University of Baltimore Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Organizational Psychology APPL 641.185

Fall 2013

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


            Class meets:     Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM
            Classroom:      Learning Commons, Room LC 210
            Office:             Learning Commons, Room LC 411
            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. (2013). Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 4th  edition Blackwell Publishing ISBN- 978-1-118-2920-7

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: September 3  

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 Magazine article

Week 2: September 10

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

Week 3: September 17  

 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 24

        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: October 1

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 8

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

Week 7:   October 15   Review for midterm   

            Special guest appearance from Prometric 

        Jessica Russell, Corporate Recruiter and Kate Hill,  Sr. Manager of Test Development

Week 8:  October 22 *** Midterm Exam ***                           

 Week 9:   October 29 

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

Week 10: November 5 

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

                            LMX Exchange theory (SIOP)

                            Vroom Yetton Decision Tree

Big five personality characteristics    (Handout individual difference measures) 

*** Report due for Case: Satisfaction ***

Choose a Case (any one)   Cases on  Leadership

        November 6 Special event:*** PTC fall event ***PTC Fall event

 Week 11:    November 12  

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

    Review midterm exam answers

    ***collect  GZTS inventories ****          

     Week 12:  November 19     Personality Assessment Inventories    

Special Guest: Dr. Liying Bai, Organizational Psychologist  

Special Guest: Mark Tregar, MS, Managing Consultant, IBM   

    GZTS descriptives for Fa 3013

     Week 13:  November 26   Landy & Conte:

Landy & Conte: Chapter 13 Teams in Organizations (Modules 13.1 & 13.3)  Chapter 13 Questions    

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

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

         Atlas Box company

Week 14:  December 3

    review for final exam

Week 15: December 10          ***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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