Managing the Contemporary Organization – BMAL 703

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive background in the critical role of management in the modern organization. Topics include the management process, planning and decision making, organizing and motivating individuals and groups, and effective communication.

Prerequisites

BMAL 700

Rationale

The evaluation of concepts of management from a biblical perspective is important when making effective decisions. The most effective decisions managers can make, are those that are biblically sound. Therefore, those decisions will have long-term benefits and broad ramifications. In our world of constant change, the role of management is critical in developing people to their fullest potential. The ability to choose the best course of action that both inspires motivation and create synergy is critical for managers to facilitate organizational sustainability and growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
A. Evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts.
B. Analyze the similarities and differences between various management theories.
C. Recommend strategic management solutions to complex situations.
D. Integrate biblical principles to attain optimal management performance.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Motivation Theory

There are diverse theories regarding motivation. For example, goal-setting theory is a concept whereby managers motivate employees to focus on high performance and the accomplishment of organizational goals. The equity theory of motivation focuses on providing a fair distribution of outcomes, as well as clear explanations of decisions and procedures to facilitate a perception of justice from subordinates. The expectancy theory posits that organizational members will work hard when they perceive that their achievement will increase. In this assignment the student will evaluate the effectiveness of a motivation theory according to scholarly literature and biblical principles and provide new thoughts and recommendations.

Personal SWOT Analysis

This assignment will help students to develop an inside-out, principle-centered approach to management by self-reflection. A personal assessment of managerial strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats via a SWOT analysis will be conducted and strategies for self-improvement via TOWS Matrix will be developed. Students will evaluate their own personal management factors (principles, traits, skills or practices) that are critical to their managerial effectiveness.

Organizational Culture

Managers perform a vital role in influencing organizational culture. Organizational culture influences the interactions between individuals and groups in achieving organizational goals. It is important that managers be able to identify and implement success strategies to transform a dysfunctional culture into a functional one. In this assignment, students will recommend a strategic solution to transform a dysfunctional culture.

Decision-Making

Successful managerial decision making is often complex as managers attempt to analyze options and make determinations to select the best course of action in response to opportunities and threats. In this assignment, students will examine different ways to make decisions that will optimize organizational performance.

Team Management

Effective teams have a proper balance of conformity and deviance. Managers are tasked with ensuring a proper balance that results in high team performance and yields needed improvements and changes from synergy. In this assignment, students evaluate the team management concept of encouraging a balance of conformity and deviance by comparing it with another team management concept.

Annotated Bibliography

In this Annotated Bibliography assignment, students discover and evaluate the most current and credible sources of scholarly Christian and secular literature in contemporary organizational management. Each annotation will include the purpose of the study, the method of the study, key findings of the study, and student critique of the study in terms of its contribution to the body of knowledge. The literature chosen for each annotation will discuss at least one of the following; evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts, analyze the similarities and differences between various management theories, recommend strategic management solutions to complex situations, integrate biblical principles to attain optimal management performance.

Abridged Literature Review

The purpose of this review is to integrate and synthesize scholarly Christian and secular literature on your topic. Based on a review of the syllabus Course Description and Learning Outcomes, students choose a related topic that is of interest to them, that is a complex situation, and an abridged literature review is written on the topic. This literature review will describe, contrast, critique major findings and key theories on the topic, as well as identify controversial questions. The review will also evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts to the topic and recommend strategic management solutions as new thoughts are generated as a result of the student's research.

Communication

The goal of perfect communication is unattainable. Yet, there is evidence that demonstrates a positive relationship between effective communication (which includes factors such as perceived trust, perceived accuracy, desire for interaction, top-management receptiveness, and upward information requirements) and competitive advantage. Choosing the correct channel, being an effective listener, and utilizing feedback may, therefore, make for more effective communication, but the human factor generates distortions that can never be fully eliminated. Managers must communicate effectively in order to perform effectively. Effective communication will increase quality, innovation, efficiency and customer responsiveness.