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Management & Leadership

Management & Leadership


Why Study Management & Leadership?

A concentration in Management & Leadership prepares students to respond to the leadership needs of today through management roles in a variety of work organizations. The functions of management include planning, organizing, leading and controlling; the knowledge needed to do these functions well includes business ethics and social responsibility, leadership, strategic management, human resources management, human behaviour in organization and an understanding of organizational life. By taking courses in all these areas, our graduates learn about the complexities of managing within an increasingly global and diverse social and stakeholder context, and how to create a work environment where people can thrive, do good work, and accomplish goals. Our program has options for students to broaden their base of knowledge by studying contemporary subjects including Indigenous business, environmental sustainability, gender in management, labour relations and more.

The Management & Leadership Experience

The Management & Leadership program offers dynamic learning experiences which often challenge business as usual. Course instruction draws from a wide range of engaging methods including service learning projects in community organizations, film and case analysis, debates, simulations, guest lectures, virtual teams and field trips. Along the way, through critique and reflection, students will learn more about themselves and the kind of business leader they are and wish to become. Our program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management.

Our People

Our faculty and staff are actively engaged in teaching and research. Classroom teaching is informed by a combination of academic training and practical work experience, as faculty have worked in industry, served in communities, and taught internationally. Faculty research explores a broad range of areas including leadership, change management, human resources, ethics and CSR, Indigenous business, and the publication of teaching cases. It is common for our faculty to be supporting student research through both paid summer research internships and honours thesis supervision.

Some Career Pathways

Our graduates may be found in a wide range of occupations, including analyst and supervisory positions in organizational types ranging from private to public, profit to not-for-profit, corporate to cooperative. Some work for large multinationals while others manage their family business. Specific occupational categories include human resource development and management, labour relations, management consulting and/or project management and more.

Popular Post-Graduate Opportunities
  • CPHR professional designation (Chartered Professional in Human Resources)
  • MBA or MPA
  • Law
  • Education
  • Numerous management related post-graduate diploma and certificate options, including sport management, operations management, tourism and hospitality management, and more

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