Teaching

Management 824: Organizational Behavior and People Management

Objectives:

  • To help you become a more effective manager.
  • To enhance your understanding of management as a set of tools for getting things done with others and through others.
  • To examine people-management issues with emphasis on critical thinking, discussion, and presentations.
  • To apply organizational behavior and people management concepts to contemporary business situations.

People-management issues are unavoidable in work organizations. Accordingly, the material covered in this course has direct practical application to you and your career. We will examine individual behavior, small group behavior, and how situational factors influence behavior in organizations. Specific topics include motivation, groups, leadership, ethics, job design, decision making, power, organizational structure, and change management.

In class, we will emphasize analysis, critical thinking, and personal relevance of the text and readings, analysis of cases, skill-building exercises, and group presentations.

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Management 804: International Organizational Behavior
Management 476: International Organizational Behavior

Objectives:

  • To enhance your conceptual understanding of international management and organizational behavior and to enhance your personal cross-cultural management skills.
  • To help you become a more effective manager in the global workplace.
  • To apply international management concepts to contemporary world events.

Today, most employees work in organizations with international aspects to their business. This involves working with employees, partners, suppliers, and customers who have different cultural backgrounds or are from different parts of the world. In this course, we analyze and discuss the importance of understanding different management and business practices throughout the world. Specific topics include national culture, leadership, motivation, decision making, groups, communication, negotiations, structure, and personal career implications of international management.

Class includes discussion of readings, analysis of cases, skill-building exercises, and group presentations. Classes emphasize analysis, critical thinking, and personal relevance.

Each week focuses on a specific international organizational behavior topic. In addition, seven weeks focus on particular cultures.

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Management 907: PhD Seminar in Organizational Behavior

Objectives:

  • To review and critique the recent literature in selected areas of organizational behavior with an emphasis on critical thinking.
  • To develop ideas for future research that can enhance understanding of behavior in organizations.
  • To identify areas of organizational behavior that are personally interesting and that have potential application to your research.

Each week focuses on discussion and critique of recent scholarly articles on a specific organizational behavior topic. Class members prepare critiques of assigned readings, including ideas for how future research might build on each paper. Discussion leaders facilitate class interactions, with an emphasis on comparison and contrast, gaps and potential areas for future research, and an overall integration that summarizes primary themes and contributions of the set of readings.

Each person writes a scholarly paper that develops a new idea or the novel integration of previously separate perspectives, including a cohesive set of theoretically-based propositions. Members give and receive feedback to and from each other as they develop their paper ideas. At the end of the semester, each person makes a presentation on his/her paper including a specific research question, model, proposed relationships, theoretical justification for propositions, and key contributions.

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