Organizational Behavior

Course Code: EOB101
Managers, team leaders and executives generally agree that the greatest challenge in business is not profit, operations, nor the future. It is the management of people. This course, a core component of the HRM Certificate, is about the behavior of people in organizations-in essence, the psychology of work. In an interesting and relevant manner, we study the individual, the group and the organization as a whole through examples of current issues, self-assessment exercises and group discussions. This course will help you better understand yourself and those with whom you work. What really motivates people? How can an understanding of human psychology help us better select and retain candidates for our organizations? How can conflict enhance group performance? What's the difference between management and leadership? Why does it matter? These and many other questions will be answered throughout the course.
1. Understand personalities, behaviors and how these impact communication, group dynamics and leadership styles.
2. Understand the impact of national culture on individuals and organizations.
Anyone who wants to better understand themselves, other humans, how to interact with others in teams, how people interact in organizations, or what motivates you and others.
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John Foster
John has been instructing an array of business management courses in Continuing Education at Temple University Japan since 2007, specializing in HRM, Organizational Behavior and Performance Management. He is Assistant Professor at Temple University Japan, Hosei University and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of business administration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. John has had a varied career working in investment finance, information systems, corporate training, journalism, marketing and PR and e-commerce management, launching and managing a business, as a project manager with Microsoft and PR with Toys 'R' Us Japan. John has a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Deakin University and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). He loves travel and stand-up comedy; he’s published two books and has plans for more.