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AG EXT 604 ADVANCED MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES                                                                                 (2L+1P) I

Objective
  The course is intended to expose the students to the advanced management techniques. Besides, the students will also be developing management competencies in the practical classes.

Theory

UNIT I
  Forecasting Techniques: qualitative and judgmental methods, Technological forecasting- the Delphi methods, scenario construction. Management Information System (MIS): basic concepts, types of information needed at various levels, designs of MIS in an agricultural extension organization. Scope for computerization, system alternatives and evaluation, implementation, operation and maintenance of the system.

UNIT II
  Management By Objectives (MBO): elements, process, making MBO effective, evaluation of the MBO system–strengths and weaknesses.

UNIT III
  Managerial communication, Transactional Analysis (TA): ego states, transactions, inter relationships, strokes, stamps. Managing Organizational Stress: sources, effects of stress, coping mechanisms and managing stress. Team Building Processes: types of teams, steps in teamwork, facilitators and barriers to effective team performance. Collaboration and competition. Building and maintaining relationships, nature of  prejudice, Conflict management, Motivation and performance, Performance appraisal, Creativity, Decision-making. Logical framework approach for planning and evaluation

UNIT IV
  Decision Support Systems (DSSs), Basic information about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Expert Systems (ESs), their applications in an extension system.

Practicals
  Exercises on forecasting techniques, Management Information System (MIS), Management by Objectives (MBO) and Transactional Analysis (TA), Team building processes, skills in coping with organizational stress, Creativity and Logical Framework Approach (LFA)

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