Management Concentration & Specializations

The Management concentration allows a student to flexibly choose among the full set of the department’s offerings. As a consequence, students can mold a curriculum that spans issues of managing the internal processes of firms and considerations of strategic advantage — for both young and growing organizations as well as established ones. Students will develop expertise well-suited to general management and leadership positions in firms, or to serve these firms in advisory roles with leading consulting firms.


Concentration

The Management concentration is fulfilled by 4.0 credit units (cu) of MGMT coursework beyond the Wharton-wide requirements of MGMT 1010 (Introduction to Management) and MGMT 3010 (Teamwork and Interpersonal Influence). Only 1.0 cu out of the four total cu may be allotted to the aggregate of Global Modular Courses, Global Virtual Courses, Advanced Study Projects, Independent Study Projects, Financial Literacy Community Project, and/or Research Theses.

Undergraduate Advisor (current Wharton students only)
Sara Jane McCaffrey (mcsa@wharton.upenn.edu)


Specializations

MGMT concentrators may earn one of three specializations by completing at least 3 cu of their MGMT course selections in focused areas as below. All courses are 1.0 cu unless otherwise indicated. The terms in which classes are tentatively scheduled for Academic Year 2022-2023 are in parentheses – please check the current Course Schedule to confirm.


Specialization in Multinational Management*

The Multinational Management specialization prepares students for managerial, financial and consulting positions in which a sophisticated understanding of the multinational firm, the international competitive environment, and the cross-national political and social aspects of business is required.

  • Required: MGMT 1110 – Multinational Management (Fall)
  • Choose at least 2 credit units from the following:
    • MGMT 1170x – Global Growth of Emerging Firms (Spring)
    • MGMT 2050 – Multinational Corporate Strategies (not offered)
    • MGMT 2080 – Managing Globalization and Anti-Globalization (Spring)
    • MGMT 2090 – Political and Social Environment of the Multinational Firm (Spring)
    • MGMT 2880 – Managing and Competing in China (Fall)

Specialization in Organizational Effectiveness*

The Organizational Effectiveness specialization educates students at the leading edge of theory and practice about the management of employees and the design of organizations. It spans topics from understanding the behavior of individuals and groups to designing management systems and structures to support business strategy. It serves students with a range of career objectives: (1) those who seek leadership positions focusing on employees in organizations; (2) those interested in consulting in the area of organizational effectiveness or management consulting more generally; and (3) those interested in balancing a more technical academic and business backgrounds with greater depth in understanding behavioral and management expertise.

  • Choose at least 3 credit units from the following:
    • MGMT 2240 – Leading Diversity in Organizations (0.5 cu; Fall Q2)
    • MGMT 2380 – Organizational Behavior (Fall)
    • MGMT 2410 – Knowledge for Social Impact (Spring)
    • MGMT 2420 – Corporate Governance (not offered)
    • MGMT 2430 – Work and Technology (0.5 cu; Fall Q2, Spring Q3)
    • MGMT 2480 – How to Be the Boss (0.5 cu; Fall Q2)
    • MGMT 2720 – Power and Politics in Organizations (not offered)
    • MGMT 2910 – Negotiations (Fall, Spring)
    • MGMT 2930x – People Analytics (Spring)
    • MGMT 2940x – Understanding Careers & Managerial Labor Markets (0.5 cu; Spring Q4)

Specialization in Strategic Management*

The Strategic Management specialization provides students with a deep grounding in the basic logic of competitive advantage, premised on a careful analytical treatment of the distinct qualities and positions of individual firms and an understanding of broader competitive dynamics. This background positions students well for guiding strategy at both established and emerging enterprises, as well as preparing them for positions with consulting firms that work with organizations on setting their strategies.

  • Required: MGMT 2230 – Business Strategy (Fall, Spring)
  • Choose at least 2 credit units from the following:
    • MGMT 2110 – Competitive Strategy (Spring)
    • MGMT 2140 – Technology Innovation and Strategy (Fall)  M&T students not permitted
    • MGMT 2250 – Value Creation & Value Capture in American Business History (Fall)
    • MGMT 2370 – Management of Technology (Spring) M&T students only
    • MGMT 2420 – Corporate Governance (not offered)
    • MGMT 2490 – Mergers & Acquisitions (Fall)

* A thesis or independent study conducted under the supervision of a Management faculty member may only be counted toward a specialization’s focused 3.0 cu with permission from the undergraduate advisor.