Class 1 Slides Sept 12

Class 1 Slides Sept 12 - ORGS2010: Environments...

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ORGS2010: Organizations and Their  Environments Professor Eleanor Westney September 12, 2013
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Learning Outcomes Analyze organizations as strategic designs, as political systems, and  as cultural systems; Apply these frameworks to identify root causes of organizational and  managerial problems; Develop effective action steps based on your analysis to address  those problems; Examine your own behavior and beliefs about organizations in order to  contrast, debate, and integrate them with the theories and  observations of others, and to learn from the experience and  perspectives of your classmates; Enhance your capacity to read critically the business press and assess  its assumptions and analyses.
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Today’s Class Overview of the course Discussion of assignment:  Liar’s Poker   Chapters 3 and 4 Overview of Team project and formation of  project groups
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Some Key Features of this Course Most materials are on the CMD or on e- Resources – but some cases are in a course  pack that will be at the bookstore Not having a course text doesn’t mean you  don’t have to read! Come prepared. We use different methods (cases,  simulations, class discussions) – you learn  more if you participate fully.
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Course requirements Mid-term exam  30% Group project 30% Class participation 10% Final exam 30%
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Key dates Week 3: Hand in a one-pager identifying the  organization you have chosen (and the  members of your group) – Sept. 26 Week 6: Mid-term exam (October 17 th ) Week 12: Submit final report (December 6) Final Exam (During Exam Week)
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Norms for the Class Participate in class discussion Do the assigned readings Be on time for the start of class No laptops during case discussions, no cell phones Think for yourself and back up your opinion with  evidence Listen respectfully to your classmates and do not  engage in side conversations Do not interrupt when someone else is talking  Disagree politely Put up your hand to talk Grades are based on results, not effort, and are not a  negotiation game
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Shifting Your Focus – Different  Levels of Analysis Macro (ORGS 2010) External Organizational  Environments Organizations Micro (ORGS 1000) Groups and Teams Individual/Interpersonal  relations
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You will also Learn Systems Thinking  All systems are  embedded in other  systems!
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System Levels – Systems Thinking Crosses Levels Global systems Continent/Region Country Sector/Industry Organizations Divisions Departments Teams/Groups Individuals  You can start an analysis at any level, and then work up and down at  least one level each way.  
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  • Fall '10
  • EleanorWestney
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