Organizational Behavior offered a broad survey of the prevailing theories of organizational behavior with an eye towards separating management fads from what is really known about behavior. The primary objective was to increase our ability to understand, predict, and influence the behavior of others at work. We learned how to use behavioral theory and research to make reasonable predictions and informed decisions about difficult organizational issues.


The course was structured to accomplish its objectives by offering a wide range of articles on the nature of behavior at work, classroom discussions on many, often controversial issues, a number of cases and business scenarios, and the opportunity to participate in behavioral exercises or simulations.

Key topics included:

  • Conditioning and reinforcement

  • Reward systems

  • Perception and decision biases

  • Social pressure and conformity

  • Power and influence

  • Creativity




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