ORGB 3201 Schedule


TUESDAY, JANUARY 9

Topic:                Welcome and Overview

Preparation:      Read through syllabus

In Class:            Getting acquainted

Assessment:     None


FRIDAY, JANUARY 12

Topic:                What is organizational behavior?

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 1 / "Relevant Research" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:    Opening Survey (click here and complete before class) / Practice Quiz (in class)


TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

Topic:                Job Performance

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 2 / "No Performance Review" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)


Topic:                Job Performance

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 2 / "Vitality Health" HBS Case / "Pointless" Article

In Class:            Case Discussion

  • What do companies need a performance management system to do?
  • What was wrong with the old performance management system at Vitality Health?
  • You're James Hoffman, what do you tell the Board?
    • Is the new system better than the old system?
    • Should the new system be revised? If so, what should be done?

Assessment:     None

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19


Topic:                Organizational Commitment

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 3 / "Not Just a Job" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23


Topic:                Organizational Commitment

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 3 / "MacTemps" HBS Case

In Class:            Case Discussion

                          You’re John Chuang,

  • How, generally speaking, does your industry operate?
  • How you account for MacTemps’ success so far; what is your current competitive advantage?
  • What do you currently do to drive the different types of commitment among your temps?
  • Based on your analysis of the current situation, which option for increasing commitment are you going to pursue? Why?
    • A MacTemps career
    • Deepening informal ties
    • Enhancing the benefits
    • Improving training
    • Exclusive retainers

Assessment:     Case Analysis (due before class through turnitin, if this is one of your 2 for the semester)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26


Topic:                Exam 1

Preparation:      Review Notes and Readings

In Class:            Exam 1

Assessment:     Exam 1 (bring a #2 pencil)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30


Topic:                Debrief Exam 1 / Decision Making

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 8 

In Class:            Debrief / Case Discussion (to be distributed in class)

Assessment:     None

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2


Topic:                Job Satisfaction

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 4 / "Snacks" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6


Topic:                Stress

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 5 / "Kerstin Berger" HBS Case / "Burnout" Podcast

In Class:            Case Discussion

  • Describe and classify the stressors that Tina Orton faced in the case.
  • Based on your understanding of the chapter on stress, why did Tina Orton leave L-Bank? Be specific with concepts from the text and examples from the case.
  • Where does responsibility Tina Orton's departure fall? Why?
  • You’re Kerstin Berger, are you concerned that Tina Orton’s fate also awaits you? Why or why not?

Assessment:     Case Analysis (due before class through turnitin, if this is one of your 2 for the semester)

                          Job Satisfaction journal entry

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9


Topic:                Motivation

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 6 / "Goal-Setting" article / Dan Pink TED Talk

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)

                          Stress journal entry

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13


Topic:                Justice

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 7 / "Bradley Marquez" HBS Case

In Class:            Case Discussion

                         You are Andrew Lauder:

  • Analyze the first the first layoff in terms of organizational justice, as presented in the textbook. Was the layoff just? Why or why not?
  • Another layoff doesn’t seem avoidable. How are you going to proceed this time to mitigate potential justice concerns? Be specific with recommendations that can address any issues identified in your analysis of the first layoff. 

Assessment:     Case Analysis (due before class through turnitin, if this is one of your 2 for the semester)

                          Motivation journal entry

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16


Topic:                Ethics

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 7 / "CEO's Crusade" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)

                          Justice journal entry

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20


Topic:                Personality

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 9 / "Personality Tests" article / "Personality Tests" Podcast

In Class:           Activity / Discussion

Assessment:    Quiz (in class)

                         Ethics journal entry

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23


Topic:                Exam 2

Preparation:      Review Notes and Readings

In Class:            Exam 2

Assessment:     Exam 2 (bring a #2 pencil)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27


Topic:                Debrief Exam 2

Preparation:      None

In Class:            Debrief

Assessment:     None

FRIDAY, MARCH 2


Topic:                Snow Day

Preparation:      Stay Warm

In Class:            Not Meeting

Assessment:     None

TUESDAY, MARCH 13


Topic:                Diversity

Preparation:      "Why Most Diversity Programs Fail" article / "Fat Chance" HBS Case

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     None

FRIDAY, MARCH 16


Topic:                Teams

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapters 11 & 12 / "Army Crew" HBS Case

In Class:            Case Discussion

  • Describe the interdependence type(s) for the Army Crew boats.
  • What team states are apparent for the Army Crew boats?
  • What is happening? Why does the Varsity team lose to the JV team?
  • You're Coach P. What are you going to do on Tuesday: switch members, switch boats, or intervene? Why ? 

Assessment:     Case Analysis (due before class through turnitin, if this is one of your 2 for the semester)

TUESDAY, MARCH 20


Topic:                Leadership

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 14 / "Leadership Obsession" article

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Quiz (in class)

                          Teams journal entry

FRIDAY, MARCH 23


Topic:                Power, Politics, & Conflict

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 13 / "Thomas Green" HBS Case

In Class:            Case Discussion

  • Describe the situation Thomas Green is in at Dynamic Displays in terms of power.
  • What are the possible sources of conflict between Thomas Green and Frank Davis?
  • What are the possible underlying agendas for Frank Davis and Shannon McDonald?
  • Put yourself in Thomas Green’s shoes, how are you going to resolve your conflict with Frank Davis? NOTE: be specific about conflict resolution approach and tactics you will employ.

Assessment:     Case Analysis (due before class through turnitin, if this is one of your 2 for the semester)

                          Leadership journal entry

TUESDAY, MARCH 27


Topic:                Organizational Structure and Organizational Culture

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapters 15 and 16

In Class:            Watch Print the Legend Documentary

Assessment:     Politics journal entry

FRIDAY, MARCH 30


Topic:                Organizational Structure and Organizational Culture

Preparation:     Colquitt et al., Chapter 15 / "Holacracy" article

In Class:            Movie Discussion / Activity

Assessment:     Quiz (Chapter 15)

TUESDAY, APRIL 3


Topic:                Organizational Structure and Organizational Culture

Preparation:      Colquitt et al., Chapter 16 / "Culture Right for You" Article

In Class:            Movie Discussion

Assessment:     None

FRIDAY, APRIL 6


Topic:                Negotiation / TRACE

Preparation:     Colquitt et al., Chapter 13 (Negotiation Section Only)

In Class:            Activity / Discussion

Assessment:     Structure and Culture journal entries

TUESDAY, APRIL 10


Topic:                Exam 3

Preparation:      Review Notes and Readings

In Class:            Exam 3

Assessment:     Exam 3 (bring a #2 pencil)

FRIDAY, APRIL 13


Topic:                Finalize papers

Preparation:      None

In Class:            No Class Meeting / available to meet in office, as needed 

Assessment:     Semester Paper (due by the end of the day through turnitin)

TUESDAY, APRIL 17