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University of St. Thomas
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Mgmt 305 - Mgmt & Organizational Behavior
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Page 1 of 9 OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Opus College of Business Mission Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition the Opus College of Business develops effective principled business leaders who think globally act ethically and create enduring value for society MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior Summer 2014 Instructor Professor Kevin Henderson Contact Info Office McNeely Hall 363 Phone 651 962 5445 Email Hend7407 stthomas edu Office Hours Monday 4 00 5 00 by appointment I am also always available for a quick question or two before or after class Class Location McNeely Hall 236 Class Times Mondays and Wednesdays 5 30 9 30 Course Description This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of working within organizations regardless of whether it is a for profit non profit or governmental organization Certain complexities are common across organizations irrespective of their goals or size Understanding these complexities is critical to becoming an effective member of any organization and this course will develop students understanding and expertise in leading and managing themselves and others within organizations In addition we will highlight how organizations are nested systems By this we mean that as an individual employee you will work within a group or team which will be one of many within the organization of which there are many within society Therefore an understanding of all four of these levels is essential for effective management Course Objectives By taking this course my hope is that students will 1 Learn fundamental principles generalizations and theories a Organizational behavior has a large number of theories that can be used to assess what goes on in organizations You will be introduced to many of them in this course with the goal being that when you encounter a situation where they might be appropriate you have a place to start Page 2 of 9 2 Learn to apply course material to improve thinking problem solving and decisions a Learning these theories would be useless if you don t learn how to apply them As a result I will use articles assignments cases class discussion and real world examples to help you learn how to apply these theories to your own personal and organizational experiences 3 Acquire skills in working with others as a member of a team a Learning how to work effectively in a team is one of the key skills necessary for success in the workplace In addition to learning more about teams as a topic of the course I will also use a variety of group activities e g exercises project discussion to help you acquire more effective communication and interpersonal skills in a safe environment Instructor Bio This is the end of my fifth year as a faculty member of the Department of Management at the University of St Thomas I have a B S B A in Administrative Management and a Ph D in Business Administration from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas My professional experience includes working in retail for seven years and in banking for two and a half years I worked as a manager for JCPenney and Arvest Bank and as a consumer loan officer for Arvest Bank I teach in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources My research interests include employee attachment psychological contracts and turnover I am an advisor for Human Resources and Business Communication majors a member of the OCB Strategic Planning Committee and a UST Faculty senator On a personal level I am a huge sports fan especially college basketball and football Even though neither of those two sports are going on right now don t be shy about engaging me in a conversation about sports in general Go Hogs I am also a very frequent moviegoer so much so that I average more than 1 movie a week in the theaters each year So if you ever need a movie recommendation don t be afraid to ask Course Format My vision for this class is one that is very interactive My ideal class would consist of a brief lecture on the key points of the topic as well as answering any questions you may have and then doing some sort of activity that requires application of the material for the rest of the class Research has shown that students learn more in this type of environment however this places more responsibility on you than if I simply talked for 240 minutes every class In order for this style of teaching to work then I need each of you to adequately prepare for class This means that you must have read the material e g article case chapter etc prior to class It also means that you must attend and actively participate while in class This does not mean that I expect you to completely understand every concept or theory covered in the text prior to class If you have a question at any time speak up Chances are that someone else has the same question and is just afraid to ask My goal is not that you know everything about the topic prior to coming to class in that case what would be the point of even having class but my goal is that by the time we finish covering the topic in class you feel that you have an adequate understanding of its key principles terms and theories Page 3 of 9 Text and Materials All students are expected to purchase the textbook and course materials or at least have access to them on a regular basis We ve created a custom textbook for this class ISBN 978 0 07767774 9 You can find this at the UST bookstore for 78 25 used I have also put together a course packet that you can find online at Harvard Business Review s website This course packet will contain several articles and cases that we will cover during the semester The packet costs 31 60 and can only be purchased by following the link below please note that you will have to first register with the Harvard website https cb hbsp harvard edu cbmp access 26954647 Course Evaluation Here is how you will be assessed in this course see Schedule for all due dates Exam 1 Exam 2 Group Project Common Case Assignment Self Reflection Papers 3 Participation Classroom Engagement Journals 6 Strategy Presentation 20 20 15 10 12 13 6 4 Exams worth 40 total or 20 each There will be two exams in this class Both exams will be a combination of multiple choice and short essay The exams will include material from the readings assignments lecture discussion and in class activities In other words everything is fair game Exams will cover every topic in class up to that point but will not include material that was on a previous exam note


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