Microsoft Future of Work Summit. Life in the Drivers’ Seat: The Life and Times of a Gigger
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Community Research Project in Hamtramck, Michigan
Leadership and Change class in Kigali, Rwanda
Corporation in Society class in Gold Coast, Ghana
Global Research with students in Rio de Janeiro & Bahia, Brazil
MGMT612 – Managing Emerging Enterprises
Emerging enterprises, the focus in this course, are small, new, fast-growing organizations. Their founders and managers face multifaceted challenges: how to assess the competitive position of their business model and develop a strategy; how to develop the internal organizational structure, culture, and policies for selecting and managing employees; and how to pursue global opportunities. We cover these challenges in separate modules on strategy, human and social capital, and global issues. The human and social capital module covers classic management challenges of aligning interests of the individual and the organization; managing individual psychological needs and social influences; and developing employee capabilities that provide competitive advantage. Also covered are unique challenges that young organizations face, i.e. building an effective culture; recruiting, selecting, and retaining talent; building systematic approaches to motivating employees; coping with the stresses of rapid growth; and leveraging the benefits (and avoiding the liabilities) of the founder’s powerful imprint. The strategy module covers fundamental issues central to the competitiveness of the enterprise. Because the strategy field is broad, MGMT 612 emphasizes topics and frameworks that are most relevant for younger firms, such as innovation, disruption, managing resource constraints, and building capabilities. However, a key insight of the module is the importance of seeing the playing field from the perspective of the competition. Thus, by the end of this section, students will have a robust grounding in strategy that will allow them to succeed, whether their career path leads to a Fortune 100 firm or a garage start up. The global module covers the emerging firm’s decision about when (and whether) to internationalize. This decision must address which foreign markets to enter; the mode of entry; the sequence of moves to develop capabilities; what organizational form to choose; where to establish HQ; and how to adapt to the unique economic and institutional features of different markets. In all these issues, the emphasis is on how young, resource-constrained firms can position themselves profitably in globally competitive markets. For the final project, student teams provide integrated analysis across the modules for an emerging enterprise of their choice.
MGMT9320 – Proseminar in Management: Qualitative Methods Practicum I & II
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methodological approaches we commonly think of as qualitative, with special emphasis on ethnography, semi-structured interviews, case studies, content analysis, and mixed-methods research. The course will cover the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative (i.e. non-numerical) data. In the spring quarter, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches to various types of qualitative research, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as identifying key informants, selecting respondents, collecting field notes, and conducting interviews. In the fall semester, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches to building arguments and theory from qualitative data, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as analyzing data, writing, and presenting findings.
Note: This class is part of a two-part sequence that focuses on qualitative data collection and analysis. The first of this course, offered in the Spring, focuses on data collection, and the second half of the course, offered the following Fall, will focus on qualitative data analysis. Each course is seven weeks long. Students may take either class independently, consecutively, or out of sequence.
First Half – Data Collection
Second Half – Data Analysis
Currently, half of data collection is taught in MGMT 9700 (Introduction to Management Research Methods) and the remainder of data collection and data analysis are combined in MGMT 9320 (most likely offered in Fall). Occasionally, I also teach qualitative data analysis workshops.
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