Individual factors affecting human behavior in organizations are explored in this course. Theoretical concepts which provide the foundation for the study of organizational behavior are examined together with an emphasis on leadership, team development, motivation, and communication. Application of these concepts to the management of organizations is accomplished through class activities. While the focus is almost entirely on the core organizational behavior topics, the development of a management philosophy and the understanding of the link between both managerial activites and organizational effectiveness are used as integrating themes.

MG 540, Organizational Theory and Design, studies organizations in a methodical and case-focused manner, examining issues such as the historical growth of organizations, organizations as reflections of society, organizational structure, mission-vision-values, goals, culture, and politics.  During class and during preparation for class emphasis is given to examining open systems (those that interact with their environments), studying the effectiveness of a range of organizations, and developing strategies for innovation and change within organizations.  The course is thus a blend of business, law, social sciences and insight into ourselves and our society.  The course materials are designed to make you think and have fun doing that.

A study of group process and functions, including theories of group and team dynamics, the major variables influencing group process, and specialized group techniques particularly applicable to organizational functioning.

This course examines the role of social capital in building organizations and communities that support sustainability. The key elements and various forms of social capital will be explored by looking at the different ways that communities develop and how the human relationship with ecological systems can be enhanced. In addition to theoretical foundations, both US and international business and community case studies will also be used as a  way to better understand how social structures. networks and norms help to strengthen the interdependencies among social capital, natural capital and commerce.

Managing the 21st Century Organization will explore the leading strategies and techniques used in today's work world. Areas of focus will include: Globalization, Innovation, Ideation and Entrepreneurial Thinking, Risk Management, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Sustainability and Social Networking.