Managing Organizations

Fall 2017 quarter

Taught by

political science, public administration, women's studies
  • MPA

Course Description & Learning Goals: To manage or not to manage,...is this the question? Perhaps it is better to ask how to manage, when to manage, who to manage, where to manage, what to manage, and why manage? Just like organs in the human body, organizations do not function in isolation. Similar to humans, public and non-profit organizations need sustenance, security, movement, change, aspirations, awareness of their internal and external environments, and management. It is both a calling and job for managers to recognize and manage the multiple facets of any organization; especially the human components. In this course each student will have the opportunity to study organization theory/ development/ behavior, and practice their studies with hands on application of their own unique management style. Each student will learn to assess situations for a ripe "management moment" by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of organizations with the know how to implement recommendations for moving forward through action plans and develop the skills of active listening, public speaking, and professional writing.

 

*Fair Warning*: This course is offered in an intensive format over 5 weeks. The coursework requires a large amount of self-directed learning through readings, assignments, presentations, workshops, and a webinar.

Program Details

Quarters

Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Sept, 26, Sept 30-Oct 1, Oct 14-15, Oct 24, Tues 6-9p, Sat/Sun 9a-4p

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning