Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in General Management

Don’t become just a manager. Take classes that will prepare you to be a leader. With TU’s general management concentration, you will learn the processes and interactions that connect the pieces in a well-functioning organization. You will focus on managerial accounting, marketing, finance and leadership, as well as organizational analysis and design, so that you can lead your company. Not just manage it. 

Graduate Program Tabs

The MBA General Management Concentration

The General Management Concentration is designed for a mid-career manager who is interested in moving into general management from functional or operational management. Students in the General Management Concentration have had successful careers in marketing, accounting, human resources or line operations, but now wish to move into positions of authority that span many different functions.

Tiffin University’s Accreditations:

Tiffin University is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio to award the MBA degree. The program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has also received a national and international stamp of approval with an accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Ohio Department of Staff Development and Certification has approved eleven TU MBA courses for Administrative/Management/Supervisory MR/DD certification. Our students and faculty communicate, negotiate, collaborate and evolve to produce graduates who are well prepared to succeed.

Your Life Experience Equals A Dynamic Classroom Experience

Our commitment to quality begins with an application process designed to ensure that students entering our program have the ability and background to be successful. The average MBA student enters the Tiffin University program with nearly 10 years of post-graduate work experience. The student body has degrees in fields ranging from business to medicine, from the social sciences to engineering, from law to liberal arts, humanities and more. The life experience of this diverse student body contributes to the dynamic and interactive nature of the educational atmosphere at Tiffin University.

The Tiffin University Academic Tradition

Tiffin University is in its twelfth decade of educating students for success, providing a solid foundation upon which to build your own personal success. Yet at the same time, the curriculum and educational methods at Tiffin University are undergoing a continuous process of improvement. Our curriculum is distinguished by a focus on developing competencies in leadership and teamwork, communication skills and managerial decision-making and problem solving.

We Provide You With Personal Support

We understand that your success depends on our ability to answer your questions quickly and correctly. Virtually every survey or study designed to identify the critical success factors in online education confirm that keeping students connected is a top priority. Our students rate the personal support they received at Tiffin University as the primary reason for their success, and they would recommend Tiffin University’s online programs to a friend or coworker because of it. Real connections lead to real results!

MBA Core Curriculum 28 hours

  • ACC510 Financial Accounting 
  • ACC512 Managerial Accounting
  • CIS514 Information and Decision Support 
  • ECO524 Managerial Economics
  • FIN612 Managerial Finance
  • MAT513 Statistical Methods for Managers 
  • MGT511 Individual and Teamwork 
  • MGT522 Management of Human Resources 
  • MGT613 Operations Management
  • MGT614 Global and Transnational Management
  • MGT622 Strategic Management
  • MGT623 Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
  • MKT523 Marketing Management
  • MKT611 Business Research Analysis 

Total MBA 36 hours

 

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Organizational Analysis and Design (MGT 621) - The examination of organizations in terms of patterns in design and operation through topics including organizational-environment interface, structure, technology, and socio- technical systems and culture are the basis for this course.    

Leadership and Influence (MGT531) - Course focus will be on learning to make a difference as a leader. Discussion and utilization of practical principles of leadership with an emphasis on integrating theory and practice are included. Students will work to create a model and set of related perspectives about how one can become a better leader of one’s self as well as the organization.    

Financial Markets and Institutions (FIN624) - This class introduces students to the institutions and markets that form the worldwide economic system of trading financial and real assets. The course will cover concepts of financial theory, institutional detail, regulations and the history of the financial markets. Students will be exposed to legal, ethical, technological and global issues facing financial managers, financial markets and the financial assets traded in these markets. The course is designed to provide an overview of the financial world, the financial assets that are traded and the people who participate in the financial markets.

Faculty

 Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.
 Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.

PerryFantiniS@tiffin.edu
419-448-3504

Associate Professor of Management

Assistant Vice President for Equity, Access & Opportunity

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Capella University
  • M.B.A., Tiffin University
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

Dr. Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.

Professor Perry-Fantini earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Management. The British Standards Institution granted her certification as a Quality Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 in 2001. In 2000, she completed certification in Professional Human Resource Management from the University of Toledo and the Society of Human Resource Management.

She teaches courses in human resources, organizational behavior, and organizational communications. Additionally, she teaches labor relations at the community college level. Before joining the ranks of a full-time faculty member, she served as the Executive Director of Degree Completion Admissions. During her tenure, the number of students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree completion programs in business administration and criminal justice increased by 49% in two years. Additionally, geographic expansion and online delivery increased. She served several organizations in positions such as, human resources, trainer, benefits coordinator, lead auditor, radio script writer, and voice talent.

She is a member of the Terra State Community College Advisory Board. Previously, she was an executive board member of the Lorain County Urban League and a member of the Ohio Transfer Council. She has also served on Tiffin University’s Strategic Planning Committee, Portal Committee, Website Redesign Committee, and Information Technology Committee.

Her research interests include social development centered on the concept of identity by Erik Erikson, structural diversity, organizational transformation, classroom diversity, democracy outcomes, and adult learning theory. Her mission which fully fosters reflective thinking allows learners the opportunity to think about complex challenges or issues from different perspectives.

Publications:

Perry-Nause, S. (2004). My Journey. Spotlight on Women, Summer Issue, pp. 23-24

Grant Writing:

Mays, L. & Perry-Nause, S. (2002) Title III Funding.

Presentations:

The Changing Environment for Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs, CPE Member Roundtable, Panelist for Eduventures, December 13, 2007.

Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisory Board quarterly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2005.

Understanding Adult Learners and Accelerated Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Senior Administration meeting (Special session), Findlay, OH, 2005.

Degree Completion Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Toledo, OH, 2004, & 2005.

Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2003, 2004, & 2005.

Dr. Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management
 James Gucker, J.D.
 James Gucker, J.D.

James Gucker, J.D.

guckerj@tiffin.edu
419 934-9672

Associate Professor of Business Law

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • J.D., University of Toledo
  • B.A., Bowling Green State University

James Gucker, J.D.

Dr. James Gucker is an instructor of Business Law at Tiffin University and has taught graduate courses in law and ethics as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Gucker is licensed to practice Law in the state of Ohio and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.  Dr. Gucker has practiced law in Tiffin Ohio since 1988 and has concentrated his practice in the areas of business law, tort law, real estate and real estate planning.  He was appointed by The Ohio Supreme Court as an acting Judge in the Wyandot County Municipal Court. He has been the Tiffin City Prosecutor and Assistant County Prosecutor.

The Ohio Department of Education has appointed him as a referee in teacher termination cases.  He is the solicitor for the Village of Sycamore, Republic, and Marseilles.  He has represented large and small corporations in Ohio.  He a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Justices.

Dr. Gucker also volunteers his time and legal expertise for many non-profit organizations including United Way, Seneca County Junior Fair, Tiffin Mercy Hospital, and Mohawk Community Library Foundation.

James Gucker, J.D. Associate Professor of Business Law
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

PiaseckiL@tiffin.edu
419-448-5129

Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D. University of Toledo
  • M.Ed. Business Education-Bowling Green State University
  • M.B.A. University of Findlay
  • B.A. University of Toledo

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and has served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Chair of the Management and Marketing areas. She joined the business faculty at Tiffin University in 2012.

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki comes to Tiffin after completing her Ph.D. with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study of and ethical practice of improving productivity and competence in organizations. Performance improvement uses scientific research principles to assess performance gaps, implement solutions, and measure the impact of solutions when implemented. A performance improvement and talent development specialist, Kahle-Piasecki is a follower of systems theory and uses a systematic approach in solving performance problems.

She is actively engaged in research and is a frequent presenter at both international and national conferences. Her current research interests and areas of expertise are in the use of technology to improve performance in the workplace and classroom, and performance interventions such as mentoring for performance improvement. She is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory, spent a summer living and teaching in Costa Rica, and has additional international teaching experience.

In addition to teaching and research, she is a peer reviewer for the Journal of International Students, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GTAC ATD), the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), and a member of the Academy of Management, International Society for Performance Improvement, and Association for Talent Development.

She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Urban All-American Achievement Award, presented by the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT). The award recognizes a graduate of a Catholic inner-city elementary school, who exhibited extraordinary achievement as an inspiration for today’s inner-city school students.

Below is a sample of recent publications:

Ritzman, M., & Kahle-Piasecki, L. (September, 2016). What works: A systems approach to employee performance in strengthening information security. Performance Improvement Journal, 55(8), 17-22.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. & Doles, S. (2015). A comparison of mentoring in higher education and Fortune 1000 companies: Practices to apply in a global context. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 15(5), 74-79.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2013). Business in Costa Rica: Trends and Issues. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 15(2).

Kahle-Piasecki, L., Miao, C., & Ariss, S. (2012). Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 6(1), 56-68.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2011). Mentoring: What organizations need to know to improve performance in the 21st Century workplace. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toledo, 2011). UMI No. 3474769.

Nykodym, N., Kahle-Piasecki, L., & Marsillac, E. (2010, May). The Managers Guide to Understanding, Detecting and Thwarting Computer Crime: An International Performance Issue. Performance Improvement Journal, 49(5), 42-47. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20151

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Management
Kristina Collins
Kristina Collins

Kristina Collins

Collinskl@tiffin.edu
419-448-5130

Assistant Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.S. Ed., Indiana University
  • B.A., Indiana University
  • A.A.S., Purdue University

Kristina Collins

Professor Collins holds dual roles as School of Business Director and also as Assistant Professor of Management at Tiffin University, with teaching concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management. Her previous 17 years of university teaching were primarily in Indiana. She has also coordinated and led International Study trips for both undergraduate and graduate students to Russia, Europe, China, and Central America.

Her experience as an Administrative Director at the university level has focused in the areas of Organizational Development & Training, Curriculum Development, and Academic Outcomes Assessment. She is currently completing her PhD in Business Administration with her doctoral research focusing on economic development and global leadership.

Professor Collins serves as President-elect of ACBSP’s (Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs) Great Lakes Council Region 4, as well as an ACBSP Peer Evaluator, since 2013.  To contribute to the body of research for quality and continuous improvement in higher education, she has presented at several ACBSP conferences, most recently in Athens, Greece and Philadelphia, PA.

As a consultant and practitioner, she also has earned a Six Sigma Green Belt which is utilized in working with organizations to develop and implement continuous improvement programs. Professional certifications include Achieve Global and Covey programs. Her professional awards include the Presidential Award for Outstanding Evening Division Faculty of the Year (2002) as well as the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow Award as the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) faculty advisor (2006-2008).

Kristina Collins Assistant Professor of Management
Teresa Miller
Teresa Miller

Teresa Miller

Tmiller@tiffin.edu
419-448-3403

Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • M.B.A., Tiffin University
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University

Teresa Miller

Before joining Tiffin University in 1999, she spent 7 years with Tharaldson Enterprises, America’s largest independent hotel development and management company. Professor Miller traveled extensively opening Marriott, Hilton and Choice hotels across the country as a General Manager and Area Director. In 1997, she was chosen and awarded Tharaldson Enterprises’ Area Director of the Year.

Since joining Tiffin University, Professor Miller has been active on campus with the Hospitality Club. In the Spring 2006, she took 19 hospitality students to the Las Vegas International Hotel and Restaurant Show. She was published in the 8th and 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Professor Miller has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca County Convention and Visitors since 2003. She also remains active in the community by having her Events Management and Marketing class plan real events for organizations in the community.

Professor Miller also holds a professional certification, CHA, the Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institution. Recognized worldwide, the CHA designation is the premier symbol of professional achievement for lodging executives.

Teresa Miller Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing
Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Haanpc@tiffin.edu
419-448-3350

Professor of Marketing

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • D.B.A., University of Sarasota
  • M.B.A., Xavier University
  • B.S., The Ohio State University

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Dr. Perry Haan has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education since 1986. He was won teaching awards at three different institutions of higher learning. He has taught in eight countries outside the U.S. He won the 2016-2017 Tiffin University Scholarship Award. In 2017 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal. In 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship by the International American Association of Financial Management for his teaching and academic work in international markets.

Haan earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota, Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals, including the Journal of Marketing in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship. He co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Perry Haan, D.B.A. Professor of Marketing
Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M.
Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M.

Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M.

Ziemsw@tiffin.edu
419-448-3050

Assistant Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.B.A., Heidelberg University
  • B.S., Heidelberg University

Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M.

Dr. Wendy Ziems-Mueller is a fulltime Assistant Professor of Management/Graduate Program Chair for the School of Graduate and Distance Education at Tiffin University. Previously, Wendy served as the Program Chair for the BA in Professional Studies for Degree Completion, the BBA Program Chair for Degree Completion and the Dean of Associate’s Degree Programs for Tiffin University. Wendy has extensive higher education administration experience overseeing associate level and bachelor level programs. Before Tiffin, Wendy was the Dean of Academics for an occupational college in Toledo for 8 years and was responsible for programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Medical Programs, Legal Studies, Veterinary Technician Programs and General Studies. Wendy served at the Dean level for more than 10 years where she was responsible for more than 150 fulltime staff and adjunct faculty, managed curriculum, course development, and operations for colleges and universities.

Wendy teaches Leadership, Accounting, Philosophy, Business, Management, Marketing, and Mathematics. Additionally, she has taught previously both online and in a traditional seated capacity for various colleges and universities. Wendy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration focusing in finance and accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Heidelberg University. She completed her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership Degree in October of 2011 with an approved dissertation in strategic planning and higher education administration.

Outside of academia, Wendy participates heavily in philanthropy and non-profit administration. She has served on several Nonprofit Boards and is currently involved in the restructuring of a medium-sized Latino Resource Center in Toledo, Ohio. Wendy believes paying it forward and community service is necessary by everyone in the community and believes success comes from hard work and giving. Support from “womb to death” is a motto she lives by. Her experience in business management, human resources and leadership has led to her sharing that knowledge with her teaching and non-profit management.

Wendy is married to Axel and they have 4 children, Meagan, Lauren, Zachary and Elizabeth and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio. Wendy loves to read and write fiction; she loves to travel and spend time with her family; but most of all she loves the education industry and teaching. Wendy believes that education is a lifelong journey that builds on intellectual discovery and stimulates growth of the integrated student.

Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M. Assistant Professor of Management
Teresa Shafer
Teresa Shafer

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Tshafer@tiffin.edu
419-448-3309

Professor of Management

Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University's Marion campus. During her tenure, she served as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer and Public Relations Director. Upon completion of her master's degree, she joined the Shelby Insurance Company and served nearly ten years in various corporate positions including Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting.

Dr. Shafer joined Tiffin University in 1993 as an adjunct professor. In 1996, she became the Director of the Elyria Academic Center and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fast Track degree completion program in Organizational Management. She joined the full-time faculty as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 2005 she took over as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and successfully orchestrated reaccreditation visits with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission, European Council on Business Education and American Council of Business Schools and Programs garnering the maxirimm reaffirmations allowed by all four accreditation agencies. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer as a visiting team member and distance education reviewer. In 2011 she became Associate Dean of International Business Programs and currently serves as a Professor of Management. Dr. Shafer is also a member of the TU Graduate Faculty Senate.

As an organizational behavior scholar, Dr. Shafer's work includes research into corporate mergers and downsizing and how these activities impact human capital and efficiencies. She has published and presented her research at numerous conferences both regionally and nationally. Dr. Shafer's consulting experience is extensive as she works with both national and international companies with respect to human resource training, executive coaching, strategic planning and budgeting. She also serves the higher learning community as a pedagogical mentor to various faculty members and institutions across the nation. Dr. Shafer is a member of several professional organizations and serves on a number of local program boards.

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D. Professor of Management

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