MG440 Complex Organizations

for F1B 2006

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MG 440 Complex Organizations


F1B 2006 BL


Cote, Nathan P.


Senior Instructor


Doctorate in Education
Masters in Public Administration
Masters in Human Relations

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Office Hours

Before and after class

Daytime Phone


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Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Hodge, B.J. Athony, W.P. & Gales, L.M. Organization Theory, A strategic approach, 6th Ed. ISBN: 0130330647

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Course Description:
A sociological approach to the study of organizations. Focuses on theoretical perspectives, characteristics of organizations, the interrelationship of organizational variables, and other related topics. PREREQUISITES: MG 352 and MG 365. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor believes in students taking responsibility for their own learning through active participation. Instructor facilitates learning process through lectures, readings, goupd exercises, dialoques, homework assignments, and exploration into critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the issues surrounding organizations and how best to deal with those issues and concerns.
  2. Explain the impact of Societal Pressures on Organizations.
  3. Develop a term paper project on a complex organization.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the impact of behavioral sciences and understand theoretical persectives of complex organizations
  2. Articulate those issues relative to the context of real organizationa and real events in today
  3. Explain the strategic design of organizations and how that design impacts decision making.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
There will be in class case studies, a term project paper associated with student team assignments, and a final examination. The comprehensive final is not a take-home tests. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.


Participation and attendance: 300 points  (37.5 per class)
Final Examination: 200 points.
Team assignment: 300 points
Term Paper: 200

A. 90-100 % = 900-1000 points
B. 80-89.9 % = 800-899 points
C. 70-79.9 % = 700-799 points
D. 60-69.9 % = 600-699 points
F. 59.9 % or less = Less than 600 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

There will be a full grade deduction for late submission unless prior approval is granted by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will respect the comments made by other students in the classroom; students must attend class and actively participate unless supported by an emergency situation; and exercise critical thinking. Students are expected to arrive on time to each session and to remain the full class in order to avoid disruption. Partial attendance may be counted as an absence or significant deduction in attendance points. Results of outside reading, open discussion, and personal experiences and opinions are invited and an intregal part of this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting 1. Course requirements, syllabus, and Chapter 1
Meeting 2. Chapters 2/3. Team Assignments 1 and 2 are due.
Meeting 3. Discuss Chapters
4/5. Team
Assignments 3 and are due.
Meeting 4. Discuss Chapters 6/7. Team Assignments 5 and 6 are due.
Meeting 5. Chapters 8/9 Team Assignments 7 and 8 are due.
Meeting 6. Discuss Chapters 10/11. Team Assignments 9 and 10 are due.
Meeting 7. Discuss Chapters 12/13. Team Assignments 11 and 12 are due.
Meeting 8. Final review and examination. The comprehensive final is not a take-home tests. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.

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

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