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.

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.