Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
and
Professional Skills
Fall 2010

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Class Schedule:


21 September

12 -- 1pm

*Introduction to Course (Dunn/Tyran)

22 September

10am -- 12pm

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

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The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., A Personal Preface, Chapter 6

- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

22 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

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

- Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray, Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson, Roberta Victor)
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'
- 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: Develop one mechanism for ensuring that your work life will be meaningful.

23 September

10am -- noon

*Personal Learning (Tyran)

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- Argyris, C. Teaching Smart People How to Learn
- Collins, J. Leadership Lesson

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

23 September

2pm -- 4pm

*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

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 September

10am -- noon

*Professional Skills for the MBA Program (Tyran)

A Powerpoint Handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here or by accessing the Course Handouts folder from the IPM/PS module button within Blackboard

Presentation Skills for Managers (Entire book)

- Review www.prezi.com
- Roberts, P. The Art of Dialogue

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

SELF-ASSESSMENT PROFILE DUE (by 5pm)

TIME MANAGEMENT TRACKING FORM

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What areas of your professionalism need improvement? How will you ensure that this improvement takes place?

24 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility (Dunn)

A Powerpoint Handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded by clicking here or by accessing the Course Handouts folder from the IPM/PS module button within Blackboard

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?

27 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'
- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- Ackerman, Frank & Heinzerling, Lisa. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: Pricing the Priceless'
- 'Would-you-rather' Utilitarianism video (The Frisky)

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

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?

28 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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

- Dunn, Craig P. `The Normative Defense for Affirmative Action'
- Dunn, Craig P. `Integrity Matters'

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

Complete Guide to Ethics Management

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What specific recommendations can you offer as to how organizations might support the ethic of care in the workplace?

29 September

2pm -- 4pm

*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?'

- Compute your ecological footprint by clicking here (leave W# blank)
- Sagoff, M. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.

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

30 September

10am -- 12pm

*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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

30 September

2pm -- 4pm

*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

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

01 October

10am -- 12pm

*Planning for the Future: Your MBA Program and Beyond (Tyran)

A Powerpoint Handout for this class session can be downloaded by clicking here or by accessing the Course Handouts folder from the IPM/PS module button within Blackboard

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

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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