BA 351




Instructor:      Mike Cieri


                        Office:    BEXL 428        

                        Hours:    Monday: 12:00 – 13:30

                                       Wednesday:  12:30 – 13:50

                                       & by appointment


                                    Classes:  M/W 14:00 – 15:50

                                          216 Covell Hall




We will examine the functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizations. Ethical and diversity issues are addressed as they are relevant in entrepreneurial and established ventures.


Required Text, COB Posted Materials, and Internet Resources


Required Text:  Jones & George, Contemporary Management (8th Ed.) McGraw-Hill 2014. You might decide to purchase this textbook in an electronic format rather than a printed format (to save some money). If so, then this link will take you to the publisher’s website location with more information about this alternative: Also, there will be copies of the text on reserve at the Valley Library for use.  Required Reading:  Black board weekly for announcements and additional readings.



The Classroom


Classes will be conducted in a lecture format.  There will be lectures regarding key concepts, interactive discussions, small group exercises and/or presentations. Because such classroom discussion is a vital part of your learning, you need to come to class fully prepared to engage fellow students (and me) and assume full responsibility for your role is this learning experience


·         During the class turn-off all electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, pagers, etc.). If you need to leave your cell phone on for an emergency, let me know, and use the vibrate setting. Laptops are allowed for taking notes.

·         Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and Disability Access Services (DAS). Students with accommodations approved through DAS are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should contact DAS immediately at 737-4098.

·         Religious accommodation. Any student having particular needs related to religious observances is required to speak with me during the first week of the term.

·         Syllabus Changes. The syllabus is a guide, not a contract, and therefore may be changed as necessary. If changes are made, the instructor will announce them via an e-mail sent to your Blackboard e-mail address, generally at least one class in advance of the due date for an assignment.

·         Communication outside of class. I will use your e-mail address listed for you in Black Board. Thus, you are responsible for checking your e-mail daily excluding weekends and/or holidays. 


Learning Objectives/Outcomes


·         Explain the dynamics of the economic, technological, social and ethical contexts of an organization as these affect organizations.

·         Explain the impact of external factors such as the evolution of global markets, technological changes, and the requirements to be socially responsible, and factors within the organization including organizational culture and expectations on ethical conduct, on the management of organizations.

·         Explain the requirements of managerial decision-making, of establishing goals and creating systematic plans and strategies for achieving those goals to establish a competitive advantage.

·         Compare how alternative organizational arrangements, i.e. organizational structure and policies and procedures for managing people, facilitate goal accomplishment.

·         Identify how individual and group dynamics contribute to goal accomplishment.

·         Explain the significance of organizational control processes to ensure goal accomplishment.


Course Requirements and Grading


Your grade in the course shall be based on the following:

·         3 Exams

·         Participation points


Class Contribution

Participation/Observation.  Classes will be conducted in a lecture format using Turning Technology Clickers as a vehicle to encourage participation. There will be lectures regarding key concepts, interactive discussions, and group activities.


Turning Technology Clickers. Clickers are used to encourage participation and to calculate participation points. In order to assure you receive participation points, please go to blackboard and register your clicker before class. Our channel number is 35. Registering for another student will be viewed as act of dishonesty.







1. Exams: There will be three exams throughout the course.  Each exam is indicated on the course schedule.  These exams will cover chapters indicated in the schedule and will include other materials presented in class.  Expect fifty (50) multiple choice and/or True & False questions.

100 points for each exam.


2. Participation points: There will be participation points that you can earn during most classes. The points will be earned by answering in class questions using "clickers" that will focus on the topics of discussion. 60 points maximum. Points will be up-dated weekly on Black board. If you have questions regarding your score, you must contact me within a week after posting. If you miss a class for any reason, it will be considered a "No response" thus no points will be earned.


a.   Correct answers       =       2pts

b.   Incorrect answers     =       1pt

c.   No response             =       0 pts


 Final grade determination:


300 points


60 points


360 points



Notes and summary of grading.

1.  Late exams.  Unless you have an acceptable reason and give advance notice, I will deduct points for late submissions and give no points once an assignment/exam is returned to the rest of the class.

2.  Academic dishonestyAny case of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of F for the course.  This action is allowed by Academic Regulations and Procedures as described in the Schedule of Classes.  I expect you to know and understand these policies and regu­lations.  If there is any doubt about their meaning and interpreta­tion, ask for an explanation.  This link leads to more information about the university’s policies on academic dishonesty.


Grading is not based on a curve, but on an absolute standard:


A         93% - 100%                B         83% - 86%      C         73% - 76%                  D         63% - 66%

A-        90% - 92%                  B-        80% - 82%      C-        70% - 72%                  D-        60% - 62%

B+87% - 89%             C+       77% - 79%      D+       67% - 69%                  F          Lower than 60%














The below schedule is tentative. There may be deviations from time to time. When and if this occurs, changes will be announced on black board and in class.



Tentative Topic/Assignment





Course Introductions

Chap. 2: Management & its Evolution:

  Chap. 3: The Manager as a Person:


Chap. 4: Managing Social Responsibility

and Ethics

Chap. 5: Managing Diverse Employees

in a Multicultural Environment


  Chap 6: Managing in the Global


Exam A (Chap: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 plus related



Chap 7: Decision Making, Learning,

Creativity, & Entrepreneurship

Chap. 8: The Manager as a Planner &



Guest Speakers: Blane & Dixie Belveal

(West Coast Industrial Systems)

Chap. 9: Value Chain Management:


Chap 10: Managing Organizational

Structure & Culture

Chap. 11: Organizational Control & Change


Exam B (Chap. 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11 plus

related materials)

Chap. 12: Human Resource Management



Chap 13: Motivation & Performance


Chap. 14: Leadership



 No Class

  Chap. 15: Effective Groups & Teams


Chap. 16: Promoting Effective


Chap. 17: Managing Conflict, Politics,

& Negotiations



Final:  Thursday, at 6:00pm  

Chap. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,& 17 plus related materials

Office Hours

If you need to contact me outside of office hours, the best way is to use my email address Your concerns are important to me, so don’t hesitate to contact me.


Up-dated; March 2014