Organizational Behavior and Management
Spring Semester, 2010
Dale Rude, 310J Melcher
Office Hours: 12:00-12:50 P.M. TTH,
and 5:15-5:45 Th and by appointment.
Free: The future of a radical price.
Auletta, Ken. 2009. Googled:
The end of the world as we know it.
Bauer, Talya, & Erdogan, Berrin.
Publisher: Flat World
The Feiner Points of Leadership: The 50 Basic Laws That Will
Make People Want to Perform Better for You.
Warner Business Books.
Freidman, Thomas L.
2006. The World Is Flat.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Each student will be assigned to read one of the Anderson and Auletta books but not both.
The Course Objectives
To enhance your skills for solving problems involving individuals, groups, and
organizations by improving your sense-making. This will enable you to more effectively identify
causes of organizational events, predict future events, and devise action plans for influencing
To develop your skills for identifying organizational leverage points from theories and
strategies for exploiting them.
(In this class, leverage points are a critical concept.
causes of important organizational phenomena such attitudes, performance, and motivation. By
applying the force of one's efforts to leverage points, one can maximize the probability of
achieving desired results.)
To increase your understanding of management theory and research.
To improve your written communication skills.
The Secrets to Success in this Course
If you miss class
, read the related text carefully in addition to studying your notes.
When examples are presented in class, jot some of the details down in
your notes to aid you when reviewing for the exams.
When problems are assigned, work through them in preparation for class.
problems are excellent practice for exam questions.
Read the instructions.
Produce an excellent case assignment.
my high standards.
Have your cases edited by friends with good editing skills.
Using the style
guide, check your case carefully to be sure that you have followed all guidelines.
5. Put forth a strong effort as you prepare for the exams
. Know the learning objectives
forwards/backwards/inside/out for exams
Be able to apply concepts and theories to new
When preparing, make up new problems and apply the course concepts. Study with
other members of the class.