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Respect Study Guide

Music for Managment
Dorothy Marcic*

Because the arts can help in the learning process, this CD of songs related to management and organizational behavior themes is designed to be a supplement to the textbook and to give students a fuller view of concepts. This booklet will list the relevant concepts examined here through the included songs and will describe assignments and exercises to help bring a deeper understanding of the theories.Concepts, songs and assignments:

  Concepts Songs Assignments
a. Internal/external
locus of control
Que Sera, Sera
Write a paper analyzing the points of view of each song, according to which is more internal and which more external locus of control? What types of jobs would suit each person best?
Role play option: Divide into small groups. Each group chooses a conflict situation one person in the group has experienced between two people. Role play the situation having one person exhibit internal and the other external locus of control.
b. Leadership Que Sera, Sera
Which song illustrates the qualities of leadership better? Find a leadership theory that describes what is sung in that song. Which song describes followership? What kind of follower would that person be? How would the leader motivate that person?
  Leadership (cont.) I Will Follow Him Assume a leader who wants this type of follower. Describe why you think that leader is either more autocratic or democratic and the resultant effects on the followers of that kind of expectations. Support your arguments with at least one other leadership theory.
c. Motivation She Works Hard for the Money Choose a motivation theory that describes what Onetta needs in order for her to be more motivated; then analyze Onetta’s work situation using that theory.
d. Motivation and leadership 9 to 5 Is the worker in this song operating at her highest level of productivity? What has demotivated her? What style of leadership does her boss use? How effective is it? If you were her boss, how would you treat her in order to create a higher level of motivation?
e. Management history 16 Tons
9 to 5
Describe the working conditions of the employee in 16 tons. Which model of management was operating in that coal mine? Which in the 9 to 5 office? Would that model (or models) be effective in today’s new economy? Why or why not? Compare the mine conditions to that of the worker in 9 to 5? How had it changed in those 25 years from 1955 to 1980?
f. Positive/negative reinforcement You Are So Beautiful
These Boots are Made for Walking
Write a paper describing how each song represents positive and negative reinforcement. Explain why you think one or both are effective for leaders to use.
g. Diversity As Long as He Needs Me
Any Man of Mine
Describe the changes in attitude of the first song (from 1962) and the second (from 1995). What are the different expectations placed on women in the two songs? How do you think those expectations impacted the workplace?
  Diversity (cont.) Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
She Works Hard for the Money
Wide Open Spaces
Write a paper examining the economic position of women in the three time periods of these songs (1952, 1984 and 1998). What percentage of women worked, how much did they earn relative to men and what percentages of women were in management positions? How did those changing economic circumstances influence how a) women were seen in the popular culture, and b) what choices women had?
h. Change Wide Open Spaces Describe the themes of change and risk that this song expresses. What change theory fits?
  Change (cont.) 9 to 5 In a work environment such as this, would you expect high or low resistance to change? Explain and support your ideas with at least one theory.

* To accompany Understanding Management by Daft and Marcic, as well as the ancillary CD Music for Management, both available from Southwestern Publishing.