Name: __________________________________________________________________________________


B Mgt 341 – Behavioral Foundations of Management

Spring 2014



Section 3040, LC 2

T/Th 8:45-10:05 a.m.

Section 4206, LC 2

T/Th 10:15-11:35 a.m.


If you need help…

Professor: Dr. M. Fogelman (, BB-327, 518/956-8336) personally handles all questions regarding course content, exam and clicker questions, and class policies. Email the professor only at, not via Blackboard or at any other address. Email messages and phone calls are welcome anytime and usually answered promptly. Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from noon-3:30, and most any other time by appointment. Walk-ins are generally welcome.

Graduate Assistants: Mr. C. Frederickson and Mr. S. Woodard are your first contacts for questions about credit and grade recording for exams, quizzes, clicker points,weekly assignments, and the in-class participation exercise (the “Hotseat).  Email the GAs at, not via Blackboard mail!!

The Information Technology Service (ITS) Help Desk (LC-27, 442-3700) can help with problems logging on to the UAlbany system, working with MyUAlbany, or using Blackboard.


What this course is about…


Welcome to Management 341!  Here we will discover how human behavior in enterprises can make  some companies and people succeed while others struggle.  To prepare yourself to succeed in the changing world of work, you will study the history, research trends, and modern applications of a range of theories and practices on three levels: We begin by examining (1) firm-wide and inter-organizational levels of management.  Then we analyze the role and effects of (2) individual behavior.  In the third course segment, we assess ethical challenges and relate leadership, communication and other factors to (3) the management of work groups and teams. Course policies and other information may be archived on the Blackboard homepage and broadcast by email.

Before taking this course, students should have completed APsy 101 and either ASoc 115 or AAnt 108. 


Our goals…


Through a combination of in-class presentations and conferences, examinations, quizzes, virtual sessions, written contributions, clicker questions, active individual and small group participation, and “flipped classes,” you will…

·           Identify the behavioral foundations of management in an increasingly diverse environment,

·           Describe how global socioeconomic and technological forces are affecting the theory and practice of management,

·           Assess interpersonal, ethical and other challenges faced by today’s managers, and

·           Model effective small-group behavior in both face-to-face and virtual work relationships.



The tools you will use…

Our primary text is Organizational Behavior, 13th edition, by Uhl-Bien/Schermerhorn. Wiley, 2014.  This 13th edition comes in several formats. (See textbook link on the Blackboard main page.)  One of them is available locally as ISBN 978-111875311-8. Before most classes, you need to read the required chapters, [bracketed] in the Topic and Assignment Schedule at the end of this syllabus.  Other pre-session assignments are accessed on Blackboard by ses­sion number.  Online readings, slides, and video clips are starred (**), and flip videos appear {in braces}.


You should register and always bring to class your  i>Clicker for recording your choices to questions posed during class.  Using it conscientiously can contribute up to 15 points to your final course grade. Clicker credit is earned only by clicking your device during class, so operating someone else’s clicker instead of or in addition to your own is a form of academic dishonesty that subjects both offenders to automatic course failure or other disciplinary action.


We will make extensive use of the Blackboard Learning System.  Weekly assignments, to be submitted as Discussion threads, appear at the top of our course main page. It also links students through to key items: session slides and required outside reading, exam and some weekly assignment materials, and the “my grades” panel.

Students should check their UAlbany email regularly for course Announcements.  These messages usually point out key chapter topics or give notice of weekly assignments, exams, and other major and/or urgent aspects of the course.  Students who stay on top of these items tend to earn higher grades.  Blackboard’s Announcement Archive course tool is a source for reviewing previous announcements.


Students should sign and bring to every class session the two-color copy of our contract (this syllabus).  Photo IDs and 9-digit Student ID numbers (not SSNs) are required for all exams, with #2 Pencils and erasers strongly recommended.  The use of any smart phones, dictionaries, or other electronic devices during exams is prohibited.





Register here: (our access code is EBDC08)

READ THIS WHOLE SYLLABUS!  Then complete the “BEFORE CLASS” work for Sessions 01 and 02 to make sure you can access Blackboard course items and watch our videos on the Educreations site.

When you arrive for session #3, you will choose a seat to occupy for the whole term.

Cumulative clicker points earned are updated on Blackboard each week, so register your clicker and monitor your progress on the Blackboard i-clicker spreadsheets regularly.


What we will do in and out of class…


Each of the following six session types is coded on the topic schedule with its icon. (Each session will have a numbered outline or slide set on Blackboard. The most successful students often bring these slides to class.)


5 More than half the sessions are traditional face-to-face lectures presented with slides, not unlike what goes on in most other classes.  The main difference is that about 10 or 12 “hotseat” students sit in front and are called on to contribute.  Being in this group is like attending a small class within the larger lecture.


2 Three or more flipped classroom sessions. These classes take the traditional teaching pattern and turn it upside-down.  Instead of introducing a topic during class and practicing and applying it as a “homework assignment,” everyone watches image-and-voice video lessons (e.g., 04a…, 04b…, 04c…) as part of their required before class “reading.” Then in class we apply what you have learned to real management problems.  Students on the hotseat, sometimes volunteers for those days, will answer questions and play the “linchpin” role of connecting the instructor to the groups. 


. Three of our in-term class sessions are exams, each test consisting of 35 multiple choice questions.  As noted on the “exam times” Blackboard links, students whose last names begin with A through K come for the first 35 minutes of the class, and those starting with L through Z take their exam during the last 35 minutes. 


9 Each exam is preceded by an extra online exam review, an instructor recording linked to a set of review slides on the key topics to be featured on that exam. (All test links are titled “Exam 1a…,” etc.)


m     Each of these sessions features a guest speaker, or more than one of them working together.  These people are either successful young professionals or recognized experts in the topics they discuss.  They have all done this before and will present in tandem with the instructor.  Students answer hotseat and clicker questions just as they do in the instructor’s regular lecture classes.


7 Three virtual sessions are class session videos produced by the professor, and they resemble the lectures.  The difference is that there is no classroom component at all.  These session time slots are ideal times to make appointments with the professor individually or in groups, either voluntarily or by special invitation.


How grades are earned…



Course grades are based on 100%. (Since you can actually earn up to 108.75 points, a “curve” is already built in.)


Exams (78.75 course points)

There is an in-term exam scheduled for each course segment (exams 1a, 2a, and 3a). During finals week, students may raise their grades by taking exams 1b, 2b, and/or 3b.  There is no other final exam.  All exams consist of 35 multiple-choice items, each one worth 3 points. You may take in-term exams only during the 35-minute period assigned to you, and you have 2 hours or slightly more to complete whichever optional second chance exam(s) you choose.  Only the higher one of the two exam grades for each segment—exam 1a or 1b, 2a or 2b, and 3a or 3b—counts in your grade, so you cannot lower your grade by taking one, two, or all three parts of the final.
Attendance and Participation
(30 course points)

Class content is a key source of exam questions, but there are other reasons you should participate in and out of class, both actively and passively. Make sure you receive the points associated with the work you have done:


1.      Clicker points. (15 points) Your in-class responses to multiple choice questions serve several purposes: they review concepts, provide feedback, reward attendance and promptness, and reveal how well you prepare for flipped class sessions. Clicks entered between session #3 and session #24 may count in your average. There will be 170 clicker questions during that time.  Since 150 is a perfect score, forgetting your clicker or extra batteries once or twice will not affect your grade. Monitor your progress each week. 

2.      The Hotseat. (5 points) For most sessions, several students spend the full class in front of the room answering one or more questions based on the “before class” work assigned for that day.  The Hotseat Schedule is posted on Blackboard by the third class session. Each student should also prepare to ask a question that demonstrates his/her understanding of that day’s “to read/to view” material. Students who perform adequately and sign the “hotsheet,” earn all five points.  Students who do not perform satisfactorily, who miss their dates without a valid excuse (i.e., extreme circumstances), or who neglect to sign the sheet generally make it up by spending both of our last two class days up front.

3.      Individual Contribution Assignments. (10 points) These will be published on the Blackboard homepage, added to the Blackboard Announcement Archive, and emailed to you. You can earn a full point on each of up to 10 Blackboard discussion section contributions by writing an on-time and reasoned response to the weekly assignment.  You get a half point by submitting it within 48 hours after the deadline, and no credit after that. Students may request a contract to earn these 10 points via Twitter posts or some other means. The deadline for such full credit requests is our session #4 date.



Specific steps to post on our class blackboard homepage: select post to discussions and then create thread. The subject header you create for your message will read "asg## where ## is the assignment number, e.g., Asg03. Please use this exact header format, with no spaces.  Assignments will be announced via email and the blackboard homepage, and they will remain in the Announcement Archive.


Grading and Criteria

Final grades will be based on a composite score using weighted criteria.




How Grades are Achieved:







3 In-term Examinations and/or








Optional Final[s] with name and ID number entered correctly








10 items, including individual blackboard posts, and other contributions if formally announced.








In-class participation (“the Hotseat”)





Below 60



Individual Clicker Points (credit awarded proportionally).



Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated. Consequences of cheating, using any electronic device during an exam, representing another’s work as your own (plagiarism), or having one student operate another’s clicker may include suspension or dismissal from the University. See the “non-credit” versions of the tutorials at if you are at all unsure of what constitutes plagiarism.  


Extreme Circumstances are generally evaluated by the Vice Provost’s office in LC-30. Documented acceptable excuses include medical emergency involving the student, death in the immediate family, and delay due to a car accident officially reported to the authorities on the way to class. Unacceptable excuses include ordinary transportation issues (bus delays, flat tires; parking and mechanical problems); clock failures; appointments which could be scheduled some other time; vacation extensions; and social occasions such as christenings, weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs. (See the Undergrad Bulletin’s “Attendance” regulations for additional details.)

Extra Credit

Aside from a built-in course point total over 100%, there are generally no opportunities to do additional work for extra credit during the semester. As indicated in the Undergraduate Bulletin, students may not “submit additional work or … be reexamined for the purpose of improving their grades after the course has been completed.”

Topic and Assignment Schedule

(This list or sequence of topics may change slightly!  Advance news of any modifications will be announced in class, emailed to everyone, and added to the Announcement Archive.)







Selected Topic(s)

(Students are advised to download and review notes or slides from 

Blackboard before each class.)


[Uhl-Bien Chapter]

**On Blackboard

{Educreations Flip videos #s}



5 Course and Topic Overview

**01 to read (Bbd)



5 Introducing Organizational Behavior

Read Syllabus! {01}[1]



5    Organizational Culture and Innovation            




2    Organizational Structure and Design

[16] {04}



m      Managing Yourself: Entrepreneurship and “Intrapreneurship       

**05 to read (Bbd)




online class

7 Additional Aspects of Organizational Culture and Design (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)

**06 to read (Bbd)




 5 Globalism, Cross-cultural considerations, and Applied Global Performance Concepts in Today’s Environment

**07 to read (Bbd)



online resource

9  Exam 1a Segment Review:  Introduction, Firm-wide and Inter-organizational Context

**Exam 1a

review slides




.  Exam 1a (Content from Sessions 1 through 7)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



5 You Make the Call: Cases in Applied Business Ethics

**09 to read (Bbd)



5 Diversity, Personality and Values                                            




5 Perception, Attribution, and Learning




online class

7 Trust, Organizational Justice, and Privacy (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)                  ?

**12 to read (Bbd)



5 Emotions, Attitudes, and Job Satisfaction                




 2  Motivation 

[5] {14}



5 Motivation and Performance




5 Communication 




online resource

9  Exam 2a Segment Review: Ethics, Trust, and Individual Behavior and Performance

**Exam 2a

review slides




.  Exam 2a (Content from Sessions 9 through 16)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



 m  Decision Making and Creativity                                           




5 The Nature of Teams




2  Leadership

[13] {20}



online class

7 Conflict and Negotiation [plus more on decision making] (Session attendance is not expected; streaming video of lecture content appears as a key session item on Blackboard.)




 m Teamwork and Team Performance                                   




5  Power and Politics, and Cases of Conflict                                                          




5    Leader Traits and Behaviors




online resource

9   Exam 3a and 3b Segment Review:  Teamwork, Influence Processes, and Leadership

**Exam 3a/3b

review slides




.  Exam 3a (Content from Sessions 18 through 24)

**Exam times posted on Blackboard



5 Other Topics in Organizational Behavior and Management

**26 to read (Bbd)



m  Human Resource Management            

**27 to read (Bbd)



online resource

9 Exam 1b and 2b Review Sessions – 2 separate videos

**Exam 1b and 2b

review slides

Exam Week


Appx 5/10/14

Final: Exams 1b, 2b and/or 3b, lasting a total of two hours, PROBABLY 5/10/14, but DEFINITELY **BEFORE** THE DATE  IN THE UNIVERSITY’S EXAM SCHEDULE PUBLISHED ONLINE AT THE START OF THE TERM!!!

Room assignments to be posted on lecture hall doors.





                    5Traditional class format                                2 “Flipped” class                  . Exam  

        m Guest speaker                                 7Virtual session                  9 Review video (not a scheduled session)



**Required before-class reading/video and other “Key Course Materials” listed on Blackboard by session number.

{Session numbers in braces correspond to videos: course access code = EBCD08}

[Uhl-Bien and Schermerhorn textbook chapter numbers appear in brackets]