|How to contact the instructor:
Office: Tower Hall 3130 (office hours before or following class)
Office Phone: (218)723-6476
Home phone: 525-3723 (only when urgent)
(my preferred mode of communication)
This course is an introduction to organizational behavior, and will
emphasize the integration of behavioral science theories and practices.
Emphasis will be on understanding the basics of the behavioral sciences,
formulating one's managerial/leadership style, considering motivational
aspects of behavior, and facilitating transition management in organizations
Objectives: By the end of the course you should be able to:
and Schedule (see online description)
describe the strengths and cautions for using the behavioral sciences
give examples of effective use of attention and perception principles
discuss how attribution affects behavior, especially during the change
describe in detail your personal style of management/leadership
analyze a motivational problem situation from equity, expectancy, efficacy,
or OB-mod perspectives
analyze a leadership problem and plan intervention based on substitute-neutralizer
propose a transition management plan for an organizational change
Performance evaluation: In graduate education we have found that
one of the best ways to find out how people think is by having them formulate
and write about something, and reflect on their thinking as demonstrated
in writing. For this course there is are two written assignments.
1. Motivational Problem. Your task is to describe a problem
situation in a work setting with which you are familiar. The paper should
demonstrate your familiarity with using theory, terminology, and strategy
for influencing behavior in the workplace. First briefly describe the problem
situation; then use a theory of motivation to explain why the behavior
occurred; finally, use the theory to describe an intervention to change
the motivation/behavior. This paper is due by the last class session, week
In addition to the paper, evaluation will include your performance in
class, initiative and thoughtfulness in discussion, and use of terms and
concepts in discussion.
2. Transition Management. Your task is to describe an organizational
change that your organization has, is, or is likely to experience (e.g.,
shift to team-based work, change in information system, downsizing, etc.).
You should identify the impact of such change on key stakeholders, then
describe the transition management recommendations you would advise for
minimizing adverse impact for each of the stages of transition. This paper
is due following the 8-week course, by week 14.
Be sure to use APA style (this will take awhile to master and get
comfortable with), use clear subheaders, and be sure to use intext citations
and references. Check The Managers Library (online from Main Menu) for
summaries of APA style.
Grade Ranges for Papers
|93+ A Excellent, well organized, good visual cues for reader,
appropriate citations, APA format, no or very few errors, strong content,
and sound argument.
90-92 A- Very good. A strong presentation but slightly lacking in
polish, style or has minor errors
87-89 B+ Good. Still a good paper but due to shortcomings (e.g.,
errors, less clear organization, fewer cues, fewer citations, etc.) does
not make the "excellent" range
84-86 B Adequate. This is average for graduate school and should
not be dismissed as a low grade--this is the level expected.
80-83 B- Low Average. This is borderline acceptable due to some important
errors or oversights. It has some strengths but they are countered by flaws.
You need to work on it.
<80 C Below average. This is unacceptable work for graduate
level. Meet with your instructor and advisor.
Text. Robbins, S. P. (2003). Essentials of Organizational Behavior.
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Online resources for the course include extensive webpages on many aspects
of management--probably too much for you to absorb if you try to cover
them all. Search and read selectively!
Recommended strategy for study
Start by reviewing the topic and assignment, especially the study questions--what
do you want/need to know?
Read the online materials--they have been selected from a much larger
pool of articles and links that you can also explore.
Read your text . Understand the theory underlying the measures, then
see what your style is. Add this information to your growing list of information
For describing your managerial style, self administer the online assessments.
Examine the format of the tests as well as the information you obtain.
What seems to make a good test? What do these instruments suggest about
your managerial style? Begin to integrate the information about your style.
All work for the course must be your own original work. When you
include information from other authors, be sure and give appropriate credit
(APA citation style). You may restate in your own words the ideas of other
authors, but again give credit where due. We also encourage you to work
with other students in the class, distribute work loads where useful, combine
efforts on research--but you are personally responsible and accountable
for the final product. Please discuss readings and assignments with each
other, provide feedback and critical evaluation, and make suggestions to
each other. If you become aware of ethical violations or have questions
or concerns, please contact your instructor or the HIM department chair
Timeline for Assignments
All work should be handed by the designated due date. Delays make
it difficult to use others papers as a comparison base for grading. If
emergency or exceptional circumstances arise, please notify the instructor
as soon as possible. Notification after the fact may make alternate arrangements
a problem. We understand that family and work arrangements are sometimes
a challenge and will try to make accommodations for exceptional events,
but we encourage you to stay on or ahead of schedule with your assignments
so there is less chance of later disruptions. We also encourage you to
submit early drafts of papers for feedback. Papers cannot be submitted
for feedback less than two weeks before their due date.