In last weeks journal I wrote about my frustrations with taking this course and how I learned that I needed to be more open minded about it. This week I've come to a solid understanding of what I can expect to get out of the class. I mentioned previously that my background is in organizational behavior. I'm taking this class as part of my minor in Employment Relations & Organizationals Studies. I had a very hard time grasping how running a (fake) bike company is relevant to this.
Most of my previous post was a bunch of humming and hawing. Indeed at the beginning of this week I was still doing so. SoloMike didn't help matters. I'm an ARTS student, not a COMMERCE student. I'm sure the commerce student who is reading this is no doubt familiar with the jokes that abound about how arts students are just a bunch of lazy hippies who don't learn anything really important (it isn't true!). I will admit that I found SoloMike difficult because there were a lot of reports and metrics that I did not understand. I've never taken many of the core business classes that are required of Commerce students. I was incredibly frustrated. Clearly this class should never have been listed in the Calendar as part of my minor. Unfortunately I had absolutely no option to drop or swap the class as that would have required staying an additional semester to finish my degree which is not an option.
I sucked it up and did the best that I could at SoloMike (which wasn't very good) and turned in my CV anyway. I figured that the simulation is only worth 20% of the mark, so clearly it's not the most important part of the course. I decided to be proactive and went to meet with Peter. He explained to me that this class is indeed relevant to my program. In the employment relationship it's essential to be able to assess PERFORMANCE. Not just your own performance but the performance of others. Well...OK Peter that sounds good....but...I'm not sure I'm buying it.
And then I read Katzenbach & Smith (1992) and found out that he was dead on. Teams are ALL about performance. If a team doesn't understand how they're expected to perform they will be unable to function. Performance is the key metric by which all people in an organization are measured. To that end, understanding how organizations manage performance is important to studying organizational behavior. So it appears that this class is indeed relevant and (GASP) I might actually learn something very interesting from it.
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