Neil F. Fogarty

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Instructor

Department Management and Organization
Office Address 404 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-4593
Email Address nff1@psu.edu

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Neil Fogarty is an Instructor of Entrepreneurship in the Management & Organization Department of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.

Prior to joining Smeal, Neil was an Instructor at Penn State’s three Pittsburgh-regional campuses (Beaver, New Kensington and Greater Allegheny) where he taught management classes in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Business Law, Negotiations, Creativity & Innovation, etc.

Prior to that, Neil was a Lecturer and Instructor in the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received 6 teaching excellence awards. His teaching there focused on Strategic Management, Ethics & Stakeholder Management, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Management, and Business Law.

He has also taught at the Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University as well as at the Kogod School of Business at American University where, in the Spring of 2020, he received the Adjunct of the Year Award. Neil has a passion for teaching and helping students in their academic journeys.

An animal lover, Neil is the co-founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation called Food For Furry Friends, an entrepreneurial venture which collects pet food donations for local animal shelters. In the last 5 drives on which he has worked, he has helped collect over 30,000 cans of pet food for the homeless dogs and cats in three different shelters.

In addition to the foregoing, Neil is a minority owner of a baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball. Until the Fall of 2020, his team – the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – was a Minor League team (aka, farm club) for the Cleveland Indians. After the MLB restructured that Fall, his team is now one of the MLB teams where draft-eligible players start their pro careers.

Finally, Neil is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on representing entrepreneurs and start-ups, and he has been a frequent speaker for the SBA/SCORE’s Pre-Business Workshops. Related to that, he is the author of Starting A Business In Pittsburgh and Starting A Business in Pennsylvania.

Education

MBA, Business & Government, Penn State University, 1983

JD, Business Law, University of Akron, 1981

BA, Political Science (History), University of Akron, 1979

Courses Taught

ENGR 425 – New Venture Creation (3)
Via problem-based learning, students define new business ventures to meet current market needs, develop business models, and present to various stakeholders. The goal of New Venture Creation is to better prepare undergraduate students to be leaders in adaptive, globally-minded, technology-savvy organizations. The course is structured so students develop skills that are of high value in any workplace: leadership skills, self-efficacy, creativity and the ability to deal with ambiguity. Upon course completion, students will have a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional ways for identifying a new product or business opportunity, quantifying the potential, understanding the key competitive factors, researching the audience, and producing a convincing plan for financing and launch. Students who want to augment the skills and knowledge from their major with the ability to develop a new product/service/process, will find New Venture Creation a valuable course. This is a novel problem-based learning (PBL) course, where the learning is student-centered, with faculty acting primarily in the role of facilitators. Active/Experiential learning happens in this course because students develop ownership of their venture concepts and are fully responsible for the genesis of ideas.

IST 425 – New Venture Creation (3)
Via problem-based learning, students define new business ventures to meet current market needs, develop business models, and present to various stakeholders. The goal of New Venture Creation is to better prepare undergraduate students to be leaders in adaptive, globally-minded, technology-savvy organizations. The course is structured so students develop skills that are of high value in any workplace: leadership skills, self-efficacy, creativity and the ability to deal with ambiguity. Upon course completion, students will have a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional ways for identifying a new product or business opportunity, quantifying the potential, understanding the key competitive factors, researching the audience, and producing a convincing plan for financing and launch. Students who want to augment the skills and knowledge from their major with the ability to develop a new product/service/process, will find New Venture Creation a valuable course. This is a novel problem-based learning (PBL) course, where the learning is student-centered, with faculty acting primarily in the role of facilitators. Active/Experiential learning happens in this course because students develop ownership of their venture concepts and are fully responsible for the genesis of ideas.

MGMT 326 – Org Beh and Design (3)
Concepts, theories, and methods of managing people and designing organizations. MGMT 326 Organizational Behavior and Design (3) This introductory course covers the concepts, theories, and methods of managing people and designing organizations. Issues and challenges of managing at different organizational levels (individual, group, project, and total organization) are discussed and illustrated with real-world examples. Students learn about the latest means of designing high-performing organizations, including how to change an organization. This course will serve as a foundation for taking advanced management courses. The primary method of evaluation is an examination after each of the four major parts of the course, but class participation and short papers may also be used for evaluation.

MGMT 425 – New Venture Creation (3)
Via problem-based learning, students define new business ventures to meet current market needs, develop business models, and present to various stakeholders. The goal of New Venture Creation is to better prepare undergraduate students to be leaders in adaptive, globally-minded, technology-savvy organizations. The course is structured so students develop skills that are of high value in any workplace: leadership skills, self-efficacy, creativity and the ability to deal with ambiguity. Upon course completion, students will have a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional ways for identifying a new product or business opportunity, quantifying the potential, understanding the key competitive factors, researching the audience, and producing a convincing plan for financing and launch. Students who want to augment the skills and knowledge from their major with the ability to develop a new product/service/process, will find New Venture Creation a valuable course. This is a novel problem-based learning (PBL) course, where the learning is student-centered, with faculty acting primarily in the role of facilitators. Active/Experiential learning happens in this course because students develop ownership of their venture concepts and are fully responsible for the genesis of ideas.

MGMT 427W – MANAGING A STARTUP (3)
Start-up companies have a high failure rate. Acquiring and balancing limited resources, changing direction quickly, building a coherent team, developing an organization's culture from scratch, managing intellectual property, and creating new markets all test a wide range of managerial skills not usually demanded in one person within a larger organization. Whereas a large company has a strong and well-defined structure and ample resources to deal with unexpected challenges, a start-up usually has insufficient resources and/or management experience, yet it must deal on a daily basis with important and often unpredictable forces. Students will be exposed to these tensions and experience through problem-based learning methods that illustrate what it is like to start and grow a new company. The course will provide students with the knowledge and experience to increase their likelihood of success whether as a principal in a small company or an investor representative. Managing a Startup is a problem-based learning (PBL) course, where the learning is student-centered, with faculty acting primarily in the role of facilitators. Active learning happens in this course because students are engaged in the analysis of the complex situations that underlie startup companies. The course leverages the on-line course management system to define weekly learning objectives, support electronic delivery of assignments and provide robust video content from entrepreneurs, investors and key employees, who provide additional insights into the management decisions and ethical dilemmas the leader of a startup faces. Because the course is structured around the on-line course management system, it could be offered at any Penn State location with very little revision. The particular companies and cases that are the focus of the class are easily adapted by using different case studies, companies and course mentors.

MGMT 471 – Strategic Mgmt (3)
Issues that influence the competitive performance of the firm are identified and examined. MGMT 471 Strategic Management (3 )This course focuses on the management of the firm using a strategic perspective. The strategic perspective emphasizes the firm as the unit of analysis (e.g., analyzing how a firm competes in its industry), and it addresses key decisions that have a long-term impact on the structure and performance of the organization (e.g., diversifying into a new business or changing the company's strategy). The course draws heavily on prior business courses in accounting, marketing, finance, and international management. Key topics include industry analysis, competitor analysis, company analysis, corporate-level strategy, business-level strategy, strategy implementation, and firm performance. The course is normally taught using the case methods, but the course may include a computer simulation and/or oral group presentations.

MGMT 433 – Leadership and Teams (3)
Team-based learning approach to developing conceptual knowledge, skills sets, and personal competencies needed for leading and managing organizations. MGMT 433 Leadership and Team Building (3)To lead effectively and to manage others in contemporary work contexts requires mastery not only of conceptual knowledge, but also of the intra- and inter-personal competencies and skills sets that are vital to successful performance in a work environment. This course emphasizes an experiential-based learning approach that is designed to impart skill sets and competencies in areas such as leadership, teambuilding, negotiating, communicating, valuing diversity, managing conflict, and more. The course thus uses assessment exercises, role playing techniques, group problem solving exercises, and other experiential-based learning techniques in order to provide students with a framework for better understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, to enable them to practice, enhance, and to gain confidence in their competencies in these various areas, as well as to enable students to better appreciate when and how to effectively apply these skills sets and competencies in the workplace.