Tom Mitchell, Ph.D, Instructor       SYLLABUS

University of Baltimore  Division of Applied Psychology and Quantitative Methods

Behaviors Factors in Organizations APPL 641.185     Fall 1999

last update: 11/16/99

Note: all articles are available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Just ask for them
ARTICLES on RESERVE (direct route)
another source for articles in:
Paul Spector's Org Psychology Course
Paul Spector's Homepage
Journal of Applied Psychology


Instructor: Tom Mitchell, Ph.D. 837-5348 AC 209D E-mail: TMITCHELL@UBMAIL.UBALT .EDU
Homepage: http://home.ubalt.edu/tmitch
Office Hours: Monday 4:30 - 5:30 PM; Thursday 12 - 1:30 PM;
Class meets:  Mondays 5:30 - 8:15 PM
Class Room: Business Center 323


Description: An analysis of the psychological theories and techniques for leading and motivating employees. 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:

Beehr, T. A. (1996) Basic Organizational Psychology. Allyn Bacon: Needham Heights, MA. (CLICK FOR NOTES)
Landy, F. (1989). Psychology of Work Behavior. 4th Edition  Chapters 10, 11, 12 (handout)
Other assigned readings: (see schedule below)



Web Sources:

http://www.siop.org  Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (see IO related sites) Psychology journals on line
http://www.shrm.org Society for Human Resources Management
Psychology Journals .......on line: http://www.wiso.uni-augsburg.de/sozio/hartmann/psycho/journals.htm
Journal of Applied Psychology   http://www.apa.org:80/journals/apl.html



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

Course requirements: Demonstration of an understanding of assigned readings; successful completion of group activities and individual case reports. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF CASE REPORTS

Grade determination:

Four case reports (25% each) = 100%                 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 30    INTRODUCTION

    Description of purpose of course, requirements,
    cases for individual & team problem solving assignments
    Assignment for Week 2
    Web Hand out: Trial case;  The Skeptical Ceo
    Example of good paper for this trial case:
    Applications of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Benefits for Acme Aluminum

       September 6th ****   Holiday **** Labor Day   **** DO NOT WORK ON ANYTHING !!!!! ******

Week 2 September  13   INTRODUCTION: History/Methods

    Beehr Chapter 1: Intro to Org psy
    Beehr Chapter 2: Ways of Studying Organizations
    Beehr Chapter 10: Applications
    Article: (Reserve)
    Rousseau, D.M. (1997). Organizational behavior in the new organizational era. Annual
         Reviews of Psychology. 48:515-46

Week 3 September 20  THEORY: Individual Differences

                                       *** Report due for trial case   The Skeptical CEO  ******

Beehr Chapter 3: Human Nature
    Article (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 (reserve)

    Journal of Applied Psychology titles of August 1998 issue:
Race, Job Applicants, and the Five-Factor Model of Personality: Implications for Black
Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Five-Factor Theory
    Judith M. Collins, University David H Gleaves

    Big five personality characteristics

    (Handout individual difference measures)

Week 4 September 27 APPLICATION: Individual Differences

    Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey

Beehr Chapter 4: Individual Outcomes

Week 5 October 4  THEORY: Job satisfaction   Description of several Job Satisfaction Scales

    Landy Chapter 11: Job Satisfaction
    Smith Kendall Job Satisfaction (JDI)
    On line: Case 1:  Case on Job Satisfaction
    check out...  Paul Spector's Job Satisfaction Scale Info

Week 6  October  11 APPLICATION: Job Satisfaction

    Case 1: Job satisfaction (group discussions)
     Group discussion questions

Week 7 October 18 Theory: Motivation

    Beehr Chapter 5: Organizational Outcomes (Motivation)
    Landy Chapter 10: Motivation

                                   *** Report due for Case 1: Job Satisfaction ***

    Articles: Kohn, A. (1993) Why incentive plans cannot work. Harvard Business Review. Sept-Oct.
                 Stewart, G.B. et al. (1993) Rethinking Rewards Harvard Business Review. Nov-Dec.

check out this page for a visual summary of motivational theories
http://www.mgmt.utoronto.ca/~evans/teach/materials/week4.htm

Week 8 October 25   APPLICATION: Motivation

    Job Diagnostic Survey (JDS)  SUMMARY OF JDS (Datner's)
    Measure: E. Deci     Individual Styles Questionnaire
   Online Case 2:         Cases on Motivation    (choose any one)

Week 9 November 1     APPLICATION: Motivation

    Case 2: Motivation (discussion)

Week 10 November 8     THEORY: Groups

                    *** Report due for Case 2: Motivation ***

    Beehr Chapter 6: Nature of Groups
    Article: Guzzo, R. & Dickson, M. W. (1996) Teams in Organizations: Recent Research on Performance
                and Effectiveness. In Annual Rev. Psychol. 47:307-38

Week 11 November 15     THEORY: Leadership

    Beehr  Chapter 7: Intragroup Interactions
    Landy Chapter 12: Chapter Leadership
    Article: Bass, B. M. (1997) Does the transactional-transformational Leadership paradigm transcend
        organizational and national boundaries? American Psychologist, 52, 130-139.

      Online Case 3: Leadership Cases on line  choose any one except  Klipper Kuik)

Week 12 November 22  APPLICATION: Leadership (class Cancelled!)

    Case 3: Leadership (group discussion) (will do next week)
    Measure: FIRO-B

Week 13 November 29  THEORY: Groups

    Beehr Chapter 8: Relations among Organizational Groups Beehr Chapter 9: Macro Organizational Psychology
    Online Case 4: Teamwork Case on Line (choose 1St Nat'l Piggy)
    see Teller Lit  for articles relevant to this case.

Week 14 December  6   APPLICATION: Groups
                    *** Report due for Third Case: Leadership ***

    Teamwork workshop

Week 15 December  15    *** Report due for Case 4: Teamwork ***



                    URL Sites for I/O Psychology:

www.siop.org

                Readings on reserve in Langsdale Library:

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

Guzzo, R. & Dickson, M. W. (1996) Teams in Organizations: Recent Research on Performance and Effectiveness. In Annual Rev. Psychol. 47:307-3

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

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

Rousseau, D.M. (1997). Organizational behavior in the new organizational era. Annual Reviews of Psychology. 48:515-46

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

Thierry, H. (1990). Intrinsic motivation reconsidered. (In Work Motivation, Kleinbect et al., Eds.). Hills Dale, N.J.

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