HOL 6700

Human Behavior in Organizations

This course is structured to provide an overview of the fundamental theories and practice of human behavior in organization. In accordance with the aims and objectives of the Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) Program, it focuses on the interrelationships among individuals, teams and organizations, therefore provides the framework for the Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) Masters, and Leadership Development and Organizational Learning & Change Certificate programs. It highlights the ways in which individuals and teams learn and interact within organizations and how organizations develop and function effectively. The focus is on helping students gain an increased self-awareness as it pertains to individual, team and organizational effectiveness.

We explore a wide range of issues and topics to expose you to the interdisciplinary nature of organizational leadership and learning and its critical dimensions for today’s workplace. We base our core discussion around the Learning Framework for Enhanced Individual, Team and Organizational Effectiveness (Hellriegel and Slocum, 2010, Figure 1.1- page 7), to focus upon concepts related to perceptions, motivation, ethics, leadership, building teams, organizational culture, organization design and change. Students are expected to learn the basics from this course and apply them to real-life situations to expand their knowledge as they progress through other courses in this program.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of human behavior in organizations
  • Identify specific areas that you need to work upon in order to improve your core OLL competencies
  • Propose action plan(s) to help organizations deal with the problem they may be faced with
  • Evaluate principles and practice of organizational leadership and learning
  • Critically analyze information learned to synthesize one’s own view of OLL and its importance to organizations
Area: Human & Organizational Learning