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Organizational Behavior

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Course Descriptions

009. Professional Development and Career Management.
Students will explore and develop executive skills necessary to achieve upward mobility within the business arena. Major topics included in the course are: professional self-assessment; career objectives, planning and implementing strategies; and mastering executive arts and skills—theory and practice. The basic intent of the class is to facilitate the staging of successful career paths. Graded Credit/No Credit. 3 units.

117. Business, Ethics and Society
An investigation of contemporary business issues and management dilemmas in relation to broad social concerns. Focus is upon public and private decision making in the business environment and how business practices, ethics, and social concerns interrelate. Topics such as the nature of property and profits, efficiency and human values, the balancing of claims of owners, employees, customers, and others in community, corporate responsibility, corporate governance, government regulation and international dimensions of public policy will be covered. Prerequisite: Passing score on the WPE. 3 units.
130. Business Communications
Provides basic concepts for understanding and practice of communication in the changing world of business for managers and professionals. It examines the use of language and conversations in business settings and their role in coordinating actions, resolving breakdowns in work performance, and providing customer satisfaction. Course topics include: Practice in professional styles of business writing and formats, preparation of a formal report, development of competence in business conversation skills (written, electronic, and oral), and other selected topics. International, technical, and linguistic developments are integrated into the various applications of business communication. Prerequisite: Completion of Area A in General Education and English 20. Recommend COMS 002 and COMS 004. 3 units.

150. The Management of Contemporary Organizations
An overview of managerial and organizational theory and practice, including a discussion of the contingencies that influence an organization's effectiveness and efficiency. Focus of the course is on the decision-making and problem-solving processes that affect managerial performance in planning, implementing, and controlling the work of contemporary organizations.3 units.
154. Management Skills Seminar
A development of management awareness of the dynamics of organizational behavior through laboratory experiences. Emphasis on case discussions, small group action and role playing for the acquisition of attitudes, and skills for effective managing and changing in an organization. Prerequisite: OBE 150; OBE 153 recommended. 3 units.
155. Conflict Management and Negotiation 
Analysis of conflict in organizations and strategies and processes for effective settlement or resolution of that conflict. Emphasis on the practical aspects of institutional and extra-institutional processes outside the conventional legal system. These dispute resolution methods include negotiation, mediation, arbitration and fair hearing. Students participate in a variety of exercises including simulated negotiations. Through these exercises students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and test and improve individual negotiation skills. Class format includes lecture, class discussion, simulation/role-play, expert guests and video demonstrations. 3 units 
160. Organization Performance and Change
Seminar focus is to identify contemporary strategies to maximize individual and organizational performance. Topics include: theories of organization development; strategies for achieving successful organization change; organization structure and design; organization empowerment; individual change; and the future of organization design. Note: open to advanced students interested in the theory, practice and research of organization development and change.3 units.


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Prerequisite for all courses numbered 210 and above (except MGMT 282) require satisfactory completion of the CBOK courses or their equivalent and classified graduate status.
202. Business Communications Fundamentals
This course stresses  fundamental communication principles and techniques for effective business writing in diverse managerial situations. Participants complete a variety of writing activities, including responding to management  communication cases and evaluating written communications using holistic an analytic tools. Within this context, participants are provided an opportunity to achieve an understanding of syntactical and grammatical patterns while improving analytical and logical business writing skills. This requirement will be waived for students who achieve a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) exam. 2 units.
204. Management and Organization Concepts.
Evolution of management and organization thought; examination of behavioral science variables influencing working relationships among managers, individuals and groups; the study of political and social behavior in organizations; identification, analysis, and synthesis of contemporary concepts and administrative practices; investigation of organization structure, function, and properties leading to an understanding of administration and organization. 2 units.
252. Behavioral Science Applications in Management.
Behavioral science theories, concepts, and practices in current use in private and public organizations. Critical evaluation of research supporting those practices. 3 units.
255. Seminar in Negotiation and other Dispute Resolution Methods.
Investigation of the formal and informal methods of dispute resolution including negotiating, litigation, administrative hearings, arbitration, mediation, ombudsperson, summary jury trial, private judging, and fact finding.  The course will emphasize the application of these methods to organization, business, and public sector disputes.  3 units.
257. Seminar in Organization Development.
Seminar focusing on individual and organization responses to a changing environment. includes assumptions and values of organization development; action research; personal, team and intergroup interventions; consultant- client relationships and instrumentation. Cases, laboratory experience, workshop and field analysis techniques are utilized. Prerequisite: OBE 252 or equivalent. 3 units.
295A. Internship in Organizational Behavior and Management.
Supervised work experience in business, governmental service, or agencies for the purpose of increasing and enhancing student understanding of the nature and scope of the organization's operations. Supervision is provided by the faculty and the cooperating agencies. Open to second year MBA and MSBA/MIS students. Petitions are obtained from Tahoe Hall 1035. Prerequisite: Classified graduate status; completion of graduate foundation courses plus 6 units of the second year requirement, minimum CSUS GPA of 3.0 required. Graded Credit/No Credit. 3 units.
296. Experimental Offerings in Business.
When a sufficient number of qualified students apply, a faculty member will conduct a seminar on a designated advanced topic in business. 3 units.
299A. Special Problems in Organizational Behavior and Management.
Individual projects or directed reading for students qualified to carry on independent work. Admission requires approval of faculty member under whom the individual work is to be conducted in addition to the approval of the appropriate Department Chair. Petitions to be obtained from the CBA Graduate Programs Office, Tahoe Hall 1037. Prerequisite: Classified graduate status. 1-3 units
500A. Thesis. 
Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy; completion of MGMT 210 is required for the MBA only. For comprehensive examination for MBA only (MGMT 500C, 1 unit), completion of Program Requirements (ACCY 240, MGMT 222, MGMT 223, MGMT 234, MGMT 280, MIS 221, OBE 252). Graded Credit/No Credit. 3 units.
500B. Project.
Prerequisite:Advancement to candidacy; completion of MGMT 210 is required for the MBA only. For comprehensive examination for MBA only (MGMT 500C, 1 unit), completion of Program Requirements (ACCY 240, MGMT 222, MGMT 223, MGMT 234, MGMT 280, MIS 221, OBE 252). Graded

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