Schedule, MAN 6395.0001, Fall 2016, MBA

Class Session Date Topic and Agenda:
Please come to class prepared to discuss or be evaluated on the following material listed for each class session.
1 8/23
  • Course vision (what we want to accomplish ultimately)
  • Course mission (the means by which the vision will be accomplished)
  • Syllabus and schedule review
  • Review of Harvard Business Coursepack:
  • HBR Article: A Healthier Approach to Business Travel
  • Student introductions / Class poll – favorite topics, missing topics, external perspectives – take a moment now to jot these down so you are not overly influenced by the other students’ discussions
  • Straw, Introduction and Chapter 1
  • Kelley, Introduction
  • Webcourses Assignment and Peer Reviews
2  8/30
  • Follow-Up from Session 1 – Straw, Introduction and Chapter 1
  • Discuss projects in further details to clarify all expectations
  • Straw, Part 1 – Vision (Chapters 2 – 6, Intro and Chapter 1 as well)
  • Case – Netflix in 2011
3  9/6
  • Case – Capitec Bank: Leveraging Banking Innovations to Attract Wealthier Customers
  • Straw Part II – Alignment (Chapters 7 – 11)
4  9/13
  • Case: Business Innovation: The MTR’s EInstant Bonus Project
  • Straw Part III – Execution (Chapters 12 – 16, Afterword, Appendix A)
5  9/20
  • Challenge Course Session with UCF Outdoor Adventure Team
    Athletic attire (no jeans or cargo pants), athletic shoes, no jewelry; consider bug repellent, water bottle, and phone (for camera) as desired
6  9/27
  • Team 4 – Strategic Planning, Joe Williams
  • Challenge Course Follow-Up
  • Kelley, Chapters 1 – 3: Learning Personas
  • BMW File, The Hire (Experimenter Persona)
7  10/4
  • Doris Alcivar – Assistant Director / Employer Relations, UCF Career Services (confirmed at 6pm)
  • Team 2 – Managing Change, John Halas
  • Kelley, Chapters 4 – 6: Organizing Personas
  • Case: CelTel Nigeria: Towards Serving the Rural Poor (A)
  • Midterm Instructor Evaluation
8  10/11
  • Dan Ecoff – Guest Speaker / Entrepreneur (confirmed at 6pm)
  • Team 8 – Compensation – Bob Walters (7:15 pm)
  • Case: Novartis in India: Innovation versus Affordability
  • Kelley, Chapters 7- 10: Building Personas
9  10/18
  • Team 3 Forum – Crisis Management Leadership, Mark McCain (6:00-6:45pm)
  • Team 6 Forum – Conflict Resolution, Kelsey Eason (7:00-745pm)
  • Team 5 Presentation – Being Resourceful – Mr. Jim Helsinger (8:00-8:45pm)
  • Case: Horst Dassler, Adidas, and the Commercialization of Sport
10  10/25
  • Team 7 Presentation – Balancing Personal Life and Work – Jennifer King-Porter (6:00pm-6:45pm)
  • Team 1 Presentation – Being a Quick Learner – Jason Brodeur (7:15pm – 8:00pm)
  • Case: Air Asia X: Can the Low Cost Model Go Long Haul?
11 11/1
  • Session Reserved for Group Work Meetings and Preparation. Class will not meet as scheduled for this session, however your group may choose to meet
 12  11/8
  • Case: Air Asia X: Can the Low Cost Model Go Long Haul?
  • Case GE Money Bank: The M-Budget Card Initiative
  • Discussion and Class Exercise Related to the Leadership Forum Presentation Topics
  • Integration of the 10 Personas of Innovation with the Leadership Forum and Other Class Topics
13 11/15
  • Case GE Money Bank: The M-Budget Card Initiative
  • Continued discussion and integration on Leadership Forum topics
  • Mini Exam Review / Your Test Questions Discussed
14 11/22
  • No Class Session
  • Closed-Book / Closed-Notes Final Exam Opens in the UCF College of Business Testing Center, 120 minutes allowed but you probably need only 90 minutes to complete the exam.
    • You can begin your exam from Tuesday 11/15 9:00pm to Wednesday 11/23 11:59pm. You don’t need an appointment, but you can make one to be certain you get the exact time desired and to avoid waiting in line. It is the last week of the semester, so there are often lines.
    • Final Exam Completion in the UCF College of Business Testing Center
15 11/29
  • Review of Final Exam Results / Topic Review
  • Class Presentations on Executive Recruitment (Teams 2 & 8) 
  • Class Presentations on Leadership Development (No Team Yet)
  • Note: If your team is ready, you will most likely have the opportunity to complete your presentation this evening instead of 12/6 if desired)
  • Class Presentations on Executive Recruitment (Teams 1, 3, 6, & 7)
  • Class Presentations on Leadership Development (Teams 4 & 5)
  • Presentation Order – Team 3, 6, 7, 1, 4, 5
  • (Due Date for all teams, but the presentation can be completed on a prior session with instructor approval)
  • Course Summary, Final Thoughts

Update Log:

  • 11/7/2016: updated presentation dates for teams, move the due date for the final project to 12/6/2016, added some detail for session on 11/8 and 11/15
  • 10/4/16: Modified Sessions 8, 9, 10, and 12 moving assignments back a session or two in order to allow sufficient time for group forum presentation and class discussions.
  • 9/13/16: Added Team #2 presentation to 10/4, confirmed Teams 3 and 6 for 10/18
  • 9/6/2016: Confirmed the Challenge Course for Session 5. I moved all assignments from Sessions 5 through 9 back one week to accommodate this change as the Challenge Course was initially slotted for Session 10; added Team 7 presentation on 10/25, added Team 1 presentation to 10/25 session, added Team 5 presentation on 10/18, added Team 8 presentation on 10/11
  • 8/29/2016: Team 4 Strategic Planning / Joe Williams added 9/27, Doris Alcivar confirmed 10/4 at 6pm
  • 8/23/2016: Initial version
  • PENDING: Challenge course
  • PENDING: Guest speakers


Schedule Notes:

Straw, et al, The Work of Leaders readings:
This is a very succinct and well-organized leadership book that focuses on vision, alignment, and execution. It is a meta-analysis of a vast amount of leadership research combined with substantial field observation support. Be sure to check out the References and Resources sections for additional reading on areas of interest. Spend additional time reflecting and researching on areas and topics that you have had little or no exposure to.

Kelley readings:
This is a very easy read, and is not a textbook at all. Rather, it is a fresh human-resources perspective on strategy, focusing on how to do things new and differently (innovation) by finding and fostering the characteristics found in the 10 personas (faces) the author presents. I will be looking for you to tell me how this material can be applied in your current and future roles in the workplace, going beyond the examples the author provides. Please keep this perspective and capture this information as you read the material so you can share it with the class.

Guest Speakers:

Doris Alcivar is an Assistant Director of Employer Relations at UCF Career Services. Doris works primarily with employers looking to recruit on-campus. Prior to relocating to Florida she served as Assistant Director of the MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing. She has also previously worked as Director of Student Activities at Passaic County Community College, and Assistant Director of Student Services and Student Services Counselor at NYU Steinhardt. Her first job in higher education was as a Recruitment Assistant in Career Services at New York Law School. Doris holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from NYU Steinhardt.

Tommy Bennett is the Director of Hardware Engineering and manages all aspects of Unikey engineering efforts. Mr. Bennett has extensive experience in product development in the commercial, medical, and military markets. Mr. Bennett’s broad technological background includes product development in lasers and optics, fingerprint biometrics, and GPS/GSM tracking devices. By having experience in conceptual design through to domestic and overseas manufacturing, Mr. Bennett plays an integral role in Revolutionizing the Key. Mr. Bennett holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Dan Ecoff is native to Central Florida. After attending UCF studying Biology, Dan began working as a sales representative for Oviedo-based I-CON Systems; a software controlled water conservation plumbing valve manufacturer. As I-CON Systems grew, Dan established a Regional Sales Manager position based in Austin, Texas. In July of 2015, Dan began working as Director of Sales for an early stage start-up, Trucker Path. Dan helped negotiate with Venture Capitalists, acquire series-A funding, build sales team, and work through live launch. Continuing momentum gained from momentum Trucker Path, Dan then began working for another pre-series funding start-up out of San Francisco, Zendrive. Outside of work, Dan enjoys hiking, camping, and live music.