Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
and
Professional Skills
Fall 2012

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Class Schedule:


01 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Introduction to Course (Dunn/Tyran)

- Halberstam 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
- Pfeffer, J. Shareholders First?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

01 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*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

02 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*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.

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?

02 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*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

- 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

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Working with Others: Tools and Applications (Tyran)

READINGS FROM TEXT: Leading Project Teams

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
- Whetten, D. & Cameron, K. Developing Management Skills, Supplement C

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

04 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

This class session is web-based streaming video, available by clicking here for the first segment, here for the second segment, and here for the third segment

*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 I (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:

04 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Ethical Decision-Making II (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'
- 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.

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?

05 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*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

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

05 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*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

05 October

3:00 pm -- 4:50 pm

*Working with Others: Applied (Dunn/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.

09 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Professional Skills for the MBA Program (Tyran)

READINGS FROM TEXT: The Exceptional Presenter

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

- Adkins, J.D. Presentations that Pop
- Imperato, G. How to Give Good Feedback
- Overholt, A. The Art of Multitasking

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?

11 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*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:...
- Glen, P. Opinion: What's an MBA Good for -- Really?

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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