Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
and
Professional Skills
Fall 2011

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Class Schedule:


20 September

2 -- 4pm

*Introduction to Course (Dunn/Tyran)

- Kolb Learning Style Inventory (needs to be completed before class)
- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

*Personal Learning (Tyran)

A Powerpoint Handout for this class session can be downloaded by accessing the Course Handouts folder from the IPM/PS module button within Blackboard
If downloading to a PC, the file will come through in compressed format. To open as editable file, right-click the .zip folder, select 'open with,' then select 'MSWord.' Save file as MSWord document.

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What is the primary driving force for you to earn an MBA?

22 September

10am -- 12pm

*Working with Others: Tools and Applications (Tyran)

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

- Buckingham, M. What Great Managers Do
- Conducting Meetings

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

22 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Working with Others: Applied (Tyran)

Everest Simulation

You will need to activate your participation in the simulation by visiting the course Blackboard site, clicking on the 'IPM/PS' button in the left menu bar, and then following the 'Activate Everest' link.

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: In what specific ways will you ensure the "Guiding Principles" developed in class today will impact your behavior in your cohort throughout the MBA program?

23 September

10am -- 12pm

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

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

- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

23 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

- 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.

26 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior (Dunn)

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

- Johnson & Johnson Credo
- Matthews, M. How Companies Can Avoid Federal Prosecution
- Chatterji, A. & Levine, D. Breaking Down the Wall of Codes

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*Ethical Decision-Making (Dunn)

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

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

- Kelman, Steven. `Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique'
- 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?

27 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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

28 September

2pm -- 4pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility (Dunn)

A Powerpoint Handout for this class session can be downloaded 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)
- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*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

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

29 September

10am -- 12pm

*Self Awareness (Tyran)

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

READINGS FROM TEXT

- 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?

03 October

2pm -- 4pm

*Stakeholder Theory (Dunn)

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

- 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

CASE: Cherry Point Coal Terminal

- Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point Starts Permit Process
- Coal Proposal Drives a Big Green Wednge into Bellingham Politics
- Coal Shipping to China Takes Center Stage in Whatcom County (video)

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

*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?

04 October

2pm -- 4pm

*Professional Skills for the MBA Program (Tyran)

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

- Hammonds, K.H. Balance is Bunk
- Review www.prezi.com
- Adkins, J.D. Presentations that Pop

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*SELF-ASSESSMENT WRITE-UP DUE

*TIME MANAGEMENT MATRIX DUE

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

06 October

10am -- 12pm

*Making the Most of Your MBA (Tyran/Dunn)

A Powerpoint Handout for this class session can be downloaded 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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