Management Practice

Management Practice (MP) is a sequence of core and elective courses that integrate the concepts and tools of the other coursework, and help bridge from the classroom to the workplace.

MP prepares students for Day One Readiness in the real world of their internships and permanent positions. Students are given complex problems – first in the classroom, and then in the field using projects with actual clients – and asked to “figure it out.” Through the MP programs, students develop the confidence to address the ambiguity of the real world and learn the process tools to navigate messy, unstructured problems. They also acquire the people skills to organize and deploy effective project teams, and strengthen the communication skills to develop and sell high-quality, action-oriented solutions.

The training received in MP helps students apply their core skills by integrating them with three interconnected work processes valued by the marketplace:

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Managing Projects and Teams

Getting things done is essential for every successful business professional. The most challenging real-world problems involve multiple issues and usually require the talents and energies of multiple people. Students learn methods for planning and facilitating teamwork, and managing the work required to guide complex, multi-part projects. Field projects help students practice their skills in managing team dynamics, facilitating creativity, resolving conflicts, and giving and receiving feedback.

Solving Problems

Real-world problems don’t always arrive well-structured; some don’t even announce their arrival. Students learn how to identify critical questions, decompose them into manageable and logical parts, and then create the work flows required to analyze those questions. Critical analytical thinking skills are used to arrive at good insights and recommendations that are grounded in good logic and solid evidence.

Communicating and Persuading

Creating value in the real world requires people to take action. Students gain the skills and confidence to communicate objectives, plans and proposals in a convincing and knowledgeable manner, in order to drive change. This component of Management Practice strengthens a wide variety of oral and written communication techniques. Focus is placed on developing an authentic style, interviewing experts, listening, asking strong questions, and story-telling to meet the needs of organizations.

Management Practice Electives

The slate of MP Electives spans a wide range of professional interests and directions, and it changes and evolves with the needs of the market. In Spring 2014, for example, students were able to choose from six electives that provided field projects to immerse them in marketing strategy and analytics, applied financial skills, project management, healthcare, and the work of social entrepreneurs.

Current & Past MP Clients

The American Red Cross / AT&T / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Atlanta Thrashers / Cartoon Network / Chubb Group of Insurance Companies / Cingular Wireless / The Coca-Cola Company / Delta Air Lines / EarthLink / GE / Georgia-Pacific / Hewlett Packard / Lifespan / Lithonia Lighting / Merck & Company / Newell Rubbermaid / Osprey Corporation / Ritz-Carlton Buckhead / Saab Cars USA / Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc / Suntrust / The Weather Channel / Turner Broadcasting System Inc. / United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta / WebMD / Wellpoint