Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
and
Professional Skills
Fall 2013

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Class Schedule:


26 September

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Introduction to Course (Sass/Dunn)

- Halberstam A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

*Meaning of Work (Dunn)

A Powerpoint Handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded here

- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management' (for reference only)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

26 September

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*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 (due by midnight): Write a statement of personal purpose that is reflective of content in Jim Collin's article What Comes Next?

27 September

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Effective Teamwork (Sass)

- Tannen, D. The power of talk: Who gets heard and why
- Meyer, C. How the right measures help teams excel
- Kerr, S. 'On the folly of rewarding A, while hoping for B'
- Argyris, C. 'Teaching smart people how to learn'
- Garvin, D.A. 'Building a learning organization'
- Senge, P.M. 'The leader's new work: Building learning organizations'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

27 September

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Team Management (Sass)

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL : Consider two teams in which you have been or are a member--one that you remember positively and one negatively.
a) What about the purpose, structure or roles in the two teams contributed to your overall satisfaction or lack thereof?
b) What about your personality (based on the assesments completed in class) contributed to the positive and negative interactions you had in the two teams?
(due by midnight)

30 September

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior (Dunn)

A Powerpoint Handout for this and the following class session can be downloaded here

- 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'

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

30 September

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. `Integrity Matters'
- Moorman, R.H., Darnold, T.C. & Dunn, C.P. Toward the measurement of perceived leader integrity: Introducing a multidimensional approach.

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (due by midnight): What does the survey of ethical theoretical aptitudes reveal about your personal ethical predispositions? What can you do to ensure that this perspective does not dominate you, but that you make balanced ethical decision?

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (due by midnight): What impressions do you want faculty to have of your MBA cohort?

01 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Conflict Management (Sass)

- Keeney, R. `Creativity in decision making with value-focused thinking'
- Ertel, D. Getting past yes: Negotiating as if implementation mattered.
- Downie, B. 'When negotiations fail: Causes of breakdown and tactics for breaking the stalemate'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

01 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Mutual-gain Conflict Resolution (Sass)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: (due by midnight) Consider a conflict, personal or professional, which you want to understand better.
a) What is/was the conflict about?
b) Who are/were the people involved?
c) What do/did you want?
d) What are the other party's wants?
e) What will/did you do about the conflict?
f) How do/did your preferred conflict styles impact the conflict/outcome?
g) Could you do/have done anything better?

02 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (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'
- Dunn, C.P. Are corporations inherently wicked?
- Carroll, Archie B. 'The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility'
- Arthur D. Little 'The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility'
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End'
- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

02 October

3:00 pm -- 4:50 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 Wedge 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

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

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL (due by midnight): Under what circumstances do you think employees should be more important stakeholder groups than shareholders in managerial decision-making?

03 October

10:00 am -- 11:50 am

*Team Presentations (Sass/Dunn)

03 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Team Presentations (Sass/Dunn)

04 October

1:00 pm -- 2:50 pm

*Professional Skills (Sass/Dunn)

07 October

midnight

*CASE ANALYSIS DUE


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