MANAGEMENT 410: ADVANCED MANAGEMENT TOPICS
Nancy L. (Dusty) Bodie, Ph.D. Office: B313-N Management Department Phone: 426-3393. The quickest way to reach me is by phone. Please leave your name, contact information, and a concise message, and I will return your call. You may also email me at [email protected]
, but my response will not be as quick as by phone. Office Hours: Regular office hours will soon be announced, and we can also meet by appointment.
REQUIRED TEXT AND REFERENCE MATERIALS Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, 2005, by Dym & Hutson, Sage. College of Business & Economics (COBE) Writing Styles Guide (WSG), August 2007. You are responsible for downloading your copy of the COBE Writing Styles Guide from the COBE website.
COURSE APPROACHES AND OUTCOMES The course uses a combination of conceptual and experiential approaches, which include listening to guest speakers and lectures; participating in in- class exercises, reflection sessions and discussions; writing individual papers; seeing, hearing, and delivering individual presentations; and participating in a service-learning experience, including an interview with a nonprofit manager.
By course end, you will have attained the following objectives: • Enriched your perspective regarding the nonprofit sector; • Increased your understanding of management in nonprofit organizations;
• Applied your knowledge of management and organizational behavior concepts to the analysis of specific nonprofit managerial situations; • Gained a better understanding of the constraints and opportunities of nonprofit management, and how decisions are made within complex legal, regulatory, global, and socio-economic environments; • Explored how to integrate your personal ethical and citizenship ideals with a successful managerial career; • Developed a spirit of partnership with the community, and considered a life-long commitment to service and civic involvement.
MANAGEMENT 410: ADVANCED MANAGEMENT TOPICS EVALUATION CRITERIA AND CLASS EXPECTATIONS Evaluation Criteria: Evaluation and assignment of course grade will be based on the following criteria: Participation and Reflection 100 Service Learning Experience and Analytical Report 100 Current Application Project: Nonprofits in the News One page reaction paper and short presentation 50 Exam 100 Short Report on Nonprofit Management Topic and Discussion and Q&A Participation 100 TOTAL 450
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF ASSIGNMENTS USED FOR EVALUATION. Please see criteria sheet for further detail.
Mini-service learning experience and analytical report: Each student will complete a ten-hour commitment with one of the host agencies represented on Wednesday August 27. One hour is allocated for an orientation at the beginning of the service period. Eight hours are composed of on-site service as agreed upon between student and host agency. Several service engagements (rather than one eight hour marathon), early in the course, will enrich your in-class and out-of-class experience. An additional one hour, generally toward the end of the course, is an interview/Q&A session with a host agency manager that addresses the management issues required for the analytical report. The service commitment must be completed to obtain a satisfactory grade.
Current application project: Nonprofits in the news: Each student will select a unique article (no duplicates in class) on a real nonprofit organization that is facing challenges posed by one or more of the course topics. A one-page, single spaced reaction paper and a two minute minimum, five minute maximum presentation will introduce the organization (20%), summarize the problem (30%), and analyze the problem as it relates to a management topic(s) (50%).
Short report on nonprofit management topic/lead discussion: Each student will have an opportunity to explore a timely topic of interest related to nonprofit management. This paper should significantly expand upon and analyze issues raised by guest speakers, identified by the current application projects, or topics mentioned or discussed in class. Although at least one new organization should be highlighted, specific problems of host agencies and cases in text and those in class are exempt from this assignment. Balanced use of a minimum of three outside references from at least two different resource types (books, journals, databases, for example) is required.
Exam: The exam is comprehensive and required. If you cannot attend class on the scheduled date for this exam, please notify the instructor in advance of the exam date to schedule an appointment to take the makeup.
GENERAL POLICIES Due dates: Assignments are due at the beginning of each class period in hard copy, typed format, per the instructions of the assignment criteria sheet, and using the COBE Writing Styles Guide. Late assignments, including those turned in after the beginning of class, are penalized six points for each calendar day or portion of a day late. Please assume personal responsibility for managing printer problems, unexpected absences, forgetfulness, incomplete assignments, or other challenges you may encounter.
Format: The COBE Writing Styles Guide (WSG) lays out basic writing standards that are used across many courses in the College of Business and Economics. These standards emphasize professional communication in the workplace. At least 25% of your grade for any writing assignment in this class will be based on meeting the standards in the WSG plus any specific amendments that I add for our class assignments. Please prepare all written assignments outside of class by using Word, or a similar word processing package.
Attendance and Participation: Discussion, presentations, and in-class exercises and assignments comprise a large part of this course. Because of this, regular, intelligent participation and attendance are essential and comprise a substantial part of the course grade. Participation includes, but is not limited to attendance. In other words, attendance is only one component of the participation grade. Participation in class discussion and individual and group in-class activities, as well as quizzes, speaker critique memos, and other short written assignments are important parts of the participation grade. Merely showing up and being a passive observer will not benefit your grade or your personal enrichment. In fact, you will find that preparation before class and enthusiastic class participation will increase your learning and enjoyment of the class. I will try to be as supportive and encouraging as possible.
Please display a tent card, with your name on each side of the card, for each class. I look forward to getting to know each of you by name. More importantly, I hope you will feel comfortable recognizing and addressing each of your student class members by name. Thank you for not bringing your tape recorders, laptops, active cell phones, videotape and other equipment to class. Use of this equipment can have a chilling effect on class discussions, cause discomfort for some students, and distract from the participatory nature of this type of class.
Boise State University’s (BSU) Academic Honesty Policy
Each student is required to do his or her own work on graded assignments, to appropriately paraphrase material and cite references, and to abide by the policies set forth in the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct. Violations of this code may result in penalties up to and including dismissal from the University. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct on the Boise State website or in the BSU catalog.
Please be somewhat flexible as some discussions or activities will take more or less time depending on class interests. If you unavoidably miss class, you are responsible for finding out what was covered in class and the appropriate assignment for the next class. Please read the assigned readings, and complete the written and other assignments before class, and be prepared to discuss and apply principles.
DATE READINGS AND OTHER ASSIGNMENTS M August 25 Introductions and Resources W August 27 Chapter (C) 1 Introduction & reading assignment about host organizations, and Idaho Nonprofit Center. Host organizations visit; partnerships made.
M Sept 1 Labor Day Holiday; no class. W Sept 3 Reading: What Business Execs Don’t Know – but should – About Nonprofits; and web reading assignment about Nonprofit Congress. Bring article (article only, not paper assignment) about management in a real nonprofit organization for “Nonprofits in the News” one page reaction paper and short presentation. Be prepared to submit community partner choice.
M Sept 8 Reading: Chapter 2. Article approved and returned to students for Wednesday September 10 assignment. Community Partner should have been contacted by this date. W Sept 10 One page reaction paper and article is due (for all students) at beginning of class. Two to five minute presentations begin.
M Sept 15 Presentations on reaction paper and article continue. W Sept 17 Reading: C3 and C4. Nonprofit issue and approach, and alternative nonprofit issue, (for short research report) are due in proper memo format at beginning of class.
M Sept 22 Reading: Chapter 5. Nonprofit issue and approach is approved and memo is returned to students. W Sept 24 REMOTE CLASS – SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
M Sept 29 Reading: Chapter 6. Orientation should be completed, and service begun. W Oct 1 REMOTE CLASS – SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
M Oct 6 Reading: Chapter 7. Be prepared to discuss service-learning reflection/discussion point. W Oct 8 Reading: Chapter 8
M Oct 13 Reading: Chapter 9 and Nonprofit Ethics (Reading to be assigned.) W Oct 15 Reading: Chapter 10
M Oct 20 REMOTE CLASS – SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE W Oct 22 All short research reports are due at beginning of class. Presentations begin: Presenting, leading discussions, listening and learning, participating in discussions, and properly asking and answering questions.
M Oct 27 Presentations continue: Presenting, leading discussions, listening and learning, participating in discussions, and properly asking and answering questions. W Oct 29 Presentations continue: Presenting, leading discussions, listening and learning, participating in discussions, and properly asking and answering questions.
M Nov 3 Presentations continue: Presenting, leading discussions, listening and learning, participating in discussions, and properly asking and answering questions. W Nov 5 Presentations continue: Presenting, leading discussions, listening and learning, participating in discussions, and properly asking and answering questions.
M Nov 10 REMOTE CLASS – SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE W Nov 12 Reading: Chapter 11 and Guest Speaker.
M Nov 17 Reading: Human Resource Management in Nonprofits – reading to be assigned. Memo critique of guest speaker is due in proper memo format. W Nov 19. Reading: Chapter 12; Service-learning and interview with manager should be completed by the end of this week.
M Nov 24 Thanksgiving Holiday W Nov 26 Thanksgiving Holiday
M Dec 1 Reading: Chapter 13 W Dec 3 Comprehensive Exam
M Dec 8 Reading: Case Study on Alliances. Analytical Report due. W Dec 10 Prepare service-learning reflection/discussion point, and your response to “What does community engagement mean to me?” Course Wrap up and course, instructor, and community partner evaluations.
I hope that you have a rewarding and productive fall 2008 session and that you enjoy this class as much as I expect to enjoy being your instructor.