Student Group
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Tom Snee

The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business has renamed two of its academic departments to better reflect a curriculum that’s increasingly focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and data analysis across business disciplines.

The Department of Management and Organizations is now known as the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship and the Department of Management Sciences is now called the Department of Business Analytics. The name changes were approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its April meeting.

“The new names serve to increase the visibility of entrepreneurship programs to students and reflect the growing presence of entrepreneurship as a scholarly discipline within the field of management,” says Sarah Gardial, dean of the Tippie College of Business. “They also reflect an increased emphasis on teaching and studying the use of analytics to solve business problems.”

She says the change to the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship highlights the college’s emphasis on innovation, one that is further strengthened by the partnership between the business school and the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC).

The Department of Management & Entrepreneurship offers an undergraduate major with tracks in entrepreneurship, human resource management, and leadership and management. With JPEC, the department also offers a variety of undergraduate entrepreneurship certificate programs for university students in all disciplines. The department is also expected to offer undergraduate and graduate innovation programs through the university’s Innovation Center scheduled to open in 2020.

The Department of Business Analytics offers an undergraduate major in Business Analytics and Information Systems (BAIS), part-time and full-time Master’s degrees in Business Analytics, as well as a PhD program. In addition to analytics and machine learning, the department will also continue to focus on the growing areas of operations and supply chain logistics, optimization, and information systems.