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Ch 1: The Evolution of Organizational Behavior: Lesson Plans

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The Evolution of Organizational Behavior chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach organizational behavior basics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Evolution of Organizational Behavior: Lesson Plans
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What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

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.

Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

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.

The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to 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.

Total Quality Management in the Field of Organizational Behavior

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.

Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

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.

Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace: Examples and Importance

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.

Understanding Behavior: Systematic Study, Evidence-based Management & Intuition

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.

What Is Positive Organizational Scholarship? - Definition and Examples

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.

Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers

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.

Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling

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.

Managerial Skills: How Good Managers Promote Productivity

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.

Henry Mintzberg's Managerial Roles

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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