According to Rakesh Khurana of the Harvard Business School, “management” is one of the most powerful but invisible of American institutions. If you ask them, senior executives in accounting firms, banks, manufacturing organizations, consulting firms, retail organizations will tell you management is the key challenge they face on a day-to-day basis. Our management major will be your first step in a career that will make you think strategically, honing your natural leadership skills with respect to managing people, learning to analyze firm strategies and industry dynamics, and understanding the evolving global environment in order to solve multi-faceted business challenges. Therefore, the management major should be a natural starting point in your long professional journey. If you want to achieve long-term professional success, then the Whitman management major is right for you.
Choices in Courses and Careers
Our management curriculum combines courses in managing human capital, firm strategies and industry analysis, and legal, ethical and global domains, helping students neatly complement their functional training in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, retail management and supply chain management. In the short-term, our management courses prepare students to outperform competitors in interviews leading to entry level jobs where employers seek well-rounded students who have functional, as well as managerial skills. In the long-term, we prepare students for lasting career success in professional positions, enabling their smooth transitions from functional positions to executive and leadership positions. The management preparation received at Whitman is also advantageous for those students who join leadership development or management-training programs at multinational corporations, investment banks, accounting and consulting firms that serve global organizations.
Clubs and Connections
Whitman’s many clubs, such as Delta Sigma Pi and SU ENACTUS, expand the students’ base of knowledge and introduce them to additional resources through programming and events. A myriad of networking and learning opportunities, such as speakers and panel discussions, are valuable both in preparing you for the responsibilities of a career in management and in making career connections.
Primed for Placement
Whitman’s management majors secure promising positions at companies such as Accenture, Dick’s Sporting Goods, FactSet, General Electric and Zenith Optimedia.
Management Advisory Board
Accomplished industry professionals share their time and experienced perspective as members of the advisory board to help enhance the program and its offerings.
Karen Alberg Grossman ’71 | MR Magazine
Stephen Bell ’09 MBA | FedEx Express
Michael Blackshear ’91 | Chubb
Steven Granat ’83 | EMC Corporation
Stephanie Jorder | Amgen
Mark Hebert ’05 | Morgan Stanley