University of Baltimore

Motivation / Satisfaction / Leadership
APPL 642 Spring 2013

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

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              Office hrs:    Tues / Wed 12 - 2 PM
    Wednesdays 8:10 PM to 10:45 PM
            Classroom:     AC 237

 Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:  

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



30 Jan

2     2: Trait      
6-Feb 3     6: Skills      
13-Feb  4     4: Styles     Individual reports   Organize  
20-Feb 5     5:Situational  


27-Feb 6     6: Contingency       Organize
6-Mar 7 Midterm Exam


  Team reports    
13-Mar 8     7: Path-Goal


  Individual reports  
20-Mar   Spring break        
27-Mar 9     8: LMX      
3-Apr 10     9: TFL / 14: Women     Individual reports 
10-Apr 11 SIOP?        
17-Apr 12    15: Culture   Team reports / Present  
24-Apr 13    16: Ethics      Team reports /Present
1-May 14 Review Final         
15-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. 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 exams (essay and short answer): midterm and final exam covering course content
            Individual and Team case reports (instructions)

            Note: Participation for Sakai article discussions is essential for completing course completing 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 /  Date  / Chapters /  Case Activity / Readings (see also Bibliography at end)

(1)  Jan 23  Discussion of syllabus / Group problem solving: Harvard cases            

    -> Case I Sedalia: Organize Teams 

        Northouse Chapter 1 Introduction 

(2)   Jan 30    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)  Feb 6     Northouse Chapter 3 Skills Approach

        Discuss Sedalia Data Analyses

(4)  Feb 13    Northouse Chapter 4 Style Approach     

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Individual Reports Due                                   

    -> Case 2: 1st Federal Organize Teams

# 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: For review  

 #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 

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

  (5)  Feb 20     Northouse Chapter 5 Situational Approach

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

#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)   Feb 27  Northouse Chapter 6 Contingency Theory Contingency models of leadership   

       -> Case 3: Megalith Organize Teams 

        (LOQ explained (that we didn't do on the Skills Chapter)

            Midterm Review                                          

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

    -> Case 1: Sedalia Team Reports Due    

(8)   Mar 13     Northouse Chapter 7 Path-Goal Theory (p125-146)  

    > Case 1: Sedalia Team Presentations 

        -> Case 2: 1st Federal Individual Reports Due    

         #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  Judge, T., Bono, E., Erez, A., & 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

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

(9)  Mar 27   Northouse Chapter 8 Leader-Member Exchange Theory      

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

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

(10)  Apr 3       Northouse Chapter 9 Transformational Leadership             

                              Northouse Chapter 14 Women and Leadership     - 

     > Case 3: Megalith Individual Reports Due

Guest Speaker: Timothy Ford

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

 # 14. T. Judge, Heller, Mount  (2002)   Five-factor model of personality and job satisfaction: A meta-analysis. J. of Applied Psych, 87,
 Article Questions 

#14.1 Engage Employees and Boost Performance  HayGroup 2001 Article Question

     (NOTE: following articles not required for online discussion) 

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

(11)  Apr 10     NO CLASS: SIOP in Houston                   

(12)  Apr 17      Northouse Chapter 15 Culture and Leadership   

   -> Case 2: 1st Federal Team Presentations  

 Case 2: 1st Federal Team Reports Due  

        # 15  Currall, Towler, Judge, & Kohn (2005) Pay satisfaction and organizational outcomes. P Psych, 58,
            Article Questions

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

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

         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 24     Northouse Chapter 16 Leadership Ethics    

 -> Case 3: Megalith Team Presentations 

 -> Case 3: Megalith Team  Reports due      

Guest Speakers: Rebecca Stern and Kristy Kayton from Winter School 

 #18 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 

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

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

(14)  May 1  Final Exam   Review             

(15) May 15 Final Exam    *** Final Exam *** Northouse Chapters 7-9; 14-16; Articles Assigned


  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