University of Baltimore Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Organizational Psychology APPL 641.185

Fall 2012

Instructor:        Tom Mitchell, Ph.D.
Phone:             (410) 837-5348


            Class meets:     Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM
            Classroom:      Academic Center, Room AC 205
            Office:             Academic Center, Room 209D
            Office Hours:   Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-2PM

Course Catalog Description: An analysis of the psychological theories and findings that explain individuals' behavior in an organization. Traditional theories of motivation, satisfaction and leadership will be explored yet a major emphasis will center on the application of psychological principles to lead and motivate.

Course objectives: To prepare the student for implementing effective procedures for increasing productivity while improving the quality of work life of employees. To familiarize students with the traditional and contemporary theories and practices relating to motivation, leadership and job satisfaction. To enable the student to apply the theories to improving organizational effectiveness.

Texts required:

 Landy, Frank J., & Conte, Jeffrey M. (2010). Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 3rd edition Blackwell Publishing ISBN- 978-1-4051-9025-1

Deci, Edward, & Flaste, Richard (1995) Why We Do What we Do (1995) Penguin Press  ISBN: 0 14 02.5526 5

Other assigned readings: (see schedule below)

Web Sources:

Class format: Lecture, class discussions and group problem solving activities.
Course requirements:

1. Demonstration of an understanding of assigned readings;
2. Successful completion of two exams
3. Three individual case reports (submitted on due date)
4. Responses to Chapter questions posted in discussion forums (Sakai).

Grade determination:   Exams (40%) + Cases (60%) = 100%

Mid term and final exams (20% each) +  three case reports (20% each)

Cases available:   ALL CASES ON LINE

Range of letter grades for each report: A, B+, B, C+, C, F

                     Schedule of Assignments:

Week 1: August 29   

Landy & Conte: Chapter 1: What is Industrial & Organizational Psychology?  (modules 1.1 -1.4)   Chapter 1 Questions
                                Multicultural - Does Your Language Shape How You Think? NYT Magzine article

        The Future of HR  

Week 2: September 5

Landy & Conte: Chapter 2: Methods and Statistics in Psychology (modules 2.1 - 2.4) Chapter 2 Questions

    Difference between I/O and HR Practitioner (TIP, July, 2000 by Lori Foster)  

Week 3: September 12  

 Landy & Conte: Chapter 8 The Motivation to Work (Modules 8.1 & 8.2)  Chapter 8 Questions 

Choose a Case (any one) Cases on Motivation

*** Report due for trial case   The Skeptical CEO  (optional)******

Week 4: September 19

        Landy & Conte: Chapter 8 The Motivation to Work (con't) (Modules 8.3 & 8.4) Chapter 8 questions

        Deci & Flaste: Why We Do What We Do

Week 5: September 26

Landy & Conte: Chapter 9 Attitudes, Emotions, and Work (Module 9.1)   Chapter 9 Questions  

       Group discussion questions
    Complete the JSS for a job you have had, score it and bring the completed form to class. 
    (use the MS Word version, not the online one) 

Description of several Job Satisfaction Scales

Choose a case (any one)  Cases on Job Satisfaction 

Week 6:  October 3

Landy & Conte: Chapter 9 Attitudes, Emotions, and Work (con't) (Modules 9.2 & 9.3)  Chapter 9 Questions  

Week 7:   October 10   Review for midterm   

Week 8:  October 17 *** Midterm Exam ***                           

 Week 9:   October  24 

Landy & Conte: Chapter 11 Fairness and Diversity in the Workplace  (all Modules)   Chapter 11 Questions

Week 10: October 31 

Landy & Conte: Chapter 12 Leadership (Modules 12.1 & 12.2) Chapter 12 Questions 

                            LMX Exchange theory (SIOP)

    *** Collect GZTS inventories ****

Big five personality characteristics    (Handout individual difference measures) 

Choose a Case (any one)   Cases on  Leadership

 Week 11:  
  November 7   

    Landy & Conte: Chapter 12 Leadership (con't) (Modules 12.3 & 12.4)  Chapter 12 Questions

            Handout: LMX and MLQ
           List of 19 Leadership SKAs

        Startling evidence that working causes productivity        

     Week 12:  November 14         

   *** class cancelled to attend PTC fall event ***PTC Fall event

*** Report due for Case: Leadership ***

        November  21 **** Thanksgiving Break **** NO CLASS

        Week 13:  November 28   Landy & Conte:

Landy & Conte: Chapter 13 Teams in Organizations (Modules 13.1 & 13.2)  Chapter 13 Questions    

       Peter Drucker' Legacy: (WSJ) article 11-14-05

         Atlas Box company

Week 14:  December 5  

    review for final exam

Week 15: December 12          ***Final Exam ***       

Readings on reserve in Langsdale Library:

e-Reserve holdings

Barrick, M. R., & Mount, M.K. (1991) The Big Five personality dimensions and job performance. Personnel Psychology. 44, 1-26

Bass, B. M. (1997) Does the transactional-transformational Leadership paradigm transcend organizational and national boundaries? American Psychologist, 52, 130-139.

Collins, J. M. (1998). Race, Job Applicants, and the Five-Factor Model of Personality: Implications for Black Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Five-Factor Theory. Journal of Applied Psychology

Deci, R. & Ryan, R. (2000) Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American Psychologist., 55, 68-78.

Kohn, A. (1993) Why incentive plans cannot work. Harvard Business Review. Sept-Oct. (reserve)

Mount, Barrick & Strauss (1994) Validity of observer ratings of the big five personality factors J. of Applied Psych. V.79, no. 2. pp 272-279

Stewart, G.B. et al. (1993) Rethinking Rewards. Harvard Business Review. Nov-Dec. (Reserve)

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