Disciplines of Humanities, Social Science and Management

The teacher has organized the course around three themes that intersect the disciplines of Humanities, Social Science and Management. These concepts are management and the Cartesian project, the organization as a political community, and the emergence of the corporate managerial knowledge society.

In the 16th century, Rene Descartes, a French philosopher and mathematician, developed the Cartesian method, a system for solving problems. This method became the foundation of classical management models such as Taylor s Scientific Management and Weber s Bureaucracy. Although the method was attacked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the method still plays an important role in contemporary management.

Machiavelli is one of the founding fathers of modern management. Organizations are association of people engaged in common tasks. The manager, like Machiavelli s prince, must govern these organizations to create wealth and value.

In the late 50s many sociologist and historians chronicled the emergence of the corporate managerial knowledge society. Drucker had recognized this reality as early as 1946 in his book The Concept of the Corporation. The emergence of this social reality led to the recognition of organized knowledge as the primary principle of production. Today many write books about the knowledge society and economy. The knowledge society and economy is, however, a model for understanding the transformation of contemporary society. These transformations include the development of a global workforce, global competition, the emergence of information technologies, the knowledge worker, the organization as a global network and education as economic development.



OUTLINE FOR THE PAPER
STUDENTS MUST WRITE A 20 PAGE PAPER. STUDENTS WILL USE THE CONCEPTS FROM THE READINGS AND DISCUSSION TO ANALYZE THEIR ORGANIZATIONS. STUDENTS MAY USE CONCEPTS FROM ONE OR SEVERAL AUTHORS TO ANALYZE THEIR ORGANIZATIONS. THE CONCEPTS MUST COME FROM THE ASSIGNED AUTHORS AND COURSE NOTES.
THE PAPER IS AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE STUDENT S WORK EXPERIENCE. IT MAY ANALYZE ONE OR SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS IN WHICH THE STUDENT HAS WORKED.

1. INTRODUCTION: STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.
2. DISCUSSION OF THE AUTHOR (S) CONCEPTS THAT ONE IS USING.
3. ANALYSIS OF ORGANIZATION.
4. CONCLUSION.
A well-written paper has the following elements.
1. A well-defined thesis statement, including the purposes or assumptions or hypothesis of your research.
2. Differential of your paper/project from any current research.
3. Logical integration of information and arguments to support or disprove your thesis.
4. Organizational consistency, orderly flow, relevance and effectiveness of sequential ideas and paragraphs to the central theme of your thesis, grammatically correct construction, spelling, and punctuation.
5. The caliber, quality, and depth of the research will be judged in part by the nature of the subject matter and the bibliographic documentation, including the use of articles from professional journals.
6. The paper should conform to the standards for formatting and documentation, including proper citations and referencing, found in Manual for Writers, by Kate L. Turabian, or other acceptable style manuals for writing term papers and dissertations.
7. The final paper should be double-spaced, and paginated.
8. The grading for the project will be as follows:
CONTENT: 80%
GRAMMAR AND SPELLING: 20%
There will be a one-grade penalty for each week the project is late.