MAN 383.16 - Managing People and Organizations - Dierking - 04500

MAN 383.16 - Managing People and Organizations - Dierking - 04500

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MAN 383.16: M ANAGING P EOPLE RGANIZATIONS F ALL 2007 Professor Dr. Doug Dierking Office CBA North 4.248 Office Hours MW 1-3; TTh 9-11; (Monday evening 5-6 for TEMBA students) Office hours may vary periodically, check Blackboard for announcements Phone office: (512) 471-9441, home: (512) 258-0967, cell: (512) 740-7475 E-Mail doug.dierking@mccombs.utexas.edu Course Web Page via Blackboard (hhtp://courses.utexas.edu) Teaching Assistants Shveta Pillai (Shveta.Pillai@mba08.mccombs.utexas.edu) Course Objectives 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 dynamics. 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 discuss them. 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
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