Successful businesses, no matter what they sell, have at least one thing in common: they need to be well managed. Successful business administration, however, is not a narrow set of skills. Managers must be able to analyze economic opportunities, predict outcomes, and implement business decisions. They need to be literate in the worlds of accounting, economics, law, ethics, and information technology — all to navigate an ever-changing business world.
The business management major, the central program of Lakeland's Business Division, produces graduates with this wide range of skills and expertise. Its core set of classes introduces students to the major fields within business and economics, while offering an opportunity to "focus" on a particular area of business without heavily committing to it.
This broad-based business major opens doors into marketing and finance, as well as leadership positions in private industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. In its comprehensiveness and commitment to developing problem-solving and decision-making skills, the business management program is designed to help its graduates succeed anywhere.
Students who major in business management will be able to:
- utilize the central principles of business and business administration, ranging from key theories and issues to specialized rules and operations;
- understand the structures and institutions of the American and world economic systems, specifically as they relate to the business world;
- comprehend the various ways in which people use their resources to achieve personal, business, and social objectives;
- communicate business and economic information to stakeholders in a clear and professional manner; and
- appreciate and abide by the ethical and legal rules by which business entities relate to one another and to society.
Business Management Faculty
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Mr. James Kudek, Associate Professor of Business Administration, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. He teaches courses in business administration and accounting and is especially...Read more about James Kudek
A noted state economist, Business Division Chair Scott Niederjohn is one of the nation's top advocates for adding economic education to K-12 curriculum. Since joining Lakeland's faculty in 2004,...Read more about Scott Niederjohn
Mr. Abdul Qastin, Bemis Professor of Accounting, joined the faculty in 1985. Qastin participates regularly in the International MBAA conference. In his spare time, he volunteers at his church and...Read more about Abe Qastin
Dr. J. Garland Schilcutt, Professor of Business Administration, holds the distinction of Lakeland's longest-serving faculty member, with a tenure of over fifty years. Schilcutt, or "Prof" as he...Read more about J. Garland Schilcutt
Ms. Adina Schwartz, Associate Professor of Economics, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has been teaching for the college since 1984. Among her accomplishments,...Read more about Adina Schwartz
A driving force behind the creation of Lakeland's popular resort management program, Chuck Stockman teaches students how to open doors to a myriad of career possibilities. A member of Lakeland's...Read more about Charles Stockman