The Management major responds to the growing needs of the business environment in California and beyond. UC Merced’s Management major provides rigorous analytical and quantitative training from a blend of fields including accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, operations, economics and other social sciences. Real-life management problems do not fit neatly into subject areas. Today’s managers tackle issues that involve a number of management functions—so solutions need to draw on expertise from a variety of different areas. The UC Merced approach is to step away from thinking of management as a set of separate functions drawing from single disciplines. Instead, students learn to integrate key ideas from across subject areas to understand all the dimensions of a given issue. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasized.
The major is based on the premise that organizations require employees who are trained in analytical and quantitative decision-making, who work effectively in teams and on projects, who are comfortable in various cultures, who are “well rounded” in sciences and humanities, and who have learned the art of self-directed learning.
The Management major prepares students for a broad range of management-related careers. Students will learn the analytical tools that are needed to succeed in a modern, volatile business environment. The curriculum provides a strong foundation on analysis and problem solving across a wide spectrum of management activities. The theoretical underpinning for the undergraduate program comes from economics and management science disciplines that use tools and techniques based on applied mathematics and statistics to solve problems in virtually all areas of business operations. The typical undergraduate student develops skills to build quantitative models of complex operations in competitive and in imperfect markets and be able to use these models to facilitate decision-making.