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.
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 has evolved to help organizations manage and lead their people in a way that maximizes the organization’s success. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and topics in leadership and organizational behavior (OB). We will survey several topics that are related to managing and leading people in organizations, including personality, decision making, motivation, leadership, team dynamics, negotiations, and organizational culture. A special emphasis will be given to leadership and the ways in which leaders are able to get buy-in for their vision and goals. Throughout this course, we will examine how individuals in organizations function across different contexts and levels of analysis: individually, interpersonally and in groups, and in organizations.
Student learning goals
1. Increase your knowledge of leadership and OB concepts so you can understand and analyze what effective leadership is and how organizations and the people within them work.
2. Provide you with opportunities to apply leadership and OB concepts to real world problems faced by managers and employees every day.
3. Develop your leadership and management potential. Effective leaders manage people, information and processes and must be able to diagnose problems, communicate clearly, make effective decisions, influence others, provide a vision, motivate, and manage the organization’s culture. You will also improve your personal skill set, including working in teams, negotiation, communications, and gaining influence.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, in-class exercises, team projects
Class assignments and grading
Small assignments to prepare for discussion, team consulting project, exams
Assignments, participation, team consulting project, exams