MGT 5013 IU2 DL Organizational Behavior 

Course Syllabus (CRN 62136)

 Semester:  Summer 2024

 Three class meetings are planned for the following Mondays:  May 13th, June 10th, and July 8th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.  Attendance is encouraged but is not required! Meetings will be recorded.  

Instructor:   Dr. Denise Siegfeldt                                                                       Cell Phone757-751-7953 


Location:     CANVAS LMS Online   

Office Hours:   After class meetings, and by appointment, over the phone or with Zoom.  Email is frequently checked throughout the day and evening, including weekends.   Please feel free to send me an email message if you would like to schedule a virtual meeting or phone conference. 

Course Description: 

MGT 5013 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 materials. 

Learning Outcomes: 


contemporary issues, opportunities and challenges that face organizations today. 



Required Text:     Konopaske, Robert, Ivancevich, John and Matteson, Michael.  Organizational Behavior and Management, 12th ed., 2023.  ISBN 13:  978-1-265-28237-0  ISBN 10:  1-265-28237-4   

Vital Source e-book.    Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Course Content Delivery MBS Direct SKU #  6907653    

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 7th Edition (2020).  ISBN: 978-1-4338-3217-8.

Textbooks may be purchased from the MBS Direct website at:

Packback Questions Platform is also required

Packback Questions

Participation is a requirement for this course, and the Packback Questions platform will be used for online discussion about class topics. Packback Questions is an online community where you can be fearlessly curious and ask open-ended questions to build on top of what we are covering in class and relate topics to real-world applications.

Packback Requirements:

Your participation on Packback will count toward 20% of your overall course grade.  

There will be a Weekly Sunday at 11:59 PM EST deadline for submissions. In order to receive full credit, you should submit the following per each deadline period: 

How to Register on Packback:  

Note: Only access Packback through Canvas in order to ensure your grades sync properly

  1. Click “Packback” within Canvas to access the community.
  2. Follow the instructions on your screen to finish your registration.
  3. In order for your grade to be visible in Canvas, make sure to only access Packback via Canvas information. 

How to Get Help from the Packback Team:

If you have any questions or concerns about Packback throughout the semester, please read their FAQ at If you need more help, contact their customer support team directly at   

For a brief introduction to Packback Questions and why we are using it in class, watch this video:      


Your overall course will be based upon the following course requirements: 

Getting to know you assignment                                             5%

Class Activities (20% on Packback and 15% on CANVAS       35% 

Paper I- Research Report                                                        30%

Paper 2- Research Report/ Case Study Analysis                  30%

                                                                                     Total   100%    

The following grading scale will be used:   

Below 60          F   

Note:  Class activity posts not made by the weekly deadline will receive a grade of zero.   Late papers and assignments will be subject to a 10 percent grade penalty and will not be accepted beyond 7 days after the deadline.  Any deviation from this policy will be due to mitigating circumstances and up to the discretion of the instructor.   


In this class, students’ knowledge of the content will be assessed through application of the course content and will include assessments of the course papers and discussion board posts, including Packback Questions.     

Attendance Policy   

This class runs asynchronously although three class meetings are planned. Students are encouraged to attend these meetings, but attendance is not mandatory.   Whenever possible, the meetings will be recorded so that students who could not be present can view the recording at a later date.   

Where to Find Extra Help:   

Some students are not familiar with the use of APA style for writing papers. This course will use the Seventh edition (2020) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Introducing the Basics of the Seventh Edition APA style tutorial will be helpful:    

APA Style – Purdue Owl – Purdue University is also helpful:     

Assistance with CANVAS can be obtained by contacting the CANVAS Support Hotline for Students at 1-844-325-8810.  Students can also have a Live Chat with a CANVAS Support Agent if assistance is needed.  Go to  


Any lecture materials, activities and assignments for this class will be posted or directed by 11:59 p.m. EST 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.  EST.  The few exceptions are the Research Report/ Case Study which is due by Thurs. July 25th, and your evaluative comments that are to be posted to the Discussion Board for Peer Review, no later than Friday July 26th at 11:59 p.m.  

 Class Meetings

Synchronous discussion sessions (class meetings) will be held to discuss course materials and concepts.  Attendance is highly encouraged but is optional. These class meetings are tentatively planned for the selected Monday evenings that are listed in the course schedule and they will be held via live video conferencing using Zoom. Sessions that are held with Zoom may recorded. The link for connecting with Zoom will be provided in your CANVAS course, prior to the start of the meetings.   

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. 

Tentative Course Schedule (subject to change at the instructor’s discretion).

 WEEK I     May 13th through May 19th

Introduction to the course

Ivancevich:  Chapter 1 – Effective Managers Understand Org. Behavior

The Getting to Know You assignment is to be posted and completed by Sun. May 19th at 11:59 p.m. EST.   Post early if possible so that your classmates can post their replies back to you. Your posts and your replies to classmates are due no later than Sun. May 19th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Class meeting planned for Mon. May 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST   

WEEK 2     May 20th through May 26th

Ivancevich:  Chapter 2 – National and Organizational Culture, and Ivancevich:  Chapter 3 – Individual Differences at Work 

WEEK 3     May 27th through June 2nd

Ivancevich:  Chapter 4 – Perceptions and Attributions, and Chapter 5 - Motivation

Memorial Day Holiday, Mon. May 27th  

WEEK 4     June 3rd through June 9th

Ivancevich:  Chapter 6 –Job Design and Performance, and Chapter 7 – Evaluation, Feedback and Rewards Influence Behavior   

WEEK 5     June 10th through June 16th

Ivancevich:  Chapter 8 – Managing Misbehavior

Ivancevich:  Chapter 9 – Managing Individual Stress

Paper I due by Sunday June 16th at 11:59 p.m.  (June 16th is Father’s Day so finish the paper early if you have plans for that day).  

Class meeting planned for Mon. Jun. 10th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST   

WEEK 6     June 17th through June 23rd

Ivancevich:  Chapter 10 – Groups and Teams  

A one paragraph description of the organizational problem for Paper 2 is due by Sun. June 23rd. This is not to be graded and should be sent via the CANVAS Inbox to Dr. Siegfeldt.

Wed. June 19th, Juneteenth Holiday   

WEEK 7     June 24th through June 30th

Ivancevich:  Chapter 11 – Managing Conflict and Negotiations, and Chapter 12 – Power and Politics   

WEEK 8      July 1st through July 7th 

Ivancevich:  Chapter 13 – Communicating Effectively, and                 Chapter 14- Decision Making

Thurs. July 4th, Independence Day Holiday

WEEK 9   July 8th through July 14th                                              Ivancevich  Chapter 15 - Leadership, and                                                     Chapter 16 – Organizational Structure and Design

Class meeting is planned for Mon. July 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST 

WEEK 10   July 15th through July 21st

Ivancevich:  Chapter 17 - Managing Organizational Change 

Week 11   July 22nd through July 26th

Your Research Report/Case Study Analysis is due no later than Thursday July 25th at 11:59 p.m.  Please also upload this paper to the Discussion Board for Peer Review within the Week 11 Module, so that your classmates can give you their feedback during Week 11. Post evaluative comments on two of your classmates’ Research Reports/ Case Study Analyses no later than Fri. July 26th at 11:59 p.m.  A Discussion Board for Peer Review will be set up for this class activity.  

There are no Packback activities for Week 11. 

 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. You might also want to upload a picture to share with the class and tell something unique about yourself.  As an alternative to the paragraphs above, you are welcome (and even encouraged) to make a short video to introduce yourself to the class, and you can post the video link to the discussion board. The video recording should provide the same information above that you would have included in a written discussion post.  This post is due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday May 19th.  Students are asked to make the post about themselves as soon as they can in order to allow fellow students to post replies.  Each student is requested to give replies to at least two posts made by fellow classmates.  

Class Activities

Class activities that relate to the course and its contents will be given   weekly and accounts for 35% of the grade for this course (20% based on Packback and 15% based on CANVAS activities). These activities involve discussion boards that the students must post well thought out comments to.  Some of the activities are associated with the textbook materials and others pertain to journal articles, videos and other sources of information.  Packback activities begin with the first week of class and run with few exceptions.   They are due by the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Class activities and discussion boards will be announced in the course announcements.

Paper I – Research Paper 

This paper is to be written using APA style and will be approximately 8 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 throughout the paper and headings should be centered. Please follow the outline below 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                                   1 to 2 paragraphs

References                                                1 to 2 pages

You need to cite at least 6 references within the body of your paper.  The majority of your references should consist of scholarly 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 proper grammar and should be well proofed for errors. They need to be developed using MS Word format and uploaded to the assignment box for a check with Turnitin.  All papers must be original, created for this class, and coherently written. Formal language should be used.  Reference material must be properly cited using APA 7th edition.

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, including the reference page(s).  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 and it should be coherently written.   A visual such as an organizational chart should be included in the paper.

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 scholarly journal articles that are related to organizational behavior. 

This project will be discussed during a class meeting to answer questions that you may have.  Your research report/ case study analysis is due by Thurs. Jul. 25th at 11:59 p.m.  It is also to be posted at this 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 11 to 12 pages in length and double-spaced.  An Appendix can be added if necessary.  You should include at least six (6) scholarly references, most of which should come from journal articles.

Each paper should include the following:

                                                                              Length Limitation

Title Page                                                             1 page

Abstract                                                               1 page

Table of Contents                                               1 page

Statement of the Problem                                 1 paragraph

Descriptive Overview of the Organization      1 to 2 pages 

(include an org. chart or another visual)

Problem Background                                          1 to 2 pages

Literature Review                                                1 ½ pages

Problem Analysis                                                 1 page

Conclusions                                                         1/2 page

Recommendations                                               1/2 page

References                                                            1 to 2 pages

Reasonable proficiency in writing skills (grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, content and style) is expected in everything provided in writing for this course, to include 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 June 23rd.

Send it through the CANVAS Inbox. Use this paragraph to talk 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 thought out and put into writing.  This paragraph 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 (to include use of AI)


Administrative Science Quarterly

Group and Organization Management

Global Journal of Management and Marketing

Global Journal of Business Disciplines

Human Relations

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              

Supervisory Management                     

Strategic Management Journal                      

Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

Journal of Human Resources

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Personnel Psychology

Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies

Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Sloan Management Review

Journal of Applied Psychology

Harvard Business Review

Organization Science

Organizational Dynamics

General Information

 Student Handbook:

Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures: Located in the student handbook at


We are all bound by confidentiality in this class. Possibly, students may want to discuss their company and its policies and procedures as applied to the class material. Perhaps the student will want to provide a paper on a company confidential project. In order to ensure that we can have a free and open discussion, it is expected that each student will respect the confidentiality of any materials that classmates are willing to share.

 Academic Accommodations:   Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services.  It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented.  Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class. 

Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR):

Recording Disclosure ( Privacy Waiver):  This course may be recorded for use by students and/or faculty. Enrolled students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during the classroom presentations, remote access learning, online course discussions, and remote office hours/meetings. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in this class.  Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not registered in the courses, or uploaded to other online environments.  All recordings will be deleted at the conclusion of the academic term.  

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Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. 

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