People and Organizations OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Organizational Management Course

Published Feb 02, 2009

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Scrutinizing the current state and history of corporate America, 'People and Organizations' segues students from idealistic undergraduates to the type of engineers, managers and businesspeople who can make a difference. The free OpenCourseWare, based on the course from MIT Sloan School of Management's undergraduate business science program, prepares business and engineering students to work within the system to fix endemic problems.

People and Organizations: Course Specifics

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People and Organizations: Course Description

'People and Organizations' helps business and engineering students transition to a career in the business world where they can turn aspirations of making a difference into real-world change. PowerPoint presentations of selected lectures help students assess expectations for careers and teach strategies for managing those expectations in light of past and current trends in business cultures. Case studies examine aspects of corporate social responsibility, including accountability for suppliers' actions of using labor from developing countries. The final part of the course focuses on working with, not against, current business structures. Strategies consider all levels of corporate culture from a broad economic sector to a single business down to an individual superior in the corporate hierarchy. Written assignments encourage students to consider the avenues by which they can effect change even while working at an entry-level position in their chosen field. Professor Thomas Kochan teaches 'People and Organizations' at MIT Sloan School of Management, where it is a required course for the bachelor's degree program's minor in management.

This OpenCourseWare includes textbook recommendations, presentation slides and guidelines for written assignments. If you are interested in 'People and Organizations,' download course materials at the applied business principles course page.

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