Rucks Department of Management

Business Leaders of Tomorrow.

The academic programs in the Rucks Department of Management will teach you to think critically about an organization’s behaviors and make smart business decisions. The skillset gained in the management program can be applied to many different career paths and organizations that need well-trained and competent managers to keep them evolving. If you enjoy working with people and are a good listener, decisive, and calm while solving issues, a path in management may be right for you. 



The Rucks Department of Management prepares students to evaluate an organization’s competitive environment, resources, and capabilities, identify critical managerial and implementation issues, and effectively tackle various organizational situations.

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The Rucks Department of Management is dedicated to understanding the behavior of organizations and how companies interact with their environments. Our faculty develop ground-breaking theories in management and bring their scholarly expertise to the classroom and beyond.


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Our internationally recognized faculty are leaders in their fields and are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and real-world experience with their students. The Rucks Department of Management faculty are actively engaged and accessible to students ensuring the tools needed for career success. 


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SHRM Academically Aligned

Our Human Resource Management (HRM) concentration within the BS Management degree is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management, the national organization, and foremost expert, convener, and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. SHRM recognized that our curriculum prepares HRM students to meet the needs of today’s businesses. Students enrolled in our aligned program are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam, providing them with a career advantage. They also receive student pricing advantages when sitting for the exam and can enjoy favorable exam eligibility requirements. 


Meet the Rucks Family

In 1996, William Rucks IV and Catherine Rucks made a generous investment in the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ management department. The department was renamed the William W. & Catherine M. Rucks Department of Management shortly thereafter in their honor. 

The Rucks' contributions have aided in the Rucks Department of Management being recognized for its outstanding research-driven faculty, student-affiliated organizations, and outstanding alumni. They have established the William W. Rucks IV Endowed Chair and Professor of Management, the Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management, the William W. and Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management, and the William W. and Catherine M. Rucks Endowed Scholarship.


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Rucks Management News

In the dynamic landscape of technological innovation, the birth of new industries often hinges on groundbreaking inventions. However, not all inventions are created equally in shaping the trajectory of these budding industries. A recent research study co-authored by Rucks Department of Management Assistant Professor Charlotte Jacobs sheds light on a crucial question: Do inventions from startups or established firms have a more significant impact on driving subsequent innovations within emerging industries?

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business is proud to announce the inaugural class of honorees for its Ourso Outstanding Eight undergraduate award program. Students selected for this prestigious honor demonstrate success in at least two of the following categories: academics, leadership, professional development, and campus/community service.

The Rucks Department of Management at the E. J. Ourso College of Business acknowledges outstanding students as Rucks Fellows. These students are chosen by the faculty and represent the highest level of academic achievement among senior management majors in any of the department's concentrations. To be eligible, the student must be among the top graduating seniors in the management curriculum based on their grade-point average; honorees are announced in the fall and spring semesters.

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Rucks Department of Management
2700 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-6101 | 

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