Organizational Behavior & LeadershipCategory: Objective Test
60-minute test administered during the NLC.
Objective Test Competencies: Conceptual and Problem-Solving Skills; Organizational Strategy and Corporate Culture; Leadership Traits and Characteristics; Motivational Theories and Practices; Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations; Power and Influence; Organizational Communication; Teamwork; Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility; Global Perspectives in Organizations; Multicultural and Gender Perspectives in Leaders and Organizations
Skills: This event recognizes PBL members who are familiar with organizational behaviors and leadership competencies that affect organizations.
Objective Test Guidelines
- No materials may be brought to the testing site.
- Electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight.
- Financial calculators may be used for accounting, finance, and analysis & decision making events; calculators will be provided for all other events.
The general event guidelines below are applicable to all national competitive events. Please review and follow these guidelines when competing at the national level. When competing at the state level, check the state guidelines since they may differ.
- Dues: Competitors must have paid PBL national and state dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15 of the current school year.
- NLC Registration: Participants must be registered for the NLC and pay the national conference registration fee in order to participate in competitive events.
- Deadlines: The state chair, or designee, must register each state competitor on the official online entry forms by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
- Each state may submit three (3) individuals in all events requiring only objective tests and two (2) individuals or teams for all events that require a pre-judged or performance component.
- Each competitor can compete in two (2) events.
- Each competitor must compete in all parts of an event for award eligibility.
- A team shall consist of two or three members. Exceptions are Parliamentary Procedure which must be a team of four or five members, and LifeSmarts which must be a team of two members.
Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the NLC unless one of the following circumstances applies:
- Modified Events: A competitor may compete in the same event when the event is modified. Note, if the only modification is a name change, competitors may not compete in the renamed event.
- Team Events: One (1) competitor of the team may have competed in the same event at one (1) previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice in the event at the national level.
- Chapter Events: Competitors may compete in a chapter event more than once (Community Service Project).
- Individual Entry: A competitor who competed as an individual entry in a team event at the national level may compete in the same event a second time as part of a team, but not a second time as an individual.
- Parliamentary Procedure: Two (2) competitors of the team may have competed in this event at a previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice at the national level.
- Pilot Event: Competition in a pilot event does not disqualify a competitor from competing in the same event if it becomes an official competitive event. The participant may compete in another event as well as a pilot event.
- Objective Tests: Ties are broken by comparing the correct number of answers to the last 10 questions on the exam. If a tie remains, the competitor who completed the test in a shorter amount of time will place higher. If this does not break the tie, answers to the last 20 questions will be reviewed and determine the winner.
- Objective and Production Tests: The production test scores will be used to break a tie.
- Objective Tests and Performances: The objective test score will be used to break a tie based on the tie-breaking criteria of objective tests.
- Reports/Projects and Performances: The report/project scores will be used to break a tie.
- Performances: Judges must break ties and all judges’ decisions are final.
- State chair/adviser must register all competitors for NLC competitive events online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
- All prejudged components (reports, websites, projects, statement of assurance) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
- All prejudged projects and reports must be submitted electronically.
- All Statements of Assurance must be submitted online.
- All production tests must be received at FBLA-PBL by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Friday in May.
- Desktop Publishing—the finished product must be uploaded in PDF format by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Friday in May. Label all documents with the event title, competitor’s name, state, and school.
- All production tests must be uploaded online.
- State chair/adviser may make name changes only (no additional entries) by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the first Friday in June. Competitor drops are the only changes allowed after this date and onsite.
The number of competitors will determine the number of winners. The maximum number of winners for each competitive event is 10. Only one (1) award is given to the schools competing in chapter events (Community Service Project and Local Chapter Annual Business Report).
- Financial calculators may be brought to objective testing and used for any accounting, finance, or analysis & decision making events.
- Certain events may allow the use of additional materials. Please refer to event guidelines.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
FBLA‑PBL meets the criteria specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act for all participants who submit a special needs form.
Recording of Presentations
No unauthorized audio or video recording devices will be allowed in any competitive event. Participants in the performance events should be aware the national association reserves the right to record any performance for use in study or training materials.
Graduate students may compete in all PBL events.
- Dress for Success—Members must be in business attire. Please review the the FBLA-PBL Dress Code. If you question if you are properly attired, then change.
- Read and follow explicitly the state and national competitive events guidelines. Be aware of differences between state and national guidelines.
- Check the status of membership dues. Students must be dues-paid members by April 15 to compete in national competition. The sooner dues are paid the sooner members will receive PBL benefits.
- All materials must be received by the national center by the second Friday in May. Normally the state submits these materials, but some states request the local chapters submit their reports, website URLs, interview materials, etc.
- Remember, when competing at the district or state levels, materials are not sent to the national office.
- Become completely familiar with the procedures to be followed for participation in each type of event at the state and national levels.
- Determine from the rating sheets and guidelines the areas that will be judged and the weight given to each area.
- Obtain a variety of updated information on different subject areas and provide access to students for study.
- Contact former and current chapter members who have competed in previous years for suggestions.
- Find mentors and other experts who can help members prepare for competition. Involve faculty, advisory committee members, Professional Division members, businesspeople, community volunteers, and parents in study sessions and event preparation.
- Try to recreate as realistically as possible the conditions under which the competition will take place and PRACTICE.
- Make certain that the copies of materials to be submitted to judges are error-free and in the proper format.
- Make sure all materials are submitted by the deadline.
- PBL members and advisers must recognize the value of competitive events, maintain a professional attitude toward the events, and keep them in proper perspective. While competitive events are an important element of PBL’s overall program, events are just a portion of the many other activities and programs that build a successful organization.
- All objective tests are done online and consist of 100 multiple choice questions.
- Ask your professors to share with you the different textbooks they use as resources. Look over the end-of-chapter summary and the glossary words.
- Avoid talking to others as you enter the room.
- Instructions for online testing will be given to you once seated at a computer.
- The calculator function on the computer will be available for use. Financial calculators can be used for all accounting, finance, and “Analysis & Decision Making” events.
- If the equipment doesn’t work, raise your hand until help comes.
2. Distinguish programmed from nonprogrammed decisions, certain from uncertain decisions, and topdown from empowered decisions.
3. Identify the various organizational and cultural factors that influence the decision-making process.
4. Identify the various types of framing effects and heuristics that potentially limit the effectiveness of decisions.
5. Distinguish between three approaches to decision making: the rational-economic model, the administrative model, and image theory.
2. Describe the role of culture in organizations.
3. Identify the various factors that lead to the creation of organizational culture.
4. Explain the major consequence and implications of organizational culture.
5. Identify the factors responsible for changing organizational culture.
6. Describe strategic planning and explain the type of strategic changes that organizations make.
7. Identify the primary steps in the strategic planning process .
2. Describe the trait approach o leadership and identify what distinguishes successful leaders from ordinary people.
3. Describe various forms of participative and autocratic leadership behavior.
4. Explain the following theories of leadership: charismatic, transformational, contingency, and situational.
5. Identify forces that can sometimes decrease the importance of leadership.
2. Summarize the key propositions of goal theory and reinforcement theory.
3. Explain the expectancy theory of motivation.
4. Explain how equity and social comparison contribute to motivation.
5. Recognize the importance of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
6. Explain how personality and cultural factors are related to motivation.
2. Describe key factors contributing to demographic diversity.
3. Explain how emotional intelligence is an important part of organizational behavior.
4. Define the elements that affect organizational behavior: prosocial, altruism, cooperation, trust, and conflict.
5. Describe causes of workplace aggression and techniques for reducing such behavior.
2. Describe the essence of empowerment.
3. Pinpoint factors contributing to organizational politics.
4. Identify and describe a variety of influence tactics.
5. Explain how managers can control dysfunctional politics.
6. Differentiate between the ethical and unethical use of power, politics, and influence.
2. Identify forms of verbal media used in organizations, and explain which are most appropriate for communicating messages of which type.
3. Explain how style of dress and use of time and space are part of nonverbal communication in organizations.
4. Describe individual differences regarding how people communicate.
5. Describe the formal forces responsible for communication in organizations.
6. Describe how informal networks influence communication in organizations.
7. Explain the process of improving communications in yourself and others.
2. Identify different types of groups operating within organizations and how these groups develop.
3. Describe the importance of roles, norms, status, and cohesiveness within organizations.
4. Explain how individual performance in groups is affected by social facilitation, cultural diversity and social loafing.
5. Describe the type of teams that exist within organizations and the steps that are involved in their creation.
6. Explain the factors responsible for the failure of some teams including the concept of groupthink.
2. Describe how organizational citizenship behavior contributes to individual and organizational effectiveness.
3. Summarize why values are an important part of organizational behavior.
4. Describe the process of ethical decision-making and explain the existence of ethical problems.
5. Describe what organizations can do to enhance ethical and socially responsible behavior.
6. Explain the importance of the development and implementation of an ethics policy.
2. Explain how globalization affects the culture of an organization.
3. Identify and describe the characteristics of a multinational corporation.
4. Describe how differing cultural ethical viewpoints affects businesses.
2. Identify and explain key dimensions of cultural and gender differences.
3. Describe what is required for managers and organizations to become multicultural.
4. Explain how motivation, ethics, appropriate negotiation skills, conflict resolution, and empowerment practice can vary across cultures and genders.
5. Describe the nature of diversity training and cultural training, including cultural intelligence training.
6. Explain the issues involved in dealing with differing generations in the workplace.