MMG511 Foundations of Management
This course provides an overview of the field of management and establishes a foundation and common vocabulary for future course work.  It emphasizes the functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling. The course assumes students have limited academic knowledge of management theory, and some experience in real world management situations to bring into the classroom.   In each session the class explores some aspects of management in theoretical terms and then focuses on application of the theory to the practical problems facing managers.

Course Objectives

    1. To understand current management concepts, models and managerial process and their integration into business activities.

    2. To introduce students to the 21st century Management model which reflects innovation and practices.

    3. To develop and refine the skills necessary to identify management issues and formulate solutions and techniques in managing organizations.

    4. To stimulate the students’ interest in the meaning and the role of management in society and in our lives.

    5. To assist students in learning both to express their own points of view more clearly and concisely while incorporating the insights of their classmates and articulate their practices.




Assignment Schedule

Date due:



Written Assignment or Discussion

June 28

Read Chapter 1

Management and its Evolution

Individual/Collaborative Learning

Manager’s Check-up 1.2 pg. 46

Are you a Theory X or Theory Y Manager?


Defend your perspective

Send a two paragraph defense of your managerial perspective to the class via CC Portal


July 12

Read Chapter 4

Organizational Culture & Change

Individual/Collaborative Learning

Send response to all members of the class via CC Portal



Case 4.1: pg. 177

ERP: Select a model of organizational change and describe how you would apply it to the ERP system


July 19

Read Chapter 5

Managing the Planning Process

On-Line discussion

Respond to discussion question on MY CC Portal

Management Mini-Case 5.1 page 218.

Read the Case and respond to discussion question #3 on-line  

July 26

Chapter 7: Strategic Planning

On-line discussion

Respond to discussion question on CC Portal

Discussion Question #7 on pg. 303



Prepare for intensive week-end

August 8 & 9

 Read Chapters 10 & 11 in text:

HR Management

Managing Diversity


Individual learning

Go to the text website self-assessment site. Take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.


Self-assessments: Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Bring results to class



Skills for Managing 10.1 page 408: Read and prepare for mock interviews


Read Case 10.1 on pg. 425 and prepare the questions for class discussion


Discussion question #7, pg. 458: List in writing the most important initiatives in diversity and why.



Aug. 16

Read Chapter 12: Motivation

On-line discussion

Respond to discussion question on CC Portal

On-line discussion:

Case 12.1: Motivating Low-Wage Workers. Critical Question: #3

Page 496-7.


Aug. 30

Read Chapter 14 :Managing Teams

Individual learning

One page written essay emailed to instructor

Respond to discussion questions 1, 2 and 5 on page 566

Sept 6

Read Chapter 15: Managing Communication



On-line discussion

Respond to discussion question on CC Portal

Discussion question #2 on page 604

Prepare for Intensive week-end

Sept 12 & 13

Read Chapter 13:


Individual learning

Read and think about discussion questions on page 526 for class discussions

Complete final project for oral presentation to class on Sept. 13th


Final project due in writing via email by 9/15/ 2009




MM511 Final Project

 Guidelines for Final Project:

 Your assignment is to focus on an aspect of management that interests you and one in which you can build on your existing knowledge, understanding and application of management/leadership skills. This assignment was designed with a great deal of latitude to allow you to choose a topic that interests you and will enrich your learning. You will write a 3-5 page paper that draws from the topics in Foundations of Management, i.e., theories of management/leadership, situational leadership, transformational leadership, global leadership, management and power issues, diversity and inclusion, human resource management, etc.


Criteria for written work:

  • Organize your paper. What is the main point?
  • Link your ideas to the class concepts. Integrate with other readings, research, etc.
  • Model independent thinking~~graduate level thinking.
  • Present your ideas clearly, concisely and logically


             Apply a management theory to a current situation and analyze and make   recommendations based on the theory.

    • Write a case study that outlines a dilemma and how it was or could be resolved through application of the theories studied.
    • Choose a film that represents a management/leadership dilemma. Provide examples/applications of theory. What lessons, insights can you draw from the film using theories learned in class? (Top Gun, Twelve Angry Men, Twelve O’Clock High, To Kill a Mockingbird, Braveheart, Elizabeth I, Michael Collins)





In Class Agenda:


August 8: Discussion topics and activities

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Values clarification
  • Keirsey Temperament Theory


August 9: Discussion topics and activities

  • Human Resource Management
  • Competency models
  • Interviewing techniques


September 12: Discussion topics and activities

  • History of management theory
  • Situational leadership theory
  • Management/Leadership defined


September 13: Discussion topics and activities

  • Personal leadership vision and mission
  • Presentation and discussion of final projects




Grading Policy

The Blended Learning course has the following components:

1.      In-class Participation

2.      Written Assignments: Concept related

3.      Discussion board participation

4.      Final Management Project



25% Written assignments

Integrate theory with your experience and share your insights and collaborate with the class via email

25%  Discussion  questions

Post your response to assigned discussion questions on CC Portal demonstrating an understanding of the theory

25% - In class participation

Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of management theory through application of learning in discussions and case studies 

25% -Final Project

See Final Project assignment



Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain integrity in all academic work. They will not attempt to get grades by any means other than honest academic effort. All work must be completed by individual students except for group projects. It is not permissible to hand in the same work for different courses without the express permission and agreement of the instructors involved.

Students are expected to maintain integrity in all academic work. They will not attempt to get grades by any means other than honest academic effort. All work must be completed by individual students except for group projects. It is not permissible to hand in the same work for different courses without the express permission and agreement of the instructors involved.

Disabliltiy Support

Cambridge College arranges access to facilities and academic programs for students with physical, mental, or learning disabilities of permanent or temporary duration. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, note takers, audio recording, tutorial services, priority registration, course modification, parking, and classroom modification.

Please contact the Coordinator for Student Special Services at ext. 1200, to discuss your disability, so we can arrange for and monitor services you need in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. You are responsible to provide documentation from a qualified physician or clinician that presents a specific diagnosis of your disability, explains its limiting effects, and makes recommendations for accommodation.
It is important to provide this documentation as soon as possible since many services are outside the College and must be arranged far in advance. Course instructors and advisors are notified of any students with disabilities and their required accommodations.  Cambridge College Academic Catalog


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another’s work and passing off as one’s own the ideas and language of another. The student will not plagiarize or copy the work of any other person, and will properly acknowledge the use of any outside resources. Any breach of academic integrity is grounds for a grade of

No Credit in academic courses and/or dismissal. Cambridge College Academic Catalog.

Academic expectations


Course requirements:


  1. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes unless there are extenuating circumstances. If absent for a class, the student is expected to submit a synopsis of work scheduled for that day in writing. 
  2. Students are expected to complete all reading assignments and to participate in on-line and class discussions based on the assigned reading. 
  3. Students are expected to submit all written assignments on time. The papers should show an understanding of the assignment, analysis of the topic and be well-written.
  4. Students are expected to show up, be present, participate, challenge and provide constructive feedback to their peers.