Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
Summer 2008

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Class Schedule:


24 June

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Introduction to Course

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

- A Greatness That Cannot Be Taught

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

26 June

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*NO MBA594 Class

01 July

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Meaning of Work

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

- Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray, Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson, Roberta Victor)
- Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

01 July

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*EXTRA MBA594 Class

*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'
- McNealy, R. 'Dan Pink, Author of 'Free Agent Nation'' (podcast)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Which three attributes of meaningful work are of greatest importance to you? How will you ensure that your work 'captures' these attributes?

3 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 pm

*EXTRA MBA594 Class

*Management History

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- Pindur, W., Rogers, S.E. & Kim, P.S. The History of Management: A Global Perspective
- Employee Motivation: Historical Perspective on Productivity Improvement (read entire section)
- Chapman, T.N. Comparative Management Philosophies
- Spender, J.C. Management as a Regulated Profession
- Khurana, R., Nohria, N. & Penrice, D. Is Business Management a Profession?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

3 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 pm

*Corporate Governance

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- Colley, J.L. Jr., Doyle, J.L., Logan, G.W. & Stettinius, W. Corporate Governance (excerpt)
- The Unexpected Benefits of SOX: A Conversation with Michael Oxley (podcast)
- Proxy Season Preview 2008
- Thoma, Mark. Is CEO Compensation Too High?
- Monks, R.A.G. & Minow, N. The Myth of the Director's Duty
- Pay for Performance: The Annual Bonus (video stream)
- What Role Should the Board Play in the Formulation of a Company's Strategic Plan? (video stream)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE

8 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 pm

*Corporate Social Responsibility

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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
10 July

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*Social Contract Theory (Dunn)

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- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: 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?

or

If you were to play thirty rounds of the commons game, 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 game...and here to access game examples from the PowerPoint presentation)

15 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 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
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
17 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 pm

*NO MBA594 Class

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE

22 July

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Class Case Analysis

Chiquita!

- Wastler. Chiquita's Raw Deal (first 3:40 of video feed)
- 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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

24 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 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'

Ethics Updates (provides updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics)
Complete Guide to Ethics Management

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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?

29 July

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Ethical Decision-Making

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Referrring 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.

31 July

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*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?'

- Environmental Footprint Quiz.
- Sagoff, M. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics.
- Nash, J. A. Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
- Zosel, T. Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.
- Post, J. E. 'Managing As If the Earth Mattered...'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

5 August

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*NO MBA594 Class

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE

7 August

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*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

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What specific practical recommendations can you offer as a means to ensure ethical behavior within an organization of your choosing?

12 August

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Case Preparation Day

14 August

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*Case Presentations

Should We Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? (Click here and here for articles)
Carpenter/Engebretson/Stermer

Wide Losses at the Hand of Countrywide (Click here for article)
Farrow/Lee/McCleary

Businesses Use of Personal Credit Behavior. (Click here for article)
Georger/Kemp/Southam/Welter

People v Poison (Click here for article)
Hewitt/Ledgerwood/Shipman

Between the Corporate Sheets (Click here for article)
Anderson/Putresse/Stoane

19 August

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Case Presentations

Carbon Tax -- Solution or Greenwashing? (Click here for article)
Kennedy/Lionel/Torrejon

You Get What You Pay For: The Rising Compensation of CEOs (Click here for article)
Reinke/Renoud/Ronaghan

Airbus v Boeing Smackdown! (Click here for article)
Occhiogrosso/Ransom/Rensvold

Ethics Vs. Economics: BP Response to Crisis (Click here for article)
Farmer/Rudover/Snyder

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: More than anything else, what from this course do you hope you will never forget?

21 August

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*Class Social

22 August

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4 DUE

CASE WRITE-UPS DUE


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