Organizational Behavior

Guest Instructor: 
Zhike Lei (ESMT)
Time I: 
09:30am to 01:00pm
Venue I: 
ESMT, Schlossplatz 1

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 on multiple disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and communication, this course focuses on behavioral phenomena at and across individual, group/team/departmental, and firm levels, including attitudes, motivation, leadership, emotions, group processes, team effectiveness, creativity, and organizational culture, among others. The course also pays particular attention to different empirical approaches in the OB field, surveying a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Overview of Class Sessions
(9:30 am – 1:00 pm)

1 – May 15 (Thur) Introduction to Organizational Behavior Research
2 – May 22 (Thur) Management Classics: Motivation, Organizational Commitment and Leadership
3 – May 28 (Wed)* Emotions in Organizations
4 – June 5 (Thur) Groups and Teams

June 6th 5 pm Paper proposal due

5 – June 12 Independent session (no class; office hour or appointment to be offered)
6 – June 19 Beyond What is Obvious

7 – June 26 Paper Presentation (Term paper due)

(Note: * Most class sessions occur on Thursday morning, except May 28th is Wednesday. The class schedule listed above is subject to change with notice. There is no “academic quarter” - please come to class on time. Visitors and speakers will be invited to the class. )

You will be evaluated by the following dimensions for this course:

Class Participation and Contribution: 35 %
Critique assignment: 15 %
Term paper and presentation: 50% (Presentation 15% and Paper 35%)

Spring 2014
End date of the whole course: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 1:00pm