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University of California at Santa Barbara Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management ESM 280 ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP Fall 2010 Instructor Dr Celine Gainet 3412 Bren Hall Class Lecture T 8 30 11 20 Bren 1520 Office hours Monday 2 to 4pm or by appointment Email celine gainet anderson ucla edu Course Overview and Objectives All environmental problems have a human dimension Environmental change will only occur through individual leadership and collective action ESM 280 introduces students to organizational dynamics and the analytical and communication skills which environmental leaders need to motivate change In this course you will learn about organizational behavior and theory in order to better understand the organizational contexts of the workplace and other institutions in society Second you will learn about group dynamics in order to become a more effective group member Third you will gain an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader manager through your interaction with a team during group work and in the classroom This course will provide an opportunity for you to become reflective about your own ability to lead environmental change in the organizations where you will work and to hone the communication and persuasion skills necessary for your success in these change efforts Learning Method We use a unique teaching method in ESM 280 that requires students to engage in self motivated actions to learn about their own leadership abilities and to develop new analytical skills Since most organizational work is done in groups a central locus of this learning about one s self and one s abilities takes place in groups The teaching faculty creates learning opportunities by providing situations and materials that spur group interaction and personal reflection on the success or lack of success of individual and group actions 1 Since there are significant differences in the experience levels of students in the MESM program we expect that much of the learning in this course will be self generated Students with significant work experience are encouraged to seize this opportunity to mentor and coach others in their groups and in the class honing preexisting managerial and leadership skills Content and Organization ESM 280 will not focus solely on environmental issues Rather it will focus on learning how organizations work what motivates individuals and teams to perform work and the identification development of the skills a leader needs to influence change in organizations My expectation is that students attending programs at the Bren School are interested in becoming environmental change leaders Therefore the students their interests their experiences and their expertise bring the environmental context to ESM 280 We will look at two levels of organizational theory analysis in ESM 280 The first level is about making sense of the individual s role in organizations This is the micro level of analysis with which we start the course Individuals are the basic unit of organizations Most work in organizations is done in groups with individuals playing instrumental roles in creating the solutions to organizational problems Organizations are made up of these groups of individuals workgroups departments research teams divisions business units etc We will look at what motivates individual behaviors and analyze group dynamics to gain an understanding of the micro level The understanding you gain about how to motivate other individuals and groups to change will be highly important to your success as an environmental leader The second focus of organizational theory is what we call the macro level Issues of organizational formation design culture change learning and ethics are all part of the organization as a whole analysis that we study during the course Part of the macro level analysis includes understanding inter organizational dynamics interactions between organizations A catch phrase for these dynamics is stakeholder relations You will learn to map the set of stakeholders that bring pressure to bear on different types of organizations A central theme that cuts across both levels of analysis is the potential for individuals to lead Managers and employees at all levels of an organization have the potential to implement changes that they think are important As a future environmental professional it will be helpful for you to understand your own ability to make changes happen in organizations and to lead groups to find solutions Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to discover which leadership skills you appreciate in others and to learn about your own leadership skills A variety of teaching materials have been selected to help you learn about organizational theory and behavior Case studies group projects team teaching team exercises and academic practitioner articles will be used during the course The theory and analysis of organizational behavior will be illuminated by general and environmental readings Participants in the course are expected to attend all class sessions and to have read all required readings The syllabus provides a number of optional books that are offered for those who want 2 to explore certain topics in greater depth We can request that Davidson library make these optional materials available at the reserve desk if you would like Grading The grading reflects the objectives of the class i e it is mainly team oriented Nonetheless reading the materials prior to the class and participating to the class are key elements to succeed in your team work Team assignments o Teaching 2 core topics of the class 30 each presentation 60 o Organizational analysis paper 15 and presentation 15 30 Individual assignment Participation attendance 10 There will be no final examination for this course 3 Assignments 1 Team teaching 2 30 Each week a different group will take responsibility for developing a one hour teaching session In this way the organization will develop and lead its own organizational learning efforts These sessions will be on organizational topics related to managing environmental issues Groups will select their topic during the first day of class We encourage you to think about creative ways to teach your cohorts about the topic you select developing in class exercises using film viewings or inviting outside speakers for example Week 10 will not focus on a specific topic The group who has responsibility for week


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