Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Fall 2021
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 35
8 Credits per quarter
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Having the opportunity to choose one’s colleagues or boss is rare in any jobs - we usually inherit them when we join an organization. How might you be true to yourself when your boss or client does not value your style of presentation? Which interpersonal strengths can propel us to get hired?  What is an ideal organization, and what evidence supports it?  In this experiential class, we explore these types of questions through readings, video blogs, podcasts, live-online activities, discussions, hands-on projects, and your own case studies from a real world organization, testing your ability to build effective relationships. We cover diverse topics, ranging from motivating people, interpersonal influence, group dynamics, behavior change, organizational design, cultivating a organizational culture of innovation, to turning knowledge and awareness into action.

The class focuses on weaving evidence-based leadership, management, and organizational behavior concepts at three levels: individual, interpersonal, and collective.

The class is designed to accomplish three main goals:

You will find that the course concepts have relevance to a variety of organizations —not only businesses, but also governments, non-profits, athletic teams, social clubs, and religious groups.

This course will be on-line (using Canvas, Zoom, and other digital platforms for watching live classes and discussing videos, engaging in live small group activities and hands-on projects, and posting your work). During the first week of class, we will form project groups.

To successfully participate in this program students need a computer and internet access. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.

  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of contemporary management and organizational behavior concepts so that you can understand and analyze how organizations and the people within them work.
  • Develop your own style of leadership, management, and collaboration skills by providing you with opportunities to apply leadership and organizational concepts to real-world problems.
  • Build a diverse and inclusive learning community.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (8): 10379

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Preparatory For

Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Public and Nonprofit Administration, Leadership, Human Resource Management, Mentoring, Behavior Design, Organizational Design, Teaching, Coaching, Management Consulting

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