2012-2014 Catalog

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Business and Economics Department

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Department of Business and Economics works toward developing effective decision-makers and leaders in both the private and public sectors through a strong practical business education as well as a comprehensive liberal arts education. Academic programs instill excellence, build confidence, and develop strong leadership skills that graduates can use throughout their careers.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Biga, Kay - Assistant Professor

Butler, Rebecca - Senior Lecturer, Accounting

Cao, Mei - Assc Prof, Trans & Logistics

Carlson, Diek - Senior Lecturer, Economics

Christensen, Ethan - Assistant Professor, Marketing

Derick, Kathleen - Acad Dept Assoc, Trans & Logis

Dorin, Patrick - Sr Lecturer, Trans & Logis

Hembd, Jerry - Professor

Johnson, David - Assoc Professor, Finance

Kibler, Bruce - Senior Lecturer, Management

Laughlin, Jill - Lecturer

Mahjabeen, Rubana - Asst Professor

Mahmud, Sakib - Assistant Professor

McCoon, Mark - Assistant Professor

Mokashi, Amit - Assistant Professor

Moran, Richard - Senior Lecturer

Nys, Anne - Senior Lecturer, Accounting

Opall, Brent - Assistant Professor

Osell, Shawn - Sr Lecturer, Economics

Pettingill, Kathryn - Academic Dept Assoc

Plasch, Edith - Sr Lecturer, Accounting

Roemhildt, Cassandra - Research Specialist, Tra & Log

Simkins, Zamira - Asst. Professor, Economics

Spott, Patrick - Sr Lecturer, Business

Stewart, Richard - Professor

Trudeau, Gregory - Professor

VanHornweder, Rachel - Sr Lecturer, Accounting

Course Descriptions Top of Page

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ECON - EconomicsTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ECON 681Seminar in Economic Issues3.00
In-depth discussion of current economic issues. While the focus will be on the economic aspects, social as well as political elements will be included. Various policy options will be developed, discussed, and analyzed.
 
SMGT - Sustainable ManagementTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SMGT 700Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability3.00
The changing relationships of humans to the natural environment; changes in dominant scientific perspectives and the process of scientific debate. The quest for understanding, manipulating, and dominating the natural world. Cultural and organizational structures; the role and impact of technology; the systems approach to problem solving and its implications for the future.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 710The Natural Environment3.00
Natural cycles, climate, water, energy, bio-systems, eco-systems, the role of humans in the biosphere; human impacts on natural systems. Use of case studies; some pre-reading, carbon cycle as a unifying theme. Disturbance pollution and toxicity; carrying capacity; natural capital.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 720Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line3.00
Document and project internal and external costs resulting from the inseparability of the natural, social and economic environments. Assess sustainability issues using basic modeling techniques; cause and effect, root cause analysis, regression analysis and business scenario based cases.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 730Policy, Law and Ethics of Sustainability3.00
The Law and Ethics regarding sustainability of Economic development and emerging environmental challenges at national and international levels; including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Carbon Footprints, Kyoto protocol, and Brundtland Commission. The policy and role of government and its agencies such as Army Corps of Engineers; Department of Interior, etc., in building a more just, prosperous, and secure environmental common future.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 740Economics of Sustainability3.00
Understand the economy as a component of the ecosystem within which it resides, with natural capital added to the typical analysis of human, social, built, and financial capital. Explore traditional micro, macro, and international trade theory and policy and the implications of sustainability. Topics include: history of economic systems and thought; globalization and localization; distinguishing between growth and development; the nature and causes of market failure; consumption, consumerism, and human well-being; emerging markets; technological change; business organization and financial market alternatives; demographic change; and the global food economy.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 750The built Environment3.00
Explore how the built environment came to be and the intersection of human needs: water, air, food, water, waste, transportation, healthcare and education. Evaluate community design: what does a sustainable community look like? Study related technologies and evaluate alternatives, discuss unintended consequences. Course will include case studies.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 760Geopolitical Systems3.00
An examination of decision making and public policy for sustainability at the national, state, and local level, with emphasis on the social, economic, political factors affecting decisions within both the public and private sectors. Attention is given to formal American policy making processes, informal grassroots activities and consensus building, public engagement with sustainability decisions, corporate sustainability actions and reporting, the promise of public-private partnerships and collaborative decision making, and practical examples of how decision making fosters effective transitions to sustainability goals at all levels.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 770Leading Sustainable Organizations3.00
A macro-level perspective on leading sustainable organizations. Topics addressed include: organizational change and transformation processes, strategic and creative thinking, organizational structures and their impacts, conflict management and negotiation, stake holder management and situational leadership styles and behaviors. Focuses on how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations, especially in times of environmental change.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 780Corporate Social Responsibility3.00
Corporate social responsibility and an organization. Evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making recognizing the links between the success of an organization and the well being of a community. Integrating corporate social responsibility throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally. Development of best practices in an organization pertaining to corporate social responsibility.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 782Supply Chain Management3.00
Planning, organizing and controlling the organization's supply chain is examined in context of the triple bottom line. Total cost analyses or product and process life cycles are considered in the context of strategy and operations. Topics include: sourcing, operations, distribution, reverse logistics and service supply chains. Process measurements and the impact on organizational performance in the context of footprints (e.g. carbon, water, pollution). Discussion of existing and potential software systems.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 784Sustainable Water Management3.00
This course addresses practical applications of sustainability in aquatic environments. Topics covered include water and health, water quality and quantity, governance, assessing the aquatic environment, water treatment technologies, environmental mitigation, and impacts of climate change. Emphasis will be on selected areas of interest from the perspective of public health, engineering, and municipal conservation management.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 785Waste Management and Resource Recovery3.00
Topics include the generation, processing, management and disposal of municipal, industrial and agricultural waste with an emphasis on the technical, economic and environmental aspects of various recovery processes. Additional topics will include producer responsibility, design for environment and life cycle analysis.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 790Capstone Preparation Course1.00
Research, data analysis, scholarly inquiry resulting in project proposal.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 792Capstone Project3.00
Completion of approved project utilizing concepts from coursework.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SMGT 795Special Topics in Sustainable Management3.00
Various specialized areas of sustainable management will be examined. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

Business and Economics Department Contact Information Top of Page

Business and Economics Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Erlanson Hall 301
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8206
Email: business@uwsuper.edu


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