This course will familiarize you with the field of Organizational Behavior (OB). Organizational Behavior is based upon disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, and political science. Cross-cultural perspectives will be emphasized throughout the course. This field of study is important for understanding how people behave in organizations and provides useful information for anyone who plans to work for or with any type of organization during his or her career. When applied, the theories discussed in this course can help you become a more effective employee, co-worker, group/team member, manager, and global citizen.
Key areas of study include the following: perception and learning, individual differences, diversity, personality, emotions, attitudes, motivation at work, values and job attitudes, stress, group dynamics, decision-making, conflict management, organizational politics, negotiation, communication, leadership, human resource management, organizational culture, cross-cultural management, and ethics and social responsibility. We will use a combination of lectures, readings, cases, self-assessments, videos, experiential exercises, and a field study. The exercises and cases in this course are designed to help you apply organizational behavior theories in both domestic organizations and internationally.