Course description

Organisational Behaviour


Organisational behaviour (OB) is the study of how individuals and groups of individuals behave within an organisational context, and the structures and processes that shape this behavior. It is a discipline that draws heavily from the behavioral and social sciences, most notably psychology. Through the study of OB, we can better explain and predict human behavior in organizations and manage others – and ourselves – more effectively in these contexts.

This course is designed to give an overview of the most important topics and concepts within the field of OB. It provides a foundation for many of the specialization courses in the Leadership and Organizational Psychology programme.

Course content

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Personality and perception
  • Motivation and performance
  • Learning and self-management
  • Group formation and team functioning
  • Work design, culture and climate
  • Leadership processes
  • Power and politics
  • Decision making
  • Conflict management

Learning outcome knowledge

By the end of the course, students should be able to

  • Describe and critically assess important OB theories and research
  • ​Explain human behavior in organizational settings, and implications of this behavior, using relevant OB theories and models
  • Understand the drivers and implications of one’s own behavior in organizational settings

Exam organisation

  • Written assignment: 20%
  • Written assignment: 30%
  • Multimedia production: 50%