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Organizational Behaviour and Management


In today’s organizations leaders, managers, and co-workers need to have a clear understanding of human behavior and social processes. Organizational Behaviour (OB) examines the behaviors of individuals and groups in organizations and the structures and processes which shape this behavior and the work environment. OB is a subject area that draws on several disciplines ranging from psychology to sociology. By studying OB we can explain how and why people behave the way they do in organizations.  This knowledge better equips us to manage others and ourselves in the work context.

This course is designed to give an introduction and overview of the important topics and concepts in the field of OB, and 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


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