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MGMT 610 Organizational Behavior

This course is an application of behavioral science concepts within a Christian ethics framework. The emphasis is on understanding how individuals and groups behave in organizations, and the development of a moral organizational culture. Topics of interest include perception, values, attitude, motivation, group behavior, communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict, organizational culture, and organizational change. This course also aims at providing business graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be excellent Christian leaders, managers and workers in the areas of people and organizational management.

Units: 3


  • Graduate students
  • Business professionals
  • Employees working in an organization
  • Organizational members who wish to learn about individual/group behaviors


At least 3-5 hours/week day for approximately 2 months



Upon completion of this course, the students would have:

  • Understand the impact of both innate and learned individual characteristics (e.g. personality, emotional intelligence), and how these factors do and do not shape behaviour.

  • Analyse and improve the motivation of subordinates and team members.

  • Anticipate and manage dysfunctional interpersonal conflict.

  • Develop effective strategies for designing jobs and providing feedback to employees.

  • Adapt communication and leadership style to specific work situations; provide practical and useful guidelines to successfully lead and manage.

  • Understand the most managerial issues are multi-faceted and not always quickly resolved by the latest management fad; that management skills are not necessarily intuitive or obvious Understand the framework and fundamentals of organizational behaviour as the foundation for building and sustaining high performance and effectiveness.

  • Focus on ‘best practices’ about leading and managing methods which are critical success factors for continuous individual and organizational high performance.

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and apply critical thinking and learning skills related to ‘real life’ problems and situations; and identify/apply structures, process and methods that can improve individual and group performance and business effectiveness.

  • Understand basic and complex grammar rules that govern the English language.

  • Learn how organizations shape employee attitudes, and how this in turn shapes performance.



Week 1
  • What is Organizational Behavior?
  • Diversity in Organizations
Week 2
  • Attitudes & Job Satisfaction
  • Emotions & Moods
Week 3
  • Personality & Values
  • Perception & Individual Decision Making
Week 4 
  • Motivation Concepts
  • Motivation: From Concepts to Application
Week 5
  • Foundations of Group Behavior
  • Understanding Work Teams
Week 6
  • Communication
  • Leadership
Week 7
  • Power and Politics
  • Conflict and Negotiation
Week 8
  • Foundations of Organization Structure
  • Organizational Culture
Week 9
  • Human Resource Policies and Practices
  • Organizational Change and Stress Management




Natasha Sinaga, PhD in progress

She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Business at Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS). Her area of research interest is knowledge management, organizational behavior, and leadership. She is also interested in issues related to work-life balance. As a studying mother, in her spare time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts.


Kenneth Swansi, PhD

Dr. Kenneth Swansi is an associate professor and Department Chair of AIIAS Business Department. He completed his doctoral degree at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth University in 2004. He has been serving at AIIAS since 2009 with the interest in Management and Economics.