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Below is a sample breakdown of the Evolution of Organizational Behavior chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Introductory organizational behavior topics||A history of the field of organizational behavior and the human relations movement; social science fields influencing the study of organizational behavior|
|Tuesday||Organizational problem-solving strategies||Similarities and differences between the Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma philosophies; contingency theory's independent and dependent variables|
|Wednesday||Workplace interpersonal skills||The significance of communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, listening skills, negotiation skills and assertiveness in the workplace|
|Thursday||Approaches to understanding behavior||Applications of the intuition, systematic and evidence-based methods for analyzing the behavior of an organization's employees|
|Friday||Positive organizational scholarship||The self-efficacy, optimism, hope and resiliency components of this organizational behavior movement|
1. What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field
Organizational behavior is the study of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization. Internal and external perspectives are two theories of how organizational behavior can be viewed by companies.
2. Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior
The major behavioral science disciplines that have contributed to the development of organizational behavior are psychology, sociology, anthropology, management and medicine. In this lesson, you'll learn about how these behavioral sciences have influenced the development of organizational behavior.
3. The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior
The human relations movement in organizational behavior focuses on the person as an individual and not as just another part of the mechanics of production. The implementation of this theory decreases turnover, absenteeism and poor job commitment.
4. Total Quality Management in the Field of Organizational Behavior
Companies need to stay competitive in the global business environment. Two philosophies that can help them improve their quality are TQM and Six Sigma.
5. Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior
The contingency theory focuses on specific situational factors that can affect the direct relationships between independent and dependent variables. The theory explains that there is not an exact science to organizational behavior.
6. Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace: Examples and Importance
The ability to communicate within an organization depends heavily upon people's interpersonal skills. These are the tools people use to interact and communicate with individuals in an organizational environment.
7. Understanding Behavior: Systematic Study, Evidence-based Management & Intuition
Intuition, systematic and evidence-based management are three different ways that employees can be analyzed in an organization. The results of the studies allow companies to improve employee programs, training and daily work environments.
8. What Is Positive Organizational Scholarship? - Definition and Examples
Positive organizational scholarship focuses on companies creating positive work life and performance. In this lesson, learn how companies that successfully teach their employees these skills have a higher chance of success.
9. Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers
The role of a manager in organizations is complex. While managers can come in different shapes and sizes they all share the task of utilizing people and resources to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will discuss the roles and functions of management found in each of the three levels of management.
10. Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling
A person who holds a management position inside an organization is required to think strategically and conceptually in order to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will describe the four functions of management and how they relate to organizational success.
11. Managerial Skills: How Good Managers Promote Productivity
This lesson will discuss the types of skills a manager needs, including technical, human, and conceptual skills. You'll learn how each of these skill sets impacts a manager's ability to effectively lead his or her employees.
12. Henry Mintzberg's Managerial Roles
There are many roles a manager has within an organization. Henry Mintzberg describes ten specific managerial roles most commonly seen within organizations. This lesson will discuss each of these roles and what behaviors are associated with them.
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