Incidents in Applying Management Theory

Incidents in Applying Management Theory

Incidents in Applying Management Theory

Incidents in Applying Management Theory

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While teaching basic courses in general management and management theory to undergraduate and first-year graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles, we discovered that the usual textbook-lecture approach did not meet the teaching requirements of either the students or the instructors. Students found the abstract principles of the textbook difficult to relate to the real world, and instructors found it difficult to develop--on their own--relatively concrete data to relate theory to practice. We felt that the usual approach to teaching the course tended to slight discussion and participation in favor of presenting the material in a more conventional lecture manner. We were convinced that more student participation and problem solving were desirable and that a case-like vehicle would foster this participation. Therefore, we developed and used short incidents in place of the readily available but more lengthy and involved cases.

Most of the incidents prepared and used were based on actual situations in the real world. We discovered that the students took time to read and study the incidents rather thoroughly and that their class discussions became more pointed and were focused on significant issues, concepts, and principles in the broad subject of management. We also found that these incidents provide a sort of surrogate experience or common background that makes it easier for students to retain, remember, and use the important concepts of the course.

This book is a collection of the incidents that we have found most useful in our teaching experiences. They have been tested in the classroom during the last three years, and . . .

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