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Richard S. Mcpherson
MGMT 545
Seattle Campus

Leading and Managing High-Performance Organizations

Focuses on the nature and function of effective leadership in high-performance systems. Includes visionary and transformational leadership, decision-making and empowerment, power and influence in organizations desiring flexibility and innovation, and leading organizational change. Places emphasis on leadership of emerging forms of organization such as learning organizations, virtual organizations, and networks.

Class description

Students can expect to learn more about how to truly create high performance work groups and teams through understanding people's motivations and employee satisfaction factors, the various leadership traits that are needed and practical techniques leading to empowerment, leading change and establishing a creative and innovative learning organization.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a seminar style of instruction with much interaction through the use of cases and application of concepts learned in class and brought to the classroom through the student's and instructor's experiences. The instructor brings 25 years of industry experience at the leadership and executive levels of Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial firms.

Recommended preparation

Read materials in advance of course discussion. Come prepared to discuss material, bring outside experiences and lessons learned. Participate in discussions including playing of "devil's advocate" when appropriate.

Class assignments and grading

Concept application based assignments through case studies, class projects and exams.

Grades will be based on performance on class assignments, a final exam, and meaningful class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Richard S. Mcpherson
Date: 01/28/2007