Western Washington University Western Washington University

Professional Skills
and
Introduction to Professional Management
Summer 2008

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Class Schedule:


18 June

2pm -- 4pm

*Introduction to Course (Dunn/Tyran)

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., A Personal Preface

- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What do you hope the Western MBA Program will 'do' for you?

19 June

10am -- noon

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part B: Chapter 6

- Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray, Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson, Roberta Victor)
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

19 June

2pm -- 4pm

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part B: Chapters 4, 5

- Collins, Jim. What Comes Next?
- Bronson, P.O. What Should I Do With My Life?
- Hopkins, M. S. 'The World According to Me'
- Peters, T. 'The Brand Called You'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Which three attributes of meaningful work are of greatest importance to you? How will you ensure that your work 'captures' these attributes?

23 June

10am -- noon

*Personal Learning (Tyran)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

- Argyris, C. Teaching Smart People How to Learn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

23 June

2pm -- 4pm

*Self Awareness (Tyran)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

READINGS FROM TEXT

- Access http://www.advisorteam.com/user/ktsintro1.asp, and obtain the full temperament report.
- Drucker, P. Managing Oneself
- Roberts, P. The Art of Dialogue

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

ROKEACH VALUES SURVEY

SELF-AWARENESS WORKSHEET DUE

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: In order to get the most out of my MBA experience, I need to recognize and accommodate my own personality, learning style, and values. What three things will I do in order to make sure I learn best?

24 June

10am -- noon

*Career Development and Planning (Tyran)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

- Van Velsor, E. & Leslie, J.B. Why Executives Derail:...

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

24 June

2pm -- 4pm

*Professional Skills for the MBA Program (Tyran)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

Presentation Skills for Managers (Entire book)

- Adkins, J.D. Presentations that Pop

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

SELF-ASSESSMENT PROFILE DUE

TIME MANAGEMENT TRACKING FORM

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What role has “fate” had in my career choices so far? What do I want to do with my MBA, and how will it change my life?

21 July

10am -- noon

*Corporate Social Responsibility (Dunn)

A Powerpoint handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part A: Chapters 1, 2, 3

- Friedman, M. 'The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits'
- Carroll, Archie B. 'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility'
- Arthur D. Little 'The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility'
Merck (Business Enterprise Trust video)
- Merck Mission Statement (you can also access information on Merck's Code of Conduct, Compliance Program, Corporate Responsibility, and Corporate Governance)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*Social Contract Theory (Dunn)

- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What is the primary responsibility of managers of corporations? What logical rationale can you provide in support of your position?

22 July

10am -- noon

*Stakeholder Theory (Tyran)

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Part C: Chapters 8, 9

- Clement, R.W. The Lessons from Stakeholder Theory for U.S. Business Leaders
- MindTools Stakeholder Analysis
- R. E. Freeman & McVea A Stakeholder Approach to Strategic Management
rprnts.stakeholderrapproach.pdf

*Class Case Analysis Chiquita!

- Wastler. Chiquita's Raw Deal (first 3:40 of video feed)
- Associated Press. Chiquita Admits to Paying Columbian Terrorists
- Byron, K. Chiquita to Plead Guilty to Ties with Terrorists
- Aguirre, F. An Excrutiating Dilemma Between Life and Law

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Under what circumstances do you think employees should be a more important stakeholder group than shareholders in managerial decision-making?

23 July

10am -- noon

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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Download an Ethical Decision-making worksheet for this class session by clicking here

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'
- 'National Air Disaster Alliance / Foundation'
- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'

For a great 'read' on social justice and meaningful work: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Ethics Updates (provides updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics)
Complete Guide to Ethics Management

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What does the survey of ethical theoretic aptitudes reveal about your personal ethical predispositions? What can you do to ensure that you are not 'dominated' by this perspective, but that you make 'balanced' ethical decisions?

24 July

10am -- noon

*Sustainable Business Practices (Dunn)

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

Newton & Ford's Taking Sides
'Do Environmental Restrictions Violate Basic Economic Freedoms?'

- Environmental Footprint Quiz.
- Sagoff, M. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
- Nash, J. A. Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
- Zosel, T. Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.
- Post, J. E. 'Managing As If the Earth Mattered...'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior (Dunn)

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

- Josephson Institute on Ethical Decision-Making
- Johnson & Johnson Credo
- VERIZON Code of Business Conduct: Connecting Through Integrity
- Matthews, M. How Companies Can Avoid Federal Prosecution
- Chatterji, A. & Levine, D. Breaking Down the Wall of Codes

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What specific practical recommendations can you offer as a means to ensure ethical behavior within an organization of your choosing?

28 July

10am -- noon

*Integrating it All Together (Dunn/Tyran)

READINGS FROM TEXT

- READINGS FROM WEB

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: More than anything else, what from this course do you hope you will never forget?

*Personal Mission Statements DUE (to be accompanied by self-evaluation, available by clicking here)


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