communicate feedback to others during this part of the term, and in the process of working on your
team project you will no doubt experience many opportunities for negotiation.
Designing and Changing Organizations
Organizations are not fixed entities carved in stone.
Rather, effective organizations adjust their design to accommodate the goals of the organization.
will learn about organizational structure, job design, culture and change during this part of the term.
One important aspect of being a manager is understanding how to lead others.
During this part of the term you will learn about leadership and power, and then reflect on how to
lead effectively, whether or not you are the formal leader.
During this course you will be exposed to a variety of topics and understandably, you will be expected to master
a basic understanding of the concepts of organizational behaviour.
Additionally, you will be engaged in an
ongoing team process so that you can develop new interpersonal skills such as:
awareness of how your values and attitudes affect the dynamics of your team
awareness of how feedback, or the lack of it, affects the team process
awareness of how motivating others, or failing to motivate others, directly affects team outcomes
awareness of how you can more effectively contribute to team processes in the future.
Moreover, you will work on a professional team consulting project and analyze a live organization to identify
its problems and viable solutions. This will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of organizational
processes and structures, and develop skills to manage organizations, their members, and their environments,
awareness of how you can contribute to the proper functioning of organizations that you
encounter as employee, customer, supplier, and stakeholder.
awareness of how you can contribute to the wider society.
ASSIGNMENTS: READINGS AND EXERCISES
You will be working primarily from a textbook and additional materials provided by your instructor.
concepts of this course might appear simple on the surface but typically they are subtle, complex, and are
often difficult to apply. To understand the material covered in this course and do well on the examinations it
is crucial that you read the material BEFORE class sessions so that you can contribute thoughtfully to the
class discussions and exercises.
While it is helpful to bring your materials to each class meeting, it is imperative to bring them when your
instructor has designated a particular exercise from the text.
A detailed, day-by-day schedule of readings and
assignments is included below.
It is essential that assignments and any exercises your instructor chooses from
the potential exercises be prepared prior to class meetings in the manner indicated by the syllabus and by your
It is your responsibility to note these assignments ahead of time and clarify any questions directly
with your instructor.
Course Materials to be Purchased