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Current Issues in Human Resource Management:
The Meaning of Work
Summer 2009

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23 June Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

24 June Case Group Formation and Case Selection

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

25 June

The Hungry Spirit (Independent Study)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: While there is no expectation you have finished this book, what is the best insight you have gained so far as a result of your reading of The Hungry Spirit?

30 June

The Meaning of Work Overview

What Comes Next?
The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 8
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Donna Murray)

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01 July

The Meaning of Work Overview

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism..., Chapter 9
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Nora Watson)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Draft a statement of personal purpose consistent with the parameters outlined in the article 'What Comes Next.'

02 July

The Meaning of Work Overview

Taylor, Frederick. `The Principles of Scientific Management'
Terkel, Studs. 'Working'. (Chapter title: Roberta Victor)
The World According to Me

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

07 July

Work and Job Design

Discussion of The Principles of Scientific Management

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REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Compare and contrast your view of human nature with that of Frederick Taylor.

08 July

Nickel and Dimed: Independent Study

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Based upon your reading of Nickel and Dimed to date, what is your biggest criticism of Ehrenreich's work?

09 July

Nickel and Dimed: Independent Study

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

14 July

Work and Job Satisfaction

Discussion of Nickel and Dimed

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The CNN Money article: Can Money Buy Happiness?

Happiness at Work Index - British online article

The Good Workplace

Satisfaction with Life Scale

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What was the best insight you gained as a result of today's class discussion?

15 July

The Hungry Spirit: Independent Study

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What are the managerial implications of your reading of The Hungry Spirit?

16 July

The Hungry Spirit: Independent Study

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

21 July

Work and Attitude

Discussion of The Hungry Spirit

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The Paradox of Charles Handy

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What was the best insight you gained as a result of today's class discussion?

22 July

Independent Study: Case Preparation

23 July

Independent Study: Final Project Preparation

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

28 July

Work and Identity

Serving Hamburgers and Selling Insurance...

Discussion Questions

29 July

Case Presentations

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What was the best human management insight you gained as a result of today's case presentations?

30 July

Final Project Presentations

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What was your greatest learning from today's final project presentations?


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