MGMT 370: Principles of Organization and Management

Fall 1998


Professor: Thomas I. Chacko

Office: 107 E.O. Building

Phone: 294-8115


Office Hours: MW 1 - 2:30 p.m.

available other times as well; appointments would help

Prerequisite: Econ 101

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the basic concepts of management in order to aid the student in understanding how an organization functions, and in understanding the complexity and wide variety of issues managers face in today’s business firms.

Course Description:

This is an introductory level management course that deals with the basic tenets of organization and management theory and practice. The course attempts to familiarize the student with the various functions, processes, and activities of management and to help the student appreciate the underlying theories that constitute the discipline of management. The is not intended to turn students into managers but it is expected that students successfully completing this course will be knowledgeable as to the historical, current, and future issues in management.

Management is an interactive process. To better understand managerial effectiveness, the pedagogy attempts to bring together the theoretical knowledge with cases and self-analytic processes. Each aspect could and should contribute to the students' education.

Students with disabilities needing particular accommodations for the class should contact me as soon as possible.


K. M. Bartol and D. C. Martin (1998) Management (Third Edition), New York: McGraw-Hill.

Additional Readings: Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Economist

Course Requirements:

A) There will be three examinations during the semester and a final given in this course. The exams will be comprised of multiple choice questions over the class discussions and text reading assignments. These will be both conceptual and applied in nature. The final examination will be comprehensive. Expect the exams to be difficult. Given the large size of this class, there will be no make-up examinations or extra credit beyond those listed in this syllabus. If an examination is missed, for whatever reason, the weight of that exam will be added to the final. If more than one exam is missed, the weight of only one exam will be added to the final and zero points assigned to any others missed.

Exams will be closed-book and machine-scored. Please bring a #2 pencil to mark your responses on the answer sheet. I reserve the right to require you to present a picture ID in order to take an exam.

B) Individual Papers:

(I) Current Topic: Each student is required to submit a written assignment on current management and/or organizational issues. The primary objective of this requirement is to relate course concepts to real-world examples and to examine the relevance of management concepts and theories in management practice. Find an article from the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Economist - any issue after August 24, 1998) that addresses or relates to a concept or theory pertinent to this course. In the write-up, identify the concept or theory in the article and describe how it is used in this particular case. The paper will be graded on content (how and why the article illustrates the concept) and on form (structure, spelling, grammar). Do not summarize the article. Please note that this is an individual and not a group assignment and so papers found to be similar will not be graded.

The assignment must be typed, not to exceed two pages, and correct in grammar and spelling. A copy of the article must be attached to the paper and submitted by November 13. Failure to adhere to these rules will affect the points given to the paper. No late papers will be accepted but early papers are welcome.

(ii) Concept Pages: Each student is expected to provide five one-page write-ups on concepts discussed in the course. This assignment would be most helpful if the student would submit each concept page within a week of the concept’s discussion in class. Each submission will be assessed on the following - identification of concept (2 points), description of the concept (4 points), and application or example of the concept (4 points). Please type this report and try not to exceed one page.

(iii) Extra Points: Students may earn extra points by participating in periodic "check-ups". These check-ups, in the form of quizzes (multiple choice items or short answer questions), are given to assess student understanding of the course materials.

C) To facilitate greater interaction among students and to enhance team-oriented and cooperative learning, students in the class will be grouped into teams of five. Though significant amounts of class time will not be spent on team activities, the purpose of this learning strategy is to allow for greater clarification, elaboration, and discussion of the subject matter among team members and to minimize the impersonality of a large lecture class setting. Frequent use of this learning strategy will lead to better understanding and enjoyment of the subject matter as well. You will also develop some skills of team-work, such as task focus, collaboration, listening, encouragement of each other, and sharing of ideas. These purposes are more important than the points you earn on this assignment. Remember that you will benefit only as much as you put into this process.

Each team will be required to submit a written case analysis. This is an exercise in applying critical thinking to management issues faced in real-life managerial situations and decision processes. The analysis should use text and class discussion materials as well as current information from business periodicals. The report must be typed and all members of the team must sign-off on the paper acknowledging their contributions. Formation of teams and assignment of cases will be made by the end of the third week of classes or as soon as the class roster has stabilized. It is your responsibility to meet with your team members and to develop appropriate interaction and study relationships. Choose one of the cases listed at the end of this syllabus for your write-up. This paper is due on November 20.

D) Since the practice of management must adhere to moral and ethical codes of conduct, I expect the behavior in this class to be guided by norms and values that exemplify mutual trust, individual dignity and integrity.


Examination 1         20%

Examination 2         20%

Examination 3         20%

Current Topic            5%

Concept Pages         5%

Case Analysis          5%

Final Examination    25%

Total Final Grade    100%

The grade for the course will be based on the following percentage scale:

92 - 100%        A                  72 - 76.99%        C

90 - 91.99%     A-                 70 - 71.99%        C-

87 - 89.99%     B+                67 - 69.99%        D+

82 - 86.99%     B                  62 - 66.99%        D

80 - 81.99%     B-                 60 - 61.99%        D-

77 - 79.99%     C+                Below 60%          F

Schedule and Topic Outline:

Week of            Topic

Aug. 24              Introduction to the course and defining Management (1)

Aug. 31              Evolution of Management Thought (2)

Sep. 07              Organizational Environments (3, 20)

                         Social Responsibility and Ethics (4)

Sep. 14              Decision Making (5)

Sep. 21             Plans and Goals (6)

Sep. 28              Strategic Management (7)

Oct. 05              Continue…

Oct. 12              Organizing Function (8,9)

Oct. 19              Continue…

Oct. 26             Human Resources Management (10)

Nov. 02              Managing Change (11)

                         Entrepreneurship (21)

Nov. 09              Motivation in Organizations (12)

Nov. 16              Leadership (13)

Nov. 30              Managing Groups (15)

Dec. 07            Control Function and Quality(16, 17)


Examinations Schedule:

Exam 1        September 18

Exam 2        October 14

Exam 3        November 11

Final Exam week of December 14 - exact date and time to be announced by the Registrar’s Office


Pick any one of the following cases for your group case analysis assignment.