University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642 Spring 2012

Listed as: (APPL 779.085)

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

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              Office hrs:    Tues / Wed 12 - 2 PM
    Inclass: Wednesdays 6:30 PM to 8:PM (on even numbered sessions)
            Classroom:     AC 208S

 Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

 We will meet Inclass every other week on Even numbered sessions from 6:30PM to 8:PM

      CASE 1 CASE 2 CASE 3
Date Session Activity  Meeting Sedalia 1st fed Mega
25-Jan 1   Remote


1-Feb 2    Inclass      
8-Feb 3   Remote  Data report due    
15-Feb  4    Inclass      
22-Feb 5   Remote Team report due


29-Feb 6    Inclass Present    
7-Mar 7 Midterm Due


14-Mar 8   Inclass      
21-Mar   Spring break        
28-Mar 9   Remote   Data report due Organize
4-Apr 10    Inclass      
11-Apr 11   Remote   Team report due Data report due
18-Apr 12    Inclass   Present  
25-Apr 13   Remote     Team report due
2-May 14    Inclass      Present
9-May 15 Final Exam due



Syllabus Resources:

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 essay exams (midterm and final) covering course content
            Team written case reports  instructions

            Note: Participation online class discussions is Essential for course completing with 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 /location Date  Chapters / Readings (see also Bibliography at end)

(1)   Remote: Jan 25  (remote) Discussion of syllabus / Group problem solving: Harvard cases
          (Please stop by my office to pick up three printed copies of HBS cases)

    -> Case I Sedalia: Organize online

        Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Inclass: Feb 1    Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach                                                

 #1 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                

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

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

       McGrath outline of trait paradigm        

(3) Remote: Feb 8     Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach

         -> Case 1: Sedalia individual data reports due    

(4) Inclass: Feb 15    Northouse Chapter 4 Style Approach                                                   

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

 #5  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

 #6 e-reserves:  M. Csikzentmihalyi, (1999). If we are so rich, why aren't we happy? American Psychologist.
 Article questions          

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

  (5)  Remote: Feb 22     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Team Report due

    -> Case 2: 1st Federal Organize online

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

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

(6)  Inclass: Feb 29  Northouse Chapter 6 Contingency Theory Contingency models of leadership   

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Present ppoint to instructor                                                   

(7)   Remote: Mar 7     *** Midterm Exam Take home due ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned

(8)   Inclass: Mar 14     Northouse Chapter 7 Path-Goal Theory (p125-146)                                               

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

#9 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

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

       Mar 21         *** Spring Break *****        

(9)  Remote: Mar 28   Northouse Chapter 8 Leader-Member Exchange Theory

    -> Case 2: 1st Federal Individual data report due  

    -> Case 3: Megalith Organize online

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

(10)  Inclass: Apr 4       Northouse Chapter 9 Transformational Leadership                

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

(11)  Remote: Apr 11       Northouse Chapter 14 Women and Leadership

    ->  Case 2: 1st Federal Team Report due   

     -> Case 3: Megalith Individual Data Report due                  

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

 # 14 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 

     (NOTE: following articles not required for online discussion) 

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

(12)  Inclass: Apr 18      Northouse Chapter 15 Culture and Leadership   

         -> Case 2: 1st Federal Team presentation tp instructor 

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

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

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

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

(13)  Remote: Apr 25     Northouse Chapter 16 Leadership Ethics    

         -> Case 3: Megalith Team  Report due 

 #18 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

 # 19 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                    

# 20 Judge, Bono, LLies, & Gerhardt (2002). Personality and Leadership: A qualitative and quantitative review. JAP, 87, 765-780.   

# 21 Hogan & Hogan (2010). Abstracting Leadership. PTC/MW Quarterly, March, 1, 6-7.

(14)  Inclass: May 2   Review for Final Exam                     

  -> Case 3: Megalith:  Present Team Report to instructor           

 (15)  Remote: May 9   *** Final Exam take home due*** Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned