This course examines the fundamental tasks that comprise the manager's job in organizations today. It explores strategies managers utilize in their role: decision-making, planning, organizing, controlling, and innovating. Students will investigate a wide range of related topics including:
- Managing people in diverse organizations
- Leadership and motivation
- Strategic management and decision-making
- Managing change and conflict
- Managing organizational structure, power, and politics
In the course project, Case Analysis Portfolio: Exploring Best Practices for Managers, you will analyze short business cases using the insights from your assigned readings and module themes. The cases are combined into a portfolio paper that will also include an essay about the best management practices you have learned throughout the course.
Course Learning Objectives
- Conduct a SWOT analysis for an organization and make recommendations on how the analysis can be used in making informed decisions on planning for the organization's future.
- Assess a manager's practices and approaches to hiring, managing, motivating, and communicating with employees.
- Assess a manager's approach to communicating during times of change and helping employees deal with stress as a result of change.
- Assess a manager's approach to leading and motivating individuals and teams, and make recommendations for helping teams resolve potential conflicts.
- Assess a manager's approach to decision-making.
- Assess a manager's approach to managing organizational change.
- Identify best management practices for application to one's own managerial role.