Learn Business Management Skills Online

Skillful managers lead teams, organizations and institutions through times of crisis and times of progress. The skill sets that define successful managers are well defined and can be applied in any organizational setting. This 100% online course will teach you the communication, leadership, and functional skills that lead to managerial excellence. Key topics include management disciplines, interpersonal, financial, and technological management techniques, management ethics, and marketing management.

Formal training in management can offer advantages for new job seekers and can form a solid basis for promotion for employees. ManagementHelp.org cites training as a crucial component in productivity, job satisfaction and eligibility for promotion among both new and established employees.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists the general category "Management Occupations" among its most reliable and highest-paying occupational groups. The BLS expects 7% growth in management jobs between now and 2028 as organizations grow and new startups emerge.

Management training can contribute to career growth in industries that may not require a formal management degree. For example, BLS data indicates that management salaries in such sectors as retail, food service, construction and manufacturing can surpass $50,000 per year without the need for a management degree.

  • Know the seven management disciplines essential to business success
  • Develop basic practical and managerial skills
  • Develop communication skills that will allow you to thrive in a professional environment
  • Understand financial and accounting terms
  • Know the entire marketing process, including the roles of ethics and technology
  • Explore important topics in running operations in accord with legal requirements
  • Understand the process of negotiating, evaluate negotiation styles, and consider successful negotiation strategies for most environments
  • Explore abilities as a leader and
  • Learn to masterfully manage people and projects
  • Gain an understanding of legal and financial regulations

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There are no prerequisites to taking this course.

Importance of financial statements and ratios; balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows

Marketing goals, planning and mix; technology and implementation

Definitions and business models, categories, and strategies; strategic planning models

Agency, employment and torts law; intellectual property

Elements of a contract, duties and obligations, legal representation; what is the deal?

Methods of accounting, income and expenses, depreciation; types of entities and tax returns

Types of organizational culture and change; the human side of change and resistance

Types of negotiations; steps, tools and preparation for negotiating

Business Best Practices
Benchmarking, resources and understanding the process

Leadership theories, decision making, and empowerment; what is a leader?

Modern project management, life cycles and methodologies

Strategies for managing human resources, technology, production and operations, sales and marketing, financial and risks

Katrina McBride
Katrina McBride's career reflects extensive experience in organizational leadership, marketing strategies, and market development in multi-national corporate environments. Her leadership abilities have been utilized to develop new programs and functional areas. In director-level positions for Nortel Networks, she led strategy for competitive intelligence, emerging markets, and lead generation. McBride holds an M.A. in organizational management and a B.S. in psychology.

Katherine Squires Pang
Katherine Squires Pang, J.D., LL.M., M.Ed has practiced law with since 1983. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas, and has been an adjunct faculty member of many universities, including New York University and the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Clark University, her J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School in 1982, her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, and her M.Ed from the University of Texas in 2001.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Managers work with others to ensure that an organization's objectives are accomplished. Key management activities include:

  • Supervise and develop employees.
  • Plan projects and tasks.
  • Establish goals and standards for performance.
  • Initiate and maintain open lines of communication with employees.
  • Create work systems, policies and procedures.
  • Act as a liaison between line employees and an organization's leaders.

Solid management training prepares potential managers with the conceptual foundations and practical procedures that signal strong management. An excellent manager understands the theories of leadership and coaching as well as the hands-on realities of topics such as budgeting, supervision, employee evaluation, and customer service.

Almost any job field or occupation may have the title "manager" attached. However, the BLS lists several occupational categories for managers, including several that do not traditionally require a management degree. They include:

  • Food Service Managers
  • Lodging Managers
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

In addition, there are many areas of industry in which especially effective employees often become managers without a management degree, such as retail operations, manufacturing and production or construction management.

While standards for management promotion differ across organizations, management training provides a formal basis for professional management. Harvard Business School lists management training among its key criteria that signal eligibility for promotion among employees.