Mission Statement

In support of the College mission, the Business Management Program helps students develop knowledge, skills, and values related to becoming competent managers and successful candidates for entry into graduate school. Further, the faculty aspires to be on the leading edge in providing quality, relevancy, and innovation in its preparation of students.

Program Director: Steve Varela, Ph.D., M.B.A, M.S.
Faculty: James Fattore, M.B.A. (Professor Emeritus); Joseph Ferrallo, M.B.A.; Tony Franco, D.B.A.; Paul Fuscoe, M.A.; Catherine Gonzalez, Ph.D; George Grzesiowski, M.B.A., C.P.A; Elizabeth Mannion, J.D.; Richard Morrisroe, Ph.D.; Melvin Randolph, D.B.A.; Desila Rosetti, M.S.A.; Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.; Deanne Shimala, C.P.A., M.S.T; Alan Valente, M.B.A.; Steve Varela, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.; David Vrbanich, M.S.

  • Objectives
  • Faculty

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the theories, principles and practices of management and the ability to apply qualitative, quantitative, and information technology tools for effective decision-making;
  • Be able to engage the methods of inquiry and analysis of the liberal arts and sciences in relationship to the specific situations and problems of management in order to become reflective practitioners;
  • Have developed a general understanding and appreciation of the role of business and management in local, national, and world economies; and
  • Demonstrate the capability to engage critically and reflectively ethical issues in management, particularly questions of social responsibility and professional decision-making.
Dr. Steve Varela
Mr. Steve Varela, MS, MBA, PhD

Director of the Business Management Program
Room 523
(219) 473-4355
svarela@ccsj.edu

Steve A. Varela is the Business Management Program Director in the Department of Business and Information Technology at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Management at Fort Hays State University’s China campus and also an Assistant Professor of International Business at Tunghai University located in Taichung, Taiwan.

Dr. Varela earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science/MIS and a M.Sc. in Telecommunications from DePaul University, an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and a Ph.D. from the International School of Management based in Paris, France. Steve developed new courses such as East-West Negotiation for Asian audiences in Taiwan and also localized first year of studies courses for Nigerian students while at Northeastern University. His primary research interests are in the fields of international negotiation and culture.

His recent presentations include Varela, S. (Presenter and Author), “The Primacy of Cultural Metacognition in Intercultural Business Negotiation” presented at the Marketing Asia Group Scholar Conference, Porto, Portugal. (June, 2015), and Varela, S. (Presenter and Author) “The Influence of Cultural Intelligence on Intercultural Business Negotiation”, presented at the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics. Destin, FL. (April, 2014).

Prior to teaching, Steve served in various international business development roles for firms such as Motorola International Ventures Corporation, Iridium Satellite LLC, and Telefonica S.A. in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Mexico. Indeed, he has spent nearly half of his adult life as an expatriate.

Steve serves as a member of CCSJ’s Graduate Programs Committee and his professional contributions includes service as the North American Director of the Marketing in Asia Scholar Group, and as a board member of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance and the Hudson Lake Conservation Association. Dr. Varela is also certified in Cultural Intelligence and a licensed commodity broker. He lives in New Carlisle, Indiana with his wife and two daughters.

More details can be found on his LinkedIn profile.



Desila Rosetti
Desila Rosetti

Professor
Room 505
(219) 473-4313
drosetti@ccsj.edu

Desila is a an Associate Professor in the Business Department at Calumet College of St Joseph. She teaches a variety of undergraduate classes on topics including small business, strategy, marketing, supervision, and introduction to business. In addition, she currently serves as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Management Program and the Faculty Advisor for the Student Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). She has been involved in many non profit organizations throughout Lake and Porter County as a trainer, coach, strategic planner, project manager, human resource manager, project manager, and recruiter.

Desila has been a featured speaker for highly regarded national and state conferences and has presented professional research papers at the Midwest Business Administration Association and the Academy of Business Disciplines annual meetings. She received the Bob Baird Award for her work at the 2004 National Business and Economics Society Conference. Desila has been published in numerous academic and industry journals. Most recently she co-authored "Sexual Harassment Programs Using Behavioral Science Research", which has been published by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Desila is the president of a local training and project management company, Organizational Development Solutions, Inc. She is a past president for the Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Training Consultant, and past SIG Director for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She is past president of the Northwest Indiana Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), a member of the 2013-3014 Indiana SHRM Conference Planning Team, and a member of the Indiana SHRM State Council, serving as the Foundation Director. She is also a member of the E-engaging, and on the Board of Directors for the Porter County Community Foundation. She was chosen as the 2014 Woman Business Person of the Year by the SBDC. She holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame.



Joseph Ferallo
Joseph Ferallo

Professor
(630) 947-3102
jferrallo@ccsj.edu

Joseph is the lead Marketing professor in the Organization Management program at Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ), Whiting, Indiana. Joseph is currently teaching ORMN 408 Principles of Marketing Management. This course gives students an overview into the science and art of 21st century marketing.

Joseph also teaches undergraduate courses in Marketing Research, Public Relations, Supervisory Management, Ethics, Business Communications, Compensation and Benefits and Labor Relations. Joseph also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources Management in both face-to-face and online formats.

Joseph is the founder and President of Client Contact Center Solutions, an innovative consulting firm, whose specialty is performance improvement, organizational development and change processes, training and training development as well as diversity and inclusion programming. Prior to launching Client Contact Center Solutions, Joseph held senior leadership positions with Fortune 100 companies in global customer care, sales and training and operations initiatives in the Telecommunications, Commercial Property Management and Financial Services industries.

Joseph has presented at various educational, leadership and professional development conferences and most recently delivered training at the 6th Annual Diversity and Business Symposium Job Fair in Merrillville, Indiana.

In 2011, Joseph was awarded theNotable 90award from the University of St. Francis. In celebration of the University’s 90th founding year, theNotable 90award recognizes distinguished alumni for having made significant professional, personal and civic contributions to improve the communities in which they live and work. In 2013, Joseph was recognized by Calumet College of St. Joseph with theFaculty Appreciationaward. TheFaculty Appreciationaward is given to faculty who consistently inspire students to achieve outstanding academic excellence as a foundation for assuming demanding 21st century careers. In 2014, Joseph was recognized by Calumet College of St. Joseph with theTeacher of the Yearaward.

Joseph holds B.B.A., M.B.A. and M.S.T.D. (Master of Science in Training and Development) degrees all from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Joseph is pursuing his doctoral degree in educational leadership.



Jeannine M. Pellettiere
Jeannine M. Pellettiere

Adjunct Professor
(312) 422-9933
jeannine126@comcast.net

B.A. History, Quincy University, B.G.S. (concentration in Business & Economics), Indiana University Northwest, M.P.A., Roosevelt University. The instructor has held various positions in the Chicago legal community for 35 years and is currently the Legal Administrator for Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC.



Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez
Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez, PhD

Adjunct Professor

In 2002, I obtained my undergraduate degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Organizational Management, my Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 and my Doctoral degree from Capella University in 2012 in Business and Technology with a specialization in Leadership.

I’m married to my best friend of 30 years, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with family. I have worked in the Financial Industry for over 25 years. I currently teach business courses at Calumet College of St. Joseph, both in the Graduate and Undergraduate business programs. I also teach online business math courses for Kaplan University. My goal is to help prepare students for success in life by indoctrinating leadership skills and the technical knowledge needed to become an entrepreneur or work in a preferred business field.



Elizabeth Mannion
Elizabeth Mannion

Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth Mannion is an attorney licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Indiana. Attorney Mannion is licensed in the Federal District Courts for the Northern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Illinois as well.

Attorney Mannion has practiced law in various areas of civil law, such as personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. She currently practices workers’ compensation law as in-house counsel for a municipal body.

Attorney Mannion graduated as Valedictorian from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 2008 with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in German. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2011.



Mr. David Vrbanich
Mr. David Vrbanich

Adjunct Professor

David Vrbanich has served as an instructor with Calumet College of St. Joseph for fourteen years. He concurrently teaches in the undergraduate program and also the organizational management accelerated program. Courses taught are human resource management within the undergraduate program and strategic management and marketing within the organizational management accelerated program. In addition, he teaches five courses associated with the HRCP (Human Resource Certification Preparation) Program. These courses address all functional areas of HR management (business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and risk management.)

During his professional career he served in hospital administration positions in several regions of the country. While in North Dakota he served as Assistant-to-the-President within the Altru Health System. His main responsibilities were corporate strategic long-range planning and short-range operational planning in all hospital departments. His next position was in South Dakota where he served as Vice-President of Human Resources for the Avera Healthcare System. He also taught courses in the undergraduate school of business at the University of North Dakota and University of South Dakota. This was followed by hospital consulting for healthcare systems in California and Texas. His major emphasis in consulting was physician relations, physician satisfaction, employee satisfaction and patient satisfaction.

His academic preparation includes a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree from The Krannert Graduate School of Management (Purdue University). His course concentration in graduate school was human resource management and health care delivery systems.





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Program Requirements


  • B.S.
  • A.S.
  • Minor
  • 2nd Degree
  • Courses

B.S. in Business Management (120 hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  1. 54 hours: General Education

  2. 27 hours: Requisites for the Major
    BSMT 220 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
    BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
    BSMT 261 Applied Management
    BSMT 300 Accounting for Managers or ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I and ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
    CMIS 225 Microcomputer Applications
    ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
    ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
    MATH 160 Business Math
    MATH 171 Statistics for Business and Sciences (?) or PSY 230 Statistics for Behavioral Science

  3. 27 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major
    ECON 480 International Business
    BSMT 320 Human Resources in Management
    BSMT 350 Business Communication
    BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics
    BSMT 379 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
    BSMT 400 Marketing Management
    BSMT 440 Financial Management
    BSMT 489 Strategic Management and Decision Making
    BSMT ___ (upper level course only)

  4. 12 hours: Electives
    Although the baccalaureate degree in Business Management does not require a concentration per se, five concentrations are available to students. All of the courses included in these concentrations are housed in other academic programs. All are offered in an accelerated format.

Human Resources Concentration (15 hours)
The following five courses are required:

  • ORMN 467 Employment Law in the Workplace
  • ORMN 470 Compensation and Benefits
  • ORMN 473 Labor Relations
  • ORMN 476 Training and Development
  • ORMN 480 Strategic Management of Human Resources

Quality Assurance Concentration (12 hours)
The following four courses are required:

  • ORMN 471 A Survey of Quality
  • ORMN 475 Measurement and Testing
  • ORMN 482 Quality Communications, Documentation Auditing
  • ORMN 484 Capstone

A.S. in Business Management (59 hours)

The following courses are required for the Associates degree:

  • 35 hours: General Education

  • 24 hours: Requisites for the Major
    CMIS 225 Business Microcomputer Applications
    ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
    ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
    MATH 160 Business Mathematics
    BSMT 220 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
    BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
    BSMT 261 Applied Management
    BSMT 300 Accounting for Managers or ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I and ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II

Minor in Business Management (15 hours)

The following courses are required:

ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
BSMT 220 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 300 Accounting for Managers
BSMT 320 Human Resources Management
BSMT/PHIL 375 Business and Professional Ethics

Second Degree in Business Management (39 hours)

The following courses are required:

CMIS 225 Business Microcomputer Applications
CMIS 255 Windows (or equivalent)
ECON 480 International Business
BSMT 220 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
BSMT 261 Applied Management
BSMT 300 Accounting for Managers
BSMT 320 Human Resources Management
BSMT 379 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
BSMT 400 Marketing Management
BSMT 440 Financial Management
BSMT 489 Strategic Management and Decision Making
BSMT ___ (upper level course only)

Business Management

BSMT 220 Management Thought, Principles, and Practice
3 hours
Management prophet Mary Parker Follett described management as “the art of getting things done through people”. Peter Drucker prescriptively describes management by noting “that the job of a manager is to give direction to their organizations, provide leadership, and decide on how to use organizational resources to accomplish goals.” Indeed, successful management is the attainment of organizational goals in an efficient and effective manner. This course introduces students to the foundations of management and how they influence the success of organizations. The evolution of modern management is examined as students explore traditional and contemporary theories, current research on the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations, and the skills that effective managers rely on. Students who successfully complete this course will have an appreciation for the broad challenges that modern managers face and the orientation necessary to further explore individual management sub-processes that influence organizational outcomes.
Prerequisites: None

BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior
3 hours
This is the first in a two-course sequence on the Theory of Organizational Behavior and Applied Management. The course familiarizes students with conceptual frameworks, debates and developments in the field and reviews key literature in the study of individual and organizational dynamics, including work attitudes, motivation, influence factors, decision making, groups, and their international implications.
Prerequisites: BSMT 220 with a grade of "C" or better, sophomore standing.

BSMT 261 Applied Management
3 hours
This is the second in a two-course sequence on the Theory of Organizational Behavior and Applied Management. This course focuses on managerial actions in the real world. The course includes experiential activities which build managerial soft skills, and utilize self-assessment, fostering skills of self-awareness in regards to strengths and weaknesses. Students apply key managerial skills (e.g., influence, motivation, empowerment, negotiation, decision making, and analytical and critical problem solving.)
Prerequisites: BSMT 260 with a grade of "C" or better.

BSMT 300 Accounting for Managers
3 hours
This course is designed to explain how accounting data can be interpreted and used by managers in making decisions. This course may not be taken by Accounting majors to meet major requirements.
Prerequisites: MATH 160 or MATH 103

BSMT 320 Human Resources in Management
3 hours
This course is an introduction to behavioral issues and personnel functions as they apply to modern organizations. Students in this course will: understand the changing role of human resources in today’s work environment; identify the key functions of human resource management; recognize the expanding role of human resource management in strategic planning; discuss the social, ethical and legal responsibilities of the human resources manager; and engage in critical problem-solving and decision-making, applying key principles of human resource management. Topics include human resource planning, the impact of the organization’s strategic planning process, and how these areas fit within the context of behavioral sciences.
Prerequisite: BSMT 220

BSMT 330 Law and The Manager I
3 hours
This course provides a close review of the role of law in society and business. Students in this course will: understand the legal and social environment and government’s roles; understand crimes, torts, and legal remedies; and know the critical parts and nuances of contracts. These objectives will be accomplished as students work on team projects and engage in collaborative learning exercises. Topics include contracts, personal property, and the legal environment.
Cross-listed: ACCT 332, PAR 331

BSMT 331 Law and The Manager II
3 hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with law in the areas of commercial paper, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, agency, legal forms of organization, real property, estates and sales.
Cross-listed: ACCT 333, PAR 332

BSMT 350 Business Communications
3 hours
Effective communication reduces the risk inherent in business operations by a staggering 56% according to the Project Management Institute. Indeed, poor communication inhibits performance in critical areas such as employee turnover, absenteeism, production, sales, and customer service among others. This course investigates written and oral communication skills through the study of communication theory and its practical application in leading, marketing, and managing organizations. Topics include communication foundations, the 3x3 writing process, business correspondence, proposals, presentations, and oral communication skills. Students will also be exposed to an extensive review of key grammar and usage issues.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics
3 hours
This course will investigate some of the major social and ethical issues associated with business and the professions. Topics to be covered include theories of right and wrong, relativism, the justification of moral judgments, the social responsibilities of business employers to their employees, obligations of employees to their employers, bluffing in negotiations, deception in advertising, extortion, decision-making role of the professional and professional responsibility.
Cross-listed: PHIL 375

BSMT 378 Supervision
3 hours
This course explores the role of supervisors in modern organizations. Key skills such as goal-setting, delegating, interviewing, negotiating, coaching, counseling and handling grievances are covered, along with management functions of planning, organizing, directing and monitoring.
Prerequisite: BSMT 220.

BSMT 379 Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
3 hours
This course deals with the organization and management of a small business. Among the topics covered are entrepreneurship, financing, marketing, location, accounting, human resources and developing a business plan.
Prerequisite: BSMT 220

BSMT 380 Organizational Leadership
3 hours
This course is an in-depth review of theories, principles, concepts, and activities involved in the flow of goods and services from producer to user. Students in this course will: understand the role of marketing in a free enterprise economy; develop an understanding of marketing terms, institutions and concepts; develop the ability to make the marketing decisions a manager must make to satisfy customers by satisfying their needs; identify and explain, and then apply the important marketing concepts in case situations; apply marketing concepts cumulatively; analyze marketing case problems confidently and meaningfully, thus providing a solid foundation for case analysis; and apply the concept of the “marketing Code of Ethics” to management decision making. Topics include the study of the principles, concepts, institutions, and activities involved in bringing goods and services to the ultimate market and user.
Prerequisites: BSMT 220 and either MATH 160 or MATH 103-104.

BSMT 440 Financial Management
3 hours
The content of this course covers actual analysis of financial problems involved in the formation management of organizations, especially businesses. The course includes study of the financial aspects of promotion, securing of capital, effective utilization of funds, capitalization, dividend policies, financial analysis, current financing, bankruptcy and related issues. Students will understand the nature of the finance function and the role of the financial manager in the attainment of the goal of maximization of shareholder wealth. In this course, students will: understand the relationships of the internal and external financial environment in regard to the risk/return impact of the decision making process; apply tools of financial ratio analysis to determine the financial strength and weaknesses of a business; understand the principles and theories of working capital management; apply capital budgeting techniques used in the control and development of the capital budget; Apply NPV, IRR, PI, and payback methods to capital budgeting decision situations; solve problems involving the time value of money as it relates to the present value of a cash payment and the future value of existing funds; understand the elements of long and short term financing and the process of evaluating the elements of the cost of capital; and demonstrate proficiency in financial management by applying techniques to case studies.
Prerequisites: BSMT 220, either BSMT 300 or ACCT 210-211, and either MATH 160 or MATH 103-104.

BSMT 489 Strategic Management & Decision Making
3 hours
This capstone course is designed to assist students in integration and critical examination of the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in general education and the major. Learning outcomes for both the general education program and the major are reviewed. Course assignments assist students in assessing the degree for which learning outcomes have been mastered. Students in this course will interpret and critically examine the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in general education and the management’s major.
Prerequisite: This course must be taken in the student’s last semester.

BSMT 496 Topics in Business Management
1-3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in the management field. Topics courses (but not specific topics) may be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

BSMT 499 Senior Seminar in Business Management
3 hours
This capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and critical examination of the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in general education and the major. Learning outcomes for both the General Education Program and the major are reviewed. Course assignments assist students in assessing the degree for which learning outcomes have been mastered.
Prerequisite: Senior standing


Economics

ECON 160 Economic Theory and Personal Finance
3 hours
This course introduces a range of economic theories. The basic principles of behavioral economics are studied and discussed along with selected topics in macro and micro economics. The course uses this background to explore and consider processes of setting and achieving personal financial goals. Topics include the mathematics of buying and selling, consumer loans and credit cards, taxes and insurance, annuities, stocks and bonds, and income and expense planning.

ECON 210 Principles of Economics I (Introduction to Macroeconomics)
3 hours
This course serves as an introduction to economics in general and serves as a specific introduction to macroeconomics. It includes such topics as national income, employment, monetary policy, economic growth, and the international implications of macroeconomic policy.
Prerequisites: MATH 160 (or equivalent), concurrent registration, or consent of Program Director.

ECON 211 Principles of Economics II (Introduction to Microeconomics)
3 hours
This course serves as an introduction to microeconomics. It includes such topics as the theory of consumer demand, economics of the firm, price theory, market structures, the pricing and employment of resources, and income distribution. Microeconomics theory is applied to various fields e.g., including labor markets, especially as they pertain to current issues at the discretion of the instructor.
Prerequisites: MATH 160 (or equivalent), ECON 210, or consent of the Program Director.

ECON 480 International Business
3 hours
Conducting business internationally involves a unique set of challenges. Diverse cultures, laws, languages, and currencies add to the complexity of putting together and managing international business ventures. This course will help you prepare for these types of activities by examining the international business environment (e.g. economic, political, legal, operational and cultural aspects) and related institutions that impact a global firm (e.g. the United Nations, the WTO, and various regional trading blocs). Students in this course will understand the gravity of differences in implementing international business relative to domestic business and appreciate the diversity of methods in which to overcome obstacles and achieve success. They will have acquired the knowledge necessary to find sources of problem-solving information for particular international markets in key business disciplines and have learned how to analyze the competitive strategy of firms operating in international markets.
Prerequisites: ECON 210-211, MATH 160 (or equivalent), or consent of the Program Director. Cross-listed: SSC 480

ECON 496 Topics in Economics
3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in the economics field. Topics courses (but not specific topics) may be repeated for a total of 6 hours.





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