2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Managing Organizations

Winter quarter

Faculty: Amy Gould political science, public policy

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20287 (4 GR)  

Credits: 4(W)

Class Standing: Graduate

Offered During: Weekend


To manage or not to manage...is this the question? Perhaps it is better to ask how to manage, when to manage, who to manage, where to manage, what to manage, and why manage? Just like organs in the human body, organizations do not function in isolation. Similar to most humans, public and non-profit organizations need sustenance, security, movement/change, aspirations, awareness of their internal and external environments, and... management. It is both a calling and job for managers to recognize and manage the multiple facets of any organization; especially the human components.

In this course each student will have the opportunity to study organization theory, organization development, organization behavior, and practice their studies with hands on application of their own unique management style. Each student will learn to assess situations for a ripe "management moment," recognize strengths and weaknesses of organizations with the know how to implement recommendations for moving forward through action plans and goal setting, empower networking connections for collaborations across organizations, maintain an organization's solvency linked to its budget and mission, and develop the skills of listening, public speaking, and professional writing.


Armstrong (2004). How To Be An Even Better Manager: A Complete A-Z of Proven Techniques and Essential Skills. 6th edition. Kogan Page. ISBN: 074944262X 

 Braffman & Beckstrom. (2006). The Starfish and The Spider: the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations. Portfolio Hardcover. ISBN: 1591841437.

 Fry (2000). 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions. 4th edition. Thomson. ISBN: 156414464X.

Books con't.

Maxwell (2006). The 360 Leader: Developing Your Influence From Anywhere in the Organization. Thomas Nelson. ISBN: 0785260927.

 Rosenberg & Hizer (2003). The Resume Handbook: How to Write Outstanding Resumes & Cover Letters for Every Situation. Adams Media. ISBN: 1580628540.

 Yokoyama & Michelli (2004). When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital & Energized Workplace (from the world famous Pike Place Fish Market). Hyperion. ISBN: 1401300618

  For first meeting:


Reading for the Day:

Fry (all)-resource book

Rosenberg & Hizer (all)- resource book

Maxwell (all)- seminar book

  • Done before class and brought to class: Print out of job posting, Cover letter, Resume. Make 5 copies of each application packet. List of questions you will ask the interviewers about the job you are applying for.
  • Done in class: Refined list of interview questions for each candidate (start-up questions will be provided) & refined skill sheet for each application (start- up skill sheet will be provided)
  • Agreed upon order of interviews


Maximum Enrollment: 20

Advertised Schedule: 9a-4p Sat (Jan 8 ), 9a-4p Sat/Sun (Jan 29-30, Feb 12-13)

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com