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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? A definitive answer has never been reached. How about followers and leaders? Followers need leaders, and a leader without followers will not be very effective. In many cases, an effective and strong leader emerges out of a group of loyal followers. But what does it take for that individual to stand out and assume a leadership role? Studies indicate that an effective leader must be task- and relationship-oriented and demonstrate active participation. It takes a person with special skills to create or preserve a structure within an organization and focus simultaneously on tackling the job, motivating the team to do their part, and jumping into the trenches alongside his or her subordinates. The strong leader puts the needs of the team before his own, and the successful leader makes sure that all eyes are on the task at hand—a job well done.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Management is offered by the Department of Management in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. This program, with three concentrations, offers students planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills through experiential learning in which they will find themselves in the trenches of the real-world work environment. Each concentration—Organizational Leadership, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, and Supply Chain Management—includes a capstone project in which students will partner with an organization in the industry or non-profit sector.
There will always be a need for effective leaders, those who have the vision to see farther down the road than most others. Most workers are concerned with doing a good job and being thought of as a competent team member. The leader of an organization is less concerned about his or her individual performance and more concerned about the direction of the enterprise and the ability of the team to work together to fulfill both the mission and the vision. Examples of career opportunities for individuals choosing the Organizational Leadership concentrations include areas such as:

Corporate upper-level management
Corporate recruiting
Customer support
Facilities management
Human resources
Inventory control
Performance management
Public policy
Real estate
Retail management
Talent management

Because this program is relatively new, employer information is still being compiled. Following are examples of employers of Management graduates and Career Fair participants:

American Cellular
Automatic Data Processing
CalsonicKansei North America
Chick-Fil-A Murfreesboro
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
Ettain Group
Insight Global, Inc.
Internal Data Resources
Liberty Mutual
Modern Woodmen of America
Nissan North America
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
PepsiCo Foodservice
State Farm Insurance
Target Stores
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA)
The Hershey Company
Walter Meier Manufacturing





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