is comprised of several strands including Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Leadership, Strategic Planning and Analysis; and Entrepreneurship. It provides an excellent foundation for students who plan to pursue a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), those who seek professional certification offered by the Society for Human Resources Management, and those who aspire to start their own business.

Opportunities for Student Involvement
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and student organizations, like Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. They may also gain real world business experience through internships with local businesses, pursuing their own innovations through IdeaMSU and IdeaWF which pay cash for student innovations, and laying the groundwork for their own business with support from the Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.