MGMT 605 Syllabus, Spring 2010
SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Management 605-01 – Spring 2010
San Francisco State University
College of Business
Dr. Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
Class Times: Tuesday 11:00am-1:45pm
Location: BUS 107
Phone: (415) 338-6284
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm,
Office: BUS 341
or by appointment
The Seminar in Organizational Behavior (OB) course addresses contemporary management challenges
arising from complex environmental conditions, new technological developments, and increasingly
It highlights critical management issues involved in planning, organizing,
controlling, and leading an organization.
Ultimately, this course aims to strengthen students’ managerial
potential by providing general frameworks for analyzing, diagnosing, and responding to complex
It also provides opportunities for students to enhance their communication and
interpersonal skills, which are essential to effective management.
The structure of the course encourages learning at multiple levels: through in-class lectures, exercises, and
discussions, in small teams carrying out projects, and in individual reading, study, and analysis.
assigned readings provide basic concepts, theories, and approaches that identify important organizational
issues and describe effective and efficient management practices.
Lectures and class discussions will
review and extend this material.
Exercises and case analyses will provide rich examples to anchor and
guide class discussions.
In-class activities in combination with individual study and team projects will
enable students to critically evaluate and synthesize diverse information and to develop their own
The primary objectives of this course are:
To increase your knowledge of individual and group behavior and to learn how this knowledge can be
used to help people be more productive and satisfied in their work settings;
To understand the basic frameworks of organizational theory at the individual, team, and
To understand how these frameworks and theoretical perspectives can be used to examine and
address real organizational problems.
To provide opportunities for you to practice skills required of effective managers and leaders.
To look at the role of the manager in contemporary organizations in developing and leading human
resources, catalyzing organizational change, all in the context of a global environment.
To develop and practice critical thinking and analytical skills so we can formulate theoretically-
informed descriptions, diagnoses, prescriptions, and actions in group and organizational situations.