Management Fundamentals I
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Contact hours total
Introduces students to the theory and vocabulary of management in a business setting. All of the major theoretical foundations for understanding individual and group behavior and leadership are reviewed in a lecture and discussion instructional format.
1. Describe the importance of management, the four functions of management, and skills involved.
2. Describe how the external environment and internal organization culture impacts performance.
3. Comprehend the differences between social responsibility and ethics and the impact they have relative to business practices and organizational performance.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the essential tools of planning and decision-making. Topics include goal setting, strategic and operational plans, management by objective (MBO), the decision making process, rational, bounded rationality, programmed vs. non-programmed, and various decision making styles.
5. Describe basic organizational design, including chain of command, span of control, authority and responsibility, centralization vs. decentralization, departmentalization, and organic vs. mechanistic.
6. Define groups, group development, teams and best practices influencing team performance.
7. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of interpersonal and communication skills requisite to success in the workplace. Topics include individual behavior and attitudes and how they impact performance, the communication process, how to overcome the barriers to effective communication, nonverbal skills, active listening, and conflict management.
Planning and Decision Making
Designing Adaptive Organizations
Managing Service and Manufacturing Ops
Required textbook or open educational resources.
This course is assessed through discussion, weekly quizzes, periodic exams, individual and group assignments and activities and final presentation.