This course contributes to the achievement of 3 learning goals (LG) mentioned below. For the purpose of accomplishment of these objectives, this course provides basic understandings and skills in the Organizational Behavior (OB) field. We learn how we can effectively manage modern organizations and “people” inside. Organizations we deal with are profit-seeking corporations, public agencies, and all other forms of non-profit bodies, given they consider their activities as work, not hobby or mere socializing. What kind of knowledge and skills are required to manage an organization, which is consisted of a few, or thousands, of people? First, we need to be able to explain behaviors of various individuals and groups—which are considered as complex of individuals—in orderly way. Next, we need to be able to analyze and predict the individual and group behaviors. Only after overcoming these challenges we will be capable of managing, or leading, the entire organization.
The terms such as management or leadership should be used carefully, since they evoke very diverse and heterogeneous implications among people. As we proceed with the classes, we will gradually clarify what we mean by managing and leading organization, under the context of modern society.
Course Learning Goals
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Demonstrate understanding of leadership concepts and practices (LO3-1)
(a) Engagement in active listening and conduct of 2-way, or multilateral conversation
(b) Making constructive suggestions to deepen the group discussion
(c) Exercising necessary leadership or followership behavior in the group discussion when needed
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have comprehensive understandings about the nature of working people’s mind, the various phenomena which occurs under the situation of group work, and the mechanism of organizational structure. Also, you will be better prepared to lead your organization, either small or large, under solid foundations of OB theories and concepts. Cases are designed so that you will be gradually exposed to various simulated experiences which serve as anchors of your managerial behaviors in the future career.
Good understanding of Organizational Behavior is essential for ANY roles you assume upon graduation, as far as you work with other people. Being equipped with OB knowledge, you will be more capable of handling “people-related” issues in organizations.