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MBA Strategic Planning and Management Concentration Checklist

All concentration information effective for students admitted Fall 2014 or after.

Concentration Overview

The Strategic Management and Policy (SMP) concentration is oriented toward cross-functional problem solving and analysis. Careers and employment resulting from the SMP concentration include strategic planning, public sector and nonprofit management, public affairs, environmental affairs, and other cross-functional positions.

Students choose and complete four courses from one of the emphases indicated below. However, in lieu of one or two of the listed courses, the SMP advisor may approve a different graduate-level course within the Anderson School of Management curriculum and/or a different graduate-level course outside Anderson if the courses are relevant to SMP and the student's particular career objective.

Advising Process - First consider carefully your career objective. Then consult one of the concentration advisors if you think the Strategic Management and Policy Concentration fits your interests in order to select courses that are relevant to your particular career objective. The following courses have been identified as relevant for an emphasis in Strategic Planning and Leadership, Public Affairs and Policy Analysis, and Nonprofit Management.

Concentration Requirements

The following courses have been identified as relevant for an emphasis in Strategic Planning and Leadership, Public Affairs and Policy Analysis, and Nonprofit Management:

Strategic Management


Strategic Planning and Leadership Emphasis

Required Courses

  • 650 Competitive Analysis
  • 658 Managerial Ethics

Electives (select 2):

  • 654 Advanced Legal Topics for Managers
  • 655 Washington Campus Program
  • 568 Creative Leadership and Innovating Organizations
  • 653 Environmental Sustainability and Business
  • 651 Regulation and Social Control of Business
  • 663 Employment Law

Public Affairs & Policy Analysis Emphasis

Required Courses

  • 651 Regulations and Social Control of Business
  • 652 Public Affairs & Public Relations
  • 655 Washington Campus Program

Electives (select 1):

  • 654 Advanced Legal Topics for Managers
  • 653 Environmental Sustainability and Business
  • 658 Managerial Ethics

Non-Profit Management Emphasis

Required Courses

  • 657 Nonprofit Management
  • 503 Managerial Accounting

Electives (select 2):

  • English 518 Grant Writing
  • 658 Managerial Ethics
  • 663 Employment Law
  • 654 Advanced Legal Topics for Managers
  • 655 Washington Campus Program
  • 640 Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Law 659 Tax Exempt Organizations (permission of instructor)

One skill development course at the graduate level may be substituted for one concentration elective in any of the SMP emphases, as appropriate for the student's career objective and skill level. Examples of skill development courses include: 561 Interpersonal and Team Dynamics and 569 Negotiation Strategies.

Student Clubs

Net Impact: is a group of undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of degree programs that work toward sustainable and socially responsible business to make positive social change.

International Business Students Global (IBSG): is a group of global and international business professionals comprised of the highest caliber students at the Anderson School of Management interested in questions of international management, corporate citizenship, and the global political economy.

Strategic Management and Policy Course Descriptions (MGMT 650 Series)

MGMT 650 Competitive AnalysisCompetitive Analysis focuses on the development and analysis of information related to the strategic and competitive environment of organizations. The class provides a systematic examination of theoretical and empirical issues in the current organizational environment. *Offered in spring semesters.
MGMT 651 Regulation and Social Control of BusinessGovernment legislation and regulation of business activities in the U.S., including government controls of prices, regulation of public utilities, public ownership, economic planning and social regulation of environmental quality health and safety, etc. *Offered in fall semesters.
MGMT 652 Public Affairs and Public RelationsExplores the essential function of public stakeholder interaction with emphasis on strategic practices and theory. The class includes examination of issues lifecycle, media relations, case studies, communication strategy and corporate participation in the public policy process. *Offered in spring semesters.
MGMT 653 Environmental Sustainability and BusinessA systematic exploration of industrial influences on the natural environment. Students are exposed to natural systems and environmental management frames and practices. *Offered in fall semesters.
MGMT 654 Advanced Legal Topics for ManagersContemporary legal topics relevant to an everchanging environment, including corporate governance relationships, product liability, administrative law, and white collar crime. *Offered in fall semesters.
MGMT 655 Washington Campus ProgramOne week intensive "Washington Back-Stage: A Primer on the Public Policy Process for M.B.A. Students." Limited enrollment; special application required. Additional fees for travel and cost of the program. *One week intensive in January, March, May, or June; register in the summer or fall semesters.
MGMT 657 Nonprofit ManagementProvides an understanding of the management of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century and the growing leadership in social entrepreneurship. The course covers a broad range of topics and disciplinary perspectives. *Offered in spring semesters.
MGMT 658 Managerial Ethics (Prerequisite: 508)An issues - and problems - oriented course in applied management ethics. How to reason ethically about management problems and choices. Focus is on the crises of conscience and the everyday conflicts of role and obligation that characterize our professional lives. *Offered in fall semesters.
MGMT 697 SMP InternshipConcentration advisor permission required-see Career Services Office

Strategic Management and Policy Advisor

Karen Patterson
  • Karen Patterson
  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: (505) 277-2807
  • Office: Hokona 369
  • More Information & Office Hours »
  • Bio: Dr. Patterson received her PhD from Texas Tech University in 2007. Her research interests broadly focus on macroeconomic developments, most notably industry evolution and the specific determinants of industry trajectory. Empirically, she is interested in the emergence, acceptance and persistence of nontraditional practices, including complementary and integrative medicine, religion, athletics, online gambling and other stigmatized activities. She prefers a mixed methods approach to research, utilizing both historical archival analysis as well as longitudinal time-series analysis. Dr. Patterson serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Inquiry and has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, and Sport Management Review, among other journals.

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