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1 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE THE A. GARY ANDERSON GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT BUS 107 Organizational Behavior Winter 2010 Dr. Sean D. Jasso No organization can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. - Peter Drucker Class Location/Time: INTN / 12:10 – 1:00 MWF Office Hours: MWF 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and by appointment / Olmsted Hall 2333 Contact: [email protected] Introduction Welcome to the course! The traditional business program is rooted in the study of the organization . Why study the organization as theory? You will spend the rest of your working life, and your private life for that matter, working or being associated with various organizations. One of our leading thinkers on organizations, Gareth Morgan, writes, “organizations are rarely established as ends in themselves. They are instruments created to achieve other ends. This is reflected in the origins of the word organization, which derives from the Greek organon , meaning tool or instrument.” Great leaders are useless without effective organizations to move their ideas – this is where you come in. The business degree certifies that you are an administrator of organizations and before you administrate anything, we begin your program by studying the theory behind the three pillars of the effective organization – behavior, management, and design. Course Objectives The central objective of the course is to teach you how and why organizations function – the focus being primarily on the business enterprise. This course has roots in psychology, politics, economics, sociology, and social anthropology – social and behavioral sciences dedicated to answering the puzzling questions of human behavior and decision making primarily in organizational groups. Hence, our overarching goal is to introduce you to viewing the organization scientifically to enable you to diagnose the infinite problems that impact and often control the organization. At some point in your career, you will be the one responsible for leading the enterprise. Your future decisions begin with your training today.
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2 To accomplish this goal we will approach the material in four parts: Part One The Individual in the Organization Part Two The Interpersonal Dynamics of the Organization Part Three The Design of the Organization Part Four Application and Judgment – You in the Organization ( Judgment) Texts Griffin, Ricky W. and Moorehead, Gregory. (2010) Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations, 9 th Ed. Cengage. ISBN- 13: 978-0-547-16733-6 Tichy and Bennis. Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls . Portfolio, 2007. Responsibilities and Grading
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