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Introduction to Professional Management
Fall 2017

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Class Schedule:


28 September

2:00
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3:50pm

*Introduction to Course

Overview of MBA Learning Objectives/Goals

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

02 October

1:00pm
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2:50pm

*Meaning of Work

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

- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught
- Terkel, Studs. 'Working' (excerpts read in class)
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

04 October

1:00pm
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2:50pm

*Meaning of Work

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'
- Amabile, T. 'The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work' (videostream - running time 63:31)
- http://www.progressprinciple.com/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:

- MEANING OF WORK


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #1: Which three attributes of meaningful work are of greatest importance to you? Using the personal mission statement you have already developed (reference the text Brand You), draft a succinct statement of personal purpose, based on the three attributes of meaningful work you have identified for this assignment, that fulfills the five requirements for a good statement of purpose as outlined by Jim Collins' in his article What Comes Next.

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908211

10 October

1:00pm
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2:50pm

*Meaning of Work (continued)

12 October

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Corporate Governance

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- Colley, J.L. Jr., Doyle, J.L., Logan, G.W. & Stettinius, W. Corporate Governance (excerpt)
- Thoma, Mark. Is CEO Compensation Too High?
- Monks, R.A.G. & Minow, N. The Myth of the Director's Duty

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:

- CORPORATE GOVERNANCE


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1:
1) Based upon Jim Collins' articlej What Comes Next What Comes Next?, outline at least three original organizational mechanismswhich might be put in place to assist employees in finding meaning in their work live. Keep in mind the following: "Mechanisms force things to happen that reinforce your company's core purpose, converting that purpose into action. If I have a mechanism, I don't need the intention, because the mechanism will make things happen even when I'm not focused on them."

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2) In his classic work The Principles of Scientific Management, Fredrick Taylor outlines his argument(s) as to what organizations ought to do in order to increase efficiency. Provide a critique of this argument, paying particular attention to the specific ways in which Taylor's argument(s) impact a worker's ability to experience meaning in their work.

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908217

17 October

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Social Contract Theory

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- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:

- OVERVIEW OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- MILTON FRIEDMAN


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #2:
What logical rationale can be used to argue that shareholders have interests which are more 'fundamental' than the rights of non-shareholders? What are the theoretical and practical weaknesses with this point of view?

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If you were to play thirty rounds of the commons exercise, how could you best maximize your individual team extraction over the course of the game? What would be required for this to be accomplished? (Click here to access the results from today's exercise...and here to access exercise examples from the PowerPoint presentation).

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908212


CONTRACTS DUE
CASE PROPOSALS DUE

19 October

1:00pm
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2:50pm

*Management History

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- Pindur, W., Rogers, S.E. & Kim, P.S. The History of Management: A Global Perspective
- History of Management Thought: The Evolution of Management Theory
- Employee Motivation: Historical Perspective on Productivity Improvement (read entire section)
- Chapman, T.N. Comparative Management Philosophies

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

24 October

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility

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'
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


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2:
How might the logic of social contract theory be utilized to resolve The Tragedy of the Commons? Additionally, apply this 'logic' within an organizational context (i.e., to a situation--real or imagined--in which organizational members have access to a common resource which is being exploited). Keep in mind the following:

Social Contract Theory suggests decisions be made with respect to "a set of rules, governing how people are to treat one another, that rational people will agree to accept, for their mutual benefit, on the condition that others follow the rules as well."

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There is considerable debate regarding the question of whose interests corporate Directors should represent, with some arguing for a strict shareholder focus and others advocating for a broader set of stakeholder interests. Outline the governance and social theory arguments on each side of this issue--being careful to consider whether there is a 'one-size-fits-all' resolution of this debate.

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908218

26 October

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

 

 

*Stakeholder Theory

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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
- Demand Metric (recommended resource tool for stakeholder mapping)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:

- STAKEHOLDER THEORY

You are to apply the learnings from the article and video content above to your case analysis. By way of documenting your apprehension of this activity each case team is to complete and:

SUBMIT:

31 October

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Ethical Decision-Making

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Download an Ethical Decision-making worksheet for this class session by clicking here

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

Complete Guide to Ethics Management

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #3:
What does the survey of ethical theoretic aptitudes reveal about your personal ethical predispositions? Referring back to Jim Collins article What Comes Next, develop one mechanism for making certain you take into account a variety of ethical perspectives as you make business decisions.

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What ethical frameworks are most relevant to your MBA 594 case analysis...and why? Relate your response directly back to the specific issue you have identified for your case analysis.

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908213

02 November

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Ethical Decision-Making (continued)

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- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- 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


A review of these topics may be accessed from the following web-based streaming video feeds:

- ETHICAL THEORY 1
- OMELAS_READING
- ETHICAL THEORY 2
- ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

07 November

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior

Students may access a PowerPoint handout for this class session by clicking here

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

09 November

*Case Preparation Day


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #4: Provide as at least three specific practical recommendations serving to ensure ethical behavior within an organization of your choosing. Link each recommendation back to ethical or organizationaltheory.

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908214

14 November

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Sustainable Business Practices

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?'

- Environmental Footprint Quiz. (leave course selection at default setting)
- Sagoff, M. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.
- 3M's Pollution Prevention Pays Program
- Actions Speak Louder than Words: Greenwashing in Corporate America
- Environmental Management Systems: The Basics

- Sustainability Accounting and Reporting - FAQ
- Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (Chapter 1)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

16 November

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Class Case Analysis: Cherry Point Coal Terminal

- Coal Proposal Drives a Big Green Wedge into Bellingham Politics
- A Guide to Case Analysis

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #5: What is the root cause of the constellation of problems revolving around the proposed construction of a coal port in Whatcom County--and how can this root cause best be addressed?

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908215

21 November

*Case Preparation Day


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3:
Provide a reasoned critique of the ethical decision model which has been presented in class.

Usage Note: Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon, although resistance appears to be weakening. In our 1997 ballot, 41 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward. Ten years earlier, 69 percent disapproved of this same sentence. Resistance is still high when a person is critiqued: 60 percent of the Usage Panel rejects its use in the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then are critiqued on it. Thus, it may be preferable to avoid this word. There is no exact synonym, but in most contexts one can usually substitute go over, review, or analyze. · Note, however, that critique is widely accepted as a noun in a neutral context; 86 percent of the Panel approved of its use in the sentence The committee gave the report a thorough critique and found it both informed and intelligent. (www.dictionary.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., accessed 07.31.2008)

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Business activity has a profound effect on the natural environment. It has been argued by some that the natural environment is a legitimate stakeholder. Select an environmental issue, and then apply the logic of stakeholder mapping to this issue. Then answer the following question: How relevant is stakeholder mapping to environmental issues?

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908219

23 November

*NO MBA 594 Class

Thanksgiving Holiday

28 November

*Deep Dive: Business / Public Policy

Quite apropos to policy and practice of environmental sustainability is a matter that has only emerged as a 'hot topic' this month, as regulators have recommended to the President a variety of measures to make U.S.-manufactured solar panels more competitive, relative to those imported from outside the national border.

For this upcoming class session read the following relatively brief articles...and come prepared to offer your own policy prescriptions as to how President Trump should respond to the regulators' recommendations--which he must do in early January 2018. In so doing, come prepared to address Reflective Journal 'prompt' #6 (see below).

- Could a Trade Dispute with China Bring an End to U.S. Solar Boom?
- Solar is Being Held Back by Regulations, Not Technology
- Will New Tariffs Hurt the U.S. Solar-Power Industry?
30 November

*Deep Dive: Business / Public Policy (continued)


REFLECTIVE JOURNAL #6: With what justification should the government intervene in a free-market transaction between a willing seller and a willing buyer?

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908216

05 December

11:45pm
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3:00 pm

PH 031

* Case Presentations


The Morality of Machines (Conley / Kontaz)
Driverless Cars Will Face Moral Dilemmas


The Future and Amazon Drones (Sponholz / Zuppe)
Amazon.com drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Issues
Amazon details its plans for how drones can fly safely over U.S. skies


Convenience: What's the Cost? (Bridges / Smith)
Cashierless Stores Coming Soon


Amazon Headquarters Debauchery (Hensyel / Schorr)
Amazon: More than 100 cities bid for new headquarters

07 December

1:00pm
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2:50 pm

*Case Write-Up Day


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4:
Effective professional managers are self-aware. One of the more fruitful self-discovery activities with which you can engage begins with completing the short version of the Dark Triad survey...which can be found here:

https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/files?preview=45397510

Once you have completed this survey, access and read the article found here:

https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/files?preview=45393205

Your assignment is to explore the intersection between emotional intelligence and your own 'score' on the Dark Triad. More importantly, suggest ways in which the Dark Triad might be defeated in your life; to that end, this final article entitled The Hubris Syndrome should prove helpful:

https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/files?preview=45397891

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908220


16 December

CASE WRITE-UPS DUE

SUBMIT: https://wwu.instructure.com/courses/1169704/assignments/3908208


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