Organizational Behavior

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


CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD3173 has been successfully completed.



  • Researching the history of “Organizational Behavior” as a field of study.
  • Analyzing the influence of scientific management ideology on business practices.
  • Investigating the impact of the human relations movement on organizational behavior.
  • Explaining the development of systems thinking in organizational behavior.
  • Developing models for building productive workplaces.
  • Discussing the relevance of life-long learning within organizations.
  • Determining the relationship among organizational structure, work design, and quality of work life.
  • Describing the relationship between corporate culture and individual performance on group productivity.
  • Investigating the concept of an organization as a community of shared interests.
  • Critiquing human resources strategies for managing individual behavior within organizations.
  • Applying effective conflict resolution skills within organizations.
  • Analyzing the processes and outcomes of power and politics as they operate within organizations.
  • Exploring models of leadership used within successful organizations.
  • Developing strategies for organizational change.
  • Critiquing the impact of corporate ethical decision-making upon organizational behavior.
  • Understanding 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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