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Current Issues in Human Resource Management:
The Meaning of Work
Summer 2011

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21 June

10-11:50 am

Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

22 June (Independent Study)
23 June

(Independent Study)

GRADING CONTRACTS DUE

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

28 June

10-11:50 am

The Meaning of Work Overview

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

29 June

10-11:50 am

The Meaning of Work Overview

- 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

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

FINAL PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE

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

30 June

(Independent Study)

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

05 July

(Independent Study)

The Why of Work

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Based upon your reading of The Why of Work to date, what is your biggest criticism of Ulrichs' work?

06 July

10-11:50 am

Work and Job Design

Discussion of The Principles of Scientific Management

- Grant, A. Relational Job Design and the Motivation to Make a Prosocial Difference
- Schwartz, A. Meaningful Work

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07 July

(Independent Study)

The Why of Work

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

12 July

10-11:50 am

Work and Job Satisfaction

Discussion of The Why of Work

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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: Relate the writing of the Ulrichs in The Why of Work to Frederick Taylor's The Principles of Scientific Management.

13 July

(Independent Study)

Shop Class as Soulcraft

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What are the managerial implications of your reading of Shopcraft as Soulcraft?

14 July

(Independent Study)

Shop Class as Soulcraft

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

19 July

10-11:50 am

Work and Attitude

Discussion of Shop Class as Soulcraft

Out of the Office: Fast Bikes, Slow Food, and the Workplace Wars (The New Yorker 'a critic at large' review)

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The Paradox of Charles Handy

20 July

(Independent Study)

Case Preparation

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

21 July

(Independent Study)

Final Project Preparation

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

26 July

(Independent Study)

Case Preparation and Final Project Preparation

27 July

10-11:50 am

Case Presentations

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

28 July

10-11:50 am

Final Project Presentations

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


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