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MBA 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt
Mick, Todd D.


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Course

MBA 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt

Semester

F2P 2009 DL

Faculty

Mick, Todd D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. – Public Affairs & Administration, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics – University of Missouri – Kansas City MPA – UMKC MA – Counselor Education in Post-Secondary Student Development - University of Iowa BS – Political Science and Economics from - UI

Office Location

Kansas City, MO

Office Hours

When I am awake

Daytime Phone

816-916-8936

E-Mail

todd.mick@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 13th – December 13th 2009

Class Time

A

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Gray, C.F. & Larson, E.W. (2008). Project management: the managerial process (4th ed). Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin ( ISBN: 978-0-07-352515-0)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
MBA 520 Entrepreneurial Project Management: This course represents and overview of the business macro environment that is at the core of the philosophy of continuous improvements. Particular attention is directed to explaining how the application of this philosophy has stimulated the transformation of many work environments at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Throughout the course, process and project management materials and innovations are demonstrated and then used in field projects to integrate theory with practice. Prerequisite MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 520)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. • Explain the challenges for new-venture start-ups. • Present critical factors involved in new-venture development. • Examine why new ventures fail. • Explain certain factors that underlie venture success. • Demonstrate the evaluation process methods; profile analysis, feasibility criteria approach, and comprehensive feasibility approach. • Present a complete outline of an effective business plan and a discussion of each segment.
Class Assessment:

Weekly Readings - Each week, we will read 2 chapters. Ahh, the joys of intensive courses. As luck would have it, this is a new text for me, so I will be re-reading it along with you. As you suffer, so will I. This is a tough time of year, but we will get through it together, so no grumbling. Besides, you might as well get your money out of the book.

Discussion Questions – You are graduate students in a reputable master’s degree program, so I expect intelligent and incisive commentary with your posts. That being said, put yourself in the place of the entrepreneur and tell me/us what you would do as an entrepreneurs in regards to each chapter. This is key! Entrepreneurs are unique; they are not traditional managers or marketers or project manager or accountants. They are all these roles and more; head of sales and customer service to name just two more. So, project management for an entrepreneur must cover all the bases; there is no staff or resources or reach that you will learn in your traditional management courses. Not that there is anything wrong about that; entrepreneurship is just different. Naturally, I think it’s better, but let’s not go there just yet. Each response should be 100-150 words single-spaced in your word processor. You must pick a topic that has not had a response yet first, so the quicker you respond, the better you can drive the discussion initially. You are then free to comment on other posts. So, the early bird gets first crack at the discussion worm, to destroy a metaphor. The discussion questions are as follows:

Chapter 1 & 2 due October 22nd

§       Discuss the importance of project management. Define what is a project and list its characteristics.

§       Compare and contrast the technical and sociocultural dimensions of the project management process.

§       List and briefly discuss the 4 activities of the strategic management process.

§       Briefly discuss the criteria used for project selection.

Chapters 3 & 4 due October 29th

§       Briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages for using the existing functional organization to administer and complete projects.

§       Briefly discuss the primary characteristics which capture the essence of an organization's culture.

§       Discuss the importance and the components of a project scope checklist.

§       Discuss what a work package does in the WBS.

Chapters 5 & 6 due November 5th

§       In developing useful work package estimates, what are the 7 guidelines a project manager should follow?

§       List the 3 different types of cost and discuss how each affects a project.

§       Briefly discuss the 2 approaches used to develop project networks.

§       What are the 3 basic relationships that must be established for activities included in a project network?

 

Chapters 7 & 8 due November 12th

§       Briefly discuss the steps involved in the managing process.

§       Discuss the 5 responses to risk.

§       Briefly discuss the 4 types of project constraints.

§       Discuss the 3 macro manifestations of single project problems that are magnified in a multi-project environment.

 

Chapters 9 & 10 due November 19th

§       Discuss 3 (out of 9) options for accelerating the completion of a project.

§       Briefly discuss the 4 more commonly used options for cutting costs.

§       Describe and discuss the 5 'currencies' a successful manager uses to influence people.

§       Briefly discuss the 9 qualities of an effective manager.

 

Chapters 11 & 12 due November 26th

§       Discuss the 5 stages of effective team development.

§       Describe and discuss the 4 stages of facilitating group decision making.

§       Compare and contrast the key practices with the traditional practices in partnering relationships.

§       Fully discuss the 4 components of principled negotiation.

 

Chapters 13 & 14 due December 3rd 

§       Briefly discuss the 4 steps in the project control process.

§       Compare and contrast the 2 methods of variance analysis.

§       Briefly discuss the 4 steps in the project audit process.

§       Discuss the 5 general tips for conducting performance reviews.

Chapters 15 & 16 due December 10th

§       Discuss the 6 environmental factors that impact project selection and implementation. 

§       Discuss and provide examples that illustrate the 4 culture shock stages.

§       How would you personally manage a project under a high level of uncertainty?

§       Discuss the importance of gaining visibility in your career path for a successful advancement within the project management ladder. 

We can discuss when postings are due, but I would prefer Thursday by 11:50 p.m. CST. The more you post, the more engaged you are in learning, the higher your grade will be. And don’t just post for postings sake….I can tell the difference. Bringing in outside resources, and citing them correctly, always impresses me. Using the correct citation format impresses me further, APA being the preferred one. Real world examples are even better, and the better you relate, them the better (obviously I was an English major).

So, let’s say that an excellent, and discussion generating post, with outside sources, proper citations, and real world examples is an A, one of those missing means a B, and two of those missing, a grade of C. Lower than that, won’t happen. Right?

Your Entrepreneurial Project Management – As your final, by the end of week 8 or by December 7th, you will post an entrepreneurial project management study based on your employer or business, their/your entrepreneurial story, your experiences, and your project management. Keep the background info to a page or page and a half; no more. Let’s say a 6 page limit is sufficient; that’s single spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font, and English. I found I have to say all those things or I get a paper in Klingon (and yes, that happened!). As part of your project management, incorporate in as much of the reading as possible. Yes, I know it’s a lot, so pick and choose and do it well. Better you pick three chapters and just nail it over taking on 10 chapters and covering nothing. Ideally, your project management will involve info that I can view online and do a little background research on my own, so incorporate that into your project. It’s ok to tell me where to go to find background info instead of including that in your paper, so don’t pad you paper with that. Spend the bulk of your paper, up to 5 pages, going over your entrepreneurial project management. 

Key to it All – Here is the key to this class, to passing this class, to achieving a grade of A in this class, to economic recovery…keep it entrepreneurial! Put everything you read, everything you write, everything you think through the entrepreneurial lens. And I am not exaggerating. Being entrepreneurial means a completely different mindset than being an MBA or any other major for that matter. Being entrepreneurial means living, thinking, breathing, about your business idea and believing in it so strongly that it consumes you until you consider no other option but success. That is the American dream and the path to all previous economic recovery. All right, that is the entrepreneurship scholar coming out in me. I have based my academic career on studying and believing in entrepreneurship, so obviously, I am biased. But I challenge you to prove me wrong. 

Late work is not considered for a grade, so being late would be bad.

Grading:

Grading – your grade is a combination of the above areas, listed below:

§       Discussion – weekly posts for 80% (that’s 10% per week so don’t miss one!)

§       Your Project Management – your writing and idea presentation for 20%

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Schedule

Week

October 19

26

November 2

9

16

23

30

December 7

11

Chapters

1 & 2

3 & 4

5 & 6

7 & 8

9 & 10

11 & 12

13 & 14

15 & 16

Entrepreneurial Project

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32


Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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Last Updated:10/13/2009 7:56:04 PM