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Organizational Behavior

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 13, 2015 - July 31, 20153M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenShaila Khan10445

Course Description

A standard course in any undergraduate Business department, Organizational Behavior introduces students to the theoretical concepts and empirical research in the behavioral sciences as applied to behavior within organizational settings. This course will examine the contemporary principles, techniques and research findings in management and organizational behavior that drive high performance and continuous improvement in business today. Understanding effective learning styles, personality, motivation, stress, creativity, power, conflict, diversity and communication, along with leadership and team-building skills, will be addressed at the application level within the overall context of an ethical, socially responsible stance. Concepts associated with continuous improvement in individual and in group processes will be discussed.

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for leadership roles in modern organizations, and is designed for students of any discipline. The course’s main objective is to provide the essential content and experiences needed to become a motivating student, a successful manager and an effective employee in any type of work. By taking the course students will understand themselves and other people at work and will learn how to create effective work groups to be successful in life.

The course will follow experiential learning techniques so that (a) students will learn the specifics of a particular subject matter and (b) they will learn about their own strengths and weaknesses as a learner (i.e. learning how to learn from experience). Interspersed throughout the course, students will participate in activities involving exercises, self analysis techniques and role plays to make the insights of behavioral science meaningful and relevant. Each topic will be presented as an educational intervention to facilitate each stage of the experience-based learning process. Personal Application assignments and simulations are designed to relate personal experiences. Observational methods are added to facilitate the understanding of these experiences. Theories and models are introduced to form generalizations and mental models. And finally, the intervention is structured to encourage students to experiment with and test what they have learned in class as well as in other areas of their lives. The course will teach students how to learn to become continuous learners, be capable of responding to demands for change, and be able to acquire new skills through their careers.

Successful completion of this course should enable participants to achieve the following objectives:
• List and define basic organizational behavior principles, and analyze how these influence behavior in the workplace.
• Analyze individual human behavior in the workplace as influenced by personality, value perceptions, and motivations.
• Outline the elements of group behavior including group dynamics, communication, leadership, power and politics, and conflict and negotiation.
• Understand their own management styles as they relate to influencing and managing behavior in the organization systems
• Enhance critical thinking and analysis skills through the use of management case studies, personal application papers and small group exercises.
• Strengthen research, writing and presentation skills.