Western Washington University Western Washington University ------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------

Current Issues in Human Resource Management:
The Meaning of Work
Summer 2010

------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------


22 June Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

23 June (Independent Study)
24 June

(Independent Study)

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What are your expectations as to the 'learning outcomes' for this course?

29 June

8-10 pm

AW 302

The Meaning of Work Overview

Download a PowerPoint handout for this and the following class session by clicking here

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

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

30 June

(Independent Study)

01 July

6-8 pm

AW 302

The Meaning of Work Overview

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 eill you ensure that your work 'captures' these attributes?

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

06 July

(Independent Study)

Nickel and Dimed

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

07 July

Work and Job Design

Discussion of The Principles of Scientific Management

To download the PowerPoint file for this lecture, click here

08 July

(Independent Study)

Nickel and Dimed

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

13 July

Work and Job Satisfaction

Discussion of Nickel and Dimed

For a summary of the text, click here

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?

14 July

(Independent Study)

The Hungry Spirit

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

15 July

(Independent Study)

The Hungry Spirit

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

20 July

Work and Attitude

Discussion of The Hungry Spirit

To download the PowerPoint file for this lecture, click here

The Paradox of Charles Handy

21 July

(Independent Study)

Case Preparation

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide an update on both your course project and your case analysis.

22 July

(Independent Study)

Final Project Preparation

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

27 July

(Independent Study)

Case Preparation and Final Project Preparation

28 July

Case Presentations

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

29 July

Final Project Presentations

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


------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------

Return to Professor Dunn's Home Page