University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642 Spring 2016

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

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          Office & hrs:    Learning Commons 411 Mon / Wed 12:30 - 2 PM
    Tuesdays 5:30 PM to  8:00 PM
            Classroom:     AC 235

 Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

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



3 Feb

2   Discuss Sedalia   2: Trait   Organize    
10Feb 3     6: Skills      
17-Feb  4     4: Styles       Organize  
24-Feb 5   Discuss 1st Fed   5:Situational Reports  Due 2/28


2-Mar 6 Discuss Megalith   6: Contingency       Organize
9-Mar 7 Midterm Exam


16-Mar     Spring break  


23-Mar Guest: Hanna Pillion   7: Path-Goal


30-Mar 9 Guests: SHA & Prometric   8: LMX      
6- Apr 10     9: TFL / 14: Women   Reports Due   
13-Apr 11         Present  
20-Apr 12    15: Culture      Reports Rue
27-Apr 13   Guest: Rachael Bohns  16: Ethics     Present
4-May 14 Final Exam Review         
11-May  15  Final Exam



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. Student Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the course the student will be able to:

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

(2) Discuss how group activity may facilitate or inhibit work performance.

(3) Work collaboratively with 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:
  1. Exams: Two written exams (essay and short answer): midterm and final exam covering course content
  2. HBS case reports (instructions)
  3. Class participation to include Sakai article postings and in-class discussions

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 27  Discussion of syllabus /   Harvard Business School cases            

             Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Feb 3    Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach               

            -> Discuss Sedalia                                 

LOQ site (distribute LOQ questionnaire) 

       McGrath outline of trait paradigm        

(3)  Feb 10     Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach   

(4)  Feb 17    Northouse Chapter 4 Style Approach     Article Questions           

      (LOQ): Report results and discuss

     (JCM): Report results and discuss  

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

  (5)  Feb 24     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach
-> Case 1: Sedalia  Reports Due EXTENDED DEADLINE: 5:30 pm SUNDAY 2/28/16

        -> Discuss 1st Federal

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

     Motivation and Leadership from a Chinese  Perspective

(6)   Mar 2  Northouse Chapter 6 Contingency Theory Contingency models of leadership  

        Guest Speaker:  Regan Miller, Human Resources Specialist
                            Workforce and Succession Planning, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

                | M: 202-489-3487 |

        -> Discuss Megalith           

              ***Midterm Review***              

(7)   Mar 9     *** Midterm Exam ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned     

Mar 16     *** Spring Break *****     

Guest Speakers:  Kathy Ford, Katie Wrenn, & Dennis Dulaney from Booz Allen Hamilton

        to talk about internships at BAH  - 12th floor of the Law School 7PM to 10PM

        PPT Presentation: Dennis Dulaney   (has the link to apply for an internship)

(8)   Mar 23     Northouse Chapter 7 Path-Goal Theory (p125-146)  

        Guest speaker: Hanna Pillion FMP Consulting

        > Case 1: Sedalia Team Presentations        

(9)  Mar 30   Northouse Chapter 8 Leader-Member Exchange Theory                          

    Guest Speakers: - Shannon Myers, Personnel Specialist at  State Highway Administration
                               - Diann Brady, and others from Prometric PPT

        Majority of U.S. Employees Not Engaged Despite Gains in 2014 Gallup Poll results

(10)  Apr 6       Northouse Chapter 9 Transformational Leadership             

                              Northouse Chapter 14 Women and Leadership         

                  > Case 2: 1st Federal  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 13            Northouse Chapter 15 Culture and Leadership                

     -> Case 2: 1st Federal Team Presentations        

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

(12)  Apr 20    

        -> Case 3: Megalith  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 27     Northouse Chapter 16 Leadership Ethics        

         -> Case 3: Megalith Team Presentations

     Guest Speaker: Rachael Bohns U.S. Government 

(14)  May 4   Review for Final Exam  Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned

(15) May 11 **** Final Exam *** 

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