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Department of Law, History and Communication


Law plays a central role in value creation by business firms and other organizations throughout the world. Business decisions require an understanding of antitrust law, contract law, corporate governance, employment law, intellectual property, product liability, securities regulation and many other areas.


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business is widely regarded as a leading center for research on legal issues that shape business operations and decision-making. Faculty research includes employment law, government regulation of business activities, corporate governance, the legal framework of negotiation, and parent-subsidiary relations. The Ross School of Business also is known for research that focuses on the role of the law in promoting ethical conduct within organizations and meeting societal expectations of socially responsible behavior more generally.


Research conducted by Business Law faculty serves as the basis for high-quality teaching. The mission of the Business Law faculty is to develop leaders who understand the legal aspects of their decisions and responsibilities, and to discover and communicate knowledge that will increase understanding of, and improve, the law affecting business theory, practice and institutions. Business ethics teaching also is integrated with business law.



A liberally educated student should be acquainted with world and American history as well as the history of oneís business, profession and employer.  Thus, a survey course at the Ross School of Business focuses on economic, business and entrepreneurial history with an eye to global and American history.  The subject is enlivened through personalization, and a strong effort is made to motivate students to appreciate the importance of our heritage and to study history throughout their lifetimes.


The Department of Law, History and Communication's History unit is headed by a professor with a catholic interest in history.  For more than 50 years, his research has centered around the history and socioeconomic impact of the nationís leading business, the auto industry, which has dominated Michiganís economy for the past century.  


History, as taught at the Ross School of Business, is based on enthusiasm for and broad-based knowledge of the subject, careful course organization and a strong emphasis on business ethics.



The Stephen M. Ross School of Business communication research and teaching seek to identify, refine and explore the key drivers of effective communication related to business. The focus is on the complexity of achieving communication goals with diverse constituencies through the management of message content and the use and impact of communication technology, timing and systems for distributing information.


Solid empirical research is seen as critical for superior service in the teaching of business communication. Faculty research covers e-mail management, virtual management of international project teams, subordinate reporting and internal/external communication of adverse news. This research is unified by a commitment to develop theoretical frameworks and instruments that contribute to communication decision-making, evaluation of effectiveness and continuous improvement in the global workplace.


The Business Communication group sees its role as providing high-quality teaching based on solid research of business practice. The Ross School of Business provides communication training at all levels, undergraduate, MBA and Global MBA, offering a variety of benchmarking assessments using instruments developed by Michigan Communication faculty. Coursework includes an undergraduate core course, a repertoire of MBA electives (e.g., Communication Management; Communication for the Global Manager; Communication for the Entrepreneur; Management Presentations; and Persuasion for Management) and specialized courses in the School's global programs. Faculty participation on required MBA domestic and international projects is another important departmental contribution.


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