Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00 to 11:15 AM

Place: SOM 1.217 Instructor: Padmakumar Nair, SOM 4.208
Telephone: 972-883-6264

Email: Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 09 to 10 AM or by appointment INTRODUCTION A good knowledge of Organizational Behavior is important for all of us. This is because we all are members of different kinds of organizations. The smallest organization we belong to is our family! In this course we will look at organizational behavior mainly from a positive organizational psychology point of view. That means that we will focus our attention on creating, fostering and managing organizations in which people thrive and perform at their best. TEXT BOOK Organizational Behavior, 11th ed., Hellriegel and Slocum, South-Western. LEARNING OUTCOMES Students should be able to: 1) Describe team processes and explain the characteristics associated with team performance. 2) Develop an understanding of ethical and value related issues as they relate to human behavior in organizations and be able to apply this knowledge to make ethical and responsible decisions. 3) Explain and apply major theoretical scholarly approaches, empirical findings, and historical trends in Organizational Behavior. 4) Demonstrate an understanding of how diversity and multiculturalism affects the workplace environment and develop some strategies to bridge differences to capitalize on the benefits of multiculturalism.

EXAMS, POP-QUIZZES and GRADING There will be THREE MULTIPLE CHOICE exams and a comprehensive exam* at the end of the semester. All the exams will be in the class and you will be given 60 minutes to complete it. Please note that the exam will be closed book and may not contain any bonus questions. Each exam counts for 25% of your final grade.


This exam will be comprehensive in nature and is mainly meant for those who had missed one of the three exams. Please note that you should get permission from me to sit for this comprehensive make-up exam! GRADING Exam I Exam II Exam III Pop-Quiz [September 11th 2007] [October 16th 2007] [November 15th 2007]

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Date Week 1 08/16 Week 2 08/21 & 08/23 Week 3 08/28 & 08/30 Week 4 09/04 & 09/06 Week 5 09/11 Week 5 09/13 Week 6 09/18 & 09/20 Week 7 09/25 & 09/27 Week 8 10/02 10/04 Week 9 10/09 & 10/11 Week 5 10/16 Week 10 10/18 Week 11 10/23 Week 11 10/25 Week 12 10/30 & 11/01 Week 13 11/06 & 11/08 Week 14 11/13 Week 14 11/15 Week 15 11/20

Content Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (Introduction to OB, Individual Differences, Perception and Attribution) Chapters 2 and 3 MBTI test (08/21) [Ms. Janie Shipman, Career Center] (Individual Differences, Perception and Attribution) Chapters 4, 5 and 6 (Learning, Motivation and Behavior Modification) Chapters 5 and 6 (revision) (Motivation) & Exam II review Exam I (09/11) Chapters 8 & 9 (Leading Effectively) Chapters 8 & 9 (Leading Effectively) Chapter 10 (Developing and Leading Teams) Movie 12 angry men Chapter 11 (Conflict and Negotiation) Chapters 12 and 13 (Organizational Communication and Decision Making) & Exam II review Exam II (10/16) MBTI feedback [Ms. Janie Shipman, Career Center] Movie Gandhi (part I) Movie Gandhi (part II) Chapters 14 & 15 Video Southwest Airline (Org. Culture) + (Org. Design) Chapters 16 (Org. Change) Exam III review Exam III (11/15) Comprehensive Make-Up Exam (only for those who missed one of the three exams)

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