Saint Mary GMAN 311 - Syllabus (18 pages)

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School:
Saint Mary's College of California
Course:
Gman 311 - Organizational Behavior and Management

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GMAN 311 Organizational Behavior and Management Syllabus Description In this course you will l obtain a working understanding of both the roots and contemporary components of organizational behavior 2 encounter a variety of learning methods including experiential exercises and small group discussion and 3 develop an integrated view of how organizations and the people in them affect and are affected by each other as well as outside environments The course is theory based drawing from a variety of old and new materials designed to show you the value of using theory to understand and make some sense of the world of organizations as well as your own behavior within them This course is also a survey of the field This means two things First we will take up a rather large number of different topics and subject areas Second the readings I have selected reflect a wide range of work done in the field since its inception in the fifties I want you to gain a modest understanding of the evolution of thought in organizational behavior from the rise of the corporate bureaucracy in the forties to the myriad of business arrangements found in modern firms together with their attendant management practices As a field organizational behavior is characterized by a large number of theories and research findings which occasionally may appear to be either conflicting on the one hand or duplicative on the other In part contradictions result from necessary refinements of existing theory and empirical findings as newer work becomes available The duplication that often seems to crop up the nagging feeling that many new theories look disturbing familiar is due in large part to the simple fact that new theory in any field usually has strong roots in old Because there are few laws of organizational behavior of any meaningful complexity that can be applied willy nilly those managers seeking insights from the behavioral sciences and there are obviously more of them all the time as answers are sought



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