Organizational Behavior

Win the race for talent while fostering a culture of innovation


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Studying organizational behavior will help you understand how people and organizations function, and how you can win the race for talent while fostering a culture of innovation.

A solid foundation in the practical aspects of organizational behavior, based on the latest research, will enable you to work with other organizational leaders to develop an employee-centric workplace that increases productivity and is the key to attracting and retaining talent.



By participating in this program, you will receive the same great content as in our graduate course, HRLR 813: Organizational Behavior in Human Resources & Labor Relations.

This program will:

  • Provide you with an overview of the field of organizational behavior
  • Develop your understanding of behavior in organizations
  • Effectively manage behavior in organizations.

You will learn the theories, research, policies, and practices needed to apply organizational behavior concepts in your organization.

This program is designed for organizational leaders in all sectors and industries as well as human resource professionals in both business partner and specialist roles.



You may participate in this program in one of two ways, depending on your educational and career goals.


    This option is the most common, and includes your participating in all program sessions. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.


    If you wish to earn academic credit, and are not currently enrolled in an academic program at Michigan State University, you may do so via Lifelong Education. You will receive academic credit, at either the graduate or undergraduate level, based upon your specific situation. In addition to participating in the program, this option requires completion of a written assignment and successful completion of a final examination.

    To learn more and apply for Lifelong Education, visit



October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2020
Meets on Fridays via Zoom




To join our waiting list, please contact Kristi White at


Program times
(with 10 minute hourly breaks)

  • 8:30am - 4:30pm

Lunch break

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
* All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)


James H. Dulebohn

James H. Dulebohn, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include leadership, decision-making, change management, rewards, and human resource systems. His articles have appeared in journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review and others. In addition he has worked with variety of organizations to assist them in their human resource practices, including Avaya, Dow Chemical, Marriott, Medtronic, MSUFCU, Monsanto, Raytheon, Samsung, TIAA-CREF, State of Illinois, and State of Texas.

Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners' ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, conducting workplace investigations, and HR's role in cybersecurity.

One or more instructors listed above will be teaching


  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start: no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program. Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling SHRLR Professional Development at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.



  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


  • All course materials.
  • Year-long access to a dedicated website containing a wealth of additional resources.
  • Certificate of completion.
  • Continental breakfast and networking lunch are included each day.
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8am; Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.



  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.



  • We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this training program. At this time, we are currently working remotely. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at