The George Washington University
School of Business: Management


The Graduate Classes course descriptions are listed below. Courses with a 8000 number are reserved for Ph.D. candidates only: Management (MGT) and Master of Business Administration (MBAD).

The courses are taught by the following instructors. Please click on their name to view their bio page.

Professors:  E.K. Winslow, S.A. Umpleby, P.M. Swiercz, J. Bailey, D.Guthrie
Associate Professors: D.C. Kayes, P. McHugh, G.T. Solomon,
Assistant Professors:  N.S. Hill, S. Singh, N.A. Cohen
Associate Teaching Professor:  A. El Tarabishy
Assistant Teaching Professor: M. Burnett
Associate Professorial Lecturers:  K.K. Frey, J.W. Rollins
Assistant Professorial Lecturer: D.Bridge


6210      Individual and Group Dynamics in Organizations (3)      
Instructors: Kayes, Bailey
Theoretical, empirical, and practical aspects of individual and group dynamics in organizations. Personal, interpersonal, and cultural aspects of teams and groups. Team structure, process; the role of individual experience and its impact on team learning. (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

6213      Change Management ( 3)                                                      
Instructors: Umpleby, Kayes

Foundation course for graduate students seeking additional knowledge of change management. Students will be introduced to the behavioral and organizational components of individual, team, and firm-wide change. Topics include reality of change in today’s business environment, challenge of changing habits, sources of resistance to change. Ideal for students who want a framework for understanding the dynamics that often accompany the change process and desire to learn experientially.

6214      Consultative Processes (3)                                                   
Instructors: Winslow

Theories and methods of planning, introducing, and coping with change in management through the helping process. Intended both for managers seeking an understanding of the consultative approach to planned change and for persons in staff or consultative roles seeking understanding of the consultative process. (Spring)

6215      Conflict Management and Negotiations (3)                       
Instructors: Bailey, Swiercz

The nature and sources of conflict and interdependence in social and organizational dynamics. Various means of resolving conflict, including the use of competitive and collaborative negotiations and mediation. Case discussion, exercises, role-playing, and simulation. Managers as mediators and negotiators. (Fall and Spring)

6216      Cross-Cultural Management (3)                                         
Instructors: Umpleby, Bailey

The cultural foundations of organizations and institutions, with an emphasis on managerial behavior. Cross-cultural differences as they affect work-related behaviors, such as communication, attitude, teamwork, negotiation, and decision making. (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

6251      Total Compensation (3)                                                       
Instructors: Staff

Comprehensive review of all elements of compensation systems that affect an organization, including wages and salaries, incentives, benefits, perquisites, and intrinsic rewards. (Fall)

6252      Global Human Resource Management (3)                         
Instructors: McHugh, Swiercz

International applications of human resource management functions. Selection, preparation, and compensation of U.S. managers and executives for service abroad. Adaptation of human resource management policies to conform to specific cultural environments. (Fall and Summer)

6253      Leadership and Executive Development (3)                      
Instructors: Swiercz, Bailey

Theories of managerial leadership; issues and problems associated with leadership in large organizations at higher management levels: executive selection and development.  (Fall)

6254      Negotiations and Labor Relations (3)                                 
Instructors: McHugh, Swiercz

Negotiation theory and practice in the context of labor-management relations in both union and nonunion settings. Emphasis on negotiation and conflict resolution skills, arbitration, and grievance procedures, public-sector labor relations, labor laws and public policy, and global labor relations issues.  (Spring)

6257      Performance Management and Development (3)             
Instructors: Staff

Comprehensive review of performance appraisal and training and development. Students learn to develop customized training programs that relate to the performance appraisal process.  (Spring)

6258      Applied Organizational Leadership (3)                              
Instructors: Swiercz, Bailey

In-depth studies of theories and leadership. Legal and ethical obligations of leadership. The leader in the process of assuming responsibility. Experiential exercises designed to develop the students’ interpersonal abilities and leadership capacities.  (Spring)

6259      Employment Law and Ethics (3)                                        
Instructors: Swiercz, McHugh

An examination of the interaction of legal requirements and personal ethics and their influence on managerial decisions affecting the employment exchange. Special emphasis on equal employment opportunity and civil rights, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining, and wrongful discharge.  (Fall)

6290      Special Topics (2 or 3)                                                          
Instructors: Staff

Experimental offering; new course topics and teaching methods. May be repeated once for credit.

6291      Entrepreneurship (3)                                                           
Instructors: Solomon, Winslow

In exploring the “entrepreneur as a phenomenon” students will be exposed to the theory and experiences associated with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial acts, and entrepreneurship in all organizational settings - large, small, public, and private.  (Fall and Spring)

6292      Small-Business Management (3)                                         
Instructors: Solomon, Winslow

The start-up process and management of small firms. Field projects involve student teams as consultants to local businesses. Case studies. Emphasis on total customer service, international opportunities, and minority and women’s issues.

6293      New Venture Initiation (3)                                                  
Instructors: Solomon

Essentials of planning a new business venture, sources of financing, evaluation of alternative new business ventures, and analysis of business functions. Creating and analyzing the business plan.

6294      Strategic Entrepreneurship (3)                                           
Instructors: Solomon, Winslow

Capstone course for the small business/entrepreneurship concentration.  Student teams assist companies in upgrading strategies.

6295      Family Business Strategies (3)                                             
Instructors: Solomon, Winslow

Challenges of managing a family business: risk strategies; successor development and succession planning; stages of family business growth; family motivations and goals. Field projects provide hands-on experience.

6298      Directed Readings and Research (3)                                  
Instructors: Staff

6299      Thesis Seminar (3)                                                                
Instructors: Staff

6999      Thesis Research (3)                                                              
Instructors: Staff

8382      Foundations of Organizational Behavior and Development (3)  
Instructors: Kayes

The individuals and institutions central to the field of organizational behavior and development. Students read about, meet with, and discuss the work of persons central to the development of the field. Prerequisite: Doctoral candidate status with organizational behavior and development as a major or supporting field, or consent of instructor. (Spring, alternate years)

8383      Field Research in Organizational Settings (3)                    
Instructors: Staff

Applications of field research techniques in formal organizational settings. Examination of the logic of inquiry and techniques of qualitative data collection. Intensive interviewing and participant observation in field settings are emphasized. (Fall)

8385      Special Topics in Research Methods (3)                                         
Instructors: Staff

Research problems and issues related to student dissertations form topics for readings, group discussions, and assigned papers. (Fall and Spring)

8386      Management Ideas in Progress (3)                         
Instructors: Bailey, Winslow, Swiercz

Doctoral students work with a variety of faculty members as they develop new ideas, research projects, and engage in seminal inquiry. The content and structure of the course will depend upon the instructor. Prerequisite: Doctoral candidate status with management as a major or supporting field, or consent of instructor.

8390      Philosophical Foundations of Administrative Research (3)         
Instructors: Staff

Philosophy of science as applied to research in administration. Topics include the nature and current problems of epistemology, the development and role of theories, and the relationship between theory, methodology, and empirical data.  (Fall and Spring)

8391      Advanced Problems in Research Methodology (3)           
Instructors: Staff

Use of models and theoretical frameworks in research; formulation of research questions, hypotheses, operational definitions, research designs, sampling and data analysis approaches. For doctoral candidates who have completed the general examination and all courses and are preparing for their dissertation. (Fall and Spring)

8397      Doctoral Seminar (1 to 3)                                                 
Instructors: Staff

Current research and scholarly issues in management.

8998      Advanced Reading and Research (arr)                             
Instructors: Staff

Limited to doctoral candidates preparing for the general examination. May be repeated for credit.

8999     Dissertation Research (arr)                                               
Instructors: Staff

Limited to doctoral candidates. May be repeated for credit.


6261      Organizations and Leadership (1.5)                              
Instructors: Kayes, Bailey, Stouder

A behavioral perspective on core leadership concepts at the individual, team, and organizational level. Students apply these concepts to examine their own leadership qualities in organizations. Experiential exercises and participation in team projects.

6262      Managing Human Capital (1.5)
Instructors: Swiercz, Umpleby, Stouder
Issues of corporate culture, strategy implementation, growth management, employee recruitment and retention, organizational behavior, diversity, ethics, and legal aspects of business. How human resource policies and practices can become a source of competitive advantage.

6265      Entrepreneurship (1.5)
Instructors: Winslow, El Tarabishy
The "entrepreneur as a phenomenon." The theory as well as the experiences associated with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial acts, and entrepreneurship in all organizational settings-large and small, public and private.

6290      Special Topics (1-3)
Instructors: Staff
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits.

6295      Interdisciplinary Project (1 to 4)
Instructors: Staff

Project and experiential studies of an interdisciplinary nature involving student teams and faculty from more than one field of study. May be repeated for credit. MBA Program Director approval is required.

6298      Graduate Internship in Business and Management (3)
Instructors: Staff

Structured practical experience. Permission of instructor required.