PO331 Public Organizations

for FA 2006

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PO 331 Public Organizations


FA 2006 HO


Brecke, Ronald



Office Location

Mackay 20A

Office Hours

Tuesday, 10 -1; Thursday, 10-1, or by appointment

Daytime Phone




Web Page


Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours



Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization, second edition.

Diane Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual

Additional Resources:

Cases will be handed out or sent via email.

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Course Description:

A study dealing with public organization design and the impact public organizations have upon those who work in them or deal with them. Topics include: public organization information and control systems, decision making in public organizations, the environment of public organizations, organizational behavior, and innovation in public organizations.

This course uses a systems approach to studying the design and administration of complex public organizations. Diverse organizational settings require the capacity to develop appropriate decision-making, critical thinking, planning and communications strategies to produce desired organizational goals. Organizations also have an impact upon those who work in them or deal with them. This course will examine those aspects of organizational life as they affect people in and out of organizations. Course material covers such topics as: organizational design, managerial planning and control systems, decision-making, communication networks, and conflict resolution.  This course will draw its intellectual foundations from contemporary administrative theory, public administration, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, biology and philosophy.


Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Your core assessment in this course consists of a portfolio containing the drafts and final versions of five different types of paragraph. This portfolio, due at the end of the semester, should comprise what you consider to be your best work. It should be presented in a binder, neatly organized. (The specifications for each type of paragraph will be given as they are taught, throughout the term: please see course outline for details).
  2. Analyze organizational communication theories
  3. Assess the relationship between politics and public organizations in America
  4. Evaluate control systems for public organizations
  5. Illustrate theories of organizational behavior and conflict resolution

Core Assessment:

All Park
courses must
include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to
determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes
across all instructional modalities.  The
core assessment for this course is a term paper on a specific public
organization and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the
course and cover all five of the Core Learning Outcomes. 

Class Assessment:



DUE Monday, November 27, 2006


Organization Analysis


One of the major purposes of this course is to give you the tools to analyze organizations, accurately describe problems, and create solutions and/or organizational changes as needed.


This assignment will require you to use the metaphors from the Morgan book in analyzing a case study of the Manville Corporation (attached). You should read Morgan pp.355-373 for hints as to how to do this assignment.


The assignment


1.      Read the attached case study on the Manville Corporation.


2.      Choose one of the metaphors from the Morgan textbook that seems to best fit the situation as described in the case study.


3.      Carefully explain how the metaphor you have chosen relates to the Manville Corporation as described in the case study. Include a detailed description of the main problem you think the corporation faces in terms of your metaphor.


4.      Describe a solution to the problem.  Base your solution on either the metaphor you have chosen in describing the problem or one or more of the other metaphors from Morgan. Be very detailed in your solution and its relationship to the metaphors(s) you use.


5.      Papers must be typed, double-spaced. Grades will be lowered by 3% for every five spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors.  Use the appropriate citation method as described in Hacker




  1. Course grades will be determined on the following bases:

90-100=A                    Participation                 50%

80-89=B                      Case studies                 20%

70-79=C                      Research                      50%



Late Submission of Course Materials:

  1. Late assignments will have their grade lowered by one letter grade for each day, or part thereof that they are late. Anything handed in after the final class on December 8, 2006, will be counted as a zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


  1. Attend classes regularly. EACH absence will lower your cumulative grade for the course by two percent. There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness attested to by a Doctor, or a family death. You may regain one point for your cumulative grade by handing in a typed summary of the reading and/or cases that were required for the day(s) you missed. These are due one week after the class is missed. They will not be accepted for credit after that time. Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent. If you will be missing a lot of classes due to health, consider dropping the course, withdrawing from the course, or taking an incomplete for the course.
  2. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assignment and are prepared to discuss it in class. This class relies heavily on discussions in class and you will be expected to take part.  50% of your final grade will be based upon your participation in class.
  3. There will be case studies both, for discussion in class and for written response. These will comprise 20% of your final grade.
  4. There is a research assignment for this class that may be worth up to 50% of your final grade. Directions for the assignment are given on a separate page.
  5. Late assignments will have their grade lowered by one letter grade for each day, or part thereof that they are late. Anything handed in after the final class on December 8, 2006, will be counted as a zero.
  6. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an “F” for the course and a recommendation to the Dean that you be dismissed from Park.
  7. No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
  8. If you have questions at any time come and see me.
  9. Any student with special needs or who has a disability in the classroom environment should see me immediately after the first class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




21        Introduction to the course


25        continued



28        History of Organization Theory

            Morgan, Ch. 1



1          continued


4         No class


8          Organizational Metaphors

Morgan, Ch. 10


11        Organizations as Machines

            Morgan, Ch. 2

            Case #1, in-class discussion

15        continued


18        History of Org Theory


22        Organizations as Organisms

            Morgan, Ch. 3 to p.60

            Case #22, in-class discussion


25        Continued

            Cases # 8 & #9, in-class discussion


29        Natural Selection in Organizations

            Finish Ch. 3




2          Organizations as Brains

            Chapter 4

            Case # 39, in-class discussion


6          Organizational Culture

            Chapter 5 to p.129


9          Finish Ch. 5

            Case #20, in-class discussion


13        Chapter 6 to p. 170


16        No class


20        No class


23        Finish Ch. 6

            Case #47, in-class discussion


27        Chapter 7 to P. 236

            Case # 12, in-class discussion


30        Finish Ch. 7

            Case #  15, in-class discussion



3          Ch. 8 to p.266


6          Ch. 8, 266-283

            Case # 48, in-class discussion


10        No class


13        Finish Ch. 8

            Case # 53, in-class discussion


17        Ch. 9 to p. 320

            Case # 54, in-class discussion


20        Finish Ch. 9


24        No Class


27        Research Due

            Class discussions




1          Discussion


4          Discussion


8          Discussion


Monday, December 11, Final Exam—10:15 – 12:15

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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