Managing for Organizational Effectiveness
Winter Quarter 2000:
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theory and practice of organizational behavior. These concepts show how employees and managers can improve organizational effectiveness by attending to the human side of the enterprise.
At some point--as a manager or as an employee--you will be responsible for helping your organizations improve. Helping organizations become more healthy and effective, however, requires more than technical expertise. It requires excellent interpersonal and social skills. It requires an understanding of the complexities of human behavior. Interestingly, these are the skills that often determine promotions. This first calls for an individual focus; we need to become adequately self-aware and learn how and what to do to improve ourselves before we can effectively manage others. Therefore, a substantial amount of effort in this course will be devoted to self-analysis and personal skills development.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
Robbins, Stephen. (2001). Organizational Behavior, 9th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Additional material will be made available during the quarter, either as class handouts or posted on my web page.
Requirement and Grading:
|2 Exams @ 50 Points each||100 Points||33%|
|Self-Assessment Paper||50 Points||17%|
|Formal Case Summary & Presentation||100 Points||33%|
|Attendance & Participation||50 Points||17%|
|Total Possible Points||300 Points|
In compliance with the department's recommendations, the class will be graded on a curve with the mean set at approximately 3.1. However, if the class as a whole demonstrates exemplary performance, the mean will be adjusted higher. Conversely, I also reserve the right to adjust the mean below 3.1 if the class, as a whole, falls significantly short of my expectations.
Make-up allowances are allowed only on extremely rare occasions, such as unexpected hospitalization. Should you unable to attend class or to complete an assignment by the time it is due, please contact me so that we can discuss the matter.
The classroom procedure will be a combination of class discussion, case analysis, and role-plays. Students are urged to ask questions. Class participation is an essential part of the learning experience in this course. The student is expected to read the assigned chapter or case prior to class discussion.
There will be 2 exams throughout the quarter. The exams will consist of short answers and essay questions.
Self Assessment Paper
Each student will complete a variety of self-assessment instruments assigned by the instructor. The goal of these assessments is to give the student an "insight" into their behavior in the workplace and in a more informal setting. You will also ask a few other people who know you well to complete self-assessment instruments of your choice regarding your behavior. It will be interesting to examine how you see yourself as compared to others. For each of the assessments, you will answer the following questions:
Others Assessment and Comparison with Your Own Assessment:
Group Case Report is a written analysis of a case that will be selected by your group during Week 2. You will be placed into small groups when the assignment is handed out, and more complete details will be provided at that time.
This assignment's grade is based on:
The final version of the group case report is due () at the beginning of class. No late reports will be accepted.
All students are expected to attend class on a regular basis. Consistent class attendance and participating is critical in the learning process.
Course Outline -- Winter 2000
|M||Introduction to OB|
|W||Individual Difference & Personality|
|M||Individual Difference & Personality|
|W||Groups & Teams|
|M||Groups & Teams|
|M||Conflict & Negotiation|
|W||Conflict & Negotiation|
|W||Human Resource Management|
|M||Human Resource Management|
|W||Final Case Presentations|
|M||Final Case Presentations|
Instructor reserves the right to modify this course schedule if needed.