• Robert E. Hughes Professor of Business Administration
  • 864.294.2285
  • Hipp Hall 201-M
  • kirk.karwan@furman.edu
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Pblm Slv & Decis Mkg for Mgmt

Study of decision making and problem solving processes in business. Evaluation of processes prone to failure and best practices that lead to effective or improved decisions. The framing of business decisions, the causal analysis of problems, identification of alternatives, and the assessment of potential consequences of decision choices.


Sustainable Corporation

Business applications of sustainable development and corporate strategies based on economic, environmental and social criteria. How the corporate world plays a central role in making progress toward sustainability. The inter-relatedness of business and natural systems, and how corporations use sustainability as a value driver.


Operations Management

Issues associated with the manufacture of products and the delivery of services. Topics include operations strategy, quality management, product and service design, process planning, technology decisions, facility location and layout. For non-Business Administration majors.


Operations and Technology Mgmt

Issues associated with the manufacture of products, technology and the delivery of services. Topics include operations strategy, quality management, product and service design, process planning, technology decision-making, facility location and layout. Available only via Business Block.


Business Analytics

An introduction to statistical and predictive analytical tools to find patterns in data, identify relationships among operational variables and business outcomes, and to provide insight into complex decision making situations.


Quant Decision Models for Mgmt

Computer-based models that support decision making are a key part of business at all levels. This course examines applications across diverse industries and functional areas, including finance, operations and marketing. Applications include advertising planning, revenue management, production planning and scheduling, portfolio optimization, human resource selection, and corporate risk management, among others. The course emphasizes the use of spreadsheets and related software tools.



Entrepreneurship in society and the characteristics of entrepreneurs and their organizations. Topics include: how opportunities are discovered, the conditions of markets and industries that must be weighed in choosing to enter them, and the resources to establish a new venture and build it into a successful enterprise.


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