University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642.185 (class no. 2042) Spring 2007

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


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  Office hrs:   Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 PM; Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM
        Class:    Thursdays 8:15 - 10:45 PM in Academic Center 409


Schedule and dates for assignment


Articles on e-reserves

 Discussion Questions for Hogan Chapters

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 WebTyco

 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 essay exams (midterm and final) covering course content
            One written case report  instructions

    50%   2 Exams   (25% each)
    25%   1 Written Case Report
    25%   3  Case data analysis
  100%  TOTAL     Grade Scale:         90-100 A;    85-89 B+;    80-84 B;   75-79 C+;   70 C

Instructions for Team Problem Solving of HRS Cases (<click)
Team and Case assignments

Information from Toronto on Group Dynamics/ teamwork

SIOP supplements

How to manage groups
Being a valuable group member
Running effective team meetings
Groups that work

Journal Of Applied Psychology

Value Based Management site (information on all sorts of management techniques, etc.)

Schedule of dates and assignments

  Feb 1 8, 15, 22,     Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 
  Mar 1, 8, 15 Midterm , 22 (Spring Break) 29    May 4, 10, 17 Final Exam

 Management Speak   (learn how to understand your boss)
Readings in Organizational Psychology  (J. LeBreton, E. Tenn State)

class date  Chapters / Readings (see Bibliography at end)

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

(2)   Feb 8  
 1. Richard M. Ryan & Edward Deci Self-Determination Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being 

             e-article: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi If we are so rich, why aren't we happy? American Psychologist, 54, 1999
        U. Toronto Motivation theory (Instructor: Chun Wei Choo
          Ppoint presentation for Motivation theories

          Job Characteristics Model (Hackman & Oldham 1976)

          JCM ppoint 

 Self-determination theory
        General Causality Scale (Deci & Ryan)
       Contingency models of leadership

(3) Feb 15

      Hogan: Chapter 1: What is Personality Psychology? Defining the Key Issues and Concepts (p1)

    2. Edwin A. Locke  Motivation through Conscious Goal Setting (p. 113)

    e-article T. Judge, E. Bono, A. Erez, & E. Locke Core Self-Evaluations and Job and Life Satisfaction : The Role of Self-Concordance and Goal Attainment
Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 2005,

      -> Case I Sedalia: Organize

             Paul Spector's Job Satisfaction Scale Info
            Sedalia Report JSS information
            JSS items ordered by 9 facets

(4) Feb 22 

    Hogan: Chapter 2 The Personality Wars: A Brief History of Modern Personality Psychology (p. 16)    

   3. Barry Staw Organizational psychology and the Pursuit of the Happy/Productive Worker

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

    e-article Richard Arvey, T. Bouchard, & Nancy Segal Job Satisfaction; Environmental and genetic components, JAP 74, 1989  

     McGrath outline of trait paradigm

     e-article (Bass, 1997) Does the transactional-transformational Leadership paradigm transcend organizational and national boundaries? AmPsych 52, 0-139.  e-RESERVE

  (5)   Mar 1   

    Hogan: Chapter 3: Who Shall Rule? Leadership and Personality (p. 31)

    4 . Ann O'Leary-Kelly, Joseph Martocchio & Dwight Frink  A review of the influence of Group Goals on Group performance

    5. Deborah Crown 7 Joseph Rosse Yours, Mine, and Ours: Facilitation Group Productivity Through the Integration of Individual and Group Goals

                 DUE: Data analysis reports for Sedalia (JSS) 

        LOQ site

       ** Administer / self-score the LOQ  Find evidence to support or not support the use of LOQ in an organization

(6)     Mar 8   

      6. Viswanath Venkatest & Cheri Speier  Computer Technology Training in the Workplace: A longitudinal investigation of the Effect of Mood
       7.   Schneider et al. (2003)  Which comes first: Employee attitudes or organizational financial and market performance? JAP, 88, No. 5.

                ->  PRESENT:  Case I Sedalia: 
                ->  Case II First Federal:  Organize

(7)     Mar 15   *** Midterm Exam ***  

         Mar 22   *** Spring Break *****

(8)   Mar 29   

    Hogan: Chapter 4: Lives in Public: Personality and Team performance (p.52)

          8. Yoav Vardi & Yoash Weiner  Misbehavior in Organizations; A motivational Framework

        e-article M. Mount et al.   Relationship of personality traits and counterproductive work behaviors: The mediating effects of job satisfaction. P psych 2006

               Animals seem to have an inherent sense of fairness and justice WSJ 2006 

(9)  Apr 5   

    Hogan: Chapter 5: The Secret Life of Organizations: Personality and Organizational Theory (p. 80)

         9.  Michael Frese, Wolfgang Kring, Andrea Soose & Jeannette Zempel  Personal Initiative at Work: Differences between East and West Germany

        10. Christopher Meek  GanBatte: Understanding the Japanese Employee

      -> DUE: Data analysis report for Case II  First Federal due
    -> Organize: Case  III Megalith: 

(10)  Apr 12 

       11. Charles O'Reilly III & Jennifer Chatman Working Smarter and Harder: A Longitudinal Study of Managerial Success

        e-article  T. Judge et al.  Five-factor model of personality and job satisfaction: A meta-analysis. J. of Applied Psych, 87, 2002


(11)  Apr 19    

               12.  Jeffrey Pfeffer  Six Dangerous Myths about Pay   

        e-article  S. Currall et al. Pay satisfaction and organizational outcomes. P Psych, 58, 2005

               See: performance bonus out of reach? Move the target

           -> PRESENT: Case  II First Federal:         

(12)  Apr 26 

    Hogan: Chapter 6: The Psychology of Managerial Incompetence (p. 101)

         13. Jennifer George  Asymmetrical Effects of Rewards and Punishments; The Case of Social Loafing  

          Rewarding competitors over collaborators WSJ 2/14/06
            Bonus not a Cure-all


 > DUE: Data analysis due for Case III Megalith  

(13)  May 4    

    Hogan: Chapter 7: How to Fix Incompetence (p. 134)

       14. Teresa Amabile  Motivating Creativity in Organizations: On Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do  

        15. Anne Cummings & Greg Oldham Enhancing Creativity: Managing Work Contexts for the High potential Employee  


(14)  May 10 Review for Final Exam

         -> PRESENT: Case III Megalith: 

 (15)  May 17 *** Final Exam ***