Management describes what is perhaps the most challenging and difficult of human endeavors. It is the process by which we attempt to attain goals beyond the reach of a single individual. Collective action requires that we work effectively and efficiently with and through others. Managing is not a single skill, but rather a dynamic body of knowledge with the goal of the fusion of multiple and diverse skills possessed by many into a cohesive force, the effectiveness of which exceeds the sum of its parts. Management is eclectic, drawing upon the entire fund of human knowledge and experience that is necessary to attain the goals established. Management is also almost universal in application. Any time two or more people join together in pursuit of a common goal and one leads by virtue of skill, experience, personality or authority, management has been initiated.
MARY D. SASS (2005) Chair and Associate Professor. BS, University of Albany; PhD, George Washington University.
BRIAN K. BURTON (1995) Dean and Professor. BA, MBA, PhD, Indiana University.
CRAIG P. DUNN (2005) Associate Professor. BS, California State University-Long Beach; MBA, California State University-Bakersfield; PhD, Indiana University.
JOSEPH E. GARCIA (1985) Bowman Distinguished Professor in Leadership. BA, State University of New York College at Cortland; MA, Western Washington State College; PhD, University of Utah.
JASON M. KANOV (2007) Associate Professor. BS, University of Florida-Gainesville; MA, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
JONGWOOK KIM (2003) Associate Professor. BBA, MBA, Yonsei University; PhD, University of Illinois.
MARKO MADUNIC (2010) Assistant Professor. BA, MBA, University of Central Florida; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
GLENN M. MCEVOY (2014) Assistant Professor. BS, University of California, Berkeley; MS, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder.
K. SKYLAR POWELL (2013) Assistant Professor. BA, Montana State University; MA, Durham University, UK; PhD, University of Hawai’i.
THOMAS W. ROEHL (1999) Professor. BA, Valparaiso University; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, University of Washington.
KRISTI M. TYRAN (2001) Associate Professor. BS, MBA, University of Washington; PhD, University of California, Irvine.
DANIEL M. WARNER (1978) Professor. BA, JD, University of Washington; MA, Western Washington University.
The mission of the Department of Management at Western Washington University is to advance the understanding of managerial issues in a complex environment. We do this to challenge students and faculty to achieve their professional aspirations and civic responsibilities. To accomplish this we develop an environment where students and faculty learn, integrate, and apply business principles and liberal arts.
Our values, in no particular order, are:
Higher level learning. We value learning that integrates a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and ideas. Such learning occurs on more than a rudimentary basis. We promote intellectual rigor, lifelong learning, and critical thinking. We do this both in our own research and in our teaching. We engage in service for our professional areas to promote higher level learning throughout our disciplinary communities.
Civic and community engagement. We are committed to giving our students an understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world, community and organization. We want students to understand the importance of being engaged in the world for the sake of the organization they are a part of, but also for the benefit of the world in general, as well as for themselves. We model our commitment to civic and community engagement by serving our college and university in various roles. We also engage in service with the local community and the disciplinary communities we participate in as part of our profession.
Collegiality. By this we mean that we have respectful relationships with each other, we are open to feedback, and we communicate fully and truthfully with one another. We are interdisciplinary in our approach to research and teaching, and support each other in our own passionate pursuits. We are committed to service to our department, college and university so as to promote collegiality throughout our WWU system.
Professionalism. Professionalism is defined as presenting ourselves in a business-like manner in attire, speech, communication, and interpersonal relationships. We model professionalism and teach professionalism. We are professional with each other, our students, and community members who participate in our environment of teaching and learning. We provide our students with opportunities to practice professionalism in our classes and out in the community. We give feedback to our students in professional and ethical practice. We are professional in our service to the department, college, university and community.
See the College of Business and Economics (CBE) introductory section of this catalog for declaration of pre-major and major requirements and procedures.
Other Departmental Information
The development of the curricula in the Department of Management has been guided by the standards of the AACSB International-the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and those of the Academy of Management. These standards stress a broad education preparing students for managerial roles in business and leadership roles in society.
Curricular paths in the department are structured:
- To develop competence in analysis, decision making and evaluation in both public and private organizations
- To develop and enrich interpersonal skills
- To develop the competence to manage within the social, economic and international environment of organizations
- To provide access to the technical skills necessary in each of the major functional areas of organizations
- To enhance educational opportunity through the theoretical and applied research and business consulting activities of its faculty and students
- To encourage intellectual inquiry into the lessons and skills of the past and present so as to be able to affect the future
- To develop and promote ethical behavior and social responsibility in future managers
Students normally devote most of the freshman and sophomore years of study to completion of the General University Requirements (GURs) and foundation courses in the major. Several foundation courses also satisfy GUR. Careful planning may save time for additional elective course work. Electives which emphasize oral and written communication skills are particularly recommended. The junior and senior years are primarily devoted to core degree requirements and elective course work.
Sigma Iota Epsilon (ΣIE)
The Department of Management sponsors a chapter of the National Management Honorary, ΣIE. Membership is by invitation to declared majors in the department and is based on scholastic achievement and will be noted on the student’s transcript. An induction is held annually in the winter quarter and several special events are scheduled throughout the year.
For answers to routine questions, and prior to declaration, students should consult this catalog and the department’s Planning Guide. For non-routine questions, inquiry should be made at the departmental office for referral to an appropriate faculty member. A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student upon acceptance into the major.
Because of high student demand for management courses, the department must give enrollment priority to students for whom those courses are requirements rather than electives. Priority is given to majors in CBE and other declared majors for whom the classes are required.
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
CoursesHuman Resource Management
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.International Business
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.Management
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.