MG 150: Organizations and Behavior
Bentley College Office: G322 Diane Kellogg Phone: 891-2531 Fall 1994 Office Hours: by appmt
Essentials of Organizational Behavior, by Stephen P. Robbins Some additional cases and handouts will be distributed as needed.
Evaluation Due: Preparation (quizzes or short papers) 25% weekly Critical Incident / Case Oct 11 Case Analysis 25% Nov1 Leadership/Motivation Project 25% Dec 6 Final paper--Analysis of an Organization 25% Dec 13 Participation effect on "rounding up"
Students will receive the grade they earn, with no rounding. For example, a 3.2 average will be a 3.0 grade. However, people who actively participate in class discussions may have their grade rounded up.
The Critical Incident/Case should be one you have a particular, ongoing interest in. Choose a situation from any level of organization study: personal, interpersonal, group, or organization. It should be a situation where you would like more understanding or where you would like to see some change occur.
The Case Analysis should identify which bodies of theory are relevant to the particular case, and how those theories apply to the situation. What new understanding does theory offer to the situation. What actions are implied, if any? What do you suggest the main character do at this point in time?
The Leadership/Motivation Project is designed to encourage students to apply what they have learned about leadership and motivation in the course to a practical setting. Students will lead a project of their own choosing and motivate at least 5 other people to become involved in the project. Select a community project which will benefit members of a disadvantaged population. You may work directly with individuals, or work through a non-profit organization.
In the past, students have worked within their current places of employment to instigate worthy projects, and found a natural group of people to involve. Inviting friends, room mates, or other members of your campus organization has also worked well. Projects have included collecting coats for the homeless, collecting food for Boston City Hospital's infant nutrition project, organizing field trips for retarded children, or raising funds for a good cause.
Your write-up should be about three pages long, and include a description of your project and what strategies you used to motivate and lead people toward the completion of your established goals. Give the results of your effort, but keep in mind that you will not be graded on these. Rather, you will be graded on your ability to understand what went well and why, and what went poorly and why as you used leadership and motivation skills.
The Final Paper is an invitation to you to apply course theory to a real experience you have had in an organization. You may select a place of employment, a club, a volunteer organization, or your family. Create sections for your paper to coincide with the concepts/chapters covered in the course.
Introductions Overview of the Course Analytic Thinking and Multiple Causality Pre-test on MG 150 concepts Follow-up Reading: Chapters 1 and 2 Assignment: Interview a person who was born in another country. Ask questions about the Hofstede's four dimensions, and write up your results in 1-2 pages.
The Individual in the Organization
Preparation: Read Chapter 3 Perception & Learning Styles Myers-Briggs Learning Style Inventory Distribute Hovey and Beard Case Submit: Write-up on learnings from interviewing international person. Assignment: Answer in writing the discussion question on the Hovey and Beard Case. Read and understand the chapter on Motivation thoroughly.
Special Session (in lieu of Dec 20 mtg) Paul Wagner's overview on Leadership. Location of this special event will be announced.
Preparation: Read Chapter 4: Motivation Motivating others in theory and in practice. Assignment: Finalize your plans for the Leadership/Motivation project.
Preparation: Read Chapters 5 and 6 Redesigning your job as a student Individual decision-making Submit: a one page description of your Leadership/Motivation project.
Groups in the Organization
Preparation: Read Chapter 7: Group Behavior Excerpts from "Twelve Angry Men" Submit: 2-3 page critical incident or case study Keep in mind that you are writing a description of an incident, not an analysis of it. You should include facts, not inferences or analytic judgments, in the presentation of information about the organization, groups, and individuals.
Preparation: Read Chapter 8: Communication Assignment: Spend 1 hour with a person you want to understand better. Use the 7 suggestions on page 126 to develop your active listening skills. Write a 1 page summary of how you did in implementing each of the 7 suggested skills.
Chapter 8 continued: Decision-Making Film: The Challenger Decision Submit: Summary of your use of the 7 listening skills. Assignment: Be aware of incidents that occur during your week where you see the effects of GroupThink in action. Plan to discuss examples with the class next week.
Preparation: Read Chapter 9: Leadership Questionnaire on leadership styles Submit: Critical Incident/Case Analysis (5-7 pages)
Preparation: Read Chapter 10: Power and Politics Assignment: Complete the Power and Politics assessment instrument.
Preparation: Read Chapter 11: Conflict and Negotiation Assignment: Find or prepare a copy of an organization chart of an organization of which you are or were a member. Bring it to class next week.
The Organization System
Preparation: Read Chapters 12 and 13: Think about the application of these concepts to the organization chart you are bringing with you to class. De-centralization, De-Engineering, & Down-Sizing.
Preparation: Plan to describe to the class the project you completed. Each person will give a 3-5 minutes presentation. Submit: A 3-page paper describing your project, your results, and your effectiveness as a leader and motivater. Assignment: Using the 10 characteristics on page 245, write a summary of the culture of an organization you have been, or are now part of.
Preparation: Read Chapter 15 Organization Culture: Disney, Apple, IBM, 3M, etc.
Preparation: Read Chapter 16 Class session will be on Organizational Change As case material for tonight's discussion, we will use either the organizations you analyzed for your final papers, or the organizations you created for your leadership/motivation projects. Submit: Final Paper: Analysis of an Organization