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Introduction

The Raj Soin College of Business is committed to providing quality education that is both broad based and professionally relevant; to creating an environment that fosters faculty development and strengthens the college’s links with the external community; and to exceeding the high standards of personal and professional conduct advanced by AACSB International, which accredited the college’s M.B.A. program in 1979. As a result of this commitment to teaching, research, service, and outreach, the university’s mission extends to the growth and development of the metropolitan Dayton area and Miami Valley, and explores problems that have local, state, regional, national, and international applications.

The Raj Soin College of Business offers degree programs leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Social and Applied Economics, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Logistics Management, and the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) degree. Each student’s program is planned on an individual basis, taking into consideration the student’s background, needs, and objectives. This allows any program to be built on the student’s undergraduate work in business, the arts, sciences, engineering, or other fields of study.

A chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national scholastic honor society in the field of business and administration, was established by the College of Business and Administration in 1976.

The M.B.A. Degree
The mission of the Wright State M.B.A. degree program is to develop managers and leaders whose understanding and vision encompass the total organization. Graduates will work effectively within and across functional areas and understand the entire organization and its environment. Consistent with this mission, the primary learning objectives of the program are to develop in our students a cross-functional understanding of organizational operations; further develop students’ critical and analytical thinking skills; enhance students’ communication skills—oral, written, and interpersonal; and develop the ability to work collaboratively.

The M.S. Degree in Social and Applied Economics
For more information about the Master of Science Degree in Social and Applied Economics program, see Economics section.

The M.S. Degree in Logistics Management
This program combines the study of business administration with advanced logistics courses. In an era of shrinking product life cycles, proliferating product lines, shifting distribution chains, and changing technology, mastery of logistics has become an essential ingredient of competitive success. The M.S. program in Logistics Management provides an excellent background for this purpose. For more information on this program, see M.S. in Logistics Management section.

The M.Acc. Degree
The aim of the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program is to provide students with a broad set of competencies designed to facilitate success in professional accounting careers and to qualify graduates to sit for the uniform CPA examination in the state of Ohio. See M.Acc. degree requirements.

Admission

Admission to the M.B.A. or Master of Accountancy program requires submission of the form “Application for Admission to a Graduate Status” to the School of Graduate Studies. All applicants for admission to a degree program must pay the application fee, submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, submit a current resumé, and direct Educational Testing Service to forward an official score report to Wright State for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). International applicants must submit an official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550/213 or a band of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System test. Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants for the M.Acc. degree program should have an undergraduate degree with a major or concentration in accounting in addition to the above requirements. Those with deficiencies may be required to successfully complete selected preparatory courses. Students without the undergraduate accounting major will be required to take undergraduate preparatory courses before beginning the M.Acc.; all such students should contact the Department of Accountancy before enrolling.

The Raj Soin College of Business admits only those individuals who show high promise for successful completion of the program. Admission to the program is based on a variety of criteria including past academic performance, standardized test score(s), intellectual capacity (including analytical and quantitative skills), preparedness for graduate study, and other factors.

Regular Admission in Business

Applicants who have submitted all materials for admission to the program will be considered by the college’s graduate admission committee for regular admission. An admission index (AI), overall or last half, is computed for each applicant. The AI is computed by multiplying the overall undergraduate GPA by 200 and adding the total GMAT score. The college’s graduate admission committee looks for an AI of 1100 or greater for regular admission. Applicants who have completed any graduate course work must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0. International applicants must have a score of at least 550/213 on the TOEFL.

Conditional Admission in Business

Applicants who have been denied admission, but who believe they are qualified for graduate work, may petition for conditional admission status. Applicants seeking such status must petition the School of Graduate Studies and the Raj Soin College of Business. Graduate credit earned while in this status can be applied toward degree requirements. Regular admission status will be granted once all admission requirements are satisfied and the student completes 12 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. A student who does not meet these conditions will be dismissed.

Provisional Admission in Business

Under certain conditions, an applicant may be admitted provisionally (for one quarter) pending receipt of the official credentials. Provisional admission is granted for one quarter to allow the applicant the time necessary for Wright State to receive the official documents. Provisional admission is not a final admission category. Once all official documents are received, the college will make a final decision to admit or not.

If admission requirements are not met during the quarter in which a student was admitted provisionally, registration for future quarters will be denied and the student will lose graduate credit for any graduate courses completed during the quarter.

Provisional Admission in Accountancy

Students without the undergraduate accounting major (or business degree) will be required to complete preparatory courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before they can attain regular admission status.

Nondegree or Transient Admission in Business

Applicants who meet all School of Graduate Studies requirements for nondegree admission or transient admission will be admitted into these categories. Students wanting to switch to degree status must reapply to the School of Graduate Studies for such status and may apply only 12 credit hours of Stage II requirements toward the degree.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Course Work
The following outlines the preparatory foundation course requirements for the M.B.A. degree program. Candidates should consult with a graduate advisor in the Raj Soin College of Business for information on the policies and procedures to waive the foundation courses.

All candidates must demonstrate an understanding of accountancy, finance, economics and statistics. Students deficient in any of these areas are required to successfully remedy the deficiency by completing the appropriate foundation course(s). Foundation courses may be waived for individuals who have completed comparable courses at regionally accredited institutions. Waiver of foundation course work is based on the grade received, credit hours, course content, age of course, focus, and other factors. Additionally, students may demonstrate competency by successfully passing a proficiency test.

All foundation courses should be taken before starting 700-level MBA courses unless permission is granted by the director of the MBA Program.

Foundation Courses
MBA 510 (4) Survey of Accounting
MBA 520 (4) Survey of Economics
MBA 530 (4) Survey of Finance
MBA 580 (4) Survey of Quantitative Business Analysis

MBA CORE and Concentrations
After completing (or being waived from) the prerequisite foundation courses, students begin the MBA program with the MBA Core, 36 credit hours of course work that are common to all MBA students. Students should enroll in MBA 750 – Leading Teams and Organizations, as the first core course. Students cannot enroll in the capstone course, MBA 755, until they have completed all core MBA courses and obtain permission from Director of the MBA program. Students also complete a twelve credit-hour concentration chosen from the list shown below.
Students have the flexibility to choose and structure concentration(s) to meet their career objectives. Foundation courses cannot be used as electives within the concentration area(s). Students taking graduate business courses are expected to follow course prerequisite requirements.

MBA CONCENTRATIONS
Economics
Required:
EC 709 Applied Econometrics
EC 715 Applied Microeconomics
EC 717 Applied Macroeconomics

Finance
Required:
FIN 710 Investment Management
FIN 742 Seminar in Financial Management
FIN 790 Seminar in International Financial
Management

Flexible Business
12 hours of 700 level courses from RSCOB.

International Business
Choose 3:
FIN 790 Seminar in International Financial
Management
MS 700 Global Supply Chain Management
MKT 716 International Marketing
EC 719 International Economics
ACC 757 International Accounting

Management, Innovation and Change
Required:
MGT 706 Organizational Development &
Change
Choose 2:
LAW 620 Legal Aspects of Managing a
Diverse Workforce
MGT 766 Managing for Creativity &
Innovation
MKT 775 Entrepreneurship

Management of Information Technology
Required:
MIS 700 Information Systems Development
Choose 2:
MIS 705 Electronic Commerce
MIS 710 Managing Business Data
MIS 720 Telecommunications Management
MKT 740 E-Commerce

Marketing
Required:
MKT 700 Product & Price Management
MKT 705 Advertising & Sales Promotion
Choose 1:
MKT 775 Entrepreneurship
MKT 740 E-Commerce
MKT 716 International Marketing

Project Management
Required:
MGT 770 Fundamentals of Project
Management
MGT 773 Project Management & Control
Techniques
Choose 1:
MGT 772 Project Contract Management
EC 740 Cost Benefit Analysis & Social
Project Evaluations
MKT 775 Entrepreneurship

Supply Chain Management
Choose 3:
MS 700 Global Supply Chain Management
MS 732 Demand Mgt. in Supply Chain
MS 755 Advanced Quality Management
MS 771 World Class Strategies
MS 786 Advanced Supply Chain
Management


Dual Degree with Economics
Students may obtain both the M.B.A. degree and the M.S. degree in Social and Applied Economics under the dual-degree program, which permits common course work to apply to both programs as long as the courses are completed within the time limit set for completion of graduate degree programs. This policy does not apply to students who received a M.B.A. degree or M.S. degree in economics from schools other than Wright State. Contact the director of M.B.A. programs and the director of M.S. in Social and Applied Economics Program for further details.

Dual Degree with Nursing
Students may obtain both the M.B.A. degree and the M.S. degree in administration of nursing and health care systems under the dual-degree program, which permits common course work to apply to both programs. Students who receive a M.B.A. degree or M.S. degree in nursing from schools other than Wright State cannot enter this dual degree program. For further information, contact the director of graduate programs in business and logistics management and director of M.S. in nursing program.

Faculty

Accountancy

Professors
James Greenspan (chair), financial accounting
Susan Lightle, auditing, financial accounting
Hans Dieter Sprohge, managerial and financial accounting
John C. Talbott Jr., taxation and managerial accounting

Associate Professor
David M. Bukovinsky, managerial and governmental accounting

Assistant Professors
Kevin F. Brown, accountancy
John K. Cook, accountancy
Carolyn Hartwell, financial accounting
Paul Lin, accounting systems

Economics

For list of Department of Economics graduate faculty, see Economics

Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate

Professors
Fall M. Ainina (chair), financial management, investments
Peter W. Bacon (emeritus), financial management
Nicolas Gressis, financial management, investments
James E. Larsen, real estate, financial institutions
Robert J. Sweeney, financial management

Associate Professors
Khurshid Ahmad (emeritus), insurance, real estate, personal finance
Marlena Akhbari, financial management
Carol Wang, finance
Richard E. Williams, financial management, investments, estate planning


Assistant Professor
Marlena Akhbari, financial management

Management

Professors
Riad A. Ajami (chair), management
Francis J. (Bud) Baker, project management, leadership, strategic management
Jeanette Davy, organizational behavior, organizational development, human resource strategy, compensation
Charles J. Hartmann (emeritus), legal environment of business, government regulation
Joseph A. Petrick, international management, management ethics, quality management, leadership studies, environmental management
Michael Z. Sincoff, management
William M. Slonaker, legal environment of business, legal aspects of business organizations, legal aspects of commercial transactions, labor law, real estate law
Ann C. Wendt, labor relations, human resource management, public policy

Associate Professors
Todd Dewett, organizational behavior, leadership
Scott Williams, organizational behavior, strategic management

Assistant Professors
David Bright, organizational development and change, positive organizational scholarship, appreciative inquiry, forgiveness in organizations, social issues in management
Melissa Gruys, predicting, defining, and examining employee performance and work behavior, predicting and preventing counterproductive work behavior

Information Systems and Operations Management

Professors
Joseph W. Coleman, statistical analysis, simulation, management information systems
Andrew Lai (interim chair) (emeritus), supply chain management, logistics, management science, management information systems
Michael Cleary (emeritus), management science, information systems
Nadia R. Sanders, forecasting, decision theory, materials management, expert systems
Vikram Sethi (chair), cultural and organizational issues of information systems, organizational transformation. transnational information systems, process refinement
Vincent Yen, operations research, statistics, management information systems, systems development, decision support systems

Associate Professors
George G. Polak, network optimization, supply chain modeling, discrete and combinatorial optimization
Larry B. Weinstein, integration of production and maintenance planning, TQM in manufacturing, ISO/QSS 9000 certification

Assistant Professors
Jung Choi, software metrics, IS development methodologies and software productivity and quality
Barbara B. Denison, small business applications, systems analysis and design
Kevin P. Duffy, information systems, operations management

Anand Jeyaraj, information systems with overlaps in organizational behavior, influence tactics, and social networks; adoption, diffusion, and assimilation of information systems
Shu Schiller, virtual teams and communities, online customer services and communication, instant messaging, Web-enhanced teaching and learning, information systems theories, qualitative information systems research
Arijit Sengupta, information systems, operations management
Hong Wang, AI search techniques and optimization, decision support systems and models, telecommunications, behavioral and strategic MIS/DSS
Frederick R. Watson (emeritus), linear and integer programming, network modeling and optimization

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Martin H. Davis, Jr., management science and information systems, Director, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Master of Science (M.S.) Program and Master of Information Systems (M.I.S.) Program


Marketing

Professors
Herb Brown (emeritus), marketing
Peter Carusone (emeritus), marketing
Pola Gupta, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, marketing research, Internet marketing
Robert Kegerreis (president emeritus; professor emeritus), marketing
Inder P. Khera, marketing strategy, consumer behavior, international marketing, marketing of services
James M. Munch (chair), marketing
Rosemary P. Ramsey, marketing
Paula M. Saunders (emeritus), marketing strategy, service marketing, direct marketing

Associate Professors
Charles S. Gulas, advertising, consumer behavior, marketing management, entrepreneurship
Robert A. Ping Jr., marketing management, marketing research

Assistant Professors
Wakiuru Wamwara-Mbugua, marketing management, consumer behavior

Course of Study

MBA Program
MBA 710 Strategic Cost Management4
MBA 720 Analysis of Global Economic Conditions 4
MBA 730 Financial Analysis and Decision Making4
MBA 740 Legal and Ethical Decision Making4
MBA 750 Leading Teams and Organizations4
MBA 760 Marketing Strategy4
MBA 770 Information Technology and Business Transformation 4
MBA 780 Supply Chain Management4
MBA 755 Developing and Implementing Competitive Strategies4
(Prerequisite: All core MBA courses)
CONCENTRATION (Three courses)12
TOTAL MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED 48

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