MGT-237: Organizational Behavior

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Business & Economics
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Organizational Behavior
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC and MGT-230 with a C grade or better
Catalog Course Description

Introduces psychological theory, research, and practice in the business environment. Examines selection criteria and predictors, training and development, performance appraisal, employee motivation and satisfaction, and occupational health. Analyzes and evaluates effective teamwork strategies, leadership theories, and union-management relationships.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. History of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
    1. Define I/O psychology.
    2. Differentiate between I/O psychology and other fields of psychology.
    3. Explain the need for cross-cultural psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
    1. Analyze the Empirical Research Process.
    2. Compare and contrast primary and secondary research methods on the ability to obtain sound data.
    3. Analyze ethical issues in research.
  3. Criteria and Standards for Decision Making
    1. Differentiate conceptual and actual criteria.
    2. Explain criterion deficiency, relevance, and contamination.
    3. Perform a work analysis.
    4. Appraise the nine major job performance criteria.
  4. Psychological Assessment Predictors
    1. Assess the quality of predictors using the concepts of reliability and validity.
    2. Analyze the use of psychological tests and inventories, interviews, work samples, and situational exercises.
    3. Discuss controversial methods of assessment.
  5. Human Resource Topics
    1. Analyze the social and legal context for sound human resource decisions.
    2. Appraise the process for selecting, processing, placing, and classifying employees.
    3. Compare and contrast training and development methodologies.
    4. Examine the relationship between performance management and performance appraisal.
    5. Differentiate performance appraisal methods.
  6. Organizations and Organizational Change
    1. Interpret the three theories of organizations.
    2. Examine the components of social systems.
    3. Evaluate downsizing, outsourcing, offshoring, mergers, acquisitions, globalization, and their effects on the organization.
    4. Analyze organizational change and overcoming resistance to change.
  7. Teams and Teamwork
    1. Identify the different types of teams.
    2. Discuss the benefits of teamwork.
    3. Diagram team structure.
    4. Interpret how teams make decisions and share mental models.
  8. Organizational Attitudes and Behavior
    1. Examine the organizational attitudes of job satisfaction, job involvement, commitment and organizational justice, and their effects on the organization.
    2. Evaluate how organizations affect employee behavior.
    3. Apply the psychological contract concept to employee behavior.
  9. Workplace Psychological Health
    1. Analyze the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical well-being of employees and work/family conflict and how the relationships affect workplace behavior.
    2. Explain the psychological effects of unemployment, reorganization, and other workplace stress.
    3. Evaluate the effect of drug abuse and alcoholism on the workplace.
    4. Examine the global exploitation of children in the workplace.
  10. Motivation
    1. Compare and contrast motivational concepts and theories.
    2. Apply motivational strategies.
  11. Leadership
    1. Analyze the six major categories in leadership research.
    2. Compare and contrast the theoretical approaches to leadership.
    3. Analyze cross-cultural leadership issues.
    4. Analyze diversity issues in leadership.
  12. Union-Management Relations
    1. Describe the purpose of a union.
    2. Illustrate the formation of a union and functions of the union contract.
    3. Analyze research on union and management behaviors.
    4. Assess the relationship of I/O psychology to industrial relations.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed through tests, quizzes, assignments, case studies, presentations, and/or class participation.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Winter 2022