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Topics and Assignments18-28ORGANIZATIONAL RATIONALITYWe will begin with a case study to help understand the limits oforganizational rationality.PRE-CLASS ASSIGNMENTStudy the HBR article:How Successful Leaders Thinkandsubmit to the HW dropbox answers to the followingquestionsoWhat is anintegrative thinker?oDo you agree withF. Scott Fitzgerald or ThomasChamberlin?Explain.Prepare for class discussion the case:Fire at Mann Gulchand submit to the Case dropbox answers to the followingquestions:oWhat were the causes of this disaster?oWhy did the firefighters fail to follow Dodge’s orders?oWhat arethe lessons for managers?2 8-30THE LIMITS OF ORGANIZATIONAL RATIONALITY AND THELEADER IN THE MODERN ORGANIZATIONIn order to understand behavior in organizations, we will first haveto understand the nature of organizations.I willdescribe therational organization, and we will examine the importance ofleadership in that organization.We will pay particular attentionto the historical role of the manager in traditional organizations.Our discussion will includeclassical management theory.PRE-CLASS ASSIGNMENTSubmit your first journal to the Journal dropbox3 9-4THE PESKY HUMAN VARIABLEWe will complete our discussion of the traditional organization byexaminingstudies that challenged the assumptions of classicalmanagement theory.We will spend most of the class discussingthis very important case and the issue of mentorship.PRE-CLASS ASSIGNMENTStudy the HBR article:Beyond the Myth of the PerfectMentorand submit answers to the following questionsoHow do you find a mentor?oWhat are thestages of mentorship?Prepare for class discussion the case:Lisa Benton (A) andsubmit answers to the following questions:oHow did Benton get into this mess?oCould she have done anything differently?oWhat should she do now?
4 9-6MANAGERIAL ASSUMPTIONSWe will examine several managerial assumptions as they relate toindividuals in organizations.Finally, we will discuss thecomponents of individual behavior, i.e., attitudes, values,perceptions, and personalities.5 9-11LEADERS USING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCEThis class will introduce the concept of emotional intelligence andexplain why effective leaders are high in emotional intelligence.Wewill use the case of Meg Whitman to examine this.PRE-CLASS ASSIGNMENTStudy the HBR article:Leadership That Gets Resultsandsubmit answers to the following questions:oWhat does it mean to say that emotions arecontagious?oHow does this contagion help leaders become moreeffective?Prepare for class discussion the case:Meg Whitman at eBay(A) and submit answers to the following questions:oHow had Whitman’s leadership style changed overthe years prior to her joining eBay?oHow did eBay need to change in order to grow?oWhat did Whitman do to help eBay adapt?6 9-13EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCEThis class will dive deeper into the concept of emotionalintelligence and explain why effective leaders are high in emotional

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Management, Test, Alex Sander, Lou Gerstner, Meg Whitman

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