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Michael D. Johnson
MGMT 300
Seattle Campus

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Focuses on how managers become effective leaders. Examines basic principles of managing people, making use of theories that transcend the workplace, including the psychology of individual and group behavior. Emphasizes leadership, strategic thinking, team building, and performance. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

All organizations are comprised of three types of resources: financial and material capital, intellectual property, and people. Many contemporary organizations are finding that the people they employ and the knowledge and expertise these people hold are their best source of competitive advantage. The field of Organizational Behavior (OB) has evolved to help organizations manage their people in a way that maximizes the organization's success. This course takes a strategic view of how OB can enhance organizational effectiveness, and will give you an overview of the major areas of OB and the fundamental principles underlying good management of people.

Student learning goals

Provide you with an introductory understanding of the basics of OB

Help you see the importance of good people management

Show how managing people represents most firms’ best source of competitive advantage

Give you practical tools for managing people in your future job

General method of instruction

I run a highly participative course, with many discussions, exercises, and simulations. Because of the amount of material to be covered in this course, there will also be many lectures, as this is the only way to communicate a large amount of information in a short time. While I will endeavor to make these sessions engaging and interesting, it is the student's responsibility to come to class prepared and motivated to learn.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Exams. Students display their grasp of knowledge in OB through two exams. These exams will consist of both multiple-choice and essay questions.

Team Project. Students are placed in a team of 4-6 people to research and report on best practices of contemporary organizations in a particular area of OB. As a team, they choose one of the topics from the syllabus (e.g., leadership, decision making, motivation). The team's task is to highlight what 2-4 successful organizations are doing in managing their people that contributes to their success.

Assignments and exercises. A number of assignments are given throughout the quarter, about half of which are done in class. These include team exercises, individual exercises, research activities, and pop quizzes.

Discussion participation. This is a team-based, experiential course; consequently, participation is critical.

Research Requirement. In an effort to help students understand the scientific process of studying organizational behavior, each student in MGMT 300 is required to complete two research segments.

Straight points, no curve.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael D. Johnson
Date: 10/21/2008