“Management” can mean many things. In this course, understanding management means understanding organizations. This seminar will provide an introduction to micro organizational theory and research (also called organizational behavior) and macro organizational theory and research (also called organizational theory). This seminar will address how individuals, groups, organizations and inter-organizational fields all affect organizational behavior and are, in turn, influenced by it. Much of the material, though not all, will concern public, non-profit and health care organizations.
The course has four goals: one, to familiarize students with these literatures; second, to help students prepare for the management comprehensive exam (though students not taking the exam are very welcome); third, to give students practice in the essential art of “compare, contrast, conclude;” and, fourth, to offer an opportunity for students to write a theoretical paper which could provide the basis for a publishable manuscript.