University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642.185 (class no. 1015) Spring 2008

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 237

 WEB BOARD FOR CLASS IS:  WebTyco (for getting travel funds from UB Graduate Council) (Scroll down)

Schedule of dates and assignments: 

January 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13, (20 Spring Break), 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24: May 1, 8, 15

Articles on e-reserves

Article Questions

Discussion Questions for Northouse: Leadership

Team and Case assignments

HBS Cases

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
            Team written case reports  instructions

    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

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

How to write an executive summary )PDF file

SIOP supplements

Information from Toronto on Group Dynamics/ teamwork

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.)

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)   Jan 31   Discussion of syllabus / Group problem solving: Harvard cases

        Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction  (p. 1 -13)

        Review of motivational theories

        U. Toronto Motivation theory (Instructor: Chun Wei Choo
          Ppoint presentation for Motivation theories

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

(2)   Feb 7   Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach (p. 15-36)
        Steers, et al. (2004). Introduction to special topic forum: The future of work motivation theory. Academy of Mgt Rev. 29(3) 379-387

            Article questions

                   -> Case I Sedalia: Organize

(3) Feb 14  Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach (p. 39-68)      

          Latham & Pinder (2005). Work motivation theory and research at the dawn of the 21st century. Annual Rev. of Psy., 56, 485-516.
         Article questions

         Locke & Latham (2004) What should we do about motivation theory? Six recommendations for the 21st century. Acad Mgt Rev.  
        Article Questions   

(4) Feb 21  Northouse Chapter 4 Style Approach (p. 69-88)

        Review: (Note: article summary not needed)
         Ryan & Deci (2000) Self-Determination Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being.  Am Psy.  Vol. 55 I
        Article Questions

         Deci, E., Koestner, R. & Ryan (1999) meta-analytic review of experiments examining the effects of extrinsic rewards on intrinsic. Psych Bull. Vol. 125
        Article Questions

         e-reserves:  M. Csikzentmihalyi, (1999). If we are so rich, why aren't we happy? American Psychologist.
        Article questions   
      Self-determination theory
        General Causality Scale (Deci & Ryan)
        Job Characteristics Model (Hackman & Oldham 1976)
  JCM ppoint    

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

         Guest Speakers: Ken Ridgley and Julie Schneiderman

  (5)  Feb 28  Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach (p. 91-111)         

         LOQ site

         Locke & Latham (2002)  Building a practically useful theory of  goal setting and task motivation: A 35-year odyssey  American psychologist
           Article Questions

           Locke, E. A., & Latham (2006). New directions in goal setting. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 265-268.
            Article Questions

        Guest speakers: Matt Sigafoose and Regan Miller

         -> DUE: Data analysis reports for Sedalia (JSS) 

(6)     Mar 6  Northouse Chapter 6 Contingency Theory (p. 113-126)

        Contingency models of leadership                 

                ->  PRESENT:  Case I Sedalia:
                -> DUE: Team Report for Sedalia  

                ->  Case II First Federal:  Organize

            Guest Speakers: Erica Pinkos and Matt Ruble

(7)     Mar 13   *** Midterm Exam ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned

         Mar 20   *** Spring Break *****

(8)    Mar 27  Northouse Chapter 7 Path-Goal Theory (p127-149)

         Judge et al. (2002). Relationship of personality to performance: Motivation: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 797-807.
        Article Questions

        McGrath outline of trait paradigm        

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

(9)  Apr 3  Northouse Chapter 8 Leader-Member Exchange Theory (p. 151-172)

        Yoav Vardi & Yoash Weiner  (1996) Misbehavior in Organizations; A motivational Framework Organization Science. 7, (2)
        Article Questions

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

                    -> Organize: Case  III Megalith: 

(10)  Apr 10     *** Class on the Bay at SIOP in San Francisco ***         

(11)  Apr 17    Northouse Chapter 9 Transformational Leadership (p. 175-204)

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

        e -article   Rogelberg, S. G. (2007). Job satisfaction & job satisfaction measurement. Encyclopedia of  I & O Psych, p. 410-413
        Article Questions

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

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

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

      See: performance bonus out of reach? Move the target    

                  -> DUE: Data analysis reports for Case II  First Federal 

(12)  Apr 24   Northouse Chapter 12 Women and Leadership (p. 265-293)

          e-article  Currall et al. (2005) Pay satisfaction and organizational outcomes. P Psych, 58,
            Article Questions

        e -article   Colella, et al. (2007). Exposing pay secrecy. Academy of Management Review, 32, 55-71
        Article Questions

        e-article   McBriarty, M. A. (1988). Performance appraisal; Some unintended consequences. Public Personnel Management, 17, 421-434
        Article Questions

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

 -> PRESENT: Case  II First Federal: 
DUE: Team Report for First Federal ***  

(13)  May 1  Northouse Chapter 13 Culture and Leadership (p. 301-339)

         e - article 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

         Frese, Kring, Soose & Zempel  (1996). Personal Initiative at Work: Differences between East and West Germany. Acad Mgt J. V. 39(1), 37-53.  
        Article Questions           

                -> DUE: Data analysis  reports for Case III Megalith

(14)  May 8 Review for Final Exam   Northouse Chapter 14 Leadership Ethics (p. 341-368)

                 -> PRESENT: Case III Megalith: 
               -> DUE: Team Report for Megalith ***                       

 (15)  May 15 *** Final Exam *** Northouse Chapters 7-9; 12-14; Articles Assigned