MGT 2000 Ohio University
Introduction to Management Last Updated: May 1, 2016
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Course Description

The course objective is to expose students to the basics of management in organizations. After completion, students should have a basic understanding of the structure, processes and behaviors that underlie the practice of management. The goal is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theories of management as they are applied in organizational life. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of managers and the skills and competencies necessary for managerial success. Students will develop an understanding of the vocabulary of management as it is used in contemporary workplaces. The pre-requisite for this course is sophomore-level standing.

Course Objectives

General learning outcomes for the course include being able to:

  • define the purpose and nature of management;
  • differentiate between the dominant perspectives in the field of management;
  • correctly describe various management concepts, theories, and models; and
  • understand when and where the use of specific concepts, theories, and models is appropriate and correctly apply these

Required Text

Using a streamlined approach, the primary goal of the text is to help build core management competencies for today's global and more complex workplace, including issues related to planning, organizing, leading, and controlling (POLC), leaving instructors free to customize course content to their audiences. Schermerhorn and Bachrach use a conversational and interactive writing style to master concepts in a bite-size and fundamental approach.

This text presents managerial concepts and theory in a straight-forward, interesting style with a strong emphasis on application. The discussion of theory is framed in a unique, engaging, and concise way. The goal is to promote critical thinking and ability to make sound business decisions using managerial theory. Concepts are designed to explored and reinforced through in-class discussion and exercises. The text also focuses on the most important aspects of the POLC model, emphasizing skill-building.

In the current edition, all chapters have been updated, with new examples and expanded coverage of topics like social responsibility, sustainability, ethics in global management, new venture funding, data mining and analytics, downsides of goals, employment issues and controversies, followership and leadership, emotion and mood contagion, and team virtuousness.

Core Concepts
Management 13th Ed.
(Schermerhorn & Bachrach)
ISBN 978-1-118-84159-4

Content produced by Robert L. Holbrook, Jr.

Printable pages (e.g., topic schedules, syllabi) have been optimized for printing with half-inch margins and no headers or footers. These pages have been carefully screened for inaccuracies, but content may not be consistent with that presented in class. When inconsistencies arise, please feel free to contact Dr. Holbrook or stop by 308 Copeland Hall.

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