Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Management Department

Students studying in the Cornell Hall atrium.

Management Department

The Management Department prepares students to be leaders in innovative, entrepreneurial and technology settings: in large established firms, small and medium sized growth businesses, and entrepreneurial startups.  We contribute scholarly research and innovative instructional programs addressing cutting edge organizations, creativity, new forms of organizing, flexible and nimble organizations, and organizations in the information age and the idea economy.  We are organized into three groups of faculty with diverse expertise and talents.

  • The Innovation, Organizations and People (IPO) group focuses on how human behavior, human resource management and communications supports innovation and entrepreneurship in organizations.
  • The Information Systems, Analytics and Technology (ISAT) group focuses on information systems, supply chain management, business analytics and the management of technology.
  • The Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (SIE) group focuses on the organization as a whole — building new organizations from idea to business, as well as keeping medium and large organizations nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial in the global economy.

Students earning an emphasis in management will learn the skills and tools needed to lead successful organizations from projects to departments and small businesses to global enterprises. Management coursework at Mizzou is diverse because managing today and in the future requires a strong set of skills and abilities: entrepreneurial strategy, human resource management, human behavior in organizations, information systems/analytics, operations management, business law, diversity and inclusion and leadership and ethics.


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Programmatic Innovation: We Lead the Way in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management Experiential Learning

Fall & Spring: Management 4720/8001 Experiential Entrepreneurship is open to all MU students, with instructor consent (contact Greg Bier). This course engages students in experiences that develop entrepreneurial characteristics such as a passion for business, tenacity despite failure, self-determination, management of risk, self-confidence, opportunity creation, creativity, initiative, and detail orientation.

Spring Semester: MGMT 8200: Commercialization of Life Science Innovations is open to all MU graduate students. Students enrolled in this course join innovative researchers in Coulter Boot Camp where students and researchers work together to confirm that the researcher’s innovation 1) solves an important unmet clinical need and 2) represents a viable business opportunity.

Students learn the principles of biomedical commercialization while helping move an actual MU innovation closer to market. With students helping build the business case for why their project should receive a Coulter Award, the researcher inventors are able to make a more competitive pitch for Coulter funding. 

By the end of Boot Camp, the teams pitch their project to the Coulter Oversight Committee, a group of industry representatives, investors, clinicians and academic researchers that selects the projects that will receive Coulter Awards. Coulter Awards include non-dilutive funding as well as project management oversight, custom marketing, regulatory and reimbursement support, and introductions to potential customers, partners and investors. The typical Coulter award is $100,000. The Coulter Program awards approximately $500,000/year. 

Management 8550 winners

Fall Semester: Management 8550: Launching a High-Growth Venture is open to all MU graduate students. It develops entrepreneurial leaders with the sophistication required to participate in the launch of a high-growth venture; particularly the skills for evaluating, preparing and presenting business plans and capital investment requests to investors.

Why should you enroll in this course? We get results!  

  • Nine student teams have won $5,000 to use however they want
  • All our teams that applied to the Rice Business Plan Competition, have been accepted (on average, only 5-6% of applicants are accepted)
  • One team was accepted into the VentureWell E-Team Program (Stage 1 & Stage 2)
  • Several students were hired by the companies to serve as CEO, COO and other key roles
  • The companies went on to raise 10’s of millions in angel/venture capital

2017 AACSB’s Entrepreneurial Spotlight Challenge Winner:

Our Entrepreneurship Alliance program, led by Greg Bier, was recognized for our commitment to fostering creativity, problem solving and an innovative mindset required of future business leaders. Way to go, Greg!

We Lead the Way in Research: 

Recent Publications:

D Yin, SD Bond, H Zhang, Keep your cool or let it out: Nonlineaer effects of expressed arousal on perceptions of consumer reviews. Journal of Marketing Research 54 (3), 447-463

Zavyalova, A., Pfarrer, M. D., & Reger, R. K. (2017). Celebrity and infamy? The consequences of media narratives about organizational identity. Academy of Management Review, 42(3), 461-480.

Turban, D. B., Moake, T. R., Wu, S. Y. H., & Cheung, Y. H. (2017 accepted January 7, 2016). Linking extraversion and proactive personality to career success: The role of mentoring received and organizational knowledge. Journal of Career Development. 44, 20-33.

Jakubovskis, A. (2017). Strategic facility location, capacity acquisition, and technology choice decisions under demand uncertainty: robust vs. non-robust optimization approaches. European Journal of Operational Research, 260 (3), 1095–1104,

Jakubovskis, A. (2017). Flexible production resources and capacity utilization rates: A robust optimization perspective. International Journal of Production Economics, 189, 77-85,

Robert, C. (Ed.). (2017). Humor at Work: A Psychological Perspective. In Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology (Arnold Bakker, Series Ed.). East Sussex, UK: Routledge (Psychology Press).

Raub, S., & Robert, C. (2016). Empowerment, organizational commitment, and voice behavior in the hospitality industry: Evidence from a multi-national sample. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Turban, D. B., & Wan. Y. (2016). Relationship of eudaimonia and hedonia with work outcomes. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 31: 1006 - 1020.

Heslin, P. A. & Turban, D. B. (2016). Enabling career success.

Organizational Dynamics, 45: 155 - 164.

Zavyalova, A.; Pfarrer, M. Reger, R.K & Hubbard, T.D. 2016. Reputation as a Benefit and a Burden? How Stakeholders’ Organizational Identification Affects the Role of Reputation Following a Negative Event, Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 59, Issue 1, 253-276.

Clark, B., Robert, C., & Hampton, S. (2016). The technology effect: How perceptions of technology drive excessive optimism. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31, 87-102.

Research Recognition:

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Moake, Nahyun Oh, and Clarissa Steele for winning the Douglas Nigh Award at the annual Academy of Management conference. Nahyun, a doctoral candidate in management at the University of Missouri, is currently completing her dissertation and expects to graduate in 2018. Clarissa is a third-year doctoral student in management at the University of Missouri. Clarissa also won an Outstanding Reviewer Award at the conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Xinran Joyce Wang, Visiting Assistant Professor in Management, for winning the Best Student Paper from the Social Issues in Management (SIM) division of the Academy of Management for her paper entitled “From home-country shared grievances to cross-border social disapproval: Social media coverage, national animosity, and nationalism as integrated mobilizations” [with Rhonda Reger (Management Department), Wei Zhou (Tennessee) and David Williams (Tennessee)].

Gay Albright, Director of International Relations, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, Larry Dill, Director, MU International Trade Center/MO SBTDC and adjunct instructor in Management, and Jackie Rasmussen, International Trade Specialist, MU International Trade Center/MO SBTDCpresented Creatively Partnering and Leveraging Resources to Build Client Value at the 2017 Americas Small Business Development Center Annual Conference in Nashville.