Management 621

MGNT 621: Organizational Behavior and Management Skills

Prerequisite: MBA status or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Studies the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations from a managerial point of view; applies the concepts, methods and research findings of the behavioral sciences to the understanding of the causes and consequences of human performance, satisfaction and development in organizations. Also includes management skills development.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

  • Developing Self-Awareness
  • Managing Stress
  • Solving Problems Creatively
  • Communicating Supportively
  • Decision Making
  • Influence and Political Behavior
  • Motivating Employees
  • Managing Conflict
  • Empowering and Delegating
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Organizational Theory/Structure
  • Organizational Culture
  • Diversity and Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Research Methods in Organizational Behavior


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will include research-based lectures and discussion, and will utilize cases, group activities, student projects and critiques in class, as well as various learning/diagnostic instruments. Individual and/or group research papers will be required


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The primary objective of this course is to expose the student to the personal, interpersonal, and group skills necessary to be effective in organizational settings. At the end of the course, the student will:

  • Be able to describe and analyze the behavior, performance, satisfaction, and development of individuals and groups in organizations.
  • Improve their skills in diagnosing and addressing human problems in organizations.


Assessment Measures

Individual and group research projects and cases. Examinations, including a final examination. In-class exercises and other class participation.


Other Course Information

The course is intended primarily for M.B.A. students, but also is appropriate for graduate students in other majors related to administration.


Review and Approval

VPAA January 2005