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Dr. Michael Urick to Head Masters Program in Management

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Posted: Monday Jan 6, 2014

Jan. 6, 2014

Dr. Michael J. Urick, assistant professor of management and operational excellence at Saint Vincent College, has been named graduate director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence (MSMOE) program at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at SVC.

Urick said that the successful degree program plans to make a few updates in the new year. “We will have a closer collaboration with the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence to offer cutting edge experiential sessions that illustrate effective ways of minimizing waste and problem solving in organizations as well as provide students with hands-on experiences,” he said. “We are also planning an increased focus on the interpersonal side of management including developing skills related to the human resources function. A revised cohort approach to allow students the ability to complete the program in three semesters or to take as long as their situation requires; a refocused 36-credit curriculum to address the most pressing needs and skills of managers and increased flexibility with regard to course offerings are also being added.”

Urick received his Ph.D. in management (organizational behavior focus) from the University of Cincinnati; a master of business administration degree in human resource management and a master of science degree in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University; and his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Vincent.

As a professor, Urick has taught a variety of courses including Organizational Behavior, Introduction to Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Research Methods, Human Resource Management and Leadership.

In 2012, he won an “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.

Urick has authored or co-authored several journal articles and edited book chapters in the areas of identity in organizations, generations in the workforce, leadership and conflict. Additionally, he has presented his research at prestigious international conferences including meetings of the Academy of Management and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of journals, edited books and conferences.

Prior to his academic career, Urick worked in the utilities and human resources fields. As an internal auditor, he focused on Sarbanes-Oxley controls testing related to operations, human resources and environmental areas. As a manager at the Center for Corporate and Executive Education (Duquesne University), he developed and oversaw continuing education programs in the areas of leadership, project management, purchasing and communication skills for regional businesses as well as revamped the center’s customer and supplier relationship management processes.

He has also independently consulted with dozens of organizations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. Urick currently serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Supply Management Pittsburgh chapter. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Management.

In his spare time, Urick is an avid reader and enjoys fencing. He also enjoys listening to music as well as performing (vocals and trumpet) with “Neon Swing X-perience,” the band that he has managed for more than 15 years through multiple regional tours and seven albums.

The Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent College takes an innovative approach to exploring major issues facing managers in today’s turbulent business climate. Through a close partnership with the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence, Saint Vincent College’s management and operations consulting group, the MSMOE supplements classroom learning with a hands-on approach that provides students the tools they need to minimize waste in their organizations while increasing quality, improving efficiency and fostering employee commitment. As such, the MSMOE defines “management” as focusing on three interrelated areas: people, organizations and processes.

“People are the most important part of an organization and managers must not lose sight of this fact,” Urick explained. “Without a dedicated, motivated and inspired workforce, organizations would not be able to offer quality products and services. Furthermore, only by building a culture of trust and collaboration will managers see truly excellent results from employees. Faculty in the MSMOE program are recognized experts in the areas of managing people and leverage their experience in courses related to leadership, ethics, organizational culture and human resources.”

Managers also must think strategically and implement a vision for how their organization, whether a two-person team or large corporation, will achieve success within their environment. “Without a plan and knowledge of context, organizations will fail in their quest to achieve excellence,” Urick commented. “The MSMOE program develops skills related to managing organizations through courses related to strategy, supply chain and research issues.”

The best employees and plans can still fail without processes to help get work done. According to Urick, “Through constant collaboration with employees, managers need to know how to develop standardized operations so that customers will receive the quality that they demand in their products and services. While understanding the goals of the organization, managers also need to know how to measure the key controls crucial to achieving high productivity, output and efficiency. The MSMOE program offers students the knowledge to implement tools to help measure these areas through courses and hands-on seminars related to operations, information systems, quantitative analysis and financial management.”

Faculty in the MSMOE include leaders in their respective areas and have experience as managers, executives, researchers, business owners and consultants. “Graduates of the program have consistently reported being more effective in their jobs as well as being aggressively recruited by organizations who see proper management techniques crucial to improving their operations on the path to becoming truly excellent,” Urick concluded.

A new cohort begins in the fall. Contact Urick at michael.urick@email.stvincent.edu for more information.

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Photo: Dr. Michael J. Urick 

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