University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642 Spring 2014

Instructor: Tom Mitchell, Ph.D. 837-5348

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          Office & hrs:    Learning Commons 411 Tues / Wed 12 - 2 PM
    Tuesdays 5:30 PM to  8:00 PM
            Classroom:     AC 207

 Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

Date Session Activity  Northouse Chapter Sedalia 1st Federal Megalith
28-Jan 1     1: Intro



4 Feb

2     2: Trait      
11-Feb 3     6: Skills      
18-Feb  4     4: Styles     Individual reports   Organize  
25-Feb 5     5:Situational  


4-Mar 6     6: Contingency       Organize
11-Mar 7 Midterm Exam


  Team reports    
18-Mar     Spring break  


25-Mar     7: Path-Goal   Present  Individual reports   
1-Apr 9     8: LMX      
8Apr 10     9: TFL / 14: Women      
15-Apr 11       Team reports  Individual reports 
22-Apr 12    15: Culture    Present  Team reports
29-Apr 13    16: Ethics     Present
6-May 14  Final Exam         
13-May  15  



Syllabus Resources:


Guest speakers:   Elizabeth Massing, Director HR at Agora Publishing

I. Descriptive Information

A. Catalog description: A critical examination of the interactive effects of personal and organizational variables on human behavior as reviewed in work group structure, accommodation to change, interpersonal perception, and problem solving behavior. Factors considered include emergent group leadership, managerial, motivational, and personality interactions.

B. Course description: Using motivation as a central concept, this course will provide the student with an in-depth understanding of how person and environmental factors interact to influence organizational behavior. Predominant motivational theories will be used to explain how group dynamics and cross-cultural influences affect motivation, and how attitudes toward the job and the organization relate to performance. Students will learn to apply motivational techniques to improve work performance and satisfaction.

II. Objectives of course:

To enable the student to:

(1) Analyze causes for organizational behavior and develop effective ways to improve work performance.

(2) Gain an experiential understanding of how group activity may facilitate or inhibit work performance.

(3) Improve their ability to work effectively with others to solve problems related to organizational behavior.

III. Class format: Assigned readings will be discussed. Ideas and conclusions generated from the discussions will be used by groups to solve problems presented in case studies. Case studies will be discussed in class and on Sakai 

IV Texts required:

V. Course requirements for each student:

* NOTE: Failure to submit the summaries and questions may result in a 10% grade decrement

VI. Assessment:

            Exams: Two written exams (essay and short answer): midterm and final exam covering course content
            Individual and Team case reports (instructions)

            Note: Participation for Sakai article discussions is essential for completing course completing a passing grade, but will not be graded

    40 %   2 Exams   (20% each)
    30 %   3 Individual case data analysis reports (10% each)
    30 %   3 Team case reports (10% each)

100%  TOTAL     Grade Scale:    90-100 A;    85-89 B+;    80-84 B;   75-79 C+;   70 C

Additional online syllabus Resources:

Session /  Date  / Chapters /  Case Activity / Readings (see also Bibliography at end)

(1)  Jan 28  Discussion of syllabus / Group problem solving: Harvard cases            

    -> Case I Sedalia: Organize Teams 

        Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Feb 4    Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach               

   Discuss Sedalia Data Analyses                                

       McGrath outline of trait paradigm        

(3)  Feb 11     Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach   

(4)  Feb 18    Northouse Chapter 4 Style Approach     Article Questions

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Individual Reports Due                                   

    -> Case 2: 1st Federal Organize Teams

 (LOQ): Report results and discuss

 (JCM): Report results and discuss  

Liking Work Really Matters NYT 9-45-2014 Paul O'Keete

Pink, D.  "More than a paycheck" WSJ 2-2-10   

  (5)  Feb 25     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach

       Motivation and Leadership from a Chinese  Perspective

 bonus article (please do not read): WSJ (2/19/2008)Modern Conundrum: When Work's Invisible, So Are Its Satisfactions       

(6)   Mar 4 Northouse Chapter 6 Contingency Theory Contingency models of leadership   

       -> Case 3: Megalith Organize Teams 

                     Midterm Review         

                    Winter School                                 

(7)   Mar 11     *** Midterm Exam ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Team Reports Due    

Mar 18     *** Spring Break *****    

(8)   Mar 25     Northouse Chapter 7 Path-Goal Theory (p125-146)  

    > Case 1: Sedalia Team Presentations 

        -> Case 2: 1st Federal Individual Reports Due    

(9)  Apr 1   Northouse Chapter 8 Leader-Member Exchange Theory      

(10)  Apr 8       Northouse Chapter 9 Transformational Leadership             

                              Northouse Chapter 14 Women and Leadership     - 

     > Case 3: Megalith Individual Reports Due

      (NOTE: following articles not required for online discussion)

     Engage Employees and Boost Performance  HayGroup 2001 Article Question

    Peter Warr (2007). Jobs and Happiness. The Industrial Psychologist, 44, p. 19                                                                             

(11)  Apr 15            Northouse Chapter 15 Culture and Leadership            

   Case 2: 1st Federal Team Reports Due

        President Obama 77 cents pay gap for women? Wash Post 4-12-14

(12)  Apr 22       

     -> Case 2: 1st Federal Team Presentations  

     -> Case 3: Megalith Team  Reports due    

       Bonus not a Cure-all    
       Performance bonus out of reach? Move the target  
       Animals seem to have an inherent sense of fairness and justice WSJ 2006      

(13)  Apr 29     Northouse Chapter 16 Leadership Ethics    

    -> Case 3: Megalith Team Presentations         

(14)  May 6   *** Final Exam *** Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned

  Judge, T., et al. (2002). Job satisfaction: A cross-cultural review. Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organ Psych, V. 2
For reference only *** not required reading