BMGT 364 Management & Organization Theory

Course Description

Prerequisite: BMGT 110 or at least two years of business and management experience.

A study of the development of theories about management and organizations. Processes and functions of management discussed include the communication process, the role of the manager as an organizer and director, the determination of goals, and the allocation of responsibilities.

Course Introduction

The purpose of this course is to discuss the various theories of organization and practices of management, and their evolution over time. The various theories of organizations are reviewed noting their strengths and limitations, and contributions each has made to contemporary organizational structures and practices. Additionally, dimensions of an organization's internal and external environment are covered, along with the forces they generate that influence organizational functioning and change.

Management is the complex set of activities by which managers establish, maintain and try to improve organizations. Central to this objective, the major managerial functions, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling, and the different managerial roles and skills related to effective management of organizations today are discussed. We will also explore the emergence of current trends in global business and managerial practices.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the four management functions and the type of management activity associated with each.
  • Identify and explain major developments in the history of management thought.
  • Define corporate culture and give organizational examples.
  • Explain the challenges of managing in a global environment.
  • Define corporate social responsibility and how to evaluate it along economic, legal, ethical and discretionary criteria.
  • Explain the concept of organizational mission and how it influences goal setting and planning.
  • Describe the strategic planning process and SWOT analysis.
  • Identify the six steps used in managerial decision making.
  • Define organizational change and explain forces for change.
  • Discuss the changing workplace and the management activities required for a culturally diverse workforce.
  • Define leadership and explain its importance for organizations.
  • Define motivation and discuss how empowerment heightens employee motivation.
  • Explain how managers use communication to persuade and influence others.
  • Explain the general stages of team development.
  • Define organizational control and explain why it is a key managerial function.

Course Materials


  • Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations,Warren R. Plunkett, Raymond F. Attner, Gemmy S. Allen, 2002, South-Western Publishing
  • Text CD-ROM: Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations
  • BMGT 364 CAT course CD-ROM


  • Study Guide for Management: Meetings and Exceeding Customer Expectations, Warren R. Plunkett, Raymond F. Attner, Gemmy S. Allen, 2002, South-Western Publishing

Overview of Lessons

Lesson Chapter Chapter Title
1 1 Management: An Overview
2 2 Management Thought: Past and Present
3 3 Management’s Commitments to Quality and Productivity
4 4 The Manager’s Environment
  1-4 Review of Module 1/Quiz 1 – Chapters 1–4
5 5 Organizational Planning
6 6 Strategic Planning and Strategic Movement
7 7 Making Decisions
8 8 Organizing Principles
9 9 Organizational Design
10 10 Organizational Culture and Change
11 11 Staffing
  5–10 Review of Module 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 5 11
  1–11 MIDTERM – Chapters 1–11
12 12 Communication: Interpersonal and Organizational
13 13 Human Motivation
14 14 Leadership
15 15 Team Management and Conflict
16 16 Controlling: Purpose and Process
17 17 Control Techniques
18 18 Operations Management
  11–18 Review of Module 3/Quiz 3 – Chapters 12–18
19 19 Information Management Systems
20 20 International Management
21 21 Succeeding in Your Organization
22 22 Management in your Organization
  19–22 Review of Module 4/Quiz 4 – Chapters 19–22
  16–22 FINAL EXAM – Chapters 12–22


Course Requirements

I hope your experience with Management and Organizational Theory will be rewarding and meaningful. This course is designed to help ensure your success. The learning system you will use as you work your way through Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations has three components: a Student Notebook, a textbook, and a CD-ROM. Together they provide an integrated learning system. Completing the following requirements will facilitate your success in this course:

  1. Read through the Student Notebook carefully to be sure that you understand all course objectives, requirements, and assignments.
  2. Review the Learning objectives for each lesson in the Student Notebook.
  3. Complete all of the textbook reading assignments found in the Student Notebook.

    • Review the summary found at the end of each chapter. They are organized to reinforce the learning objectives stated at the beginning of each chapter.
    • Answer the review and discussion questions for each chapter.
  4. Complete the four quizzes, midterm, video case studies, and final examination.
  5. Watch the assigned videos found on the CAT Course CD-ROM.
  6. Review the PowerPoint slides to gain an understanding of key concepts.
  7. Complete the extra credit option. (optional)

Grading Information & Criteria

Four quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, and 3 video case reports are required. You can earn additional points by completing the extra credit assignment.

Quizzes & Exams

The quizzes are open-book, and your exam folder includes Feedback Reports that will allow you to evaluate the results of your quizzes. Each quiz is worth a total of 30 points and consists of true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions.

The midterm and final exam are CLOSED-BOOK and must be proctored by a Test Administrator. Each exam is worth a total of 120 points and will consist of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions. The questions will be similar to the quiz and study guide questions. All exam questions will be based on the course learning objectives. The midterm exam will cover Modules 1, 2, and 3 (Student Notebook lessons 1-11) and the final exam will cover Modules 4, 5, and 6 (Student Notebook lessons 12-22).

Video Case Studies

All video cases are located on your Text CD-ROM: Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations.

  1. Listed below are video cases for chapters 9, 16, and 19.
  2. Read and view the case.
  3. Provide a summary introduction, overview of the situations, major problems.
  4. Answer the case questions at the end of each chapter.

Chapter Video Case Title Time Page(s)
9 Bindco, Inc.: Capacity Planning 13:38 290-291
16 Organizational Control at Archway Cookies 11:57 543-544
19 Management Information Systems: A Study of Archway Cookies 11:54 639-640


Grading Information

Your final grade in Management and Organizational Theory will be determined by the following grade scale:

Each quiz is worth 30 points (x 4 quizzes) 120 points total
Each exam is worth 120 points (x 2 exams) 240 points total
Each Case Report is worth 25 points (x 3 reports) 75 points total

Total points possible (excluding extra credit): 435

Percent Points Grade
90-100% 394 to 435 A
80-89% 352 to 393 B
70-79% 310 to 351 C
60-69% 268 to 309 D
59% & below 267 & below F


Extra Credit Assignment

You will be allowed to complete extra credit assignments, which you will give to your Test Administrator at the time you take your final exam. The extra credit assignment is worth up to 40 points toward your final grade. Before completing the final exam, give your completed extra credit assignment to your Test Administrator.

Practice Quizzes & Exams

You will have the opportunity to take a practice quiz or exam prior to taking the graded (proctored) quizzes and exams required by this course. This practice method is designed to help you prepare for the graded quizzes and exams.

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