University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642.185 (3 credit hours) Spring 2017

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

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          Office & hrs:    Learning Commons 411 Tues / Wed 1:30 - 2:30 PM
    Wednesdays 5:30 PM to  8:00 PM
            Classroom:     BC 309

 Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

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



Feb 8

2   Discuss Sedalia   2: Trait        
Feb 15 3     6: Skills      
Feb 22  4     4: Behavioral      
Mar 1 5    Guest speaker/Discuss 1st Fed   5:Situational Reports  Due -
extended to 3/12 5PM


Mar 8 6 Guest speakers/Discuss Megalith   6: Path-Goal      
Mar 15 7 Midterm Exam


Mar 22     Spring break  


Mar 29     7: LMX


Apr 5 9     8: Transformational      
Apr 12 10   Guest: Takieya Williams- Newball   13. Leadership Ethics    Reports Due Ap 9  
Apr 19 11 Guest: Jeff Godbout   15. Gender and Ldr      Reports Due 
Apr 26 12 SIOP attend NO CLASS        
May 3 13 Guest: Erica Merritt  16: Culture     Present  
May 10 14 Final Exam Review
Guest: Will Haller
May 17  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

NOTE: Attendance is not required but expected

Additional online syllabus Resources:

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

(1)  Feb 1  Discussion of syllabus /   Harvard Business School cases            

            Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Feb 8   Northouse Chapter 2 Trait Approach (P19)            

            -> Discuss Sedalia         

LOQ site (distribute LOQ questionnaire) 

       McGrath outline of trait paradigm        

(3)  Feb 15    Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach (P43)   

(4)  Feb 22    Northouse Chapter 4 Behavioral Approach (P71)    Article Questions           

      (LOQ): Report results and discuss

     (JCM): Report results and discuss  

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

  (5)  Mar 1     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach (P93)
-> Case 1: Sedalia  Reports Due *** Extended Deadline to March 12th 5PM ***

        -> Discuss 1st Federal  

Guest speaker: Tom Olenchock, CDR, U.S. Coast Guard 
HR Analyitcs  - Using Survey Results to Assess Employee Engagement

*** We will discuss the following two articles after spring break **

     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 8 Northouse Chapter 6 Path-Goal Theory (P115)  

Guest instructor: Dr. Sharon Glazer         

        -> Discuss Megalith       

         ***Midterm Review***              

(7)   Mar 15     *** Midterm Exam ***  Northouse Chapters 1-6; Articles assigned     

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

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

(8)   Mar 29      Northouse Chapter 7 Leader-Member Exchange (P137) 

              > Case 1: Sedalia Team Presentations     

(9)  April 5   Northouse Chapter 8 Transfomational Leadership (P161)                          

    Speaker: TBD  

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

(10)  Apr 12       Northouse Chapter 13 Leadership Ethics (P329)      

 > Case 2: 1st Federal  Reports Due April 9th                                

                 Guest Speaker:  Takieya Williams Newball, Ed.D, George Washington University

      (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 19            Northouse Chapter 15 Gender and Leadership (P397)     

      -> Case 3: Megalith  Reports Due          

     -   Guest Speaker: Jeff Godbout, IO Consultant, Principle Research Distillary   

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

(12)  Apr 26          *** CLASS CANCELLED FOR SIOP ***

(13)  May 3     Northouse Chapter 16 Culture and Leadership (P427)       

> Case 2: 1st Federal Team Presentation            

     Guest Speaker:  Erica Merritt, Senior Manager, Talent Development at Under Armour

(14)  May 10   Review for Final Exam  Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned

-> Case 3: Megalith Team Presentation

Guest Speaker: Will Haller, Consultant FMP  PPT Presentation with Haller's contact info

(15) May 17     **** 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