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Ugba 105 - Introduction to Organizational Behavior
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Outline Haas School of Business Administration Course Fall 2006 BA 105 Organizational Behavior http courses haas berkeley edu fall2006 ugba105 INSTRUCTOR Professor James R Lincoln F499 Haas School of Business 642 3657 also Institute of Industrial Relations 2521 Channing Way 643 5863 Email lincoln haas berkeley edu Office hours 3 30 4 30 Th or by appointment GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS Jennifer Kurkoski kurkoski haas berkeley edu and Nydia MacGregor macgreg haas berkeley edu TIME AND PLACE 105 1 105 101 105 102 105 103 105 104 105 105 105 106 Th T T T T T T 8 00 9 30 AM 8 00 9 30 AM 8 00 9 30 AM 9 30 11 00 AM 12 30 2 00 AM 12 30 2 00 PM 2 00 3 30 PM F295 Haas Andersen Auditorium J Lincoln C220 Cheit N MacGregor C110 Cheit J Kurkoski C325 Cheit N MacGregor F320 Cheit J Kurkoski C10 Cheit N MacGregor C330 Cheit J Kurkoski COURSE DESCRIPTION Managing a modern organization whether a Fortune 500 company an e business startup or a not for profit is the leading motivating and coordinating of an interdependent and often highly diverse set of people It is also the design and cultivation of jobs teams networks hierarchies incentives and value systems for accomplishing those tasks These are the themes of this course Much business school education is about mastering the tools of a functional specialty You will use those tools in your management career but you won t use them in a vacuum you ll be part of an organization or at least a network of people whose work is interdependent with your own Moreover if your career is going anywhere you are apt to discover early on whether you are growing your own business or rising within someone else s that most of what you do consists of leading and organizing the work of others You ll do less of the specialist work you ll hire the specialists Most of your day will be spent on people problems of one sort or another and the farther up you are in the organization the more that will be true Learning to work with and through people is arguably the most important business skill you ll ever acquire Moreover good people management requires systematic thinking principles of leadership design motivation and the like from which practical guidelines flow Sheer hands on seat of the pants intuition is not likely to succeed over the long haul The proliferation of fads and gimmicks in people management is testimony to managers ongoing search for easy and complete solutions Executives are often quick to embrace the latest guru s best selling formula for visionary leadership strong culture or exotic structure in hopes of driving their organizations to new peaks of competitive success Wall Street fuels this tendency by favoring companies that make big flashy and trendy changes TQM reengineering and the like Fads are sometimes useful for identifying and spreading best practices but they can also lead organizations dangerously astray We search in this course for general principles of management that meet the criteria of internal consistency and fit to an organization s environment strategy tasks and people But every organization is unique to some degree and often the principles don t exist or they don t suit the problem at hand So we also seek to develop a tolerance in managers for ambiguity and uncertainty a sensitivity to the tradeoffs in any solution and a critical and analytical eye to problems of people and organization Book and classroom learning is no substitute for hands on experience At the same time hands on experience is no substitute for what business education has to offer exposure to management theory and research teamwork and BA105 Organizational Behavior Fall 06 Lincoln discussion with smart colleagues and the time and resources to step back and think broadly and analytically beyond what is usually possible under the day to day pressures of life on the job The success and value of this course perhaps more than some others depend on the extent to which you are engaged in it and support it COURSE FORMAT In general each week will address a separate topic At the Thursday lecture Professor Lincoln will introduce the topic and lecture lead a discussion regarding it At the following Tuesday discussion section the GSI s will typically discuss a management case study that bears on that topic and to which the lecture and reading materials apply In most weeks this will be one of the written cases included in your reader However in some weeks we will also see and discuss videos of management situations in particular firms The discussion section will also be the time to clarify and debate points in the lectures and reading address concerns about the course and work on team projects COURSE REQUIREMENTS A Readings An understanding of the literature on management and organizational behavior comes from reading broadly and analytically not committing to memory everything a textbook The course reader is organized with that in mind Electronic Course Reader on Study Net Login to http catalyst haas berkeley edu and then click on the Study Net button to access the course reader Additional readings are posted on the website http courses haas berkeley edu fall2006 ugba105 or will be handed out in class B Assignments approximate weight toward final grade is in parentheses 1 Class participation 15 High quality student participation is essential to the success of the class The evaluation of your class participation has multiple components a Preparation attendance and discussion You are expected to be prepared for each class session Assignments should be read in advance of the class that will discuss them We will typically analyze one case per week and you will be called on maybe even cold called to contribute to the case analysis The evaluation of this part of your participation will be based on your ability to contribute comments that are insightful relevant and progressive e g comments that move the discussion along rather than restate what has already been said Please try to keep your comments succinct and to the point You may have lots of good thoughts that you d like to express at once but it s important to give others a chance to participate Also please do draw on your own experience the whole class will benefit but do try to keep your comments relevant to the topic As a matter of good citizenship there are also some things you should NOT do in class time arriving late or leaving early without first notifying the instructor chatting with your neighbour


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