Marketing is more than advertising. It is the process by which businesses communicate their intrinsic value while creating relationships with consumers and with one another. Marketing is integrated with most activities that occur in businesses and other types of organizations. Marketing professionals are involved in conducting and/or using marketing research or information to understand customer needs and the competitive landscape of the market. Our courses answer the growing demand for marketers with an intuition for marketplace expectations.
An intensive investigation of the process of new product development, including its role in the organization, analysis of market opportunities, creative idea generation, concept screening, design, forecasting, manufacturing, and launch. Teaching emphasis is on processes, tools, and techniques. A group project provides real-world product development experience.
MKT 511 is a graduate (master's) level counterpart to MKT 411 Supply Chain Management. Its focus is on providing a managerial perspective of best practice supply chain management. The course encompasses the collaborative strategies and planning processes needed to build and manage supply chains for systemic effectiveness and efficiency. It will be offered coterminously with MKT 411 during each spring semester. The target students for MKT 511 are MBA's with marketing concentrations and master of arts (MA) and master of science (MSC) students in marketing. Graduate students in other degree programs may also enroll as an elective for graduate credit.
A combination of lectures and cases is used to examine and analyze the marketing process. Emphasis is on decision making: the refinement of skills needed to recognize and solve marketing problems, and to effectively communicate recommendations both within and without the organization. The following components of the marketing mix are examined: product management, pricing, promotion, personal selling, buyer behavior, marketing channels, distribution, and segmentation.
Supply Chain Strategies are key to firms developing a sustainable competitive advantage. This course addresses the changing and increasingly important role of supply chain management from a strategic standpoint. Topics include Distribution Strategy, Inventory & Information Strategy, Demand Management, Operations Integration, Outsourcing, Partnering & Customer Relationship Strategy, Redesign & Contingency Planning, Reverse Logistics, Strategic Sourcing, Technology and Sustainability. The main objective of the course is to teach the participants how to develop a comprehensive supply chain to support overall business objectives. The course is case based giving the student pragmatic training for their first career placement.
This course for Master of Science in Marketing and second-year MBA students concerns the generation of marketing research results to help make marketing decisions. The course is designed to complement and build on the skills acquired in Marketing 518, the Survey of Marketing course. The core of Marketing 530 is decision-relevant data; planning its acquisition; getting it from a variety of internal, secondary and primary sources; analyzing it; and using it as the basis of decisions. The course also provides students with marketing analytics-centered skills (ANOVA, regression, factor and cluster analysis). Knowledge developed in the courses can be applied in the fields of market management, product management and project management. This course also helps prepare students to successfully complete team-based projects (Marketing 581) in the spring semester.
An examination of how service firms achieve and maintain marketing excellence.
To understand the basic concepts and principles surrounding personal selling including the sales process and emerging advanced sales topics.
This course will address the distinct needs of digital and social media in the area of marketing. Opportunities for application of these skills to real-world business situations will be given to students. The course covers theory along with the tactical elements of creating and branding digital and social media content for companies and organizations.
This course will give students experience and exposure to advertising analytics in digital and social media. Special focus will be placed on Google AdWords and Google Analytics – the premiere digital advertising and analytics program online at this time. Students will analyze current professional literature on digital and social media analytics and focus on return on investment of online advertising and analytics for businesses and organizations.
This course will give students real world experience in using social media professionally. Students will work in teams on live social media projects with a professional organization while learning Return on Investment strategies and analytical skills.
This course allows students to work one-on-one with faculty on a topic mutually agreed on by the faculty and student.
Students work for an organization in an approved business or public sector setting. The internship is administered through the Master of Science in Marketing program.
Introduce Master of Science in Marketing students (and other interested graduate students) to the concepts and use of project management techniques utilizing Project Management Institute (PMI) standards focusing on marketing-specific projects.
This course is devoted entirely to the completion of real-world marketing projects for specific organizational clients. Teams are created based on skills and interests as well as the needs of the clients. The scope of each project is determined by the needs of the client, but it typically is based in decision-making insights from marketing research and involves one or more of such marketing-oriented tasks as:market segmentation and target marketing activities associated with a proposed new product, service, or strategic initiative; the gathering and application of marketing research pertinent to an important GO/NO GO decision by the firm; gauging specific reaction from the potential customer market regarding a proposed new initiative by the client; evaluating the potential competitive advantage of a strategic or tactical move by the firm; creation of and implementation of a plan for research, promotion, launch, pricing, and/or distribution for some aspect of the firm’s business. This course is unique. It allows students to use the skills and knowledge that they have acquired in graduate marketing courses as well as build new skills in marketing analysis, project management, client relationship building/maintenance skills, communications, decision-making, and leadership.
This course requires the student to apply his/her knowledge of the field of Marketing to recognize operational problems in the field. Further, the student must provide evidence of his/her abilities to communicate understanding of the problem, describe the analysis performed and organize this material effectively for both a written report and corresponding oral presentation.
This course offers faculty a chance to present topics of interest to themselves and to marketing students.
A course designed to focus on student's independent research projects.
This course focuses on the use of qualitative methodology as a way to ground theory, in combination with a focus on the application of consumer psychological and behavioral topics in such contexts as services, retailing, shopping, and relationship marketing. Offered spring semester, every other year.
An examination of inter-organizational distribution systems stressing the evolution of channel theory. Theoretical explanations of structural dynamics and the analysis of channel behavioral constructs (e.g., channel power, conflict, and leadership) are stressed. Offered every other year.
A course that covers measurement theory and how it is applied in scientific research. Students learn to construct effective questionnaires, to develop psychometrically-sound measures of constructs, and to assess measure reliability and validity. Quantitative methods, including exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling, are emphasized. Offered fall semester.
This course surveys several marketing topics. These include some data analysis tools, such as discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, perceptual mapping, and conjoint analysis; an introduction to some substantiative topics, such as segmentation, new product diffusion, supply chain management, and attitude-to-the-ad; plus a brief overview of some selected marketing modeling topics. Offered fall semester, every other year.
This course begins with an examination of theory and theory development. It then follows with a consideration of various methodological approaches, with a heavy focus on experimental design. Finally, throughout, substantive behavioral and marketing topics are considered in detail, including attitudes and persuasion, advertising and branding effects, judgment and decision making, and the role of affect and emotions. Offered fall semester, every other year.
Through the reading of this course, we will explore in depth several specific areas that are informed by strategic marketing thought. We will not only trace the development of theory in marketing strategy, but chart several courses for future research.
A course designed to focus on students' independent research projects.
Credit hours required to complete dissertation work.
International Business Administration (IBA) Courses
A seminar emphasizing the environmental factors affecting international business operations, and studying different economic, social, cultural, legal, and other environmental conditions and their influence on both the formulation and execution of business policy of firms engaged in multinational business.
The object of this course is to investigate the effects of cultural similarities and differences on marketing practices worldwide. Also examined are the effects of market idiosyncrasies on globally oriented products, promotion, pricing, and distribution strategies.
This course will provide a detailed overview of marketing, management, and logistics issues relative to setting up and operating an import/export firm or engaging in these activities in an existing firm.
This course requires the student to apply his/her knowledge of the field of International Business Administration to recognize operational problems in the field. Further, the student must provide evidence of his/her abilities to communicate understanding of the problem, describe the analysis performed and organize this material effectively for both a written report and corresponding oral presentation.
This course offers faculty a chance to present topics of interest to themselves and to students with interests in international business.