BADM 720 | Management and Organizational Science (3 credits)

Instructor: Bret Simmons, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Managerial Sciences

Individual and group behavior in organizations, and organizational design and communication strategies. Interaction of structural, technological and human resource components. International focus emphasized.


  • Awareness of behavioral and psychological influences that affect individual and organizational effectiveness, efficiency and productivity
  • Concepts and constructs as: communication, change and development, creativity and innovation, issues surrounding employee health and well-being, decision-making processes, job and organizational design, employee job satisfaction and commitment, power and politics, methods of coping with stress, leadership, perception and motivation

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Better understand/manage interpersonal relations
  • Develop tangible, management diagnostic skills
  • Learn how to better motivate employees
  • Learn effective leadership techniques

EMBA Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The overall learning objectives for the EMBA are a broad set of knowledge and skills we wish students to acquire and hone over the course of the program. Objectives represent the collective thought of the program’s faculty about the most valuable intellectual attributes of an executive at any point in his/her career.

The overall learning objectives form a central framework for the curriculum to which each course-specific set of objectives may be mapped, allowing courses to be woven together by common threads. Having a shared viewpoint of the educational content we wish to provide allows our faculty to continuously improve their courses, while maintaining a focus on the outcomes that are desired.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes Key:

  1. The ability to use evidence-based reasoning to understand, manage, and lead complex organizations.
  2. Development of skills that facilitate problem solving in a  complex and dynamic environment.
  3. The ability to integrate qualitative and quantitative  information into the decision making process.

Course specific mapping for BADM 720:

  • Develop an evidence-based awareness of why people behave the way they do at work and a framework for understanding how to change employee behavior (L.O.: 1,2,3)
  • Better understand such concepts and constructs as personality, attitudes, attribution, work values, ethics, diversity, basic cultural differences, motivation, learning, goal-setting, communication, decision-making processes, power and politics at work, trust and leadership (L.O.: 1,2,3)