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MT3250 Organizational Behavior
1.2-Participate in a discussion regarding employment relationships. Discuss how these have changed throughout history and what effect this has on an individual’s work/life balance. Share with your classmates your personal experiences regarding how you minimize conflict between your work and non-work demands. Also discuss your thoughts regarding virtual work, which is another emerging employment relationship trend in the workplace that is often referred to as telecommuting or teleworking, and discuss whether you see this trend as a motivator that may increase employee productivity in the workplace
2.1- Participate in a discussion regarding social identity and stereotyping. Discuss how social identity theory relates to a person’s self-concept. Discuss how categorization, homogenization, and differentiation influence our social perception and include an example of stereotyping that you’ve participated in or have experienced.
2.2- Participate in a discussion regarding the attribution process and attribution errors. Discuss a time when you observed a workplace situation and applied the attribution process. Were you correct in your initial assumption or did the fundamental attribution error play a part in your assumption? Knowing what you now know about this theory or process, would you have taken the time to examine the situation more closely?
3.1- Participate in a discussion regarding Organizational Commitment. Discuss the consequences of Affective and Continuance Commitment, and analyze the strategies for building Organizational Commitment. Discuss and share your experiences with employers who utilized the organizational commitment strategies, such as the Employee Involvement technique, to retain and motivate their employees. Finally, discuss whether the techniques utilized by your employers were successful in your shared experiences.
3.2- Participate in a discussion regarding Employee Motivation. Describe and explain the four types of consequences of the Organizational Behavior Modification, otherwise referred to as the OB Mod, which offers useful ways to understand how workplace events can influence employee learning and motivation. Discuss how this theory illustrates what you may expect from your behavior, i.e., consequences, and how the expectancies affect your learning and motivation in the workplace.
4.1- Participate in a discussion by explaining why we diverge from the Rational Choice Paradigm when identifying problems and opportunities. Share with your classmates a decision-making workplace experience which required you to identify problems and opportunities, and evaluate alternatives and outcomes when making an effective decision.
4.2- Review the Characteristics of Creative People found in exhibit 6.5 in your textbook and relate each one to yourself. Discuss with your classmates the various workplace conditions which support creativity. Have you worked for an organization that encouraged employee creativity? Share examples of activities that you participated in with your present or former employers which encouraged creativity.
5.1- Team decision making can be very effective, however, there are four constraints that can hinder this process. Identify these constraints and provide an example of a time when you were part of a team decision making process. Discuss with your classmates the constraints your team encountered, and whether your team utilized the team structures techniques when making decisions.
5.2- Explain the importance of communication in business organizations. Discuss with your classmates the various communication channels utilized in your organization. Also discuss how the organization overcomes communication barriers, and identify the strategies implemented to improve communication.
6.1- Identify organizational conditions and personal characteristics that support organizational politics and discuss ways in which it can be minimized. Share with your classmates examples of organizational politics you’ve been a part of or have witnessed. Also discuss what effect it had on job satisfaction, performance, and organizational commitment.
6.2- Participate in a discussion regarding conflict in organizations. Discuss the differences between constructive and relationship forms of conflict in organizations, and describe the three strategies to minimize relationship conflict during constructive conflict episodes. Share with your classmates a workplace-conflict experience where you applied strategies or conditions to minimize the relationship conflict.
7.1- Compare and contrast the key features of task-oriented leaders and people-oriented leaders. Discuss with your classmates an example of each type of leader you’ve worked for, and discuss their effects on the workplace. Did their styles motivate the employees? What leader style would you rather work for, and please explain why?
7.2- Discuss the Path-Goal Leadership Theory, including the four leadership styles and the four contingencies included in this theory. Based on your workplace experiences, choose and discuss the most appropriate leadership styles and contingencies which you believe produces the greatest leader effectiveness. Also discuss the outcomes the styles and contingencies you selected have on employee motivation and satisfaction.
8.1- Identify the two approaches for changing and strengthening organizational culture. Discuss with your classmates these strategies and experiences you’ve had throughout your employment history. If you do not have any experiences or personal examples associated with these strategies, complete an internet search to find examples of how organizations have successfully changed or strengthened their culture.
8.2- Examine the elements of Lewin’s Force Field Analysis Model, and discuss the six strategies for minimizing resistance to organizational change. Include relevant examples of organizational change you’ve experienced in your workplace, what strategies were used to minimize resistance, and what was the final outcome of the organizational change. Also share with your classmates your assessment regarding the effectiveness of the organizational change, and what the company may have done differently to minimize the employees’ resistance to the change.
MT3250 Organizational Behavior
1.2-Participate in a discussion regarding employment relationships. Discuss how these have changed throughout history and what effect this has on an individual’s work/life balance. Share with your classmates your personal experiences regarding how you minimize conflict between your work and non-work demands.