This course covers the individual, organizational, and group-level factors that determine people’s behavior in organizations, and the direction and success of these organization: personality, values, attitudes, motivation, organizational structure, organizational culture, leadership and management, power and political behavior, group process, teamwork, communication, conflict, and organizational change. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- MGT 101: Principles of Management
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Analyze Organizational Behavior in terms of 3 dimensions – individual, organizational, group.
- Compare the dimension of personality with that of values, and their effects people’s behavior in organizations
- Evaluate the relevance of ‘affect’ and Emotional Intelligence to personal development and org. behavior.
- Describe the relationship of a person’s attitudes to his/her organizational behavior.
- Define motivation and the individual characteristics and organizational practices that affect it.
- Describe the elements of organizational structure and compare organizations accordingly.
- Define the concept and specify the elements of organizational culture.
- Compare important theories of leadership (compared to management) and evaluate their impact on individual and organizational behavior.
- Define and identify the bases of power in organizations.
- Analyze the causes and consequences of political behavior.
- Describe the role and importance of groups within organizations.
- Identify and describe the values and behaviors needed for effective teamwork
- Identify and apply the elements of teamwork and group process.
- Compare the various sources and types of organizational conflict.
- Describe the nature and functions of communication in organizations.
- Analyze the causes of success or failure in organizational change.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Written Assignments (Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)
Tests (Weeks 4 & 8)
Team Assignment (Week 7)
Course Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Robbins, S.P. and Judge, T.A. Essentials of Organizational Behavior. 14th ed. Pearson, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-452484-9 [Looseleaf Version]
Not Available through Bookstore
- Hacker, D. A Writer's Reference. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781457666766 (Strongly Recommended)
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Introduction to Organizational Behavior & Individual Characteristics, Part 1
Topic: Individual Characteristics, Part 2
Topic: Indivdual Motivation & Organizational Practices
Topics: Characteristics of Organizations: Structure and Culture
Topics: Leadership, Management Power and Politics
Topics: Groups and Teams
Topics: Group Decision-Making, Communication and Conflict
Topic: Organizational Change
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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