Mgmt 480                    Human Behavior in Organization                                                       

Instructor:                    Professor Howard Miller, Ph.D.

Class Location:              Armstrong Hall 216

Time:                            Monday and Wednesday           2:00-3:15 p.m. (Section 1; ID 000410)

                                    Monday and Wednesday           3:15-4:45 p.m. (Section 2; ID 006628)


Course Description


The College of Business website describes this course as follows:


“Management 480 (3 credit) Human Behavior in Organizations - Concepts, theories, and empirical research on organizational behavior are studied. Models and tools for diagnosing situations, individual behavior, group behavior, intergroup conflicts, supervisory problems and organizational change are analyzed.”


Put differently, we focus on the human side of enterprise, seeking to understand and influence peoples’ conduct in formal organizations to accomplish organizational goals.  Individual qualities (abilities, personality, motivation, learning) and interpersonal qualities (leadership, group dynamics and team work, organization structure and processes) are core topics.  When a student completes this course s/he should be able to:


-          understand practical ways of describing individual differences

-          identify leadership models appropriate for difference settings

-          improve written and oral professional communication skills

-          sharpen critical thinking skills involving organized human interaction at work


Required Text


McShane, Steven., Von Glinow, Mary Ann  (2010) Organizational Behavior. (5th Ed.) New York, N.Y.; McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

eText              ISBN-13 978-0-07-731518-4;

Print:                ISBN-13 978-0-07-338123-7


The COB computer notebook – or equivalent – is also required for this class.


Course Requirements


You have responsibilities in four areas:


1. Attend class, listen actively, keep personal notes. 

2. Homework. Read the assignments; think about them.

3. Exams. Complete all course exams when administered.  Check the clas schedule for exam dates.

4. Study and report on a person you believe to be an important leader.  You will produce a written paper  20 pages text, 20 professional sources, printed submission only) presented in perfect English prose, full references.  You will also offer an oral presentation to the class, lasting about 10 minutes in length, in which you summarize and highlight the important things about the leader you studied.   There are specific topic and formatting requirements for this leadership project.   Those will be posted in a week or two. 




Course grade will be determined primarily from your total points on the course exams, and the leadership paper/oral presentation, which together counts as approximately 1/4th of your grade.  Attendance and attitude may play a role if indicated.


Instructor Info


Howard E. Miller, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

256 Morris Hall, MnSU, Mankato