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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Engineering and Technology Management

Instructor: William J. Gray (wgray@wsu.edu)

Semester Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Course Description and Objectives

This course explores issues dealing with individual behavior in work organizations. The major goals of the course are to learn various approaches to motivation, leadership, and team-building and to illustrate how and when those approaches are appropriately used. A key focus of the course is on team management skills and how to organize groups for maximum effectiveness, motivate group members, and promote and reward team success.

  • To provide exposure to key principles and practices used in engineering management.
  • To provide an understanding of the human and organizational contexts in the work environment and the skills needed to be productive and successful in managing engineering and technology organizations.
  • To explore how to put the scientific, technical and organizational knowledge to work in addressing the major challenges facing management and organizations today.
  • To provide opportunities to analyze cases in management, organizational behavior and innovation.
  • To instill skills and comfort in decision making in engineering and technology management.
  • To understand and be able to use frameworks and tools relating to strategic global management into operational use.

Course Topics

  • Managers and Managing
  • The Evolution of Management Thought
  • Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a Person
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Managing Diverse Employees in a Multicultural Environment
  • Managing in a Global Environment
  • Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
  • The Manager as a Planner and Strategist
  • Value-Chain Management: Functional Strategies for Competitive Advantage
  • Managing Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Organizational Control and Change
  • Human Resource Management
  • Motivation and Performance
  • Leadership; Effective Groups and Teams
  • Promoting Effective Communication
  • Managing Conflict, Politics, and Negotiation
  • Using Advanced Information Technology to Increase Performance.

Grading

Exams: 30% (3 out of 4 exams) Project: 15% Participation: 15% Homework: 40%