Description: This introductory course (there are no prerequisite courses) is designed to improve your effectiveness as a manager and leader by introducing you to frameworks for understanding organizations and organizational processes. Organizations have been studied from the perspective of several social science disciplines, including psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology and political science. The field on which this course is based, organizational behavior, draws from all of these disciplines and applies the insights derived from the pertinent research. This course will introduce you to this research and ways to apply the knowledge to particular situations through your analysis and subsequent class discussion of case studies.
Learning Outcomes: By reading various case studies and articles - which we also discuss in class - and by writing papers and preparing a group presentation, you will learn to: • Take an holistic approach to addressing issues facing an organization; understand and compensate for the effects of changes on all aspects of an organization • Identify and clearly define a problem/issue • Analyze and question data and information in a rigorous manner • Generate and organize qualitative and quantitative evidence to support arguments and recommendations • Listen to, respect and heed the advice and ideas of others • Present data and recommendations in a group setting and effectively defend your positions