Organizational Behavior

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The course presents an integrated social science view of human behavior in organizations.  Topics include intergroup relations, conflict in organizations, organizational structure, work design, and the quality of work life.



  • Outlining the history of “organizational behavior.”
  • Defining the scientific management thrust in business and its importance.
  • Describing the human relations movement in business and its importance.
  • Tracing the development of systems thinking in organizational behavior.
  • Discussing the role of the employee as learner.
  • Identifying the relationship between organizational structure, work design, and quality of work life.
  • Relating corporate culture to performance for both individuals and groups.
  • Discussing the concept of an organization as a community of shared interests.
  • Examining human resource strategies for managing individual behavior within organizations.
  • Exploring the dynamics of intergroup relations and conflict within organizations.
  • Relating the concepts of power and politics to organizational behavior.
  • Discussing the nature of both intra- and inter-organizational communications.
  • Identifying leadership challenges and strategies for successful organizations.
  • Differentiating between successful and chaotic organizational change.
  • Addressing the impact of corporate ethics upon organizational behavior.
  • Discussing individual differences and how they impact the dynamics of effective teamwork.
  • Describing the various decision-making and problem-solving strategies utilized by organizations.

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