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Office Management

A born leader can create a productive balance and harmony among various groups. Adding an office management dimension to your business degree will take your leadership—and your work performance—to the next level. Confidently face situations that require critical problem-solving. Use your skills to build a community within a working office space. And turn toxic situations into points of unity that lead to success.

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Program Overview

Dordt’s office management emphasis prepares you to lead and manage in the business world. Through classes that enhance business administration. Through communication skill development you can apply to any type of business model. And through ethics and leadership based on a biblical foundation.

Find the best ways to build a community within a working office space. Office management is a skill where you will experience critical problem-solving.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn how to take a business to the top through effective management and leadership. You’ll develop operational and organizational skills that make you stand out to any organization. Courses cover topics such as leadership studies, project management, and record management.

What You Can Do With An Office Management Emphasis

An office management emphasis qualifies you for a number of jobs. You’ll have an opportunity to succeed in any of the following positions:

Office Manager

Office Managers are given the task of determining different office procedures and communicating with staff about these procedures.

Project Manager

Project Managers are responsible for overseeing different projects in an organization and dealing with the multiple aspects within each project.

Human Resource Manager

Human Resource Managers deal with all the administrative functions in an organization.

Students who choose the office management emphasis will take five business administration classes, one communication class, and one English class, in addition to the general requirements for an agriculture degree. Students must also choose one business administration elective.

  • Calculating Machines/Records Management: The development of job-level skill in the operation of the electronic calculator, emphasizing the application to the solution of typical problems in business mathematics. Includes an overview of records management principles and procedures. Introduction to database application software and paperless records management are also included.
  • Keyboarding and Document Formatting: Development of accuracy and speed at the keyboard. Application of skill to common office documents including emails, letters, reports, newsletters and more. The course introduces students to word processing software. Focus is placed on formatting text within the document.
  • Project Management: This course is an introduction to the field of project management. The primary objective is to acquaint students with a broad basic overview of project management and the role of a project manager throughout the five primary processes of managing projects. The course will also cover common agile methodologies and principles because of how they relate to project management. The agile project management process encourages frequent inspection and adaptation, teamwork, accountability, self-organization, best practices that allows for rapid delivery and high quality, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.
  • Office Management: A study of procedures and duties essential to the efficient administration of an office by all employees. Emphasis on the role of teams in the workplace including relationships and communication. Introduction to the role of ergonomics at the workstation and in the office as well as the role of company culture in designing the workspace.
  • Advanced Office Administration: A continuation of Business Administration 321. An emphasis on the productive relationship between the manager and the team members. A focus is placed on completing daily activities introduced in the course including meeting procedures, travel planning, virtual technology, etc. The role of human resources is also developed concerning the positions involved in an office setting.
  • Organizational Communication: The analysis of formal and informal communication in such organizations as corporations and institutions. Included will be considerations of communication problems related to grapevine, rumor, channels, perception, power, status, roles, structures, etc.
  • Business and Technical Writing: Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine.
  • One business administration elective

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