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Vitaly Nishanov
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

Course Objectives:

•Give students the key theoretical knowledge concerning managerial functions and OB. •Demonstrate typical management gaps and mistakes, and to show how to avoid them. •Teach students the principals of effective management and leadership. •Introduce major theoretical concepts on the topics of individual human behavior, group processes, and organizational structure and culture. •Improve and develop your management skills.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

• Lectures. • Group discussions. • Business simulations. • Exercises and quizzes. • Case studies.

Recommended preparation

1.Before coming to class you should a. Read assigned Chapter(s) of the textbook and handouts b. Be prepared to solve quizzes, exercises, and take part in group discussions. 2.Attendance policy: a. Class attendance and punctuality is strongly encouraged. 3. Participation policy: a. Be skeptical of my points and the textbook. b. Participate in class discussions, cases analyses, and presentation of the results.

Class assignments and grading

(1) Review Paper: All students of this course should prepare a review (5-6 pages) dedicated to Organizational Culture. The deadline for this job is February 6. For this assignment you can use all available sources. Your tasks are to analyze literature, class materials, internet sources, and to give your own conclusions, your point of view, recommendations. Late papers loose 10% per day.

(2) Short papers You should prepare seven short papers, NOT MORE than two pages each. You can use your textbook and all other appropriate sources for preparing short pa-pers. Do not forget about APA style please.

Topics for Short Papers: 1. How “rational” is actual Rational Decision Making process in organizations? What problems can hinder a manager from rational decision making? 2. What can be the reasons of groupthink? How to minimize or eliminate groupthink phenomenon? 3. Social loafing problem: how to avoid it? 4. Can authoritarian leadership style be appropriate in American companies currently? If yes/no, why? 5. What are the main results of the Hawthorne Studies? 6. What are the main differences between groups and teams? 7. What indicators can be used in order to estimate the level of decentralization of a company?

(3) Research Requirement In an effort to help you understand the scientific process of studying organizational behavior, each student in MGMT 300 is required to complete two research segments. A research segment is defined as (1) participation in a research experiment conducted by Management and Organization Faculty or (2) a written review of a research article from an approved Management journal. The MGMT 300 research requirement website contains a document entitled “INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUBJECT POOL: Subjects’ Rights and Obligations “ which details the process of participating in a research experiment. Experiments will be conducted throughout the quarter. Notices regarding the times and locations of these experiments are available at: http://uwbs.sona-systems.com No experiment will exceed 2 hours and most will be significantly shorter. To learn more about participating in experiments and to sign up to participate, log in to the Sona systems website at the url above according to the instructions given to you by your instructor and also available on the MGMT 300 research requirement website. Similarly, each written review is expected to take approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. The instructions for completing a written research review are available from your instructor or on the MGMT 300 research requirement website. Those who do not complete the research requirement will have a deduction of 5% taken off their final grade. If you have any questions, please contact the Subject Pool Coordinator, Alex Rubenstein at 206-818-8223, or by email at mgmtpool@u.washington.edu (please note that we cannot ensure the confidentiality of email messages). Questions? Visit the MGMT 300 research requirement website here: http://courses.washington.edu/m300/researchreq.shtml

1. Grading: Final test 30% Midterm 20% Quizzes, short papers, homework 20% Group project & presentations 10% Review Paper 15% Research 5% Total 100%

2. Criteria for evaluation quizzes, exercises, group projects. During quarter you will have about 20 mini-test, quzzes, homework, and group projects. Each of them will be graded from “0” to “1” (“1” is the best grade). Sometimes I will give you quizzes concerning new problems about which you have no clear ideas because we have not discussed them in our classes; your task will be to develop your own concepts. In this case all your relevant answers will be grated “1”.

3. Criteria for evaluation Review Papers

Research (goal setting, gathering relevant facts and concepts, making up conclusions) 30 Analysis (operating with definitions and facts; clear argumentations, generating your own self-supporting ideas) 30 Citing sources (ability to use APA style) 15 Complete reference list with relevant and reliable sources (at least 5 sources) 10 Text Organization (Text designing & Paragraph structure: ability to make your text readable) 15 Total 100 or 15% from Total

Criteria for evaluation Group Presentations Logical argumentation of the thesis 30 Presentation Technique (Eye contact, Gestures, Persuasion) 30 Analysis of themes and consequences 15 Quality of Handouts (PowerPoint presentation) 10 Clarity and effectiveness 15 100 or 10%


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 Vitaly Nishanov
Date: 12/20/2007