Organizational Behavior in Business

Course Details

Course Number
MGMT 3013
Section Number
MGMT 3013
Fall 2010
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 12:30 - 1:50

Dr. Don Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Organizational Behavior

Course Objectives

The field of management is comprised of both theory and practice.  Organizational Behavior is concerned with the theory that guides management practice.  Human Resource Management, on the other hand, deals with the actual practice or details of managing people--a “How To” guide to management.  Whether you are interested in a career in management or not, one thing is certain--Your Success in Business Depends on How Effectively You Deal with People !!! 

            Organizational Behavior (OB) is the study of how people behave in organizations.  It represents everything we have learned about how individual attitudes, values, and personality affect human behavior in organizations; how individuals respond to group dynamics, leadership, power, and politics; and how organizational structure, work design, and change affect individuals.  Because OB is concerned with the complexities of human behavior, is not as precise and rigorous as the natural sciences, like chemistry and biology.  Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of scientific studies conducted by behavioral scientists in real organizations have provided a wealth of firm conclusions regarding individual responses to organizational life.  In other words, we don’t have all the answers to what makes us tick in the workplace, but we have learned a great deal.  You can’t afford to enter the workplace without the benefit of what we’ve learned.  In short, Don’t Leave Home (MSU) Without It !!!

            Our objective is simple.  We will explore and apply the wealth of valuable insights offered by the field of OB in hopes that these insights will enhance your ability to deal effectively with people in the workplace.

Course Expectations

Course Requirements

Personality Profile paper - based on your interpretations of various personality surveys completed.

4 exams will consist of 50-65 Multiple Choice questions.  Anyone who misses a scheduled exam will not be given the original exam (Form A).  Instead, they will be given “Form B” of the exam, which has a reputation for being unpopular with students.  Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest for you to take the exam as scheduled if at all possible.  Exams are roughly every three weeks and will cover 3 to 4 chapters.

Presentation project - students will be placed in working groups to present an organizational change project to the class and any interested faculty members.

Homework and participation.

Grading Standards

4 Exams @ 15% each


Personality Profile








I add points up - it is not an average of averages!

Final Exam

12/08/2010 10:30

Submission Format Policy

You will turn in all assignments in class.  I will not accept emailed attachments.  It is your responsibility to get your work printed out in time for class.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments lose 10% each class day they are late.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Participation and Attendance

            Since this is a participation-based course, part of your grade is based on participation.  You must read and highlight the chapters before coming to class.  If you don’t, you will not only fail the exam, but you will not be able to contribute or benefit from class activities.  Obviously, you must be present to participate.  Regular attendance is required !!!  Your participation grade will drop one letter grade per absence after three (3) absences have been recorded.  You will be automatically dropped from the course after three (3) consecutive absences or six (6) total absences have been recorded

Tardiness is also strongly discouraged!  Tardiness disrupts the class and is disrespectful to the professor or presenter leading the class.  If you are not in your seat when the roll is checked at the beginning of each class, you will be counted absent!    

Exceptions are granted only for documented university-approved absences and tardiness that is due to documented physical disabilities.  

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty

Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Your name on any exam or assignment is your pledge that all work contained therein is yours alone. Collaboration is allowed only in team research and team presentation.  See the MSU Student Handbook for a statement of the university's policy on academic dishonesty (my choice of handling cheating is an "F" for the course). By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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