University of Baltimore Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Organizational Psychology APPL 641.185 (4412)

Fall 2014

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


Class meets:     Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Classroom:      Academic Center  AC 234
      Office:       Learning Commons, 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: August 27  

Landy & Conte: Chapter 1: What is Industrial & Organizational Psychology?  (modules 1.1 -1.4)   Chapter 1 Questions                               

Week 2: September 3

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

Week 3: September 10 

      *** PTC Career Event at Shady Grove  *** Leaving an I-O Footprint on Business (Rich Cober, PTC 2014)

Please review these sites before next class

Choose a Case (any one) Cases on Motivation

Week 4: September 17

         Landy & Conte: Chapter 8 The Motivation to Work (Modules 8.1 & 8.2) 
                                    Chapter 8 The Motivation to Work (con't) (Modules 8.3 & 8.4)

        Deci & Flaste: Why We Do What We Do

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

Week 5:  September 24

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

       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 1

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

Week 7:   October 8   Review for midterm             Some discussions questions to review for the exam 

 October 15 11:30 to 1:PM Luncheon Dr. Reeshad Dalal, George Mason University

Unhelpful Help: The Seamy Underbelly of Organizational Citizenship Behavior, and What Organizations Can Do About It

Week 8:  October 15 *** Midterm Exam ***                           

Week 9:   October 22 

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

        Special Guest Speaker:

    Matt Ruble, Senior Manager  & Jen Morelli – Manager, Organizational Change Management  At   Grant Thornton LLP

Week 10: October 29

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

                            LMX Exchange theory (SIOP)


Big five personality characteristics    (Handout individual difference measures) 

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

Choose a Case (any one)   Cases on  Leadership

  Week 11:    November 5

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

    Review midterm exam answers

    ***collect  GZTS inventories ****          

     Week 12:  November 12     Personality Assessment Inventories    

         Special Guest:  Kristy Reisinger, Booz Allen, Hamilton:     Government Consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton

    November 13 PTC Fall Event  2pm to 6pm at GMU Arlington Campus

     Week 13:  November 19  

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

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

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

         Atlas Box company

                November 26 **** Thanksgiving Holiday *****

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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