Organizational Theory and Behavior
Organizational Theory and Behavior
INSTRUCTOR: Jane Doe, Ph.D.
Office:100 New College; phone: 983-Help
Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Effective Management, by Chuck Williams, 2 ed., South-Western, 2006.
All students must have earned 55 or more semester hours of credit.
All students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EC 110 and 111,
MA 120 and 121, CS 102, AC 210, and ST 260.
Organizations are social structures. Formal work organizations are goal-directed
and managed in such a way that the outputs of the structures are both effective and
To achieve this lofty aim, we will first consider the basic elements of organization
and then of managing human endeavor. The course will then analyze specific processes
occurring within the social structures as goal-directed behavior takes place. Among the
most relevant of these issues are: 1) the psychology of motivation, decision making and
ethical behavior, 2) the social psychology of leadership, group dynamics, and
communication, and 3) the sociology of organizations as cultures with resultant
behaviors influenced by technologies and control systems which attempt to guide and
evaluate organizational outputs.
This course is designed to use social science principles in order to understand the
behavior of people in formal organizations. The first sections of the course will draw the
historical and structural backdrops within which these behaviors occur. The middle
sections develop and draw on psychological, social psychological and sociological
frameworks to describe and predict behavior. The final section of the course brings the
semester to a close by drawing conclusions about new ways in which organizations must
be structured and managed.
The learning objectives of this class are to develop a rudimentary understanding of:
1. the principles by which organizations are managed,
2. the theories that guide our understanding of how to manage organizations
effectively and efficiently, and
3. the theories which are applied to understand and predict human behavior in
To meet the minimum requirements for this course, C&BA students must attain at
least a grade of C. This grade will be a composite score based on four tests.
Tests: Four tests will be given. All tests will be objective and will
contribute 25% each to your final grade. A picture ID and
a No. 2 pencil are Mandatory for all tests.
Test Make-up Policy: Students missing any of the first three tests will be required
to take a comprehensive make-up exam following the
fourth scheduled test. The comprehensive exam grade will
replace the grade of the missed test. Missing more than one
test will result in a zero for the second missed test. The
comprehensive exam is not available to try to improve an
existing test grade. It will only be given to students who
have missed a prior test. Students missing the fourth test
will take a comprehensive make-up exam during the first
week of class in the following semester.
Attendance: Your attendance is expected at each class. Further, you are
expected to be prepared for each class session by keeping
up with the reading assigned for each meeting.
Academic Honor Code: All University of Alabama students are expected to abide
by University policies governing academic misconduct.
Each student shall promise to uphold these high ideals of
academic integrity by signing the Academic Honor Pledge
upon registration for each semester and on tests and
projects at the discretion of the professor.
Academic Misconduct: All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic
misconduct. The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary
Policy will be followed in the event of academic
Disability Accommodations: To request disability accommodations, please contact
Disabilities Services (348-4285). After initial
arrangements are made with Disabilities Services, contact
DATE TOPIC READING ASSIGNMENT
Aug. 23 Introduction
28 Management Chapter 1
30 Management Chapter 1
Sept. 4 Labor Day—Holiday
6 Organizational Cultures Chapter 2
11 Global Management Chapter 7
13 Global Management Chapter 7
18 Managing Service and Manufacturing Operations Chapter 13
20 TEST 1—Chapters 1, 2, 7, and 13
25 Planning and Decision Making, Review Test 1 Chapter 4
27 Organizational Strategy Chapter 8
Oct. 2 Leadership Chapter 15
4 Control Chapter 6
9 Leadership and Control Chapters 6 & 15
11 Interpersonal Skills
16 Test 2—Chapters 4, 6, 8, and 15
Oct. 18 Motivation, Review Test 2 Chapter 14
23 Motivation Chapter 14
25 Managing Teams Chapter 11
30 Managing Teams Chapter 11
Nov. 1 Managing Human Resources Chapter 12
6 Managing Human Resources Chapter 12
8 TEST 3—Chapters 11, 12, and 14
13 Designing Organizations, Review Test 3 Chapter 10
15 Designing Organizations Chapter 10
20 Designing Work
27 Managing Communications Chapter 16
29 Managing Communications Chapter 16
Dec. 4 Innovation and Change Chapter 9
6 Innovation and Change Chapter 9
DEC. 14 FINAL EXAM—Chapters 9, 10, and 16
7:00-9:30 PM, Rm. 30
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