Organizational Behavior (ORG 302)

2021 Fall
Sabancı Business School
Jane Frances Maley, Gaye Özçelik,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Case Study
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This course discusses individual attitudes and behavior within organizational contexts, processes such as perception, learning and motivation; group processes; leadership, organizational culture, organizational change and the effects of societal culture on work-related attitudes.


The main objective of this course is to introduce the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and practices that are useful for understanding human behavior and improving performance and well-being in the workplace. The course aims firstly to decipher the employee, by focusing on "universal" individual attributes such as dispositions, personality as well as "culturally-bound" differences in perception, cognition, and motivation. The second aim of the course is to put this employee into the organizational context, and analyze the implications of organizational culture and HR practices on individual behavior, and the intricacies of dyadic as well as group relations.


  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Define the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and practices that are useful for understanding human behavior and improving performance and well-being in the workplace. 2. Define and explain individual attributes such as dispositions, personality as well as psychological processes in perception, cognition, and motivation. 3. Define and explain horizontal and vertical relations in organizational settings 4. Define and explain the implications of organizational culture and HR practices on individual behavior 5. Identify and explain cross-cultural differences in the above mentioned concepts and processes.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 4

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 1

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 3

1. Have an understanding of economics and main functional areas of management 3

2. Have a basic all-around knowledge in humanities, science, mathematics, and literature 4

3. Have a basic knowledge of law and ethics, awareness of social and ethical responsibilities 5

4. Work effectively in teams and environments characterized by people of diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds 3

5. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communications in English 4

6. Pursue open minded inquiry and appreciate the importance of research as an input into management practice; thus, a.know how to access, interpret and analyze data and information by using current technologies b.use the results from analyses to make informed decisions 4

7. Use office softwares for written communication, presentation, and data analysis 4

8. Demonstrate awareness that business settings present different opportunities and challenges for managers due to environmental/contextual differences that arise in economic, political, cultural, legal-regulatory domains 3

1. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of human mind and behavior, and use this understanding to advance psychological theory, research and applications. 4

2. Analyze psychological phenomena critically and provide constructive analysis at the individual and the societal levels, and integrate with the professional life. 5

3. Consume and provide input for psychological literature by demonstrating proficiency in research design, methods, and statistical analyses, computing skills, and ethical standards; and develop a habit of expressing these with advanced oral and written skills; share in national and international platforms. 2


  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 25
Participation 15
Group Project 20
Other 5



Required Text: Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2008). Organizational Behavior. Pearson Prentice Hall.


Hofstede, G. (1983). The cultural relativity of organizational practices and theories. Journal of International Business Studies, Fall, 75-89.

House, R., Javidan, M., Hanges, P., & Dorfman, P. (2002). Understanding cultures and implicit leadership theories across the globe: an introduction to project GLOBE. Journal of World Business, 37, 3-10.

Markus, H. R. & Kitayama, S. (2003). Culture, self, and the reality of the social. Psychological Inquiry, 14(3-4), 277-283

Kabasakal, H. & Bodur, M. (2002). Arabic cluster: a bridge between East and West, Journal of World Business, 37: 40-54.

Kirkman, B. L., Gibson, C. B. & Shapiro, D. L. (2001). ?Exporting? teams: Enhancing the implementation and effectiveness of work teams in global affiliates. Organizational Dynamics, 30 (1): 12-29.

Cases Garanti Bank: Transformation in Turkey Harvard Business School case