Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar in Organizational Theory (Micro)

Course Number: 47890

This seminar focuses on individual and group behavior in organizations. The purpose of this course is to examine and understand fundamental theories and empirical research in the field of organizational behavior, and to increase our understanding of people’s behavior in organizations. To do so, we will study a blend of classic and contemporary literature so that we can appreciate the prevailing theories and findings within a broader context. We will focus on identifying underlying theoretical and conceptual frameworks characterizing organizational research, and helping you to develop a sense of the issues and questions that organizational behavior addresses. Each week we will cover an area in depth, explore major theories, review a selected set of readings, and discuss some of the critical issues that the readings raise with regard to both theory and research methods.

Degree: PhD
Concentration: Organizational Behavior and Theory
Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Mini 2
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 6


Lecture: 100min/wk and Recitation: 50min/wk

Learning Objectives

  • Providing exposure to a variety of topic areas in organizational behavior
  • Assisting students in the process of developing expertise in a domain of interest
  • Assisting students in learning to develop theoretically-based research propositions Exploring new research ideas