Managing the Contemporary Organization – BMAL 703

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/31/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 creates 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:

  1. Evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts.
  2. Analyze the similarities and differences between various management theories.
  3. Recommend strategic management solutions to complex situations.
  4. 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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each completed thread must be at least 500 words, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must include at least 3 references from peer-reviewed journal articles that have publication dates no older than 5 years, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and be supported by citing at least 2 peer-reviewed journal articles.  

Annotated Bibliography Research Paper Assignment

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 Research Paper Assignment

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, and 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.

Research Paper: Personal SWOT Analysis Assignment

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 (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) 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.