Mg 629 01 – current issues in management course syllabus (Spring 2016) course description

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(Spring 2016)


Analysis of special problems, trends and developments in areas of general management

Three (3) credit hours

Each student will be required to have a copy of The Manager’s Bookshelf – A Mosaic of Contemporary Views, Jon L. Pierce and John W. Newstrom, 10th Edition, Pearson.


Stan Salva, MS, PE, 816-805-5585 (cell)


Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m., March 28 – June 13, 2016


  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and integrate all of the functional areas of business and apply this knowledge to leadership positions in the workplace.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally in an organizational setting via written, oral and technological means.

  • Formulate and solve problems through systematic analysis.

  • Understand the effects of globalization on business operations.


  1. To assess current management issues and problems in the real world.

  2. To understand management as a universal process and develop applications to an actual management environment, .stressing an understanding of the respective leadership roles.

  3. To improve the student’s decision making and communication skills via written, oral and technological means.

  4. To understand the role of the manager and his/her contribution to organizational effectiveness.

  5. To encourage teacher-student interaction.

  6. To encourage research in the student’s area of interest specialization.

  7. To understand the different issues impacting on operating a business in a global environment.


This course is designed to identify and discuss a wide variety of current issues facing managers today. Topics are limited only to those that are both of current interest and that pertain to management of the organizational process. It is expected that each student will play a major role through participation and leadership of the class. Additionally, written reports and evaluations of articles in the news media, professional journals, books and popular business publications will be a part of class participation. Lectures will embrace the subject material presented in article presentations, book reports, team presentations, and research projects.


Manager’s Bookshelf (Pre-Class) (2) @ 25 pts ea. 50 Points

Manager’s Bookshelf Article Presentation 100 points

Book Report and Presentation 200 Points

Research Project 200 Points

Debate Presentations 100 Points

Class Participation 150 Points

Exam 200 Points


TOTAL 1000 Points

The Avila University policy concerning cheating and plagiarism will be strictly followed in this course. Special precautions should be taken when using the internet as a source. Be sure to cite all internet sources used and provide sufficient detail that the page(s) used can be easily reviewed by the instructor.


  1. For the first class period, each student should read the following selections from the class Text/Resource book, The Managers Bookshelf:

Out of Crisis, p. 35

The Practice of Managements, p. 27
A short written summary (one page will be sufficient) of each article is required for the first class, and each student should be prepared to discuss the reading.

  1. At the beginning of each class we will discuss current issues that may have surfaced in the media during the past week. Each student should be prepared to comment on the issue that they have discovered. This activity is a part of class participation.

  1. Each student will be prepared to discuss an assigned reading from The Manager’s Bookshelf. At least one student will be assigned to each reading to lead the class discussion using power point and prepare a short written report (2 pages maximum). Discussion leaders for the readings will be assigned the first class period.

  1. For the debate presentation, the class will be divided into groups of 2 – 4 students. Each group will be provided a topic on a current issue affecting American managers today. The instructor will furnish the case analysis format. The instructor will furnish resource material for the presentations. Other resource material can be found online and in The Manager’s Bookshelf. Each team member will prepare a one page summary of the presentation for the instructor. The number of team presentations will depend on the size of the class. Each team member must participate in the presentation. The use of power point is optional, but recommended.

5. Each student will write a research paper on a management topic relevant to the students work or area of interest. The research paper topic will need to be discussed with the instructor for pre-approval by the 5th class session. A one page outline of the research paper should be email to the instructor by the 8th class session. The research paper should be six (6) to eight (8) double - spaced typewritten pages in addition to a cover sheet and bibliography page. A minimum of three (3) references will be required. Items referenced should be identified in the body of the paper. A short, power point, overview of the research paper will be presented to the class.

6. Each student will read, review, and present in class a current book report of a book not more than 5 years old on business management and/or issues. Selected book titles should be e-mailed to the instructor for pre-approval by 4th class session. The instructor will discuss a standard book review format. The report should be three (3) to five (5) double – spaced typewritten pages. Each student will lead a class discussion, using power point, to support their presentation.
7. Students will be evaluated not only on the preparation of the work outlined above but also on the active participation in class discussions on material presented by other students and the instructor. Each student will be evaluated on group participation, communication and leadership skills.
8. An Exam will be given over the material discussed in class. Format and structure of the exam will be developed in class.

Students are expected to attend each class session. Due to the nature of the class, it will be difficult to make up missed classes. If required to miss a class, see instructor for procedure to be taken. Absences will jeopardize class participation points as determined by the instructor. Missing a scheduled presentation, exams or paper submission without making prior arrangements with the instructor can result in a grade reduction. Exam(s) should be made up prior to the exam date. Assignments submitted after the due date may be evaluated at 75% of the designated points.

Session 1, 03/28
Introductions, Syllabus Review

Assign Manager Bookshelf readings

Brainstorm Exercise on Current Issues

Assign case reviews for team presentations

Session 2, 04/04
Manager’s Bookshelf readings (pre-class) discussion

Prepare for presentations

Session 3, 04/11
Review articles from The Manager’s Bookshelf,

Prepare for presentations

Session 4, 04/18
Prepare for presentations Review articles from The Manager’s Bookshelf,

Session 5, 04/25

Debate Teams – Turn in One Page Summary

Session 6, 05/02

Special Presentation – Entrepreneurial Management

Session 7, 05/09

Debate Teams - Turn in One Page Summary

Book reports, Lead discussion and Hand in 3 – 5 page book report


Session 8, 05/16

Book reports, Lead discussion and hand in 3 – 5 page book report

Session 9, 05/23

Book reports, Lead discussion and hand in 3 – 5 page book report

Research Paper presentations

Session 10, 06/06
Research Paper Presentations

Session 11, 06/13

Research Paper Presentations

Manager’s Bookshelf Readings List

  1. The Fifth Discipline: by Peter M. Senge, p. 50

  2. Coming to a New Awareness of Organizational Culture: by Edger H. Schein p. 97

  3. Positive Leadership: by Kim Cameron, p. 141

  4. Why Pride Matters More Than Money: by Jon R. Katzenbach, p. 129

  5. Beyond Teams: by Michael M. Beyerlein, Sue Freedman, Craig McGee and Linda Moran, p. 157

  6. Bad Leadership: by Barbara Kellerman, p. 144

  7. Power: by Jeffrey Pfeffer, p. 148

8. Workplace Survival: by Ella W. Van Fleet and David D. Van Fleet, p. 177

9. Blind Spots: by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsell, p. 213

10. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer,

p. 205

11. Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, M.D., p. 253

12. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: by Stephen R. Covey, p. 48

  1. The Human Side of Enterprise; by Douglas McGregor, p. 40

  2. Maslow on Management: by Abraham H. Maslow, p. 46

  3. Toxic Emotions at Work: by Peter J. Frost, p. 230

  4. Good to Great: by Jim Collins, p. 67

  5. What Were They Thinking: by Jeffrey Pieffer, p. 265

  6. Authentic Leadership: by Bill George, p. 218

  7. The One Minute Manager:, by Kenneth Blanchard and Spenser Johnson,

p. 31

  1. Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: by Robert E. Quinn, p. 165

  2. Prisoners of our Thoughts: by Alex Pattakos, p. 225

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