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Introduction to Professional Management
Summer 2014

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Class Schedule:


24 June

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*Introduction to Course

Overview of Chalk & Wire (e-portfolio system for tracking student learning outcomes)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

26 June

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*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

01 July

8:00pm -- 9:50pm

*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

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

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

- MEANING OF WORK

03 July

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*Critical Thinking

*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

8 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 pm

*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

10 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 pm

*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)


CONTRACTS DUE
CASE PROPOSALS DUE


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE (You may do this, or Writing Assignment #2, or both)

15 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 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'
- 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

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

- OVERVIEW OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- MILTON FRIEDMAN

17 July

6:00pm -- 7:50pm

*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

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

- STAKEHOLDER THEORY

22 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'

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?

24 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 pm

*Ethical Decision-Making

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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

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.

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

29 July

8:00pm -- 9:50 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

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


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE (You may do this, or Writing Assignment #1, or both)

31 July

6:00pm -- 7:50 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

05 August

8:00pm -- 9:50 pm

*Class Case Analysis: Cherry Point Coal Terminal

- Coal Proposal Drives a Big Green Wedge into Bellingham Politics

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

12 August

6:00pm -- 9:50 pm

*Case Presentations

High Noon: Boom or Bust? (Click here for article)
Kitagawa/Andes/Sidhu

Playing Chicken (Click here for article)
Hsien/Upson/Eaton

Side Effects May Include Serious Headaches (Click here for article)
Moon/Flaherty/Billau

Air Disaster? Amazon Prime Air (Click here for article)
Smith/West/Okinaka


*Biomimcry/Biointegrity


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE (You may do this, or Writing Assignment #4, or both)

14 August

*Case Preparation/Case Writing Day

19 August

6:00pm -- 7:50 pm

*Case Presentations

Lyft Off to Planet Uber (Click here for article)
Knauft/Narwal/Chan

Where's My Money? Discussion of Worker Wage Erosion (Click here for article)
McCallum/Oleksak/Olson

Amazon: Welcome to the Jungle (Click here for article)
Maggiora/Rickman/Vogel

Three's a Crowd: Airbnb and the THird-Party Dilemma (Click here for article)
Cave/Rambo/Drickey/Taylor

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

21 August

*NO MBA 594 Class


WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4 DUE (You may do this, or Writing Assignment #3, or both)


CASE WRITE-UPS DUE


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