Published 07/27/17

Leadership & Innovation, Team & Project Management prepare students for emerging opportunities

The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Technological innovations, globalization, increased diversity, and political upheavals require forward-thinking, visionary, and agile leaders, managers, and thought leaders.

“To be competitive today, with such intense global competition, we have to be on the cutting edge and do things innovatively.”

Bryant University is continually anticipating and adapting its educational offerings to ensure that students are learning the skills, gaining experience, and building the qualities of character that will prepare them to become the innovative leaders for the future.

Preparing future leaders and innovators

After a recent review and analysis of Bryant’s Management program and marketplace trends conducted by faculty across the disciplines, Bryant has identified two areas of emerging opportunity. Two new Management concentrations, Leadership & Innovation and Team & Project Management, will be offered starting in fall 2017. 

“To be competitive today, with such intense global competition, we have to be on the cutting edge and do things innovatively,” said Professor of Management Lori Coakley, Ph.D., M.B.A., and a Design Thinking Certified Facilitator . “We get students to think differently starting in freshman year with the IDEA (Innovation and Design Experience for All) program, a three-day immersive design thinking course. We are giving students opportunities and tools to stretch intellectually, be uncomfortable, and look at the world differently.”

“Our new leadership and innovation concentration will prepare students to become successful leaders under conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty,” said Management Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management Diya Das, Ph.D. “The robust curriculum includes classes in design thinking and strategic management of technological innovation as well as an ambitious leadership capstone course.”

“Project management’s interdisciplinary nature makes project and team management concentration valuable for all students, whether they are studying business or liberal arts,” said Associate Professor of Management Angela Wicks, Ph.D. “When Bryant faculty share their business consulting expertise and experiences into the classrooms – as we all do – it’s invaluable for the students’ learning.”

Students enrolled in the project and team management concentration will complete a full-scale, consulting project and report for a company with an actual business dilemma, and prepare to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management exam, provided through Bryant’s Executive Development Center . With these skills and qualifications, students will graduate with a highly relevant degree and with a prestigious professional certification that will give them a competitive advantage. 

Strengthening Bryant’s highly ranked Management program

Although these concentrations are new, both Coakley and Das noted that many of their required courses are electives in the current management concentration. Bryant’s management program is already highly ranked – no. 5 in the United States by College Factual/ USA Today 2017 . These new concentrations demonstrate Bryant’s agility and responsiveness to marketplace demands, and they will increase the power of the program and the opportunities for students.