Using Managerial Problems in the Classroom

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Organizational Behavior Teaching Society/SAGE


We regularly collect data from local area managers about their most pressing managerial concerns and problems. This information (from the Managerial Problems Survey) is used primarily to design and to market management development programs. In the past few years I have found several ways to use the information generated on the MPS in the classroom, specifically the meta-design for the course and as the basis for individual class assignments and discussions. Imagine that you have a representative list of the top ten (or five, or eight, or twenty) management problems on the minds of the local managers in your area. What could you do with that information ? Here are some of the things that I have done: