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This course is designed to introduce students to the study of human behavior in organizations. Organizational behavior is a field of study that seeks to understand, explain, and influence behavior in organizations. Most organizations focus their efforts on influencing employees' behavior in such a way as to improve organizational performance. In this course, we will focus on how individuals' (a) task behavior, (b) interpersonal behavior, (c) creative behavior, and (d) withdrawal behavior can be influenced to improve organizational performance.

In this class, I will guide you through a model that seeks to explain behavior in organizations by considering the impact of predictors ranging from individual differences constructs such a ability to broader organizational constructs like culture on the four types of behavior mentioned above, and by investigating the processes through which this impact is realized (i.e., mediating processes). That model is shown below, and will be used as the organizing framework for the course.