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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.

Score: 

University : 1 Jeremy: 0

2 Comments

  1. Jeremy it was interesting reading your learning journal from a commerce majors perspective as I never assumed MGMT 300 to be part of an Arts degree in Employment Relations. Peter is a very useful and knowledgeable lecturer who has taught me in two previous papers. If you ever need help with MGMT 300 do not be afraid to visit. Onto your learning journal you spoke about the importance of teams in your last paragraph, however you did not talk about teams and performance relating back to your group. I feel that if you had explained your groups situation (i.e. students majors, SHV, what they want to get out of Mikes Bikes) then readers would be able to analyse how a management paper and group work would help you in further learning journals, Mikes Bikes and your Arts degree. Overall I really enjoyed your learning journal as it flowed and was easy to read. On a small note don't forget to APA reference articles you have used. As you are an Arts major I don't think you use APA but here is a useful link (http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subject-guides/bus/topicguides/apa_for_business.htm) for next time and your final summative journal.

  2. Reading a journal from a non-commerce perspective, I too found this an interesting read. There were many things that I found relatable, for instance the fact that I was super frustrated with SoloMike and was no where near mastering it. Also the fact that I would have to stay another semester if I don't take this - it's pretty much what is going to get me through the rest of this course (and hopefully the excitement working with teams will bring). In terms of giving feedback with regards to your journal, I believe that you should keep working on incorporating theory/the weeks reading material into some of the important ideas that you highlight i.e. relating to any problems your team may have. Does your team understand how they're suppose to perform? Are you all working towards a similar goal, or are you a team with the problem of goal diversity? Overall, I enjoyed reading your journal. Continue to press through right to the end, many of us are all on the same boat with regards to how we're suppose to survive this course. All the best and good luck for your future journals.