My Reflections upon the Organizational Behaviour Course
A 24-year old, Gen-Y guy entered a B-School with an aim to enter the Operations Field. He was asked to go through a Core course of Organizational Behaviour. He thought to himself, “What does an institute like IIT think, asking an aspiring MBA-grad to go through this HR Course?”
Well, that was me at the beginning of this quarter when I saw the time-table for this quarter. I have been through an OB Course during my graduation and that course left me dry. Now, after almost 2 months; my opinion of Organization Behaviour is exactly opposite. Let me start from the starting.
An Honest Confession
After the introduction and description of the course outline in the first class where we told about the topics, the readings and the cases; my first impression was that Prof. Rupashree has put in a lot of effort for this course. But, the subject itself is so boring that I can never get myself to like it. Well, I was wrong but only on one count. Prof. Rupashree has put in so much effort in designing and carrying out the course that the energy got to me Instead of day-dreaming in the class, somehow I was attentive and I wasn’t even making an effort to do so (I have to do so in some subjects). The in-class activities were attentiongrabbers. Realization
The first time a case study was discussed in the class, I realized how punctiliously the course had been designed; the zeal behind the classes was evident from the course structure. It was not a class where we were told about a lot of concepts and we had to remember the intricacies; it was about understanding the relative experience. I say this because I come with a work experience of 2 years in more than one organizational setting. I could relate to a lot of theories being taught in
the class. I can easily recall the class where motivation was being discussed. Also, at so many instances when team work was being discussed, I could recall my team in Infosys Ltd. Once, I came prepared after reading the case or reading for the class, it was so easy to understand what was being told. I feel this was the best part about the OB class; we were always involved in the class with either in-class activities or discussing the cases and readings. The shift from textbook oriented was refreshing and intriguing. I say this because of my prior experiences with theory-related courses.
One of the most refreshing things about the course was that I learned with examples, rather than learning by rote. There have been numerous instances throughout the course when I have been surprised at the objectivity of situations in real life. For instance, in our class about motivation, we were discussing about the process of motivation. Never before had I thought about breaking down such an important task so objectively. Another instance was the class where we were discussing about leadership, where our professor was talking on different types of leaders; I never thought that leadership skills could be listed out so objectively. I could very easily relate to the discussion because of my own outlook towards leadership. I can also recall the first lecture, when our Professor told us that she would be dividing the groups and not asking us to form groups with our friends. She did so because she wanted us to work with people with whom we were not in a comfort zone. This led to a big takeaway for me; I learned that group cohesion can be achieved very easily if the goal is the same. Today, aft er having worked with Aparna, Gunjan, Ruchita and Sourav, I would like to thank our professor for helping me interact with 4 people with whom I share a very clear work ethic. This happening made me aware about the omnipresence of the topics discussed in our classroom. As I have already mentioned that I could relate to the course; I say this mainly because of the sessions on Values,...
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