Organizational Behaviour

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Department of Career and Management Studies
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Course Outline

Course Name:

Behaviour in Organizations

Course Number – Fall, 2007 Instructor: Contact Information: Email: Course Objectives: Tom.Raynor@McGill.ca Detailing the course objectives. Corg 551 761 Thomas E. Raynor Ed.D.

The actions management can take to deal effectively with change in our Global environment often leave much room for improvement. The course presented covers four distinct and very important areas or groupings…Analytics, Teams, Organizations and Skills as well as closely differentiating between the characteristics of the older bureaucratic model and the characteristics typical of the new, flat and more flexible model which is emerging today. The focus of instruction of this course is to examine changes in the organization using three distinct analytic tools or lenses: the Strategic, the Political and the Cultural. As well, students will learn some of the theories of negotiation, conflict resolution and human rights. The intended outcome of this course is to provide the graduate students insight and skill into potential new managerial approaches to problem solving and to introduce ways of improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness while providing employees the tools to improve their satisfaction and productivity in the work place. The course will be highly interactive using small group discussion, project teams, intervention, and case study analysis.

Course Description:
The actions management can take to deal effectively with change in our Global environment often leave much room for improvement. The course presented covers four distinct and very important areas or groupings…Analytics, Teams, Organizations and Skills as well as closely differentiating between the characteristics of the older bureaucratic model and the characteristics typical of the new, flat and more flexible model which is emerging today. The focus of instruction of this course is to examine changes in the organization using three distinct analytic tools or lenses: the Strategic, the Political and the Cultural. As well, students will learn some of the theories of negotiation, conflict resolution and human rights. The intended outcome of this course is to provide the graduate students insight and skill into potentially new managerial approaches to problem solving and to introduce ways of improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness while providing employees the tools to improve their satisfaction and productivity in the work place. The course will be highly interactive using small group discussion, project teams, intervention, and case study COURSE OBJECTIVES: 1. To introduce students to the ”new” organization and the three lenses approach to analysis— strategic design, political and cultural lenses—all taken from the behavioural sciences in order to help students to analyze their selected organization. 2. To provide opportunities to apply these lenses to real organizational and managerial problems 1

3. To participate in ongoing work teams in which students will learn about and experience teamwork.

4. To allow students to examine their own behaviour and beliefs about organizations so that they can contrast them with the theories and observations of others. 5. To enable students to be informed and engaged as participants in organizational transformations

Texts: Managing the Future, “Organizational Behaviour and Processes” Ancona et al, Nelson Canada, 3 edition (only). Case studies, articles, discussion and exercises will be used in class to facilitate the students' understanding and application of key theories and concepts. All students are expected to attend all classes in their entirety. . rd

Evaluation:

TYPE OF EVALUATION: PERCENTAGE 1. 2 3. 4. Group Work Individual Work Midterm Term Exam Final Exam 30% 20% 25% 25%

TOTAL:

100%

*Important note to students

Readings and class assignments are...
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