MBA students around the world share an enthusiasm for learning, growing, being challenged, and for developing as managers. To participate in that enthusiasm and address the issues of management are what have brought a first-rate faculty to Atkinson.
Implicit in Atkinson's curriculum is the premise that organizations are human instruments created and maintained to perform societys work. Anything we do today, from producing personal computers to providing sanctuary for the abused, requires organizations and people to manage them.
Even though I have retired, I continue to be interested in organizational analysis. That is, I'm interested in the human element of management: why people behave the way they do in organizations, what organizational forms are better under what circumstances, how change and conflict can be managed with the least cost and the greatest benefit to all concerned, and how human values affect and are affected by organizations and their managers.
E. Connor, Ph.D.
Professor of Organizational Analysis, Emeritus
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301