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In today's business climate, employers ask that managers work both competently on projects assigned to them; as well as add value to their organizations. Focusing on problem-solving skills and the organizational context of decisions will serve managers well in responding to employers' expectations. Further, managers need to understand how cultural differences affect decisions and, based on increased scrutiny on managers from investors, boards of directors, and regulators, managers make ethical business decisions.

The purpose of this course is to provide current and prospective managers with an opportunity to develop a dynamic set of management principles and practices which will enhance their own performance and the performance of all employees throughout the organization: pieces of the leadership mosaic. Shared vision, systems thinking, continuous learning, authenticity, creativity, and a profound understanding of human learning and behavior change herald management success in the future. 

Macroeconomic theory is useful in understanding how the economy works. Through the study of economic theory, adult students will make more discerning consumers of economic information. Furthermore, they will understand economic reports and their historical significance. An underlying question that every adult student should attempt to answer is, "Why does an economy at times fail to fully employ its productive resources to create goods and services for society?" By the end of this course, students will be able to digest an economic situation and understand how it affects their lives.

With the rise of technology use and the prolific integration of internet and web-technologies in everyday life, social communication has been enabled to instantaneously broadcast messages with global visibility of media (text, pictures, videos, blogs, tweets, etc.). Institutions of society from private industry, education and politics have been directly impacted and compelled to adapt and manage these types of social media. Relationships and how individuals and groups interact with one another have been challenged by social media and raised concerns of privacy, authenticity and culture. The practical use and management of social media by individuals, businesses, and organizations is fundamental to their success as well as how well they can craft their online identity - given the expediency of the technology.

International business is defined by multiple factors including currency, legal systems, culture and politics of finite resources. The importance for managers and business leaders is in determining how these differences can be leveraged for the good of all stakeholders: customers, employees and shareholders. Businesses, both small and large, are experiencing an increase in the likelihood they will conduct business internationally or be impacted by an environment much different than just 25 years ago when many small and national businesses were relatively isolated from the larger global community.