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 101 (Introduction to Management) and MGMT 301 (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 2021-2022 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 111 – Multinational Management (Fall)
  • Choose at least 2 credit units from the following:
    • MGMT 117x – Global Growth of Emerging Firms (Spring)
    • MGMT 205 – Multinational Corporate Strategies (not offered)
    • MGMT 208 – Managing Globalization and Anti-Globalization (Spring)
    • MGMT 209 – Political and Social Environment of the Multinational Firm (Spring)
    • MGMT 288 – 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 104 – Industrial Relations and Human Resource MGMT (no longer offered)
    • MGMT 224 – Leading Diversity in Organizations (0.5 cu, Fall Q2)
    • MGMT 238 – Organizational Behavior (Fall)
    • MGMT 241 – Knowledge for Social Impact (Spring)
    • MGMT 242 – Corporate Governance
    • MGMT 243 – Work and Technology (0.5 cu, Spring)
    • MGMT 248 – How to Be the Boss (0.5 cu, Fall Q2)
    • MGMT 272 – Power and Politics in Organizations (0.5 cu, Spring Q4)
    • MGMT 291 – Negotiations (Fall, Spring)
    • MGMT 293x – People Analytics (Spring)
    • MGMT 294x – Understanding Careers & Managerial Labor Markets (0.5 cu, Spring Q3 and 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 223 – Business Policy (Fall)
  • Choose at least 2 credit units from the following:
    • MGMT 211 – Competitive Strategy (Spring)
    • MGMT 214 – Technology Innovation and Strategy (M&T students not permitted, Spring)
    • MGMT 225 – Value Creation & Value Capture in American Business History (Fall, Spring)
    • MGMT 237 – Management of Technology (M&T students only, Spring)
    • MGMT 242 – Corporate Governance
    • MGMT 249 – 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.