The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of contemporary management principles, practices and challenges as a result of changing organizational structures, globalization, technological advancements, and various workforce characteristics. The course will highlight various theories and concepts relevant to understanding and predicting human behavior in organizations at the individual level, the work team/group level, and the organizational level. This course will help you understand some of the issues involved in managing and being managed so that students can develop the knowledge and competence needed to ultimately be an effective manager. Additionally, this course should provide students with the skills needed to become more effective members of the organizations they will ultimately join. In particular, topics such as personality, motivation, decision-making, and conflict resolution will be emphasized through experiential learning and/or case method. Assignments include written reports and oral presentations.
Field ClassCountry: Japan
Date: January 25, 2017
In this field class, students will have the opportunity to learn about Management principles in a variety of contexts (e.g., manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and apparel). So, in addition to being able to understand the differences in Management principles between those used within the Japanese context versus in other cultures, students will be able to see if those principles translate across different industry contexts. Furthermore, this field class will give students the opportunity to learn some of the business etiquette nuances that may exist within the Japanese culture. By being able to visit with organizations, students will also be able to interact with top-level managers from several multi-national organizations and inquire about the lessons that these managers have learned during their careers. Learning objectives: 1. To learn about the differences in management practices across cultures 2. Discuss motivation practices and how they differ in a relatively collective country. 3. Understand individual differences and how they may be used in employee selection, and development.