Course Description

The course focuses on the application of behavioral science theory and concepts to individual, interpersonal and group processes in a diverse workforce.


The study of organizational behavior encompasses the behavior of individual organization members and groups within organizations; the myriad of organizational processes, dynamics, and conditions of the organization as a whole; and the ways in which all these factors interrelate.  This course helps students develop conceptual, diagnostic and personal skills for dealing with human interaction in complex organizations with diverse workforces.  We will take a systems approach to the material, finding in systems theories the common framework that links organizational processes and dynamics at the individual, group, and organizational levels.  We will compare and contrast behavioral theories and deal with a range of topics, including individual development and motivation, group and team development and dynamics, communication, leadership, conflict, power/politics, culture, diversity, creativity, ethics, decision-making, and the organizational psyche.  The student will develop skills in applying these concepts and theories by analyzing realistic organizational cases and processing and discussing those analyses with fellow students and the Professor.  The student will bring these skills to their own organizations to assess current management practices and develop recommendations for improvement.

Organizing and tracking new approaches...