Management 340- Section 15 (20471) (T 7-9:45pm)
Introduction to Organizational Behavior (OB)
California State University, Fullerton
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Fall 2011
Craig Rusch, Ph.D.
Office: SGMH 5387
Hours: T 5:30 – 6:45pm
Class location: LH 303
Required text Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T.A.
Essentials of Organizational Behavior
(Fourteenth Edition). Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Pearson, 2011.
Supplementary readings may be assigned.
Overview Most managers rely on personal experience, advice, and the popular press to
guide their management practices. OB is a social science that takes us beyond these by
providing an evidence base that distinguishes effective and ineffective management
practices. This course introduces you to this evidence base so you can become more
competent managers and leaders.
Managers assemble, coordinate, and integrate the skills, talents, and resources of
individuals and groups to achieve organizational goals. They do this under the constraints
of limited information and resources, looming deadlines, and teammates or subordinates
with disparate agendas. Mgmt. 340 aims to improve your problem diagnosis and problem
solving skills related to major challenges you will face as managers. Specifically, this
course provides tools, skills, and strategies for:
Enhancing the effectiveness of your managerial judgment.
Learning how to be an effective leader, teammate, and follower.
Motivating yourself and others to accomplish organizational goals.
Improving the effectiveness of individual and group decision processes.
Analyzing, designing and controlling organizational units and their activities.
The course is organized around the three main areas covered by OB: individual, group
and organizational-level phenomena.
Course materials: Using reading material, lectures, in-class exercises, videos, case study
analysis, and class discussion, we will learn ideas and theories for understanding behavior
in organizations. The class is most effective and fun when everyone participates in the
learning process. It is important that you prepare for each class by completing assigned