Organizational Behavior MG6013
The exploration of the theories, research and practices that allow a better understanding of human behavior in organizations. Topics include motivation and job satisfaction; decision making; group dynamics; work teams; leadership; communication; power, politics and conflict; organization culture, structure and design; impact of technology; management of work stress; organizational change and development; and career management. Analysis of organizational behavior problems by self assessments, case studies and simulations.
The objectives of this course are to:
Introduce you to the important concepts, ideas and research findings in the field of organizational behavior. 2.
Enrich your thinking about the application of organizational behavior research to organizations
Provide you with an opportunity to acquire and apply specific organizational behavior principals to solve organizational problems.
Structure of the Course
In addition to readings, lectures and classroom discussions, this course will also incorporate several case exercises and other assignments. Class meetings will follow a lecture-discussion approach. Case discussions and small-group problem solving centered upon practical dilemmas faced by managers in organizational issues will be part of the course. Since many of the concepts and terms are sufficiently complex, reading the textbook prior to the in-class meetings will help your understanding during class time. I will not be reviewing in class every topic covered in each chapter or in an assigned reading.
Because this class is comprised predominantly of students who are not Organizational Behavior majors, I believe that four “unit tests” will be the most effective method of measuring progress than a mid-term and final exam. These unit tests will include multiple-choice questions and short essays. Students will also be required to submit written exercises (home work) as specified in the Course Outline below. And, you will be graded on participation in class. Class participation consists of answering when called upon by the instructor and voluntarily contributing to classroom discussions on a regular basis. Regular attendance is required and lateness is strongly discouraged. If a class is missed, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the missed presentation information from classmates. Students are also expected to turn off all cell phones, beepers and other electronic devices prior to the beginning of the class. Students are also expected to demonstrate respect and consideration for their classmates. Eating food in class is not permitted, but water and other soft drinks are allowed. No trash is to be left on any desks or on the floor of our classroom.
Unit exams (4, in class)
Weekly class participation
Home work assignments
Robbins, S.P. and Judge, T.A.
Organizational Behavior, 15th Edition, Pearson-Prentice-Hall, (2013) ISBN 978-0-13-283487-1. The text is available in the school bookstore and on VALOREBOOKS.COM.
MG 6013 Course Outline
Jan. 28 Introduction of course objectives, syllabus and course requirements, and review of classroom protocol.
What is Organizational Behavior? Discussion of the role of managers in organizations and review of managerial skills. Discussion of OB as an academic discipline and a tool used by contemporary managers. Read Chapter 1.
Feb. 4 Diversity in...
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