MAN 383.16: M
Dr. Doug Dierking
CBA North 4.248
MW 1-3; TTh 9-11; (Monday evening 5-6 for TEMBA students)
Office hours may vary periodically, check Blackboard for announcements
(512) 471-9441, home: (512) 258-0967, cell: (512) 740-7475
Course Web Page
via Blackboard (hhtp://courses.utexas.edu)
Shveta Pillai (Shveta.Pillai@mba08.mccombs.utexas.edu)
The purpose of this course is to enhance your understanding of employee behavior in organizations in order to
assist in your development as an effective organizational leader.
Many business school courses teach you to
manage information, money, and other material organizational resources.
All of those skills will help you become
a better manager however; it is your “people skills” that will ultimately have the most impact on your ability to
have sustainable success in the workplace.
This course focuses on the patterns of interaction that occur among
people and teams in organizations, and how those interactions impact the organizations.
This course will
examine behavioral issues including individual factors, motivation, performance management, communication,
establishing and growing the organizational culture, managing change, decision making, and group/team
This course will involve readings, lectures, exams, cases and experiential exercises.
My learning philosophy can be summed up as follows:
Theory informs Practice.
In short, this means that
students learn best when they understand the underlying theoretical principles and then how those principles
translate into specific behavioral practices, followed by actual implementation of those practices.
While there are
limits to how experiential this class can be, we will use every opportunity to actually apply what we are learning
through class exercises, discussions, cases and exams.
This model requires your active participation in each class session.
There will be an assignment for each session
designed to facilitate this participation.
It is vital that you complete these assignments and come prepared to
The reading assignments provide an especially important foundation for class discussions and
must be completed prior to each class session.
You must come to class prepared to discuss the assigned
readings and cases.
Your responsibility in this course is to be an active participant in the ongoing learning processes inside and
outside the classroom.
Leadership and this Course
The Texas MBA program is designed to develop influential business leaders. The MBA Program has identified
four fundamental and broad pillars of leadership: knowledge and understanding, communication and
collaboration, responsibility and integrity, and a worldview of business and society.
In this course, you will directly enhance your knowledge and understanding of leadership concepts and their