Syllabus Essay

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MOR 551 Syllabus Spring, 2010 Professor Boudreau Page 1 MOR 551, Performance Management and Motivation Spring, 2010 6:30pm – 9:30pm Mondays Room JKP 104 Professor: John W. Boudreau Office: 307H Bridge Hall and DCC 200 Phone: 213-740-9814 e-mail: john.boudreau@usc.edu Office Hours: Monday 3:30 – 4:30 and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION Virtually every CEO and business leader touts the importance of their people in achieving competitive success. Organizational leaders readily admit that understanding and motivating the performance of their people are critical skills. A great deal of time and effort is spent on performance management and motivation issues by business leaders. At the same time, business leaders also admit that they are far more confident in their decisions about money, technology, and products, than in their decisions about their human capital or “talent.” As human capital becomes increasingly important to business success, future organization leaders must be as adept at the techniques of motivation and performance management as they are at competing for, building and deploying their capital, customers and technology. Objectives After completing this course you should: (1) Better recognize when motivation is high or low and why; (2) Understand some motivational techniques that can improve work performance; (3) Be better skilled in evaluating and contributing to motivation and performance management interventions in your organization. Content In this course, we address six major motivational frameworks: (1) goals, (2) needs, (3) equity, (4) expectancy, (5) learning/reinforcement, and (6) social identity theory. Theory, concepts, and managerial techniques associated with each framework will be explored through lectures, cases, discussions, guest speakers, and exercises. We will draw on principles from management, social psychology,

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