MGT 701 Organizational Management - Master's in Business Administration (MBA)

In MGT 701 Organizational Management, you will focus on and examine in great detail social systems and their influence on the motivation of individuals, the effect on work outcomes, emergent leadership, and control of behavior in the work place. Throughout this course, an array of topics examines people and groups in actual work situations to help you develop diagnostic and effective tools for exercising leadership and management responsibilities in diverse organizations.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for deep analysis and lasting resolution. Here are examples of some of the assignments you will complete as part of MGT 701 Organizational Management.

  • Create and respond to original discussion posts to promote critical thinking and thoughtful exchange.
  • Write individual and team case studies that apply principles of organizational behavior and management.
  • Complete a final project (in stages) that diagnoses your company’s culture and culminates with a video presentation.

Weekly Themes

Each week of this course focuses on a different theme. Your group discussions, case studies, team assignment, debate, one-minute papers, quizzes, and final project will align with the week’s theme as well as its primary objectives. Weekly themes and course material are subject to change.

Week 1 – Introduction to Organizational Behavior/Culture

During the introduction week, you’ll explore how organizational culture affects individuals, groups, and processes, and how managers can influence it. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the importance and limits of organizational behavior, culture, and socialization.
  • Explain why valuing diversity has become an important leadership requirement.
  • Identify specific practices and programs used by organizations to facilitate socialization.

Week 2 – Motivation, Evaluation Rewards, Politics, Power, and Leadership

In week two, you’ll discuss the use of rewards and their distribution in organizations by focusing on performance evaluation and reinforcement theory. Additional topics include motivational process theories. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe how attribution can be used in evaluating individual and group performance.
  • Understand motivation and how it relates to job performance.
  • Describe the concept of the psychological contract.

Week 3 – Differences, Perceptions, Conflict, and Negotiations

Throughout week three, you’ll focus on the five major variables that influence individual behavior and performance. The perception process, conflict and resolution, and negotiation tactics will be explored. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe forces influencing personality, how the mind organizes stimuli, and applications of emotional intelligence.
  • Explain why and where impression management tactics are used.
  • Understand types of conflict and approaches for managing resolution.

Week 4 – Communication and Decision Making

During the midpoint week of the course, you’ll explore the eight primary elements in the communication process, the four primary communication patterns, and the nine significant barriers to effective communication. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe ways in which communication in organizations can be improved.
  • Explain the role of behavioral influences on decision making.
  • Identify specific techniques for stimulating creativity.

Week 5 – Groups and Teams

As you progress to week five, you’ll examine the dynamics and influences of groups and teams in organizations by focusing on the nature of groups and the ability of individuals to survive or thrive as group members. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the elements in the process of group formation and development.
  • Identify several ways to guard against groupthink.
  • Discuss relevant criteria for group effectiveness and factors important to team success.

Week 6 – Ethics, Misbehavior, and Stress

In week six, you’ll apply theories, concepts, and lessons of moral and ethical challenges in business to manage employee misbehavior, solve problems, and handle stressors. Upon completion of the readings and assignments, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the importance of ethical behavior in an organization.
  • Discuss the outcomes of misbehavior and the impact of an organization's culture on behavior.
  • Describe organizational and individual approaches to stress prevention and management.

Week 7 – Organizational Structure, Design, and Managing Organizational Change

Throughout this week, you’ll explore organizational structures and the multiple change management approaches. The organizational and individual perspective, as well as the internal and external forces, will be reviewed. Upon completion of the week’s activities, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the choices that must be made in job and organizational structure design.
  • Discuss the role of problem diagnosis and ethical implications of change management.
  • Understand the role of innovation in organizational structure.

Week 8 – Application of Course Concepts

During the final week of the course, you’ll illustrate your understanding of course content through a presentation and final reflections. After completing the activities for this week, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply theories and concepts to the professional and personal environment.
  • Analyze and find solutions to challenging issues in group dynamics.
  • Communicate a clear understanding of course concepts.

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