Mala Sarat Chandra
Introduction to internal and external management issues and practices in information organizations. Examines key topics drawn from the fields of organizational theory and behavior, including planning and decision-making, organizational structure, leadership, and motivation. Reviews strategic and operational issues including human and organizational issues related to technology introduction, use, and management.
IMT 580 looks at how information organizations are managed, that is, how the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling of an information organization is done. It sheds light on the internal and external influences and variables that allow information organizations to thrive or cause them to decline, and the managerís distinguished role in that success or failure.
Only a few people set off in their careers to become managers, but many information professionals find themselves in management positions before long. Whether one manages people, projects, systems, content or collections (or any combination), learning to think strategically and tactically as a manager is critical.
Managing is not just a discipline comprising (technical) managerial proficiency and the knowledge of certain means necessary to arrive at predefined ends. Managers need to understand and uphold high ethical standards when using the powerful techniques and means at their disposal while striving for organizationally desired ends. Responsible management is always ethically rooted.
This course provides theoretical and practical frameworks, tools, and techniques for professionals who engage in the various aspects and areas of managing.
Combining the concepts of management theory with practical examples and experience, students will acquire basic knowledge and skills for managing in traditional and non-traditional information environments. As your instructor it is my aspiration that you will not only learn new aspects of effective leadership, but upon completion you will also find that you look at your immediate environment in new ways.
Students must purchase the coursepack found at this link: https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/23085587
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, Labs, Fishbowl Discussions, Exams
There is no required textbook for this course, but a recommended textbook is posted on the website. Students must read all Required Readings. Students are highly encouraged to read all Optional Readings.
Class assignments and grading
Individual Assignments count for 60% of the grade; group assignments count for 40%. All assignments must be submitted on the date shown, no exceptions. Late assignments, if accepted, will incur a penalty of 5%.
Rubrics describe grading basis.