DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISION
OLS 252 Human Behavior in Organizations
Monday-Wednesday Schedule - Spring Semester 2011
Vern Dahlstrom (9:30 am)
Young Hall, Room 453
Young Hall, Room 453
RECITATION INSTRUCTOR: ____________________________
Human Behavior in Organizations
, by Vandeveer, and Menefee, Prentice Hall Publishing, 2010 2
Edition (with online access card to the Self-Assessment Library 3.4 by Stephen Robbins).
OLS 252 is a survey of the human and organizational behavioral concepts and principles that provides a
foundation for the understanding of individual and group behavior in organizations of work, with special emphasis
on typical interpersonal and leadership behaviors. The focus will be toward the understanding of behaviors for
We move toward what we picture in our mind
To help students gain an understanding of:
The behavior of individuals, the group, and the organization.
How to be more effective in his/her relationships with people.
To provide an introduction
to the concepts of work, motivation, group dynamics, leadership,
communication, organization structure, conflict, change, and power.
To use self-assessment exercises as a means to assist the learners in discovery of one’s own behavior
preference, one’s behavior in groups, and the behaviors used in various organization structures.
To study the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations with special emphasis on interpersonal
skills, motivation, leadership, communication through a team exercise.
To dispel the erroneous notion that effective organizational behavior is simply “common sense” but rather
reinforce the systematic study of organizational behavior as a means to better predict behaviors.
Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go
Students will have a basic knowledge of historical and contemporary theories of human behavior
Students will experience group dynamics and organizational development by participating in a team
research project, topic development and team presentations
Students will have the ability to build, develop, and lead cross-functional teams.
Students will gain an understanding of the behavior of self, other individuals, groups and organizations.
Students will learn how to be more effective in his/her relationship(s) with others.