Assignment: Relationships Between Management Theory and Organizational Behavior

Open Pedagogy Assignments in which students use their agency and creativity to create knowledge artifacts that can support their own learning, their classmates’ learning, and the learning of students around the world. (See this peer-reviewed article for more details.) This assignment is aligned to the learning outcomes of Organizational Behavior/Human Relations and we’ve identified the module where the reading appears. All of the assignments can be created with a cell phone camera or any video recording device, Google or Word documents, and your learning management system.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between management theory and organization behavior

In Module 1, we cover the history of management theories and organizational behavior. This assignment will help you describe the influence of management theories on current practices of workflow, company policies, and management styles.

Using your cell phone or any other recording device, create a short video advising a fellow student who shares your interest in learning more about the relationship between management theory and organizational behavior. You don’t have to edit or create a professional-grade film. You’ve most likely have done this type of recording already on social media, so feel free to use the same informal conversational tone.

You may need to do a quick internet search to review management theories, and you’ll want to review the information in this module.  Think of your audience as fellow students who are interested to learn about these theories. Better yet, try to explain to your audience as if you were talking to somebody who is not taking this course.

In your video, you can address two of the three questions in your video:

  • What is management theory in your own words? Use one theory as an example in your definition.
  • How do organizational behavior theories help explain workflow practices and company policies?
  • How are management styles influenced by organizational behavior?

A Note To Teachers: You may need to review the management theories, define workflow practices, and guide the students through the early formation of organizational behavior as a field of study. This is also a great opportunity to share your expertise and experience with students. For this assignment, the first term students will be creating the videos, and then the next term’s students can respond to the videos. After you have a few terms of student examples, use the best three from the batch and start the process over again. Using the videos as starting points for OL discussion boards may work as well.

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