May 24, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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MG 660 - Applied Organizational Behavior

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course examines the interaction between individuals, groups and the organization in the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives. It looks to assist students in understanding and predicting the performance of individuals and ultimately the organization in which they work. As an advanced course in management, the course is conducted in a seminar format drawing on case studies, organizational experiences of students, Internet research, and readings. Topics discussed in depth include perception and learning, motivation and work-related attitudes, group processes and work teams, organizational communication and decision making, interpersonal behavior, influence, power, politics and leadership. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Know and understand organizational behavior and its impact on organizational performance, especially in today’s business environment 
  • Identify and assimilate the theory/practice covered in this course with real world work situations 
  • Describe the impact of perception, individual approaches to learning, ability and personality and their affect on performance 
  • Examine how motivation and job satisfaction are affected by leadership/management practices, policies and job characteristics. Recognize the importance of roles, norms, status and cohesiveness within organizations 
  • Recognize the importance of roles, norms, status and cohesiveness within organizations 
  • Explain how individual performance in groups is affected by the presence of others, the cultural diversity of group membership, and the number of others with whom one works 
  • Describe the formal forces and informal networks that influence communication in organizations 
  • Distinguish between social influence, power and organizational politics, and their application in organizations 
  • Explain how rising expectations about quality and ethical behavior have influenced the field of organizational behavior
  • Describe how technology has led to the development of new organizational forms

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Organizational commitment 
  • Managing diversity and prejudice 
  • Motivation in organizations 
  • Motivating by meting needs; motivating by being fair; motivating by altering expectations; motivating by structuring jobs 
  • Career dynamics 
  • Organizational socialization and mentoring 
  • Group dynamics; structural dynamics and individual performance 
  • Teams and effective team performance 
  • Communications in organizations 
  • Types of communication - verbal and nonverbal, formal and informal and improvement techniques 
  • Decision-making; factors affecting decision in organization Individual versus group decision-making Techniques for improving 
  • Interpersonal behavior; dynamics of pro-social behavior, cooperation and conflict Managing organizational behavior 
  • Influence, power and politics social influence, individual and group power 
  • Organizational politics, power in action 
  • Leadership approaches to identifying leadership effectiveness 
  • Organizational culture; identifying organizational culture, its consequences and capacity to change
  • Creativity and the process of innovation 
  • Organizational structure and design; structures and dimensions of organizations; organizational design 

Carolyn Ottman

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