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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 people with the 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 concentrations in Management Consulting and Management Entrepreneurship for majors in the Robins School of Business. Starting in fall 2019, students may also select a concentration in Business Analytics in combination with another concentration or Robins School major.

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

Concentrations

Management 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 Management Entrepreneurship Concentration 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 concentration 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 Concentration 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 concentration 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 Concentration to prepare top students for careers with leading consulting firms. Over 500 University of Richmond students are on the Alumni and Career Services (ACS) consulting e-mail distribution list, and the University of Richmond has recruiting relationships with the following consulting firms:

  • Accenture
  • Avascent
  • Bain & Company
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • EY Advisory
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gartner
  • KCIC
  • MAXIMUS
  • PwC Advisory
  • Veris Consulting

Business Analytics

Available starting in fall 2019, the Management Department will begin to offer a new concentration in Business Analytics. The four course concentration will provide students with the tools and technologies to analyze data for business applications. This concentration will expose students to SAS (Statistical Analysis Systems), SQL (Structured Query Language), and Python programming language. This concentration will guide students in applying machine learning techniques to real world business uses. The Business Analytics concentration may be added as a complement to an Accounting major or Economics Business major. The Business Analytics concentration may also be added as a second concentration to a Business Administration major in complement to a concentration in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management consulting, management entrepreneurship, or marketing.

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