MBA 510: Organizational Behavior

Organizational Behavior is the first class of your MBA program and it is comprised of the theories, structure, behaviors and people that encompass business practice in today’s diverse society. The learning outcomes for this class are linked to individual assignments, online exercises, discussions, and group work.

The first week of MBA 510 is an overview of organizational theory (e.g., theories X and Y, the Hawthorne Effect) and an opportunity for you to reflect upon your own personal experience and knowledge of organizations in light of these theories. Week 2 will concentrate on the structure of organizations (e.g., teams and teamwork, TQM, Six-Sigma). Week 3 focuses on Change Management (e.g., communication and strategic planning) and Week 4 focuses on what makes an organization effective (e.g., ethics, legal ramifications). Finally, in Week 5 we will concentrate upon Organizational Culture (e.g., globalization, diversity, multicultural organizations) with a special emphasis upon the Marylhurst MBA specializations: general management, finance, non-profit management, and marketing.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to

  • Incorporate and apply the predominant organizational behavior theories to individual organizations and groups.
  • Model sound knowledge and behaviors associated with the interrelationships among individual and groups, employees, management, leaders, stakeholders, and clients.
  • Evaluate and discuss the common and unique characteristics of different types of team and individual behaviors displayed in the organizational environment.
  • Compare and contrast effective communication and strategic planning techniques.
  • Devise and argue specific strategic planning techniques for effective organizational behavior.
  • Critique case studies and articles to identify effective and ineffective organizational behaviors.
  • Integrate and analyze the impact of the quality movement upon organizational behavior.
  • Devise and implement specific strategic insight measures regarding effective, ineffective and pathological organizations.
  • Integrate and apply insight relative to global and multicultural management and organization behavior.
  • Analyze and provide examples of the impact of modern workforce diversity, including multi-generational and multi-cultural issues upon organizational behavior.
  • Formulate and construct effective measures for organizational improvement based upon a sound knowledge and incorporation of organizational culture, behavior, structure and communication in individual and collaborative activities.

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