Western Washington University Western Washington University

Introduction to Professional Management
Winter 2016

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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

*Learning E-Portfolio

Guest Facilitator: Aric Mayer

- MBA Learning Objectives Worksheet
- MBA Program Goals/Learning Objectives Tearsheet

*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'

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

- MEANING OF WORK

17 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?
21 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?
- Van Velsor, E. & Leslie, J.B. Why Executives Derail:...

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*Corporate Governance, Conducting Meetings

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- Colley, J.L. Jr., Doyle, J.L., Logan, G.W. & Stettinius, W. Corporate Governance (excerpt)
- Proxy Season Preview 2008
- Thoma, Mark. Is CEO Compensation Too High?
- Monks, R.A.G. & Minow, N. The Myth of the Director's Duty
- Corporate Governance, Chapter 7: The Board's Role in Strategy Development
- Robert's Rules of Order

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

- CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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

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

- OVERVIEW OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- MILTON FRIEDMAN

31 January

Assignment Due Date

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: The last class session closed with a reading from Grapes of Wrath. In this passage, John Steinbeck never resolved a fundamental question: whether it is the corporation or the individual who is ultimately responsible for the consequences of business activity. Instead, he leaves hanging in the air the following question: Who do we shoot? Deconstruct this question, and provide a reasoned answer.

04 February

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE
05 February

12:30pm -- 4:00pm

*Guest Visitor: Effie Eysses (Professional Development)

*Ethical Decision-Making

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

SURVEY OF ETHICAL THEORETIC APTITUDES

MBA Ethics Survey:

First Name: Last Name:

Survey of Ethical Theoretic Aptitudes Score:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

- Le Guin, Ursula. `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
- The Real Payoff From an MBA is Different for Men and Women
- Dunn, Craig P. `The Normative Defense for Affirmative Action'
- Dunn, Craig P. `Integrity Matters'
- An Engineering Theory of the Volkswagen Scandal

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

In-class reading: Energizing Social Interactions at Work: An Exploration of Relationships That Generate Employee and Organizational Thriving

06 February

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*Ensuring Ethical Behavior

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- 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

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

08 February

Assignment Due Date

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

GRADING CONTRACTS DUE

15 February

Assignment Due Date

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

19 February

5:00pm -- 9:00pm

(NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS CLASS SESSION)

*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.
- Diamond, Jarod. 'Easter's End.' Discover, August 1995.
- 3M's Pollution Prevention Pays Program
- Actions Speak Louder than Words: Greenwashing in Corporate America
- Fiji Water Targeted in Greenwashing Class-Action Suit
- Environmental Management Systems: The Basics
- Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Environment
- Sustainability Accounting and Reporting - FAQ
- Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (Chapter 1)
- Towards Integrated Reporting: Communicating Value in the 21st Century

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

*Case Presentations

Born Under a Bad Sign: The Volkswagen Experience (Click here for article)
Hay/Kamau/Shepard

Third world nations convene to help "those poor Americans" with their drinking water issues (Click here for article)
Dunn/Mequio/Nikolic/Venkataraman

20 February

1:00pm -- 5:00pm

*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: Cherry Point Coal Terminal

- Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point Starts Permit Process
- Coal Proposal Drives a Big Green Wednge into Bellingham Politics
- Coal Shipping to China Takes Center Stage in Whatcom County (video)
- Senator Mitch McConnell and the Coal Industry's Last Stand

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

- STAKEHOLDER THEORY

*Case Presentations

Banging Around: Who is getting hit the hardest by the NFL's
Concussion Protocol? (Click here for article)

Laird/Moore/Tuba

Minimum Wage (Final Project Name still TBD) (Click here for article)
Boukraa/Clark/Evans/Grant

28 February

Assignment Due Date

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide an application of sustainability principles to a business practice withn the organization with which you most closely identify as a manager/professional.

02 March

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE
04 March

12:30pm -- 5:30pm

*Survey of Grit

12-ITEM GRIT SCALE

MBA Grit Survey:

First Name: Last Name:

Survey of Grit Score:

- Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals

*Case Presentations

- Review www.prezi.com
- Adkins, J.D. Presentations that Pop

Apple v FBI (Click here for article)
Koontz/Lauer/Navarro

Jet Junkyard (Click here for article)
Bunch/Moser/Rimal

*Course Evaluations

05 March

12:30pm -- 2:30pm

*Closing Lunch


Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

1205 Craftsman Way
Everett, WA 98201


(425) 257-9316

13 March

Assignment Due Date

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: More than anything else, what from this course do you hope you will never forget? I am hoping for more than reference to a single topic, but rather an integrative perspective that captures the way in which a number of topics might be united.

16 March

Assignment Due Date

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4 DUE

CASE WRITE-UPS DUE


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