Western Washington University Western Washington University

Professional Skills
and
Introduction to Professional Management
Fall 2009

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Class Schedule:


22 September

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Introduction to Course (Dunn/Tyran)

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The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., A Personal Preface
Halberstam, F.C.

- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

22 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Personal Learning (Tyran)

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- Argyris, C. Teaching Smart People How to Learn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

23 September

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Working with Others: Tools and Applications (Tyran)

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- Buckingham, M. What Great Managers Do
- W&C Supplement C
- Halberstam, F.C. You Have to Start Metting Like This!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

23 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Working with Others--con't. (Tyran)

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- Roberts, A. The Agenda: Total Teamwork

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What were your initial impressions of your study team?  What will you do to enhance the team’s success (performance, social interaction and individual growth of all members)?

24 September

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

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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)
- Finkle, David. 'The Meaning of Work; For Chris Dansby, the Search for a Job Is About More Than a Paycheck'
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

24 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*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?

or

Develop one mechanism for ensuring that one of the guiding principles for MBA 2011 are honored.

25 September

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Self Awareness (Tyran)

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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

25 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Career Development and Planning (Tyran)

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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?

28 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'
- 'National Air Disaster Alliance / Foundation'

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

SELF-ASSESSMENT PROFILE DUE

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?

29 September

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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Students may access a case worksheet for this class session by clicking here

- 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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

30 September

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility (Dunn)

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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?

or

Given your experience playing the commons game today, suggest a strategy for maximizing individual group extractions over the course of a game played for twenty rounds...and suggest what factor(s) would have to be in place to achieve this strategy.

01 October

10:00am -- 11:45am

*Stakeholder Theory (Tyran)

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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

*Class Case Analysis Chiquita!

- 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
- 60 Minutes espisode

Students may access a case worksheet for this class session by clicking here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

CASE ANALYSIS DUE

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

01 October

2:00pm -- 3:45pm

*Sustainable Business Practices (Dunn)

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

- Compute your ecological footprint by clicking here (leave W# blank)
- 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)

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- Dunn, C. P. Integrity Matters
- 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

02 October

9:30am -- 11:30am

*Professional Skills for the MBA Program (Tyran)

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Presentation Skills for Managers (Entire book)

- Adkins, J.D. Presentations that Pop

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

TIME MANAGEMENT TRACKING FORM DUE

02 October

11:30am -- 12:30pm

*Integrating it All Together (Dunn/Tyran)

READINGS FROM TEXT

- READINGS FROM WEB

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT DUE (to be accompanied by self-evaluation, available by clicking here)

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


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