MGT 5013 IE DL Organizational Behavior
Course Syllabus (CRN 26083)
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MGT 5103 Organizational Behavior (3 credits) Covers the contributions to management theory made by the behavioral sciences. Gives a better understanding of the human being and why he acts as he does. Studies individual and group behavior. Extensively uses current periodicals and case studies.
Konopaske, Robert, Ivancevich, John and Matteson, Michael. Organizational Behavior and Management, 11th ed., 2018.
Recommended: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (softcover). Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 6th edition (2010). ISBN: 9781433805615
Textbooks may be purchased from the MBS Direct website at
Materials, including links to journal articles will be directed by the instructor or provided on an as needed basis.
Your overall grade for the course will be based upon the weighted average of the following course requirements:
Getting to Know You Assignment 5%
Journal Article posting and summary 5%
Class Activities 30%
Paper I- Research Report 30%
Paper 2- Research Report/ Case Study Analysis 30%
The following grading scale will be used:
Below 60 F
Note: Late assignments will receive a drop of one letter grade and must be submitted within one week of the due date in order to receive partial credit
In this class, students’ knowledge of the content will be assessed through application of the course materials, including course papers.
Any lecture materials, activities and assignments for this class will be posted on CANVAS by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before the start of the new class week. Assignments will be due by the following Sunday, no later than 11:59 p.m. The only exception will be the peer reviews which are due no later than Fri. May 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Synchronous discussion (chat sessions) will be held to discuss course materials and concepts. Attendance is highly encouraged but is optional. These discussion sessions will be held on selected Tues. evenings, as listed in the course schedule and may be held via Zoom, Teleconferences and the Chat feature. Sessions that are held with Zoom may be recorded. The link for connecting with Zoom will be provided in your CANVAS announcements, prior to the Zoom chat. Teleconferences may also be used for the chat sessions and if so, the dial-in information will be provided in a CANVAS announcement, prior to the chat. Discussion boards will be used as well, which will help to accommodate varying student schedules. A list of frequently asked questions will be maintained and posted periodically.
This is a video-enabled course. Course participants may have their images and words transmitted or recorded during the course. Participants may benefit by having access to recorded materials. Students should have no expectation of privacy related to their participation in the class presentation.
Tentative Course Schedule:
WEEK I Jan. 7 through Jan. 13th
Introduction to the course
Ivancevich: Chapter 1 – Effective Managers Understand Org. Behavior
Getting to know you assignment is to be posted by Sun. Jan. 13th at 11:59 p.m. Please try to post early if possible so that your classmates can post their replies back to you. Both your posting and your replies to postings made by classmates are due no later than Sun. Jan. 13th at 11:59 p.m.
Discussion session to review course requirements – Tues. Jan. 8th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EST.
WEEK 2 Jan. 14th through Jan. 20th
Ivancevich: Chapter 2 – International Organizational Culture
Sept. 1st – Last day to drop with full tuition refund and without receiving a grade of W
WEEK 3 Jan. 21st through Jan. 27th
Ivancevich: Chapter 3 – Individual Differences at Work
Ivancevich: Chapter 4 – Perceptions and Attributions
Jan. 21st – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
WEEK 4 Jan. 28th through Feb. 3rd
Ivancevich: Chapter 5 – Motivation
Ivancevich: Chapter 6 –Job Design and Performance
WEEK 5 Feb. 4th through Feb. 10th
Ivancevich: Chapter 7 – Evaluation and Rewards Influence
Discussion Session Tues. Feb. 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST
WEEK 6 Feb. 11th through Feb. 17thth
Ivancevich: Chapter 8 – Managing Employee Behavior
Ivancevich: Chapter 9 – Managing Individual Stress
WEEK 7 Feb. 18th through Feb. 24th
Ivancevich: Chapter 10 – Groups and Teams
Paper I due by Sunday Feb. 24thth at 11:59 p.m.
Feb. 18th – Presidents’ Day
WEEK 8 Feb. 25th through Mar. 3rd
Ivancevich: Chapter 11 – Managing Conflict and Negotiations
A one paragraph description of the problem you are considering for your Research Report/Case Study Analysis is due by Sun. Mar. 3rd
Discussion Session Tues. Feb. 26th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST
Spring Break March 4th through Mar. 10th – (no class this week)
WEEK 9 Mar. 11th through Mar. 17th
Ivancevich: Chapter 12 - Power and Politics
WEEK 10 Mar. 18th through Mar. 24th
Ivancevich: Chapter 13 – Communicating Effectively
Discussion Session – Tues. Mar. 19th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST
WEEK 11 Mar. 25th through Mar. 31st
Ivancevich: Chapter 14 – Decision Making
Mar. 22nd – Last day to withdraw from class with a final grade of W
WEEK 12 Apr. 1st through Apr. 7th
Ivancevich: Chapter 15 – Leadership
WEEK 13 Apr. 8th through Apr. 14th
Ivancevich: Chapter 16 –Organizational Structure and Design
Discussion Session – Tues. Apr. 9th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WEEK 14 Apr. 15th through Apr. 21st
Ivancevich: Chapter 17 - Managing Organizational Change
WEEK 15 Apr. 22nd through Apr. 28th
Research Report/ Case Study Analysis is due no later than Sunday Apr. 28th at 11:59 p.m. (Please also upload this paper to the Discussion Board for Peer Review within the Week 16 Module so that your classmates can review it and provide you with their feedback and recommendations during Week 16).
Week 16 Apr. 29th through May 3rd
The class activity this week will be the Discussion Board for Peer Review. Postings and comments are due no later than Fri. May. 3rdth at 11:59 p.m.
Projects and Assignments
Getting to Know You Assignment
Each student is requested to introduce themselves to the class by posting two well-developed paragraphs to the discussion board. You should include a statement about how far along you are in the program, goals you’d like to achieve as a result of taking the course, and anything else that you would like to share about yourself, including employment, hobbies and activities. This posting is due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 13th. Students are encouraged to make their posting as soon as they can to allow fellow students to post replies. Each student is to post replies on at least two postings that have been made by fellow classmates.
Journal Article Posting and Summary
Each student will be assigned a week to post a journal article that relates to the chapter(s) that the class is on for the week assigned.
The Florida Tech Library has an online system that you can use to search for journal articles. Go to http://lib.fit.edu and use the Express Links to the left. You will find that A to Z journal list to be helpful, and the Databases and Indexes as well. It would be best to attach the article to the discussion board as a PDF so that students can easily access it.
The journal article that you post must relate to the content of that chapter. Posting of a link to the article is acceptable as long as every student and the instructor can access it. The student must also post a synopsis providing an overview of the article and how it relates to the chapter content. The written synopsis should also include a critique of the article. The overview should be presented in MS Word format and should include the title of the article, the author, the source, the issue, and the date of publication. As an alternative to the written synopsis, the student may use Panopto for the synopsis by recording themselves giving an oral presentation that provides an overview of the article, how it relates to the chapter content, and a critique of the article. The title of the article, the author, the source, the issue, and the date of publication should be provided in the recording. If this approach is selected, a link to the recording and a link to the article must be posted to the discussion board. The synopsis and article needs to be posted by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday that begins the week of class when coverage of that Chapter will take place. This assignment counts for 5% of your grade for this course. Students may use up to two of these articles for each of their two course papers that will be prepared for this class.
Class activities that relate to the course and its content will be given weekly and account for 30% of the grade for this course. These activities involve discussion boards that the students must post their comments to. Some of the activities are associated with the textbook materials and others pertain to journal articles and written synopses that students will post for fellow students to review and comment on.
Paper I: Research Paper
This paper is to be written using APA style and will be approximately 7 pages in length. It should be based on one of the topics selected by the student from Chapters 1 through 9 of the Organizational Behavior and Management Textbook, and articles that are assigned to accompany these chapters. Double-spacing should be used. Please use the following outline in writing the paper:
Section No. of Pages
Title Page 1 (its own page)
Abstract (one big paragraph) 1 (its own page)
Introduction 1 to 2 paragraphs
Literature Review 2 pages
Discussion of the Literature 1 page
Conclusions ½ page
Recommendations ½ page
References 1 page
You need to cite at least 6 references within the body of your paper. The majority of the references should consist of journal articles related to organizational behavior. Please note that papers must be written neatly and concisely, using APA style. Papers need to be written using good grammar and should be proofed for errors. They need to be developed using MS Word format. All papers must be original, created for this class. Reference material must be properly cited.
Paper 2: Research Report/ Case Study Analysis
Each student will be evaluated on the basis of a research report that is developed based on an actual organizational problem that the student is familiar with. The organization can be the entire organization, a group of units, a department or a group within a department. This paper should focus on a topic that comes from Chapters 10 through 17 of the course textbook and articles that are assigned to accompany these chapters.
Students should provide real life examples from the organization. Identify symptoms indicating that an organizational problem may exist, such as low morale, high turnover, excessive use of sick leave, poor productivity, and frequent conflict. Consider key factors such as decision-making making, communication, power and politics, organizational structure, and leadership. Analyze how these key factors have an impact on the organization’s effectiveness and its performance. You may consider conducting informal interviews, administering surveys, and/or making observations of those within the organization to gather more information, to the extent to which you feel comfortable.
All pages of the paper are to be double-spaced except for the bibliography. The purpose of this requirement is to provide actual experience in succinctly identifying and analyzing a significant work-related organizational behavior problem in a style acceptable to leading professional journals. The analysis paper must be original, developed by the student for this Organizational Behavior class.
The process of examining a work-related problem may be thought of as a CASE STUDY. The case study approach is one commonly used as a framework for doing research on organizational issues. In this respect, your case study must be written according to the rules of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. Please be sure to cite your references from outside sources, including the textbook. The majority of your references should consist of journal articles that are related to organizational behavior.
This project will be discussed during a chat session at the beginning of this course, to answer questions that you may have. Your research report/ case study analysis is due by Sun. Apr. 28th at 11:59 p.m. It is to be posted at the same time to the Discussion Board for Peer Review so that your classmates can review it and provide you with their evaluative feedback. In terms of format, each paper should be approximately 10 pages in length and double-spaced. An Appendix can be added if necessary. You must include a minimum of 6 scholarly references for this paper.
Each paper should include the following:
1) Title Page 1 page
2) Abstract 1 page
3) Table of Contents 1 page
4) Statement of the Problem 1 paragraph
5) Descriptive Overview of the Organization 3/4ths page (or two pages if an org. chart is included)
6) Problem Background 1/2 page
7) Literature Review 1 ½ pages
8) Problem Analysis 1 page
9) Conclusions 1/2 page
10) Recommendations 1/2 page
11) References 1 page
Reasonable proficiency in writing skills (grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, etc., as well as content and style) is expected in everything provided in writing for this course, including the Research Paper and the Research Report/Case Study Analysis.
A one paragraph description of the problem that you are considering for your project is due by email no later than Sunday Mar. 3rd. Use this paragraph to tell about the organizational problem with which you are familiar. At this point, don’t be concerned with style, language or anything other than getting the problem though out and putting it down on paper. This paper won’t be graded. The instructor will help you to refine the problem statement if necessary. It is recommended that you review the chapters in the course textbook to get an idea of potential organizational behavior problems and issues that you might consider.
Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 must be original, developed specifically for this class. Each paper will go through a check with Turnitin to test for similarity and originality.
Administrative Science Quarterly
Group and Organization Management
Global Journal of Management and Marketing
Global Journal of Business Disciplines
Journal of Management
Journal of Change Management
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Business and Psychology
Academy of Management Review
California Management Review
Strategic Management Journal
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Journal of Human Resources
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
The Wall Street Journal
Sloan Management Review
Journal of Applied Psychology
Harvard Business Review
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Words or ideas that require citation include, but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. In the Florida Tech online course, all submissions to any public meeting, bulletin board or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.
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