Bachelor of Business Administration

Management with a concentration in Managerial Studies

Making sure the right people are doing the right things at the right time is a skill. Learn how to increase efficiency and effectiveness with a management degree from TU. Learn how to lead with classes that focus on human resources, organizational theory, employment and labor laws, all with an emphasis on ethical conduct. 

Promising Careers Await Graduates From TU’s Managerial Studies Program!

Tiffin University’s Managerial Studies major has been designed especially for students wishing to embark on a managerial career. Your career will most likely begin at the entry level, and with the real advantages of a TU education, you could soon be rising the corporate ladder, as so many other Managerial Studies graduates have done. 

Promising careers have begun in positions such as retail store manager, bank assistant branch manager, manufacturing supervisor, logistics supervisor, human resources administrator and investments advisor – to name just a few. The Tiffin University Managerial Studies Concentration is designed for your rapid advancement in a promising careers of your choice. You’ll have the skills and will have developed your talents to design your own future with this degree program!

About Your Major:

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Managerial Studies Concentration is designed to provide you with the skills and competencies necessary for managing in the 21st Century.  Tiffin University takes the approach of total development of the individual, placing emphasis on your personal as well as your professional growth. It prepares you for both a career and for graduate studies. You will develop the managerial problem solving and strategic thinking skills that will help you become a leader.

Opportunities To Make Connections!

Below are just a few examples of the variety of real opportunities you’ll have as a TU student to make connections outside of the classroom.  These clubs and organizations will provide you with advantages and resources, all leading to career success! 

Delta Mu Delta - The Iota Epsilon chapter of Delta Mu Delta is located at Tiffin University.  This is a national honor society for business.

Circle K - Circle K International is a collegiate service organization with a worldwide membership that promotes fellowship, leadership, and service.

Student Government - TU’s Student Government is primarily involved in organizing the campus programming, social activities and serving as the voice and advocate for students concerning campus matters.  

World Student Association (W.S.A.) - The W.S.A. is concerned with helping to foster cultural growth and diversity on our campus, and providing awareness of international student concerns within the community at large.

Also available to TU students are activities of all kinds, events, and academic and other special interest organizations that include:  Delta Sigma Kappa Honorary Society, Communication Club, TU TIMES (TU’s School Newspaper) and Greek Organizations, among others.

Core Curriculum of the School of Business 18 hours
Management 9 hours
Concentration 21 hours

  • MGT221 Supply Chain Management
  • MGT317 Human Resource Management 
  • MGT404 Organization Theory
  • MGT411 International Management

Two of the following:

  • LAW321 Employment and Labor Law 
  • MGT351 Managing Diversity in the Workplace 
  • MGT359 Small Business Management 
  • MGT390 Special Topics
  • MGT470 Internship

Total BBA hours 121

 

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 a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Off Campus - Offered in a 7-week hybrid format with start dates of January and August. Locations include: 

• Terra Community College
• Owens Community College Toledo Campus
• Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus
• Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College West Campus

Employment and Labor Law (LAW321) - This course is an overview of various laws and regulations that determine the rights and obligations of employees and employers. Topics covered include the nature of the employment relationship and common law principles, prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics such as race and gender, wage and hour law, the Family Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act and other similar areas of labor and employment law. The primary focus is on federal laws governing the employment relationship, but there will also be discussion of state and local laws.     

Managing Diversity in the Workplace (MGT351) - In the context of the growth of multinational enterprises and the increasing diversity of the American workforce, this course deals with gender, racial, age, cultural and other differences in the workplace. The course will focus on being open, sensitive, and fair in dealing with differences and on using diversity as positive force within organizations. This is a writing intensive course.    

Supply Chain Management (MGT221) - This course is an overview of supply chain management and will briefly cover the topics of procurement, lean organizations, Total Quality Management, logistics and materials management.    

Organization Theory (MGT404) - An overview of organizations drawing upon the concepts of social and cultural anthropology, political science, strategic management and organizational behavior. Topics covered will include organizational types, structure and design, culture, power & conflict and environmental relationships.    

Managing Diversity in the Workplace (MGT351) - In the context of the growth of multinational enterprises and the increasing diversity of the American workforce, this course deals with gender, racial, age, cultural and other differences in the workplace. The course will focus on being open, sensitive, and fair in dealing with differences and on using diversity as positive force within organizations. This is a writing intensive course.

  • Bank Assistant Branch Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator 
  • Investments Advisor
  • Logistics Supervisor 
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Cardinal Health
  • Champion Home Exteriors
  • National Machinery
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Faculty

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
Kristina Collins
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
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
 James Gucker, J.D.
 James Gucker, J.D.

James Gucker, J.D.

guckerj@tiffin.edu
419 934-9672

Assistant 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.
Assistant Professor of Business Law
James Gucker, J.D.
Assistant 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

Associate 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.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Corri Miller, M.A.E.
Corri Miller, M.A.E.

Corri Miller

Millercor@tiffin.edu
419-448-3064

Instructor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.A.E. - HRD, University of Findlay
  • B.B.A., University of Findlay

Corri Miller

Professor Corri Miller began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2014 as an adjunct while also instructing at The University of Findlay within the College of Business. In 2015, she became full-time management faculty with a concentration in Human Resources. Prior to academia, Corri accrued an extensive background in the Human Resources field. For the last 16 years, she has worked in higher level, strategic Human Resource leadership roles within several Fortune 500 companies. In 2011, she was nominated and chosen to be a part of the Owens Corning Leadership Development program.

Professor Miller earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Findlay.

She is very active in her community serving on the Open Arms Domestic Violence Board, past United Way division chair, WIA Policy Board and a 2002 Hancock Leadership graduate.

In 2012, to continue her commitment to an environment of continuous learning, she opened a Human Resources consulting business. This supports her obligation to her profession, while providing continuous opportunities to bring leadership, management and human resources experiences to the classroom environment.

Corri Miller
Instructor of Management
Corri Miller
Instructor 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
Teresa Miller
Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing
Diego Hernandez
Diego Hernandez

Diego Hernandez

Hernandezda@tiffin.edu
419-448-5862

Assistant Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.B.A., University of Toledo
  • M.H.M., Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)
  • B.A., Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)

Diego Hernandez

Diego Hernandez is the Program Chair of the Online and Off-Campus Bachelor Business Programs.  He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Master’s degree in Higher Management from Industrial University of Santander (Colombia, South America).

As a faculty member at Tiffin University, Hernandez teaches accounting and management online courses and Financial and management courses at the Degree Completion Program for the Off-Campus program.

Professor Hernandez enjoys teaching online so that he can reach students who may otherwise not be able to attend college or who do not have time to come to campus for all their classes.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

Diego Hernandez
Assistant Professor of Management
Diego Hernandez
Assistant Professor of Management

Testimonials

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

  • The on-campus events and activities that are offered have made it easy to learn about a number of different topics. I also believe because of the diverse population here at TU it allows me to gain a broader perspective of different cultures and customs that I have not encountered before.

    -Payne VanTilburg '16

  • I knew Tiffin University was the place for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I toured a handful of other universities offering similar programs, but TU was the only school that truly made me feel at home.

    -Caleb Reynolds '15

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