Do you enjoy the challenge of solving problems? Are you interested in planning, organizing, and leading – not simply "doing"? Do you enjoy making things happen and interacting with people? Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur, an innovator, and a leader?
Being a leader in today’s complex, global environment is challenging. The business environment is characterized by constant changes in technology, as well as increased globalization and diversity.
The Management concentration at Bryant prepares you to meet these challenges. In our program, students gain skills to:
- solve complex problems
- think outside the box
- plan, organize, motivate, and lead
- bring a project from inception to completion
- develop ethical practices to ensure accountability
- mobilize and coordinate resources to achieve goals
- strategize in a global and complex business environment
You will be tested in the classroom with hands-on, practical projects focused on strategic human resource management, design thinking, service learning, and customer service. You will have unparalleled opportunities to interact with alumni, executive mentors, successful entrepreneurs, and CEOS. You will be challenged to demonstrate your abilities to innovatively manage complex situations through competitions that require you to solve real-world problems.
The Management minor was developed to meet an increasing demand for management skills at all organizational levels. Whether you are a business or liberal arts student, you will gain an understanding of complex managerial issues that corporations face today through this minor.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
You will have the advantage of networking in the business and professional world at Bryant. Through a variety of programs, including those offered by the Amica Center for Career Education and alumni mentoring programs, you will have unparalleled opportunities to interact with CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, and executives. Management graduates are prepared for professional success in a variety of fields.
Titles held by recent management graduates include business manager, credit manager, executive trainee, application specialist, consumer loan trainee, customer service representative, inventory control specialist, and human resources specialist.
You will also be prepared for graduate or law school.
The Management faculty will assist you in your pursuit of a management concentration. They are strong researchers and consultants with expertise in various industries and functions across the field of management. The faculty apply their own professional experience working for companies such as Amica, BJ Wholesale, Conoco, the FBI, FedEx, GTech, The Hartford, Hope Global, JP Morgan, Chase, Mars, NASA, Raytheon, Target, Textron, and Union Specific, and to create effective and enhanced learning environments.
IRON CHEF PREP
Ken Oringer ’94
Oringer is an Iron Chef champion and recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast. But before he became a star in the restaurant world, he decided a solid foundation in business at Bryant was the best preparation.
After attending the Culinary Institute of America, he developed his craft from New York to San Francisco. He is the owner of six highly-acclaimed restaurants in Boston.
“It’s really important to have a business foundation and framework,” says Oringer. “Once I built that, I have a lot of freedom to be creative and express myself.”
Lori Coakley, Ph.D.
Professor of management
Lori Coakley, Ph.D., has received awards for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level, mentorship of students and faculty, and service and leadership on campus. She teaches classes in organizational behavior, leadership, and international management, and is on the faculty of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant. Her ongoing consultant work centers on organizational behavior and strategic management issues, and she brings this practical experience to the classroom.
“My consulting helps me engage my students at a different level, because I can challenge them with the same questions I’m being challenged with,” she says. “When faculty members use practical approaches, students understand that it’s not just theory in a textbook, but that they’re actually going to apply it when they leave Bryant.”
MANAGEMENT BEYOND BUSINESS
Christopher Brida '12
Benjamin Franklin High School
"When I tell people about my major, I refer to myself as the 'weird management major.'
My idea of business is much different than that of my peers. I have long-believed the practical application of my business skills—entrepreneurship, innovation, and resourcefulness—would be best served outside the world of business.
Management has taught me the conceptual characteristics of managing an organization, and I will bring those skills into a low-income high school classroom, where I am teaching mathematics."