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2013/2014  BA-HAI_2OB  Organizational Behaviour

English Title
Organizational Behaviour

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Martin Kornberger - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 11-07-2013
Learning objectives
After taking this course, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, theories and models presented in the course.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and explain OB-related situations and organizational practice in an organisation, using concepts and theoretical approaches that we address in the course.
  • Use the concepts, theories and models addressed in the course to formulate effective solutions to OB-related problems or situations in an organization.
  • Present written discussion, analysis and solutions in a well-structured style, targeted to a specific audience.
Organizational Behaviour:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period December/January, the regular exam takes place in December. The make-up and re-examination takes place in January.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
All exam aids are permitted.

Declaration of Authorship (available on E-campus) must be included in the individual home assignment.
Course content and structure

The study of organizational behaviour is an inter-disciplinary field, drawing on insights from cognitive and social psychology, economics, sociology and anthropology. This course will provide students with a foundation in organizational behaviour, meaning the behaviour of individuals and groups within organizations. This foundation will be built through investigation and practical application of the most relevant classic and contemporary research on organizational behaviour.

We will examine how individual differences and abilities, group dynamics and processes, culture, leadership approaches, technology, and organizational structure affect behaviour. We will consider how motivation, stress, communication and conflict can also affect behaviour. Students will: 1) develop an ability to analyze, understand, and explain important aspects and determinants of behaviour in organizations, and 2) apply theories from the course in a practical way to competently and strategically solve problems, effect successful organizational change, and be more effective leaders and managers, especially in an international business or multi-cultural context.

Utilizing discussion and course materials, the concepts from the course will be applied to different types of companies and institutions. An awareness of the importance of culture and the “global village” aspect of many organizations will be emphasized.

The course will use a variety of theories for analytical investigations of practical case studies, with a focus on the Global Financial Crisis. Doing so the course will investigate relations between individuals (employees, managers, leaders), groups, organizations, industries and the wider institutional setting. It is planned to invite a guest speaker to elaborate on the topics analysed in class. The course will highlight the international dimension through using a broad range of examples form Europe, the US, Asia-Pacific and elsewhere. Finally, the research conducted by the lecturer will inform the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the course.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods will take the form of lectures, tutorials, case studies, class discussions and exercises, and small group work. Part of the class sessions are devoted to practical application of the course material. Students will achieve the most benefit in this course if all actively participate and contribute during class sessions.
Expected literature

- Clegg, S., Kornberger M., and Pitsis, T., 2011, Managing and Organizations.An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Sage: London
- Additional readings for tutorials

Please note, minor changes may occur. The teacher will upload the final reading list to Learn two weeks before the course starts.

Last updated on 11-07-2013