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Spring Interterm Courses

MGMT 3700/4700: Improvisation as a Management Technique

Improvisation as a Management Skill

MGMT 3700/4700 - 4 credits

Dates: March 17 - 21, 2014
Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Stuart

Description: This experiential course engages with the research of neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, faculty and students in the rapidly expanding study of improvisation as a management tool. Replicating a Miles Davis activity (1994), students will re-consider and perform their own ways of responding to emergent expression and uncertainty in the workplace.  The course elaborates improvisational techniques to enhance the ability to generate perspectives in uncertain conditions (Nord & Connell, 2011). Scaffolding with Miles Davis, participants design and perform improvisational pieces, applicable to class, life, and the uncertain contexts that surround us.  The session notes the emerging science illuminating creativity, improvisation, and the brain (Limb & Braun, 2008).

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