Sep 24, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BA 3444 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Students will explore the challenges in organizations in terms of the interaction between human beings, groups, and the organizational contexts within which they work. This course combines the multidiscipline approaches of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and management to understand, predict, and manage behavior in organizations. The primary goal of this course is to understand the ways individuals, groups, organizational structures, and culture impact an organization’s effectiveness and how an organization impacts all of those concepts in return. Specific attention will be given to organizational behaviors, individual differences, employee fit, foundations of group behavior, communication, power and politics, culture, and change management. (prereq: sophomore standing) (prereq: sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define Organizational Behavior (OB) and explain its significance.
  • Analyze individual human behavior in a workplace setting considering perceptions, personality, attitudes, development, and diversity.
  • Understand the elements of group behavior in an organization including group dynamics, teamwork, communication, power & politics, conflict, and leadership.
  • Define motivation and its influences through root causes, theoretical models, and scenario mapping. Motivation will be explored through individuals, group dynamics, training and development and the influence motivation and engagement has on performance in organizations.
  • Review models of organizational structure and how they impact culture, communication, corporate efficiency, strategy, and how corporations align with, or adapt to, external factors.
  • Compare individual, group and organizational behaviors together to understand, manage, and predict behaviors at all three levels based on scenario settings.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Dr. Katrina Moskalik

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