Courses

Undergraduate Courses

View the list of undergraduate courses offered by the School of Management Organizational Behavior Department

Graduate Courses

OB712/713 Managing Organizations and People
This course introduces you to some fundamental concepts, models and frameworks to help you become better acquainted with the organizations for which you work, the teams in which you work, the people with whom you work, and your own personal development.

Specifically, this course has five tracks:

  1. how to develop you as managers,
  2. how to work well within teams,
  3. how to develop more effective organizations,
  4. how to assess the external environment, and
  5. how to initiate change in each one of the above arenas. Tying all of these elements together, we will devote particular attention to the traits, skills and behaviors that are indicative of good leadership and how organizations and managers can be transformed for better alignment with the business demands of the future.
OB802 Introducing and Sustaining Organizational Innovation: Application to Health-related Enterprises
This course explores the process of implementing innovation in the context of health-related enterprises. This process involves leadership activity oriented to accomplishing innovation, such as noticing and nurturing new ideas and possibilities, mobilizing support, securing small wins, creating cultural change, fostering collaborative effort, and so on. In the course we will discuss readings and cases that examine how innovation develops in everyday interaction, conduct group projects on how innovation is implemented in particular health-related enterprises, and engage in exercises designed to experience issues that arise in implementing innovation. The course is targeted to HM, PNP, MSMBA and OB students but is open to any student interested in exploring the process of innovation with application to health-related enterprises. Please note: This course replaces HM802. Students cannot take both. Formerly HM802. Students who took HM802 may not enroll.
OB830 Leading the Mission-Driven Organization
Mission-driven organizations are created in order to accomplish goals that extend beyond profits for stakeholders and owners. Missions vary, ranging from, among many others, educating or protecting youth, safeguarding the planet, healing the sick, eradicating poverty, and enabling spirituality. Such missions occur in the context of various organizations, including non-profit and for-profit, philanthropic and religious, public and private, governmental and non-governmental. This course focuses on leadership theories, frameworks, and practices that take seriously the nature of workers, including both professional staff and volunteers, and their reasons for choosing to work in such organizations. This course is designed to build the capacities of students to use specific tools—related to leadership, conflict, and change—that are particularly useful in leading mission-driven organizations, and enable them to develop particular insights about specific mission-driven organizations of interest, related to their effectiveness and capacities for change. This course is particularly appropriate for students focusing on non-profit organizations, health-care systems and entrepreneurial organizations.
OB840 Management Consulting Field Project
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the management consulting process and its practical application. The course simulates a small consulting firm where students are consultants. Students complete significant fieldwork outside of classroom time. Students explore dimensions of defining and understanding the consulting framework, engagements, work methodology, client relationship management, value creation, developing and delivering presentations and client follow-up. This course includes one primary deliverable: the initiation, scoping and completion of a consulting field project. This class is designed and best suited for second year students who have 3-5 years work experience in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.
Prerequisites: none
OB844 Managing Organizational Change
This course focuses on the planning and control of organizational and behavioral change in a dynamic business environment. Emphasis will be on the development of change techniques used to diagnose, implement and evaluate organizational change processes. The course will also examine the conflict that often accompanies change, how it can be useful or dysfunctional, and its relationship to resistance to change and organizational dynamics. The course objectives are to: develop an understanding of the complexity and dynamics of change, discuss and evaluate different change techniques, examine the implications of change for the manager’s own behavior and career, and provide techniques for recognizing, anticipating and responding to change opportunities and efforts.
Prerequisites: CD710 or OB710/711 or OB712/713
OB848 Leadership
This course examines the essence of leadership; its relationship to managing; and the behaviors, attitudes and perspectives that distinguish leaders. Leadership is considered in a variety of ways: leadership in crises, at the top, in the middle, and in groups. Case studies, students’ past experiences, instruments, and other learning activities provide opportunities for students to assess and develop their leadership talents.
Prerequisites: CD710 or OB710/711 or OB712/713
OB853 Negotiations

This course uses the theory and research on effective negotiating strategies to build students’ understanding of, and skills for, managing differences and negotiation situations. The course considers, among other topics, the issues of negotiating across functions, between levels, across national and cultural differences, over race and gender differences, and between organizations.

Students examine:

1) problems of influence and self-defense in highly competitive “hardball” negotiations; and

2) the art of using differences for creative problem-solving and “mutual gain” outcomes. The emphasis is on developing practical skills for effective negotiations that can be applied to concrete situations. Students should be prepared to learn from their own experiences and practice in this course.

Prerequisites: CD710 or OB710/711 or OB712/713