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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 14, 2014 - August 01, 2014||3||M-F 9A-11:50A||Open||Shaila Khan||10445|
One of the core areas in every business degree, Organizational Behavior serves as an introduction to theoretical concepts and empirical research in the behavioral sciences as they apply to behavior within organizational settings. The focus of the course will be on the translation of management and organizational behavior theory to practices that result in organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and human resource development. Students who want to pursue a managerial career will find this course prepares them for an understanding of advanced leadership roles in modern organizations.
Students will be exposed to philosophies, theories, and generally accepted techniques in the management of people in the working environment. The purpose of this course is to examine the contemporary principles, techniques and research findings in management and organization behavior that are driving high performance and continuous improvement in business today. Accordingly, effective leadership skills, team-building skills, and management skills are addressed at the application level within the overall ethical, socially responsible stance. The competence in oral, written, and electronic communication forms an important constituent in achieving the desired outcomes of this course.
This course integrates the study of management principles and practices with the study of human behavior within organizations. To understand management and organizational behavior, concepts associated with continuous improvement in individual, group, and organizational processes in our global environment will be discussed. Specific attention will be given to nature of organizational behaviors; diversity in organizations, attitudes and job satisfaction, emotions and moods, personality and values, perceptions and individual decision making, motivation concepts and its application; foundations of group behavior, understanding work teams; communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, organizational structure, organizational culture, human resource policies and practices, organizational change and stress management. Interspersed throughout the course, students will be encouraged to participate in critical thinking and analytic discussions in class, which will involve case studies analysis, experiential exercises, point-counterpoint debates, ethical dilemma viewpoints and group projects.
Students will be encouraged to engage the material with critical reflection, and question everything. In addition, there will be challenging question and answer assignments and personal application assignments. This course will provide the foundation to majors in Psychology, Economics, Finance, and Business Administration.
The primary learning goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced leadership roles in modern organizations. Successful completion of this course should enable participants to achieve the following goals:
1. List and define basic organizational behavior principles, and analyze how these influence behavior in the workplace.
2. Analyze human behavior in the workplace as influenced by personality, perceptions, motivations and attitudes.
3. Outline the elements of group behavior, including interpersonal relations, socialization, communication, group dynamics and teamwork.
4. Understand management style as it relates to influencing and managing behavior in organizations.
5. Enhance critical thinking and analytic skills through the use of management case studies, application papers and small group exercises.
6. Strengthen research, writing and presentation skills.