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Online MBA: Organizations and the Competitive Environment Focus Area

The Organizations and Competitive Environment online MBA curriculum teaches students the skills to design and manage supply chains, apply economic principles to management decisions and to gain greater competitive intelligence. Students also have the opportunity to learn negotiation and conflict-resolution techniques, preparing them for real-life interactions in the business environment.

Organizations and the Competitive Environment Curriculum (12 credit hours available)


MBAC 635: Managerial Economics (3 Credits)

Managerial Economics introduces the students to the application of economic principles to key management decisions within organizations. MBAC 635 consists of three parts. Part I examines the theory of demand and the relevant estimation and forecasting techniques. Part II introduces the economic theories of production and cost in the short and long run. Finally, part III combines all the elements of demand, production, and cost as we examine the notion of profit maximization and pricing strategy in case of perfectly and non-perfectly competitive markets. This course teaches future managers how to apply theories and techniques to solve real-world problems and how to think analytically to make better decisions. Thus, this course provides future managers with the conceptual and quantitative tools for analyzing problems and developing strategies at their business.

  • Prerequisite: MBAF 530 or equivalent

MBAC 636: Supply Chain Analysis (3 Credits)

Supply chains are an integral part of contemporary business practices. This course will examine key issues related to the design and management of supply chains. It will include discussion on the integration of various parts of the supply chain, including suppliers, factories, distribution centers, warehouses and retailers. Theories related to the efficient distribution of products to customers will be presented. Also, management techniques addressing tradeoffs between cost and service will be discussed. The use of information systems in supply chain management will be introduced. Much of the course concepts will be covered through case studies and simulations.


MBAC 637: Marketing Strategy and the Consumer Experience (3 Credits)

The objective of this course is to facilitate students’ understanding of basic concepts and to enhance their appreciation for the importance of marketing strategies.  The course focuses on the impact of marketing strategy and research on the operations of organizations, and on the behavior of consumers.  The topics engage students in experiential activities designed to demonstrate the implementation of marketing theories.  Topics include marketing processes and research; international and global marketing; strategic planning and budgeting; economic, cultural and legal aspects of marketing; and topical developments in marketing.


MBAC 638: Negotiations and Conflict Management (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to improve students’ skills in all types of negotiations (from two party one-shot deals to complex transactions) by undertaking a series of interactive in-class negotiation exercises. In addition, we will use analytical, behavioral and contextual perspectives to analyze case studies and conflict resolution techniques. Students will learn first by actually negotiating, and then by stepping back to compare their approach and results with others. The course covers a variety of contexts as well as a basic understanding of third-party interactions.


Organizations and the Competitive Environment Career Opportunities

Job titles for professionals in the field include:

  • Economist
  • Management Consultant
  • Materials Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager

Learn to Lead Organizational Success in Competitive Markets

Learn more about Manhattan’s online MBA program and unique focus areas. Request information or call 855-841-2853.

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