A course in the MBA 525 management series. In today’s business climate, it is critical that employees work together effectively to manage ever-changing organizations. Therefore, the overarching goal of this course is to offer a practical framework for understanding individual and group dynamics as they operate within and through organizations experiencing change, and to create an opportunity for introspection, participation and skill development around competencies that are highly prized in the modern economy.
Specifically, then, this course has three interrelated objectives. The first is to impart a body of knowledge about human social dynamics in changing organizations. Such knowledge is at the core of mastering the managerial endeavor and serves as a basis for conceiving of and executing behavioral coordination in the pursuit of organizational goals. The second purpose is to test the applicability of this knowledge by using it to better comprehend, anticipate and influence the thinking and behavior of others as conditioned by organizational structure and policy. That is, this course will provide opportunities to examine the usefulness of theory as applied to real-world practice. The third purpose is to encourage students to assume a more reflective posture about their aptitudes, aspirations and interactions. This entails developing a keener sense of self-awareness about one’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to environmental demands.