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HR 500 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Examine human behavior at individual, group and organizational levels.

8 weeks

Groups, teams, and staffs are made up of individuals who bring with them an array of experiences, personalities, skills, and behaviors. How those individuals perform on the job and how their behaviors combine with those of their co-workers can impact both work flow and the organization’s culture. In HR 500 Organizational Behavior and Leadership, you’ll evaluate the challenges employee behavior and perception poses to leadership in organizations.

Course Overview

As you gain an appreciation for how people behave and learn in organizational settings, you’ll see how emotions and attitudes influence how people in work settings feel and behave. As a student you will learn to address the direct impact that motivational processes have on individual behavior, which can directly affect performance. By evaluating content and process theories of motivation, you’ll gain insight into how and why employees can be motivated to work toward higher performance levels in organizational settings.

In recent years, the concept of “team” has gained popularity in the workplace. Today, companies are placing a strong emphasis on collaboration. This is because the size of teams vary along with the nature and scope of the projects these units are responsible for. You will learn to examine team dynamics and see why it’s important for leaders in all types of organizations to understand interactions within teams.

What life skills do you draw upon to be a better leader? What leadership skills do you draw upon to deal with life's problems and opportunities?

Discuss these questions and more in HR 500.

Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. You’ll discuss conflict and negotiation from several perspectives including the levels of conflict found in organizations, types of negotiation, and basic negotiation strategies. You’ll also learn to analyze and apply the decision-making process, decision-making models, and common decision-making traps.

As a student, you will review the kinds of challenges that can derail effective communication in organizational settings. Understanding the nature of interpersonal communication, being able to diagnose communication problems, and having the necessary competencies to communicate effectively are essential for understanding and managing behaviors in professional settings and you’ll improve your skills in these areas. You’ll also discuss the realities associated with organizational power and politics.

Sample Assignment

You’ll complete The Student Leadership Practices Inventory to help you to analyze your current leadership skill levels and see how you can further develop your leadership skills over time. Once completed, you will have the opportunity to write an analysis paper based on your findings.

As you consider the foundations of leadership and contemporary developments in leadership thinking and practices, you’ll understand how leadership can influence others to pursue an organization's vision and to work toward its goals. You’ll also address organizational culture concepts and methods for understanding and managing an organization’s cultural dynamics.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introducing Organizational Behavior; Diversity, Personality, and Values Perception, Attribution, and Learning; Emotions, Attitudes, and Job Satisfaction
  • Motivation; Motivation and Performance
  • The Nature of Teams; Teamwork and Team Performance
  • Decision Making and Creativity; Conflict and Negotiation
  • Communication; Power and Politics
  • The Leadership Process; Leader Traits and Behavioral Styles
  • Organizational Culture and Innovation; Organizational Structure and Design

What You’ll Learn

In HR 500, you will focus on the role of effective leadership within a changing workplace and workforce.

  • Gain factual knowledge of organizational behavior and leadership-related terminology and concepts.
  • Learn fundamental principles, theories, and practices associated with organizational behavior and leadership at the individual, group, and organizational levels.
  • Apply course-related knowledge and materials to improve problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Develop effective communication skills.
  • Discover implications of the course for understanding yourself.
  • Acquire or further develop your skills in working with others as a member of a team.

Learn More

You’ll view organizational behavior from both traditional and contemporary perspectives in HR 500. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.