Management 3400 Ohio University
Organizational Behavior Last Updated: January 10, 2020
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A Word (or More) About Exams

Exams will cover approximately equal amounts of material. The Mid-Term Exam and the Final Exam are equally weighted and worth 100 points. The actual content (in terms of question type and distribution of question types) will be announced prior to each exam. Exams will be a minimum of 25% essay and a combination of other question types. Note: multiple choice will generally not exceed 33% of the overall value of the exam. Descriptions of potential question types follows.

Multiple choice questions are designed to test for limited knowledge about a broad range of subjects. These questions will be based on Key Concepts identified on the Quiz Page. If your exam contains multiple choice, at least twenty percent of the quiz questions given in class will reappear on the exam covering that material. It is generally a good idea to review old quizzes (both sections) posted on the Quiz Page.

Scenario multiple choice questions are designed to test for detailed knowledge about a limited range of subjects. These questions will be based mostly on the Minor Exam Topics (listed below), but occasionally on Major Exam Topics, and require a very specific answer. Individual questions will be in the form of multiple choice and relate to a single model/framework/theory which has three to five parts. Each part will appear as a potential answer. Your job will be to select the most appropriate answer. For these questions, you will also be required to provide a rationale for your selected answer. If you miss the question, you might receive partial credit for a well thought out rationale.

Essay questions, like scenario multiple choice, are designed to test for detailed knowledge about a limited range of subjects. These questions will be based only on the Major Exam Topics (listed below), are very specific, and require detailed answers. They consist of an equal mix of identification/definition, recognition, and application. You may answer essay questions in outline form, with a paragraph, or using a chart (your choice). What is important is that you read the question carefully, answer all parts, and do not provide more information than required. For example, if I ask you to provide three shifting paradigms of organizational behavior and you give me four, I will only consider/grade the first three. If the first response is incorrect and the next three are correct, you will not receive full credit.

Sample Exam Questions

My exams utilize three types of questions. To help you better prepare for the exams, study the different types of questions. Carefully consider the structure of scenario multiple choice and essay items and use this information to use the chapter outlines to your advantage. Note: none of the samples will appear on either exam.

Exam Samples Guide

Topic List

Scroll the remainder of the page to view all the topics or click on a link below to jump to the topics for a specific exam.

Mid-Term Exam

Final Exam

Mid-Term Exam


No Key Topics


Major Topic
Cultural Values (40-41)

Minor Topics
Individual Differences (26-28)
Types of Diversity (42-46)


Major Topic
Attitudes (60-62)
     Includes Figure 3.4

Minor Topics
Emotional Intelligence (54-55)
Emotions and Moods (57-59)


Major Topics
Stages of the Perceptual Process (78-79)
     Includes Figure 4.3
Importance of Attributions / Attribution Errors (86-87)
Learning by Reinforcement (89-95)
     Includes Figure 4.6

Minor Topics
Factors Influencing Perception (76-77)
Common Perceptual Distortions (81-86)


Major Topics
Equity Theory (107-110)
Expectancy Theory (111-112)
     Includes Figure 5.3

Minor Topic
Two-Factor Theory (106-107)
     Includes Figure 5.2


Major Topics
The Decision-Making Process (196-197)
Judgmental Heuristics (205-206)

Minor Topics
Types of Decisions (200)
Decision Environments (201-202)
Decision-Making Models (202-204)
       Includes Figure 9.3
Final Exam


Major Topic
Job Characteristics Model (134-136)
     Includes Figure 6.6

Minor Topics
Job Design Alternatives (131-134)
     Includes Figure 6.5
Alternative Work Schedules (136-139)


Minor Topics
Team Effectiveness (152-155)
Stages of Team Development (156-158)
     Includes Figure 7.3


Major Topic
Roles and Role Dynamics (175-176)

Minor Topics
Communication Networks (183-184)
     Includes Figure 8.5
Ways Teams Make Decisions (185-187)


Major Topics
Levels of Conflict in Organizations (220-222)
Direct Conflict Management Strategies (228-230)
     Includes Figure 10.4

Minor Topics
Conflict Management (224-225)
     Includes Figure 10.2
Negotiation Strategies (232-234)


Major Topics
Communication Channels (251-252)
     Includes Figure 11.3

Minor Topics
Communication Barriers (245-246)
Communication Flows (252-254)
     Includes Figure 11.4


Major Topic
Sources of Power and Influence (268-271)

Minor Topic
Politics of Self-Protection (281-283)


Major Topics
Fiedlerís Leadership Contingency View (296-299)
     Includes Figure 13.2
Hersey and Blanchard Situational Leadership Model (301-304)
     Includes Figure 13.4

Minor Topic
Substitutes for Leadership (304-305)
     Includes Figure 13.5


Major Topic
Planned Change Strategies (338-339)
     Includes Figure 14.7

Minor Topic
Resistance to Change (339-342)
     Includes Figure 14.8

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