Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
Winter 2010

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Class Schedule:


08 January

12:30pm -- 4:30pm

*Western MBA Orientation

*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?

09 January

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*Meaning of Work

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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

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

13 January

Assignment Due Date

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

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE
22 January

12:30pm -- 4:30pm

*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
- Spender, J.C. Management as a Regulated Profession
- Khurana, R., Nohria, N. & Penrice, D. Is Business Management a Profession?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*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

23 January

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*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

*Social Contract Theory

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- Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

27 January

Assignment Due Date

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 game examples from the PowerPoint presentation)

31 January

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE
05 February

5:00pm -- 9:00pm

*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

*Class Case Analysis

Chiquita!

- 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

06 February

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*Ethical Decision-Making

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- 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

*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

10 February

Assignment Due Date

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?

or

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.

19 February

12:30pm -- 4:30pm

*Sustainable Business Practices

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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
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.
3M's Pollution Prevention Pays Program
Integrating Sustainability Into Financial Statements
Environmental Management Systems: The Basics

Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Environment

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

20 February

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior

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- 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?

24 February

Assignment Due Date

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

28 February

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE
05 March

12:30pm -- 4:30pm

*Case Presentations

Seismic Shift - Boeing 787 Move to South Carolina (Click here for article)
[Darin, Geoff, Juergen]

*Team Building, Conducting Meetings, and Presentation Skills

Team Contract Essentials
Team Building Exercise

06 March

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*Case Presentations

My Employer has a Fear of Commitment (Click here for article)
[Stephanie, Jesse]

The True Cost of Designer Genes (Click here for article)
[Krista, Marrissa]

*Dealing with Collective Bargaining

Guest Speaker: Rachel Mc Kibbin, Business Representative, Teamsters Local 231

A General Theory of Negotiation Process, Strategy, and Behavior (read pp 69-92)

12 March

6:00pm -- 8:30pm

*Class Social

16 March

Assignment Due Date

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

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4 DUE

CASE WRITE-UPS DUE


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