MG 440, Complex Organizations
F2Z 2008 ML
Degel, Thomas M.
Senior Adjunct Professor
MBA, University of Montana, 1989BBA, Gonzaga University, 1981
October 13 - December 14, 2008
7:45 - 10:15 PM
MG 352 and MG 365
Textbook: Daft, Richard L., Organization Theory and Design, 9th Edition, Thompson/SouthWestern, 2007, ISBN 13: 9780324405422 and ISBN 10:0324405421.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of student involvement based on lectures, readings, examinations, internet, discussions and case studies. The objectives of the class are met by continuous student involvement and proactive behavior. Classes provide an interactive learning environment focusing on critical thinking and the exchange of ideas to help students develop the knowledge, competencies and skills to become successful managers in the business environment of the future.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Students will be assessed (graded) on class participation, written and oral assignments, weekly Cases, a comprehensive written Case during the seventh week which is the Core Assessment, and mid-term and final examinations. The Final Exam is comprehensive and is a closed book, closed notes exam on the last scheduled class date.
Learning the material in this course is important and is the main criteria the instructor will use to assign final letter grades. Exams: The Mid-Term Exam will include material from Chapters 1-6. The Final Exam will be comprehensive. Critical Case Study (Core Assessment): Will be assigned and completed in week seven of the course. Assignments/Cases/Current Events: All assignments, cases, and presentations must be completed and turned in prior to the Final Exam. Penalties will be assessed for late (unexcused) assignments and cases.
Final letter grades will be determined using the following measurements:
Class Participation 10% 50 pts
Critical Case Study(Core Assessment) 20% 100 pts
Assignment/Cases/Current Events 20% 100 pts
Mid-Term Exam 20% 100 pts
Final Exam 30% 150 pts
TOTAL 100% 500 pts
90 -100% = A = 450-500 points
80 - 89% = B = 400-449 pts
70 - 79% = C = 350-399 pts
60 - 69% = D = 300-349 pts
less than 60% = F = less than 300 pts
The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.
All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.
Assignments submitted late may not be accepted and, if accepted, will received a percentage grading penalty per class period the assignment is late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attend class and be on time. Be prepared for class – read and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings, cases, and problems. Participate in class discussions – this is a very important part of your education. Be prepared for examinations – assigned readings will not always be reviewed in-depth, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class lectures and discussions. My strategy is to vary methods and assignments to maintain interest in the course and to spark creativity. Classes will consist of lectures on assigned readings, group/seminar discussions, group work and presentations, case studies, videos, and classroom presentations and discussions of current management problems or current domestic and global events.
Week Chapter Topic Assignment
Week 1 Introduction & Overview of the Course
1 Organization & Organizational Theory pp 2-36
Week 2 2 Strategy, Organization Design, and Effectiveness pp 54-79
Week 3 4 The External Environment pp 136-161
5 Interorganizational Relationships pp 170-193
Week 4 6 Designing Organizations for the International pp 205-223
Week 6 8 Information Technology & Control pp 287-311
9 Organization Size, Life Cycle, and Decline pp 320-338
Week 7 10 Organization, Culture, and Critical Values pp 359-387
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:9/10/2008 12:17:01 PM