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Syllabus Organizational Management Final

Syllabus Organizational Management Final

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Organizational Management
Lecturer:Mirjana Borota-Popovska, Ph.D.mborota@isppi.ukim.edu.mk Teaching Assistant:Vesna Zabijakin-Chatleska, MAvcatleska@yahoo.com
A) Course description
The course is designed for the students of the MA Program in Political Management atthe Political Science Department. This is an obligatory course.
The course OrganizationalManagement deals with the theory and practice of organizational processes, forms of organizing and their management.
The key concepts of the course include basicmanagement functions, behavioral aspects of management, as well as contemporarytendencies in the theory of organizational management.
The field of study consists of organization, mutual conditionality of theenvironment and organization, as well as the impact of individuals and groups on theorganization and vice-versa.
Mostly, the contents of the course is focused on theleading/managing processes and provides the students with an in-depth understanding of organizational sub-systems and their integration, in order to achieve high organizational performances.
The course design does not rely only on abstract theories; rather it involves broadreal-life examples. The idea is to appeal to students on a practical level and provideinsight and meaningful information for them to succeed in their future “working life”.This course explores new management ideas in a way that is interesting and valuable for the students, while retaining the best of traditional management thinking.1. Aims of the courseThis course aims to enable participants to cope with major issues that managers confrontwith, while managing profit or non-profit organizations.The aim of the Organizational Management course is to provide students withsound knowledge in the organization phenomenon and organizational system processesand train them for successful fulfillment of their management role.
Focusing on thefuture of organizational management, by identifying and describing emerging elementsand examples of the new workplace, the students will be acquainted with the changingmanagement paradigm, creating a confidence that they can understand and master it.At the same time, the aim of the course is to develop critical thinking, creativityand analytical skills by actively involving students in the seminar paper.1
2. Teaching techniquesThe course will be delivered through lectures and seminars integrating class teaching, power point presentation, case method, class discussions, individual and group presentations and discussions. The seminars will mostly include student orientedinteractive teaching methods with various teaching techniques: case studies, exercises,individual and group work, presentation and discussions. The students will practice teamwork, oral presentation and written reports. Student assignments will be given beforeeach seminar and it will be very useful to read the assigned parts before class discussionsand exercises. Half of the time will be dedicated to seminars.3. Expected learning outcomesThis course will provide assistance to students in building their own organizational,communicational, managerial and leadership skills and enable them to face the challengesof successful solving of complex organizational problems, while working in a modern,rapidly changing environment.
After completing the course, students will acquirecompetencies for managing working and political processes and skills and professionalexercising of management tools as a part of their business activities.
B) Grading policy (compatible with Departmental standards)
Attendance, activity and in class participation20%Project assignment(research projects; seminar work; presentations)20%Exam 60%
C) In class policies
1. Bringing food during class hours is strictly prohibited.2. Cell phones, PDA's, beepers and other electronic communication devices can not beused during the class, and should at least be set not to make noises, if they are not totallyturned off.
D) Expectations from the students
1. The students are expected to read the obligatory literature before coming in class. Thatis the main precondition for quality of lectures and discussions.2. For a better and more thorough understanding of the reading material the studentsshould pay due attention to the following:2
What is the main argument in the text? What is the author aiming at and what is themain point? What is the theory if one exists in the text?
Make comparisons. To how many examples does the author points to? What is the purpose of the author when comparing the examples?
Factors and Variables. Which factors have the strongest influence on theargumentation of the author?
Look for mistakes in the author's logic of argumentation! Are the hypothesis valid inthe given context.
Methodology. What is the author's methodology (statistical methods, descriptiveexplanations, historical analysis, content analysis, case studies, ect)
Does the data support the author's arguments? Are there enough evidence to supportthe argumentation and do the evidence go in the same line with the arguments?3. The students are expected to prepare their assignments for the seminars thoroughly.Case studies examples will be made available, however students are expected to researchthe topics outside the class as well.4. The students should prepare project paper titled “Current management situation and possible improvements of XX company”. The content of the paper will cover the actualsituation of the company: organizational structure, planning process, HRM processes,leadership style and controlling, and according to their analyses and diagnosis theyshould write recommendations for improvements. All papers will be presented in front of other colleagues.
E) Course content and obligatory readings
1.Introduction to Organizational Managemen
Managers and Managing. What is Management?
Achieving High Performance: Efficiency and Effectiveness
Managerial Functions; Types of Managers; Managerial Roles and Skills
Challenges for Management in a Global Environment
How to analyses a business policy case (Guidelines for preparing case analyses)
Exercise - “Lost at the sea”Obligatory reading:Jones, G. R. and George, J. M. (2003)
Contemporary Management 
(third edition). NewYork: McGraw-Hill, (Chapter 1)
Recommended reading:Daft, R. L. (2007)
Management: The New Workplace.
Mason: Thomson South - WesternWeihrich, H. and Koontz, H. (1998)
(10-to izd.). Zagreb: Mate

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