Honors | Honors - Managing Behavior in Public Organizations (SPEA)
S366 | 16006 | Cheryl Hughes
This class meets with SPEA-V 366.
S366 addresses the way organizations function internally and the way
they externally interact with other organizations. The class uses
many real world examples from experience (all of our experiences)
and current events cited in major newspapers and other serious media
sources about how people behave in organizations and how
The class addresses conceptual issues such as: how does
organizational culture impact on employees, how people inside and
outside the organization create organizational culture and what
makes us love and hate organizations at the same time. Part of the
class uses what we read and see every day to help students improve
organizational life. Students will review what is it in the basic
human condition that makes us form organizations and how those
organizations form us. Students will consider why some
organizations flourish while others fail and how to translate
organizational theory into specific management actions.
In most cases the theory will be matched with a specific example
from the “real world”. The course will use business, government and
nonprofit models to analyze organizational behavior. The class
will use examples such as the recent credit crisis and the change in
administration in Washington to analyze organizational behavior.
One of the goals of the course is to have students to begin to think
like a manager and use what they learn in class to improve very
specific organizational skills. The class will deal not only with
management issues but also how all employees help to construct a
positive organization or help to destroy the organization.
While organizational theory is very important it is more important
that the student leave V366 with tools that will serve them when
they enter their chosen work. Case studies will be from actual
events that will teach practical skills while respecting the