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6209 Management Systems (3)
  An overview of theoretical frameworks, evolution, concepts, and methods of complex organizational systems. Modern organization theory using systems thinking and concepts. Organizational and management systems paradigm shifts. Problem solving and decision making, stakeholder theory, organizational environments, organizational effectiveness.
6212 Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection (3)
  Psychometric, legal, and organizational issues in personnel employment testing and selection, reliability and validity of selection instruments, and the utility of selection systems. The legal environment, including test fairness in selection, adverse impact, and statistical models of test fairness and specific selection techniques. Prerequisite: Stat 2104.
6214 Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems (3)
  Management training programs and training evaluation techniques. Performance appraisal techniques, appraisal systems, relationship of rewards to performance and the appraisal interview. Training and rating systems that satisfy legal requirements and stimulate employee productivity.
6216 Theories and Management of Planned Change (3)
  A systems view of organizational change and development, including intervention strategies, data collection, diagnosis, and the integration and management of system-wide organizational change.
6217 Productivity and Human Performance (3)
  Definitions and measurement of individual, team, and organizational productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency. Models for the analysis of organizational and individual productivity and productivity growth in industrialized nations. Techniques for increasing productivity.
6222 Theory and Practice of Compensation Management (3)
  Analysis of contemporary compensation systems from both theoretical and practical perspectives, including the latest decisions of courts and regulatory agencies. Examination of motivational theories of pay, determinants and effects of salary structures on performance, incentive plans, performance-based compensation, and managerial compensation systems.
6223 Collective Bargaining (3)
  Analysis of federal and state employee relations laws and regulations. Topics include the bargaining environment, wage and benefit issues in arbitration, arbitration of grievances, employee relations in non-union organizations, and behavioral theories of labor negotiations.
6224 Persuasion and Negotiation (3)
  Theories drawn from the psychology, management, and communication literature pertaining to core concepts of social influence, persuasion, and negotiation. Critical assessment of proposals within organizations that use these strategies.
6241 Strategic Management and Policy Formation (3)
  Processes and theories of strategic management in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Analysis of behavioral, sociopolitical, and economic forces underlying strategy formulation. Issues of strategic competitive advantage; corporate diversification; multinational corporations; evaluation and choice; and implementation of functional and corporate strategies.
6242 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management (3)
  Theories and models of communications and communication media; barriers to effective communication and techniques for improving interpersonal, group, and organizational communications. Sources of conflict in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational levels; methods of conflict management and resolution.
6243 Seminar: Leadership in Complex Organizations (3)
  The view of leadership taken in this seminar extends theories beyond the interpersonal, near-immediate time frame toward an organizational perspective in which cause-and-effect linkages are traced. The leadership role as an attribute of a system. How effective leaders reduce uncertainty through appropriate adaptive change.
6246 Comparative Management (3)
  International dimensions of management over a broad spectrum of topics, including cross-national transfer and management practices in a global economy; cross-cultural interaction; business–government relations; expatriation and repatriation processes; international strategic management; technology transfer; globalization of human resources management.
6248 Strategic Human Resource Planning (3)
  Overview of the principles of human resource planning. Model for determining human resource requirements, including forecasting, goal setting, human resource auditing, and environmental scanning. Analysis of the interfaces between human resource planning and personnel selection, job design, training, compensation, and related functions.
6250 Leadership Coaching: Principles and Practices (3)
  An introduction to leadership coaching, including behavioral sciences roots: communication and conflict resolution skills, motivation, personality and performance assessments. Coaching vs. related practice areas; business coaching vs. personal coaching. Professional and ethical standards.
6251 Team Coaching and Facilitation (3)
  Application of the fundamentals and governing values of leadership coaching to the development of productive work groups and communities. The art and practice of facilitation as applied to team learning and the encouragement of breakthrough thinking and team problem solving. Prerequisite: OrSc 6242, 6250.
6262 Action Research (3)
  A qualitative approach to action research problems. Students work with a client on an action research project and produce a research report.
6295 Directed Research (arr.)
  Supervised research in selected fields within organizational sciences. Admission by prior permission of faculty advisor and instructor.
6297 Special Topics (3)
  Special topics in human resource strategic planning, computer-based learning, human–computer interaction, management information technology, knowledge management, coaching, and organizational design.
6298 Directed Readings (arr.)
  Supervised readings in selected fields within organizational sciences. Admission by prior permission of faculty advisor and instructor.
8261 Research Methods in Organizational Sciences (3)
  Fundamentals of qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental research designs. Defining a research question, designing a research study, conducting and interpreting statistical analyses, and communicating research results.

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