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School of Business

Management and Entrepreneurship

Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Management and Entrepreneurship

You have the mindset, now learn the skills to become your own boss.

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CREATING TOMORROW’S BUSINESS LEADERS

Management & Entrepreneurship graduates will have the leadership, team-building, project management and human resource competencies that will enable them to have a successful career in a variety of organizations and industries. The emphasis on entrepreneurship will enable you to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to both large and small enterprises. In addition, it will prepare you to work with and advise entrepreneurs, or to even establish their your venture.

APPLYING YOUR MANAGEMENT SKILLS

As a Management & Entrepreneurship major, you will develop competency in communication, leadership, research, business analysis, problem solving, planning, and overall management.

Experiential learning is what our International School of Business is all about. All students are required to complete an internship before graduation. In addition, there are a number of opportunities for students to put their knowledge to the test in real-world applications. These include:

XES Helsinki Entrepreneurial Community: Join in this “Shark Tank-style” international event that brings together entrepreneurs from Finland and the United States to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, including FinnU ISB faculty. See how international businesses function, or pitch your own endeavor to the group.

1 Million Cups: Similar to XES Helsinki, but local. 1M Cups serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of a group of people who can provide valuable feedback on business models.

Assisting local businesses: Part of your coursework will include working with local businesses who are looking to expand their market. Students have the opportunity to do market research and develop an expansion plan for the companies.

Alumni Spotlight: Schwartzen ('17)

Schwartzen Precil

Located in Buffalo, NY, Schwartzen Précil (’17) is currently a site director at the Boys and Girls Club of America. On campus, Précil was a member of the men’s basketball team, helped students as a resident assistant, assisted with orientation as an orientation leader and led the Black Student Union as president.

Taking into account his life experiences and using his on-campus leadership experiences, Précil recently wrote and published a book titled Be Your Own Hero: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities. Listen as Précil talks about his book, what led him to write about his journey, and the leadership opportunities that his FinnU education provided.

 

 

“One thing I really like that Finlandia required was an internship with a business firm. I did my internship locally, and I can confidently say I learned a lot while working there. It put everything I had learned in my classes into reality and really expanded my learning.”

Lillian Johnson ('20)

When thinking back to all of my Business classes I have to say that I had two favorites. First one being BUS 245 Principles of Marketing. The second one was BUS 388 Global Entrepreneurship. This class was more challenging, but I was intrigued by the possibility of working with a real company and getting hands-on experience as well as the lectures and assignments.

Kata Pirronen, '19-20 Finnish Exchange Student

COURSE PROFILES

Management & Entrepreneurship majors are exposed to hands-on skills that would enable them to work in a multitude of enterprises. Two of the classes highlighted in the curriculum include:

BUS 381 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Explores effective human resource management in the dynamic legal, social, and economic environments of public and private organizations. Topics include federal statutes that influence the recruitment, selection, training, and development of organizational members. Students study various performance appraisal systems and examine changing benefits and compensation packages.

BUS 395 PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Examines the fundamentals of project management including organizing, planning, and controlling projects. Covers concepts such as developing project proposals, project scheduling, managing costs and risk, team management, and communication and documentation issues. Utilizing Microsoft Project, students will plan, schedule and manage a project over the length of the course.

EXPAND YOUR SKILLS ABROAD

Management and Entrepreneurship places a strong emphasis on ensuring that you have study abroad opportunities. Especially in the business world, it’s essential to be able to adapt and understand the differences of how business works globally. Many of our students travel to places like Finland over the summer to study business and start building international connections. 

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What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship?

  • Finlandia Management & Entrepreneurship graduates work as managers and professionals for firms in the following
    fields: retail, high tech, health and fitness, education, tourism and hospitality, food production and sales, and others.
  • It can be a good stepping stone to graduate school.
  • Graduates can also start their own business venture.

Management and Entrepreneurship in the News

Student Spotlight: McEwen Stapleton, Management & Entrepreneurship

April 08, 2021

When McEwen Stapleton transferred to Finlandia University from Hope College, he was looking for a place where he could be himself. 

“Overall, I’m an outdoor-oriented individual and Hope College is dead-center in Holland,” said Stapleton, who is originally from Frankfort, Mich. “I am thankful for my experiences there, but it just didn’t feel like me. The city air starts to feel heavy after a while, and Finlandia felt more like me and just better since it’s in a rural setting.” 

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Business students to present at next XES Helsinki Testing Day event

March 29, 2021

The next XES Helsinki entrepreneur presentations will be held on Wednesday, March 31st at 9am EDT. Three innovative entrepreneurs from the Helsinki, Finland area and one group of Finlandia students will give short presentations on their businesses and receive feedback from a panel of experts from the US. Everyone is welcome to join this exciting free trans-Atlantic event! Register to attend here. We are pleased to welcome Tom Adolphs, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Finlandia, as a panel member.     One […] Read More

Owner of SmartCreative to present to business class on March 17

March 15, 2021

Matthew Randell, owner of SmartCreative, a Houghton-based marketing agency, will give a Zoom presentation on “Marketing For Any Business” on Wednesday, March 17 at 2:10p.m. as part of the BUS 447 Entrepreneurial Marketing class. He’ll be talking about the challenges of a small marketing budget and what agencies such as SmartCreative can offer. The presentation is open to any Finlandia student and can be accessed at  https://zoom.us/j/94412279867 Read More

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management & Entrepreneurship degree program, International School of Business graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Students will be able to identify and analyze the impact of the legal and regulatory environment on human resources practices within an organization.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to design a deep-web search on product, sales, locations, market segment, financial health and demographics of competitors, and be able to chart the data on an Excel sheet.
  3. Students will be able to effectively analyze an organization’s culture, its ability to implement and manage change, diversity policies and strategies, and the overall impact that these have on the organization’s success.
  4. Students will demonstrate a comprehension of the unique challenges of planning and implementing projects, as well as the various managerial tools and technologies available to assist them in doing so
  5. Students will have a basic competency in identifying and effectively managing  the  legal, managerial and financial dynamics of launching and managing entrepreneurial ventures

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Faculty and Staff

Mary Jane Hatton

Adjunct Professor of Management

maryjane.hatton@finlandia.edu

Kevin Manninen

Dean, International School of Business Associate Professor of Management & Marketing

kevin.manninen@finlandia.edu

Nathan Perreault

Assistant Professor of Management.

nathan.perreault@finlandia.edu
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