Organizational Behavior

Guest Instructor: 
Zhike Lei (ESMT)
Time I: 
09:00am to 01:00pm
Venue I: 
ESMT (the room number will be displayed on the info screen, foyer Schlossplatz entrance)

This seminar aims to provide foundation knowledge in the Organizational Behavior (OB) field, including classic and contemporary theories, ongoing controversies, and ground breaking empirical studies. Drawing primarily on psychology and sociology, this course has a special focus on the role of the individuals and teams within organizations. Major topics include: individual personality, attitudes and emotions, motivation, leadership, organizational justice, group/team diversity and processes, power and influence, organizational culture, and social networks. It is critical to read the required readings before class and spend some time thinking about the implications of the readings, both separately and as a collection.

Some background readings include:

Davis, M. (1971). That’s interesting! Philosophy of Social Science, 309-344.
Dutton, J. E. & Dukerich, J. M. (2006). The relational foundation of research: An underappreciated dimension of interesting research. Academy of Management Journal, 49, 21-26.
Heath, C., & Sitkin, S. (2000). Big-B versus Big-O: An examination into what is distinctly organizational about organizational behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 22, 1-16.
Sutton, R. I. & Staw, B. M. (1995). What theory is not. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40, 371-384.

There will be no in-class exam in this course. However, each participant is expected to turn in a term paper and present it in class, which is the equivalent of the final exam. Specifically,

The term paper is a research proposal due in our last class. The research proposal provides each student the opportunity to conceive and plan a study on some issue within the domain of the course. An initial one-page proposal for your study is expected. In the term paper, you should provide a literature review of the related work to-date, a theoretical framework consisting of hypotheses, and methodology to be used for testing the hypotheses (for the format, use AMJ publications as examples). The paper should be in no more than 15 double-spaced pages of text. Each student will give a 20 minutes presentation of his or her term paper in the last class (pending on the number of participants).

November 30, 2012
December 7, 2012
December 14, 2012
January 11, 2013
January 18, 2013
January 25, 2013
February 1, 2013

Fall 2012
ESMT Berlin
End date of the whole course: 
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:00pm