Organizational Behavior

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Oliphant
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1250
End: 1405
Field Work: Day 5 | Ghana Download Syllabus

This course deals with human behavior in organizations. Conceptual frameworks, case discussion, and skill-oriented activities are applied to course topics which include; motivation, learning and development, group dynamics, leadership, communication, power and influence, change, diversity, gender, organizational change and culture.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 5

The purpose of this field lab will be to meet with the Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to help micro-fiance practitioners and spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide.  The missions of the Grameen Foundation is to enable the poor, especially the poorest , to create a world without poverty.  Grameen accomplishes their mission by collaborating with local organizations and allies around the globe to provide products and services that allow them to  1) reach deeper into the poor communities with micro-finance and technology services; 2) provide access to micro-finance and technology services among the poor and  poorest in harder to reach areas and currently unserved/underserved areas; and 3) measure who is being reached to ensure they are moving out of poverty over time  Class will look  at many of the areas of Organizational Behavior within the company.  Students will be asked to think about the types of behavior and culture in the Unites states and Ghana and how what happens in the organization is done because of culture and beliefs, locus of control and team experiences. Academic Objectives

  1. To observe how mobile groups can work together
  2. To discuss how cultural values can dictate how a team works together
  3. To discuss how the communication model is used in a small business