About this Course
ISchool graduates will, without exception, find themselves working in organizations and on projects that require managerial, organizational, and leadership skills. Fortunately, your experiences in various life roles have already taught you things about managing and organizing. In this course we each will bring our own experiences and backgrounds to an examination of management theory and practices, and we will begin to develop and apply our skills in select organizational situations.
Today's information agencies are complex, evolving organizations. A course such as this can only begin to address management theories and philosophies that may help us function more thoughtfully and effectively within an organization. While a fairly recent field of research, the management literature is enormous.
I invite you to think of the broad subject of "management" as an art, as much as it is a science. Obviously, the subject can be studied from a wide variety of styles and approaches. In this course, however, you will have the opportunity to identify and question your personal assumptions about organizations and management, practice management theories and practices through the analysis of case studies, provide insights into your individual strengths and weaknesses as managers and leaders and maximize those strengths, as well as guide your understanding of organizational theory and behavior.
The class is an opportunity for each one of us to explore important and challenging management, leadership, and organizational topics as they relate to our professional lives.
About the Instructor
Mary Lynn Rice-Lively is the Associate Dean of the UT@Austin School of Information. With over 25 years of management experience, she has held positions at the Dallas Public Library, the City of Dallas Mayor's Office, at UT's Tarlton Law Library and University Libraries, and now at the School of Information. She has been a keen observer of organizations and managers of all types. Among her research and reading interests are the culture of networked communities, learning and information technologies, social sensemaking, and qualitative research conducted in networked or computing environments. For more information see her web site.
About the TA
Alexandra Meyers (Alex) is a 2nd year Master's student at the iSchool where she is specializing in archives and special collections. Her employers and volunteer supporters have included the University of Texas at Austin, the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the University of California, Berkeley, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Alexander Architectural Archive at UT-Austin. For more information visit her web site.
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Last update 4 august 2009