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Management Fact Sheet

Organizations are finding that they must compete for customers, employees, suppliers, investors, and host communities by consistently creating and delivering more value to them. The faculty and students in the Management Department are interested in the ways in which organizations become more competitive for all of these stakeholders by coordinating activities and relationships in dynamic international environments. These interests are manifest in our various degree programs, basic research, community engagement, entrepreneurial activities, and consulting.

One result is that the Management Department is among the most interdisciplinary departments at the University of Richmond. We teach courses that give students essential skills, knowledge, and capabilities to excel as leaders in any specialty area, including finance, marketing, accounting, or operations management. For example, our courses address the knowledge for students to:

  • Identify business opportunities and build or grow a firm to pursue those opportunities (Strategy and Entrepreneurship)
  • Establish values for the firm, and provide leadership and decision-making to align the values and business opportunities (Organizational Behavior and Ethics)
  • Coordinate processes and systems necessary to build/grow a firm and realize the opportunities (Operations Management and Information Systems)

Strong leadership skills are essential to nearly any career in business, and we are continuously enhancing our courses and tracks to ensure they reflect the very latest in management concepts and tools. The Management Department offers a concentration for Business Administration Majors. Students who concentrate in Management select either the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Track or the Management Consulting Track.

The Management Department also coordinates a Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship offered exclusively to students who are not Business Administration, Accounting, or Economics Majors and who are not in the BUAD Minor.

Tracks

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship has become a driving force in economic and societal change. The proliferation of new ventures and small businesses stimulates many new career and professional opportunities. Even large, established organizations today recognize the value creation potential of innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track provides students with the skills and mindset needed to succeed in fast-moving environments. Students will engage in new concept creation from idea generation, to validation, and execution. Students will also acquire knowledge and training in applied creativity through innovation for organizations of all types and sizes.

This track gives students the confidence they need to successfully start and lead new ventures, to restructure business models, and to build high-performing entrepreneurial teams. Entrepreneurs tend to pursue their goals aggressively while seeking independence and freedom from boundaries. You might do this by starting your own firm, managing a family business, or buying a franchise right after your undergraduate studies or several years down the road.  It could also be as a product manager, market analyst, or development team lead for an existing business, as firms increasingly recognize the importance of integrating entrepreneurship into their business strategies. Other career opportunities include consulting practices, business incubators, and research firms.

Management Consulting

Organizations regularly engage management consultants in an effort to maintain their competitive edge and improve performance. Students who complete the Management Consulting track are prepared to contribute to performance improvement initiatives inside many types of organizations, including corporations, professional services firms, and governmental and non-profit organizations.  Students who complete this Track develop proficiency to:

  • Measure and interpret an organization's performance
  • Diagnose an organization's threats and opportunities
  • Recommend activities for the organization to address threats or opportunities
  • Carry out those activities as a member of a project team
  • Communicate clearly the purpose, scope, and benefits of their work

The Management Department created this Management Consulting track to prepare top students for careers with leading consulting firms. Over 400 University of Richmond students are on the Office of Alumni and Career Services (OACS) consulting e-mail distribution list, and the University of Richmond has recruiting relationships with the following consulting firms:

  • Bain & Company
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CapTech
  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Ernst & Young Advisory
  • FTI Consulting
  • Kenesis Corporate and Information Consulting
  • MAXIMUS
  • Monument Consulting
  • PwC Advisory
  • Veris Consulting
Research

Management students have the opportunity to study with leading-edge researchers and teachers in a variety of fields while being mentored by successful alumni and entrepreneurs. The typical Management faculty member has many years of experience in industry (outside of academia) before or after completing the PhD, and is a leading researcher in her/his respective field. Within the past five years, Management Department members have published research in the following top-ranked* academic journals:

  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Information Systems Research
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management
  • Operations Research
  • Organization Science
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Strategic Management Journal

* Journals included in listings by Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, or University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings

Undergraduate Management

Robins School of Business
102 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Department Chair
Doug Bosse, Ph.D.
Q390
(804) 287-1922
dbosse@richmond.edu 

Department Coordinator
Donna Ruff
RSB 315
(804) 662-3166  
druff@richmond.edu