LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Rucks Department of Management

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William and Catherine Rucks (third and fourth from left) meet with Rucks Fellows.

About the RUCKS In 1996, William Rucks IV and his wife, Catherine, made a gracious donation to the E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Management. Shortly thereafter, it was renamed the William W. & Catherine M. Rucks Department of Management in their honor. Two years later, the Rucks Fellow distinction was established, recognizing 10 full-time senior management majors who represent the highest level of academic achievement. The Rucks’ contributions have aided in the Rucks Department of Management being recognized for its outstanding research-driven faculty, student-affiliated organizations, and outstanding alumni. They have established the William W. Rucks IV Endowed Chair and Professor of Management, the Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management, and the William W. and Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management. A private investor and venture capital lender, Rucks received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1979 and began his career with the Union Oil Company of California. He was co-founder of Flores and Rucks Inc. — an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production, and acquisition of crude oil and natural gas — but elected to retire in 1996 to reenter the world of private business. Rucks has served on the LSU System Board of Supervisors and has been inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and the E. J. Ourso College Hall of Distinction.

Welcome to Management Welcome to the Rucks Department of Management where you can pursue your interest in human resources, international management, and strategic leadership. This is where you can get involved with our chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. And where you can be recognized for high achievement as a Rucks Fellow, our highest performing management majors. Be a part of something special with us. — Jean B. McGuire Department Chair and Professor

Senior Instructor Kerry Sauley is a student favorite. “There’s no place I’d rather be than in the classroom,” says Sauley, adding “I love teaching and interacting with students. It’s exciting when students see the relevance and usefulness of what they’re learning in class.”

Professor Tim Chandler (pictured above left with professor Helmut Schneider) — “I’ve had the pleasure of spending my entire academic career at LSU and have witnessed many changes throughout the university and Ourso College. But a dedicated faculty, engaged students, academic rigor, and generous support from William and Catherine Rucks have been enduring hallmarks of the Department of Management. I’ve enjoyed being a member of the department and am proud of the successes of its students and alumni.”


Learn about business and society from Senior Instructor Dan Marin

BS Management | Concentrations | Minor Management is the process of completing activities efficiently and effectively with, and through, other people. Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, reporting, and budgeting are all key aspects of the overall function of an organization’s management. Through its academic offerings, the Rucks Department of Management will prepare you to accomplish all of these things. > Bachelor of Science in Management — A 120-hour program that focuses on training students to evaluate a firm’s competitive environment, evaluate a firm’s resources and capabilities, identify important managerial issues, address issues of implementation, and effectively communicate managerial issues and arguments. > Human Resource Management Concentration — The human resource management concentration requires students take nine hours of advanced HR-focused classes, which can include employee selection and placement, compensation administration and legal issues in HRM, and six hours of electives. These requirements align with the Society for Human Resource Management’s curriculum guidelines. > International Management Concentration — The international management concentration builds knowledge and skills in understanding the complexity of international management and the cultural context of business. Coursework is taken within the Rucks Department of Management and other departments. > Strategic Leadership Concentration — The strategic leadership concentration provides students with a broad-based understanding of the role of management and leadership in today’s business environment. It focuses on topics such as decision making, the leadership role of the chief executive officer, and dealing with management successes and failures. > International Business Minor — Available fall 2018, this minor prepares students for the complexities of managing in the global marketplace. Students may explore international trade and finance, multinational management, global corporate responsibility, and more. To graduate with the minor, students must complete 18 hours of coursework. Undergraduate students in management can minor in energy, entrepreneurship, information technology management, internal audit, and personal investing. A minor in international business will be available in fall 2018. Undergraduates may also specialize in internal audit. 2

Rucks Fellows Thanks to a generous gift from William W. and Catherine M. Rucks, 10 students are recognized each year as Rucks Fellows. Selected by the faculty, the Rucks Fellows represent the highest level of academic achievement among senior management majors. To enrich their development as future business leaders, these students receive opportunities not available to others, including the chance to interact with faculty and business leaders at special events, recognition during graduation, and the right to identify themselves as Rucks Fellows. To qualify for recognition as a Rucks Fellow, a senior management major in any of the department’s concentrations must have a GPA in the top ten of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum. These students are identified early in fall semesters usually in September.


Undergraduate Student Organizations SHRM — The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the profession. As a student, if you are looking for internships, networking opportunities, and a better understanding of the impact human resources has on our lives, membership in SHRM is a must. PSE — Pi Sigma Epsilon is the only nationally recognized co-ed professional organization in marketing, sales, and management. Established in 1952, PSE gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience in the business profession. Based on your interest, college-wide organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi are also available. Bottom line: be involved!

Join The Ourso Experience By getting involved in student organizations you will strengthen your leadership skills, start building your network, learn time management, apply classroom lessons in real-world situations, expand your résumé, give back to your college community, and make new friends.


Students have an opportunity to speak with recruiters at the Business Networking Receptions held twice each year.

Student Activities Jumping Into Business Jumping into Business is a multi-day event, hosted by the Business College Council and student organizations in the college, that features a wealth of activities and events. In addition to a food drive for the LSU Food Pantry, students have the opportunity to visit with business-related student organizations and learn more about them, as well as visit with recruiters in the Rapid RĂŠsumĂŠ Review sessions. Etiquette Dinner Undergraduate and graduate students are invited each year to attend the Etiquette Dinner, which is hosted by the Business College Council. At the event, students sit with and learn from executives who are accomplished professionals in their respective fields. They also learn proper dining and job interview etiquette from an expert certified by the Protocol School of Washington. Speakers Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to hear from professionals; executives; local, state, and national leaders; alumni; etc., from various professions and gain valuable insight into industry and the current job market.

Students attend the annual Jumping Into Business event. Business and dinner etiquette are on the menu at the annual Etiquette Dinner. Owen Ryan, Deloitte Advisory, CEO, shares industry insights during a class visit to the college.


Career Opportunities Internships

Your Career

Internships are a great way to interact with industry professionals, learn about potential career choices, and gain valuable experience while still in school. We encourage you to pursue an internship on your own or with the assistance of our many resources. You may be able to earn credit for your internship work as well and we want to discuss options with you.

We will work with you on your search for a meaningful career that meets your passion. You can work with the new Office of Business Student Success within the E. J. Ourso College of Business and with the Olinde Career Center at the university level to obtain career-related work experiences, develop job search skills, and find not just a job, but the right job.

Lucy Simon was a management intern for ExxonMobil’s fuels and lubricants department over the summer of 2017. Being involved in student activities is important to Lucy. “I am the vice president of the College Council for Humanities & Social Sciences within Student Government, a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Distinguished Communicator Program, and the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. I also volunteer at Companion Animal Alliance.” Lucy received the Stamps Scholarship in 2017 from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, a nationally prestigious merit program that helps exceptional students become meaningful leaders throughout society. “Receiving the Stamps Scholarship is one of the most exciting achievements of my life,” says Lucy, adding “The Stamps Scholars Program stands for who I am and everything I have done. I remind myself every day that this scholarship is not just a gift. It’s an opportunity to grow, learn, experience life and give back.”





the Classroom You can expand your learning experience by participating in activities outside of the classroom.



1. William Rucks IV talks with students about future career plans and offers advice on getting the most out of their college experience. 2. Left to right: Leila Tanios, Morgan Heuer, Jessica Erickson, Lisa Bonfanti (GBR-SHRM), Karen Breaux (GBR-SHRM), Devin Bonner (GBR-SHRM), Shannon Byouk, Emily Gunter and Hassan Alkhadrawi — These are the SHRM at LSU members who participated in the Louisiana HR Case Competition along with three representatives from the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of SHRM. The LSU group brought home second place after competing with other universities from across the state. 3. Kane Hubbard and Andy Stahel representing SHRM at the Jumping into Business student organization fair put on by the E. J. Ourso College of Business. 4. From left to right: Raquel Gibson, Kane Hubbard, Sarah Stalnaker. SHRM members attend the E. J. Ourso College of Business Networking Reception.

LSUs undergraduate degree in human resources has been ranked in “The Top 25 Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degrees” by Human Resources MBA.


Management PhD students prepare for exams in one of the college’s team rooms.

PhD Program The PhD in management teaches students to master the content of both management theory and management research methodology, conduct management research, communicate management research results in writing and in presentations, and teach undergraduate management courses. The program’s many strengths include: > A limited and selective enrollment that provides students opportunities to develop personal and professional ties with faculty and fellow students; > Opportunities to work with faculty actively engaged in a wide range of on-going research projects, the results of which are regularly reported in leading social science journals; > Competitive funding for research and teaching assistantships. Students are also eligible for fellowships and other awards offered by the LSU Graduate School. To better develop research skills, students typically work with faculty as research assistants the first several years of the program. More senior students may also be given teaching responsibilities to develop their teaching skills and financial support for research and travel to professional conferences; > Graduates typically accept employment at major colleges and universities in the US and abroad. Recent graduates have held positions at Auburn University, University of Alabama, Florida State University, Texas Tech University, Mississippi State University, the University of Wyoming, City University of Hong Kong, and Makerere University (Uganda), among others.

PhD Student Profile PhD student in management, Samira Fallah, was awarded the Emerald Citation of Excellence Award 2017 for her co-authored article, “Competitive Supply Chain Network Design: an Overview of Classifications, Models, Solutions Technique and Applications” published in Omega — the International Journal of Management Science in 2014.


Research Journal Editors Areas of Research

> Human Resources > International


> Strategic Leadership

Associate Professor Thomas Greckhamer serves as associate editor of Organizational Research Methods, a peerreviewed journal established to promote a more effective understanding of current and new methodologies as applied in organizational research. ORM is an elite scholarly journal, known for high-quality from the qualitative and quantitative domains, micro and macro perspectives.

Research Highlights Assistant Professor Jeremy M. Beus

>“A Meta-Analysis of Sex and Race Differences in

Perceived Workplace Mistreatment” McCord, M., Joseph, D., Dhanani, L., and Beus, J. (2017). Journal of Applied Psychology.

Associate Professor Daniel S. Whitman

>“A Dispositional Approach to Applicant Reactions:

Examining Core Self-Evaluations, Behavioral Intentions, and Fairness Perceptions” McLarty, B., and Whitman, D. (2016). Journal of Business and Psychology

Assistant Professor Jihae You

>“Pay for Talk: How the Use of Shareholder-Value

Language Affects CEO Compensation” Shin, T., and You, J. (2017). Journal of Management Studies.

The Business Education Complex

The Business Education Complex (BEC) facilitates world-class teaching and learning, as faculty and students connect with other institutions and business experts worldwide. It accommodates undergraduate and graduate business students, as well as executive education and business community functions. Additionally, the BEC sharpens LSU’s competitive edge among the top colleges in the nation and enhances the ability to recruit top faculty and students. This forward-looking complex has been named the 10th most beautiful business school in the world by

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