MW 12:30 - 1:50
The field of management is comprised of both theory and practice. Organizational Behavior is concerned with the theory that guides management practice. Human Resource Management, on the other hand, deals with the actual practice or details of managing people--a “How To” guide to management. Whether you are interested in a career in management or not, one thing is certain--Your Success in Business Depends on How Effectively You Deal with People !!!
Organizational Behavior (OB) is the study of how people behave in organizations. It represents everything we have learned about how individual attitudes, values, and personality affect human behavior in organizations; how individuals respond to group dynamics, leadership, power, and politics; and how organizational structure, work design, and change affect individuals. Because OB is concerned with the complexities of human behavior, is not as precise and rigorous as the natural sciences, like chemistry and biology. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of scientific studies conducted by behavioral scientists in real organizations have provided a wealth of firm conclusions regarding individual responses to organizational life. In other words, we don’t have all the answers to what makes us tick in the workplace, but we have learned a great deal. You can’t afford to enter the workplace without the benefit of what we’ve learned. In short, Don’t Leave Home (MSU) Without It !!!
Our objective is simple. We will explore and apply the wealth of valuable insights offered by the field of OB in hopes that these insights will enhance your ability to deal effectively with people in the workplace.
Personality Profile paper - based on your interpretations of various personality surveys completed.
4 exams will consist of 50-65 Multiple Choice questions. Anyone who misses a scheduled exam will not be given the original exam (Form A). Instead, they will be given “Form B” of the exam, which has a reputation for being unpopular with students. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest for you to take the exam as scheduled if at all possible. Exams are roughly every three weeks and will cover 3 to 4 chapters.
Presentation project - students will be placed in working groups to present an organizational change project to the class and any interested faculty members.
Homework and participation.
4 Exams @ 15% each
I add points up - it is not an average of averages!
You will turn in all assignments in class. I will not accept emailed attachments. It is your responsibility to get your work printed out in time for class.
Late assignments lose 10% each class day they are late.
Participation and Attendance
Since this is a participation-based course, part of your grade is based on participation. You must read and highlight the chapters before coming to class. If you don’t, you will not only fail the exam, but you will not be able to contribute or benefit from class activities. Obviously, you must be present to participate. Regular attendance is required !!! Your participation grade will drop one letter grade per absence after three (3) absences have been recorded. You will be automatically dropped from the course after three (3) consecutive absences or six (6) total absences have been recorded.
Tardiness is also strongly discouraged! Tardiness disrupts the class and is disrespectful to the professor or presenter leading the class. If you are not in your seat when the roll is checked at the beginning of each class, you will be counted absent!
Exceptions are granted only for documented university-approved absences and tardiness that is due to documented physical disabilities.
Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Your name on any exam or assignment is your pledge that all work contained therein is yours alone. Collaboration is allowed only in team research and team presentation. See the MSU Student Handbook for a statement of the university's policy on academic dishonesty (my choice of handling cheating is an "F" for the course). By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.