Course description

Organizational Behaviour and Management

Introduction

“The successful twenty-first-century manager will have to make the behavioural and attitudinal adjustments necessary to succeed in dynamic times"
Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles, ”Organizational Behaviour”, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. England 2008 page 38.
Organizational Behaviour (OB) covers a relatively new subject area. It focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups at work within an ethical frame of values and attitudes.
OB is multidisciplinary, covering social sciences like Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.
The purpose of OB is multidimensional. Through scientific studies, OB draws on organizational knowledge that creates new and improved leadership and management theories, models and techniques that enhance the probability for managers to succeed in the “human business” of managing and leading organizations.

This course will give the students a good platform for further studies in applied social sciences.

Course content

  • What is Organizational Behaviour
  • Individual differences and Their relevance to Work
    • Perception, Personality and Values
    • Learning, reinforcement and self-management
    • Engagement of Employees in the Workplace
  • Managing the Oorganization
    • Changing Worlds and the Design of Work
    • Organizational structure and design
    • Organizational culture
  • People, Processes and Performance
    • Groups and teams
    • Leadership
    • Power, Politics and Decision Making in Organizations
    • Communication, Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations
    • Organizational Change

Learning outcome knowledge

This course in Organizational Behaviour and Management provides the students with relevant theoretical background for understanding and influencing organizations. They will learn a number of definitions and get an insight into theories, models and techniques within the Organizational Behaviour (OB) field, and thus achieve an understanding of the eclectic nature of psychology and leadership/management.

Exam organisation

  • Multiple choice: 0 (pass/fail)
  • Home exam: 100%