Fairbanks Campus

Summer Term 2006

May 30, 2006 – August 12, 2006


COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:      Organizational Behavior MGMT 4320

TIME:                                                June 17, June 24 and July 1

INSTRUCTOR:                                Dr. William Kasperski

OFFICE LOCATION:                      Room 307 Family Support Services Bldg.

CONTACT INFORMATION:        Office: 377-4398

EMAIL:                                             wbuquantprof3@yahoo.com   

OFFICE HOURS:                             By appointment and 1 hour before class

APPOINTMENTS:                           Available for appointments at other times

CLASS LOCATION:                        Room 114 in the Education Center @ Eielson AFB



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ethical dimensions of goals and values of organizations and managers, perspectives on corporate social responsibility, influence of government, history, and culture on organizations, effective management roles, dynamics of informal groups, and understanding and working with people.

Prerequisite :   MGMT 3304 (Principles of Management), or consent of instructor.

TEXTBOOK: Organizational Behavior, 11 th edition, 2007, by Hellriegel & Slocum .

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course the student will be able to:


•  Describe the various competencies involved in effective management of self, communication, diversity, ethics, teams, change, and across cultures

•  Explain how personality, perceptions, values, and attributions influence behavior, job satisfaction, and commitment in organizations

•  Apply theories and concepts of motivation to develop strategies for improving work performance

•  Apply theories and concepts to develop strategies for effective teamwork

•  Apply theories and concepts of managing conflicts and negotiation techniques to improve organizational communication and production

•  Explain basic concepts for making ethical decisions, decision-making, and stimulating creativity

•  Explain the factors that affect the design of organizations and describe the different types of traditional and contemporary organizational structures

•  Explain how organizational cultures are formed, sustained, and changed

•  Discuss how organizational culture can influence ethical behaviors of managers and employees

•  Identify pressures for change, two types of change programs, and how to perform an organizational diagnosis

•  Diagnose reasons for individual and organizational resistance to change and describe methods for overcoming it

CLASSROOM ACTIVTIES: Several different methods may be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding of the subject including:


A) Lecture to keynote major findings in subject;


B) Exercises and discussion questions to further elaborate on subject,


C) Presentations


D) Projects




Attendance: Attendance is required and will be recorded . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the book. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. Any student missing more than 25% of the scheduled classes will receive a grade of “F” for the course. Work related absence due to FTX, TDY or other work related reasons are excusable. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor or the Director in advance. Otherwise, the student will receive a grade of zero for that requirement. Materials will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the text. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed.


Since active participation by the student is essential to successful learning, you are expected to read, study and come to class ready to discuss assigned materials. Assignments turned in after the beginning of class are considered late. Late work/quizzes will receive NO CREDIT unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor. All projects will be typed .


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F”.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disable person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.


Research Project: Your research project will consist of a paper not less than 8 pages (standard double-spaced with 1 inch margins all around) of TEXT in length (Cover Pages, Tables of Content, figures, pictures, graphs, and bibliographies will not be counted as text) on an organization of your choice, as related to the course material.  You must have your organizational topic approved by the instructor no later than June 24 . You will not receive a grade on grammar as such. However, clarity can affect understanding. If your work is difficult to understand, the content is questionable. Proper credit for references used will be included, but can consist of any normally accepted form, and will be cited within the paper as well as in a bibliography. There must be at least ten (10) outside references used (the text book does not count as one) with at least 3 non-internet sources. Reports will be consistent with the APA style manual format.

Chapter Presentation: Each student will be required to make a comprehensive presentation of several chapters (either 2 or 3 chapters, depending on the size of the class). These presentations MUST include NEW examples and material (including links to illustrations or articles online). Utilize the internet to include recent events pertaining to your chapters. Chapters will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so you MUST contact Dr. K. before the class begins to get the chapters of your choice.


Course Evaluation:


Grading scale: A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 89%, C = 70 - 79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = Below 60%

    I = For Incomplete, W = For Withdrawal


Grading Weight: Course grade is calculated based on the points earned during the class divided by total possible points. Total point values are:


Midterm exam         100 points

Final exam         100 points

Chapter Presentation       100 points

Project/Participation       100 points

  Total           400 points






Class Meeting Date    Chapter(s) Covered            Assignment for Next Class Meeting


                        June 17                      Chapters 1 - 3                       Read Chapters 5, 6, 10 & 11


                        June 24                      Chapters 5,6,10 & 11            Read Chapters 13 - 16

                        July 1                         Chapters 13, 14, 15, & 16       




Your exams will be given to you after we have covered the material in class. The due dates for the midterm, final and class project will be no earlier than July 21st. This should give you sufficient time to complete your work.




This syllabus is intended to be a guide as to which chapters will be covered during each class session. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus, as deemed necessary.