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Beyond Grey Pinstripes
Management Without Borders (2011)
Topic AreasCSR/Business Ethics
This course is a core course for the following graduate programs: master of business administration, master of public administration, master of information and library studies, master of marine management, master of environmental studies and master of resource and environmental management. First year students from all of these programs (200 in total) take the course in the first term of their respective programs. This course places management in its broadest context and helps students from diverse disciplines understand the complex social, economic, ecological, political and technological forces shaping 21st century leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Key themes explored in the course include systems thinking, collaboration across sectoral boundaries, values based approaches to management, sustainable economic development and personal/professional development. The course is team taught by leading faculty from across the Faculty of Management as well as guest speakers. Learning opportunities are delivered in a mix of formats, including lectures, tutorials, readings, multidisciplinary cases and group discussions. The course is characterized by a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary team work for effective problem solving in complex environments. The interprofessional group projects are a cornerstone of the course. The purpose of the project assignment is: a) to allow private, public and not-for-profit organizations obtain meaningful research or other outputs (analysis, recommendations, planning documents, etc.) by collaborating with graduate students from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management and b) provide our graduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and opportunities of an interdisciplinary work environment; gain new knowledge regarding tools and skill sets that are part of various professional areas; gain a greater understanding of the issues at hand when organizations work to integrate the seemingly disparate worlds of governance, business, environment and society, and develop leadership and teamwork skills that can be transferred in to future work experiences. All MWB projects fall under the broad umbrella of sustainable prosperity - the integration of economic growth with social well-being and environmental sustainability.