Instructor: Linda Reid Office Phone #: 587-7576
Office: Room # 212 Home Phone #: 852-2723
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: MWF 9:00 A.M. – 9:50 A.M.
T 2:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Or by Appointment
Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior & Processes. – 3rd Edition - By
Ancona, Kochan, Scully, Van Maanen, & Westney. ISBN: 0-324-05575-7.
Other Required Materials:
• You will need access to the Internet, to log on to the WebCT site
(http://webct.adams.edu) for this class. There you will find course lecture slides,
other documents for the class, and your grades.
Organizational behavior is the scientific study of the behavioral processes that occur in
work settings. The field of organizational behavior borrows many concepts and methods
from the behavioral and social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, political
science, and anthropology As a result, issues and topics touching on many academic
disciplines may become the subject of study in the field of organizational behavior.
In the workplace today, a good understanding of the theory of human relations in
organizations is essential. Some contemporary organizational issues include individual
and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power,
labor-management behavior, organizational change and development.
In this course, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the systems
approach as applied to human and organizational behavior. Students will gain an
awareness and knowledge of contemporary issues and approaches to organizational
change and development facing organizations.
At the completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Explain the terminology associated with organizational behavior.
Understand the systems approach as applied to human and organizational
Gain knowledge of contemporary issues and approaches to the organizational
change facing organizations.
Apply organizational behavior approaches to the analysis of one organization’s
Score a “C” or better on all combined course requirements.
Examinations will generally be based on essay, case or exercise analysis, and
presentations. Two take-home exams will be given this semester - a mid-term and a final
Students will be required to present a project which analyzes and solves an
organizational behavior problem. The project will be an in-depth analysis of an
organization or department within a larger organization. It will involve gaining access to
an organization for study. The oral presentation of your project is worth 40 points; the
individual paper is worth 40 points; and team member evaluations will be worth 20
points. More details will be given later.
Organization behavior lends itself to a heavy emphasis on experiential exercises. The
course will be a mix of lecture, discussion, cases and application through experiential
exercises for both the individual and group. Student-led exercises, followed by analysis
and discussion of the issues, will be a major part of the student learning experience.
Students are expected to attend classes, take well-organized notes and make a serious
commitment to academic excellence. If you are in class, I will assume you have read the
material and are familiar with it. You may be called on to discuss or help lead the
assignment for that day. If you are not ready, you will receive 25% taken off your
participation and report grade. Anyone absent more than five times will also lose 25% off
their participation and case analysis grade. This class will start on time; you are
expected to be in your class and ready to learn.
Cheating is strictly prohibited, and will result in a failing grade for the course.
Cellular phones should be shut off at all times during class lectures and presentations.
Class Assignments (6) 80 points
Case Analyses (2) 50 points
Midterm Exam 100 points
Final Exam 200 points
Group Project 100 points
Total Points 530 points
90%-100% A 80%-89% B 70%-79% C 60%-69& D 59% and Below F
Any test, paper, or assignment not received when due will receive a letter grade lower
than they would have otherwise received for each day late.
Much of the work required for each of these chapters will be achieved through the use of
teams. I will randomly assign students to teams at the beginning of the semester. At the
end of the semester, I will give each of you the chance to evaluate your other team
*If you require course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented
disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need
particular arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an
appointment with me as soon as possible.
Tentative Course Outline
Week of: Reading:
Jan. 14 Module # 1: Overview, Class Note, and “A Sampling of Analyses of the New
Jan. 21 Module # 2: Overview, Class Notes (Strategic Design & Political Lens)
Jan. 28 Module # 2: Class Notes (Cultural Lens & Applying the Three Lens), Press
Feb. 4 Module # 3: Overview, “A Team Primer”, and “Team Handbook”.
Feb. 11 Module # 4: Overview, “Cognitive Style Self-Assessment”, Class Notes, and
“Mapping Managerial Styles”.
Feb. 18 Module # 5: Overview, Class Notes
Feb. 25 Module # 6: Overview, “Outward Bound”, Class Notes, and Case - “Aston-
Mar. 3 Module # 7: Overview, Class Notes, “The Changing Social Contract for
White-Collar Workers”, and “Building Competitive Advantage Through
Mar. 10 Spring Break
Mar. 17 Module # 8: Overview, “and Class Notes.
Mar. 24 Mid-Term Exam Due
Module # 9: Overview, “and Class Notes.
Mar. 31 Module # 10: Overview, Class Notes (“Disneyland in the US of A”, “Disney
goes to Tokyo”, “Disneyland goes to Paris”, “Disney goes to Hong Kong”),
and The Press.
Apr. 7 Module # 11: Overview, Class Notes, and “Bystander Scenarios”.
Apr. 14 Module # 12: Overview, Introduction, “Some Wise and Mistaken
Assumptions about Conflict and Negotiation”, and “Interests”.
Apr. 21 Module # 13: Overview, and Class Notes.
Apr. 28 Module # 14: Overview, Class Notes, and Grateful Dead presentation.
*Team Project Presentations
May 6 Final Exam Due
***No Classes held on the following dates:
Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 18-19: Snow Days
Mar. 10-14: Spring Break