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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Organizational Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



ORGSTUDY 305. Social Organization and Coordination.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Saavedra (saavedra@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory psychology (PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115), introductory sociology (SOC 100, 101, 102, or 195), and ECON 101. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/orgstudy/305/001.nsf

Survey of theory and research on biological, psychological, and social bases of human coordination. Coordinated activity ranges from relatively informal yet systematized behavior of kin networks to the formalized organization of social institutions. The course emphasizes perspectives from psychology, sociology, and economics that attempts to explain basic patterns of coordinated action.

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ORGSTUDY 495. Special Topics in Organizational Studies.

Section 001 — Power in Organizations.

Instructor(s): Mary Lou Davis (davisml@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (3). (Excl). May be elected up to three times for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Understanding power is essential to understanding organizational behavior. The study of power has strong theoretical roots in the social sciences and has been described as the fundamental concept of social science (Bertrand Russell). When understood within the context of organizational behavior, it involves dynamics at the individual, group and organizational levels.

While power was a central focus of the social sciences in the early years after World War II and much rich theory was generated at this time, lack of agreement about the definition of power, societal values about acceptability of desiring power, and a variety of associations with power that are negative including corruption, hypocrisy, paranoia, and the devaluation of people seems to have reduced interest in power as a central research issue in the last twenty years. Only recently have scholars again begun to examine the life-giving and energizing aspects of social power in organizations and renew their interest in the topic.

In this course, students will be introduced to seminal work in the study of social power at the individual, intra-organizational and inter-organizational levels, much of it from scholars here at the University of Michigan (Tannenbaum, French and Raven, Zald). After a brief review of research methods in the field of organizational behavior, students will explore current research on social power with special emphasis on both the negative and positive effects and dynamics of power in organizations. The course will close with discussions of ethical and moral issues involved in social power and applications of theory and research.

Students are expected to attend class, complete readings prior to class, engage in class discussions, complete four assignments, and take two exams. Final grades will be based on the two exams (20% each) and the three graded assignments (15% for Assignments 2 and 3 and 30% for Assignment 4).

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ORGSTUDY 499. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. No more than six credits of independent study credit may count toward an Organizational Studies concentration.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ORGSTUDY 499. Independent Study.

Section 001 — Topic?

Instructor(s): Jason D Owen-Smith (jdos@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. No more than six credits of independent study credit may count toward an Organizational Studies concentration.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ORGSTUDY 499. Independent Study.

Section 002 — Topic?

Instructor(s): Richard H Price (ricprice@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. No more than six credits of independent study credit may count toward an Organizational Studies concentration.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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