Understanding and Managing Organizational Behavior

14 Credits: Business Management & Organization


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Understanding and Managing Organizational Behavior

Course Level
CPE Credits

14 Credits: Business Management & Organization

Course Description

Navigating the dynamic landscape of organizational behavior can be daunting for professionals in contemporary business and public agencies. Understanding human relations theory and its application to individual, group, and organizational performance is critical, yet often complex, given the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Challenges arise in grasping diverse concepts such as personality and attitudes, work motivation, interpersonal dynamics, organizational design, and decision-making processes. Without a comprehensive understanding of these elements, effectively managing and leading within an organization can be challenging.

This course offers an exhaustive exploration of organizational behavior, blending theory with practical applications. It covers a wide range of topics, from defining organizational behavior and understanding various theories to recognizing managerial functions and the role of ethics in organizations. Participants will delve into motivation theories, job performance, job satisfaction, diversity management, communication channels, power dynamics, team development, leadership styles, conflict management, decision-making processes, organizational culture, innovation, and structural forms. This course equips professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage and lead in diverse organizational settings, enhancing their ability to drive positive change and organizational success.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

•Define organizational behavior.

•Identify different theories and views on organizational behavior

Chapter 2

•Recognize the manager’s job in terms of managerial functions, roles, and skills.

•Recognize different principles on the function of management.

•Identify different aspects of an organization, including ethics, diversity, ways to manage for effectiveness from the perspective of organizational behavior.

Chapter 3

•Recognize different theories of motivation and how they apply in the organization.

•Identify how goals can be set to motivate high levels of job performance.

•Identify ways in which jobs can be designed so as to enhance motivation.

Chapter 4

•Recognize important characteristics of job satisfaction.

•Identify steps that management can take to improve mentoring programs.

•Identify characteristics of diversity management programs and how management can make them successful.

•Recognize the elements of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Chapter 5

•Recognize information communication channels within an organization.

•Identify various methods for improving organizational communication.

Identify the main types of power in an organization.

Chapter 6

•Identify how groups develop and perform in organizations.

•Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of teams vs. individual contributions.

Chapter 7

•Recognize leadership styles such as the task oriented and the relationship oriented styles, and how can they affect team behavior.

•Identify the basic tenets of  a number of leadership theories, including the LPC contingency theory and the path-goal theory of leadership, and how they can be implemented in an organization.

Chapter 8

•Recognize potential conflict triggers within the organization.

•Identify the positive and negative consequences of conflict in organizations.

•Identify techniques for managing conflict in organizations.

Chapter 9

•Distinguish between different assumptions regarding the rational decision making process of a company.

•Identify various factors that contribute to imperfect decision making in organizations.

•Recognize forms of unethical thinking.

Chapter 10

•Recognize the attributes of an organizational culture.

•Identify the innovation process and how management can promote innovation in the organization.

Chapter 11

•Recognize different organizational structures and the advantages associated with them.

•Identify when certain organizational types may be appropriate, and how other organizational forms may develop on their own.

Chapter 12

•Identify the general conditions under which organizational change is likely to occur.

•Recognize different examples of Management by Objective goal setting.

•Identify techniques of organizational development and their effectiveness.



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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
April 14, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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