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2018/2019  BA-BINBO1135U  Organizational Behaviour

English Title
Organizational Behaviour

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Alan Irwin - Department of Organization (IOA)
  • Fabian Müller - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-06-2018

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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.
Organisational Behaviour:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
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 Autumn and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure


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, focusing on the behaviour of individuals and groups within organizations as well as the organization's relationship with broader societal and market environments. 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. 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 lecturers will inform the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the course.


Description of the teaching methods
Teaching methods will take the form of lectures, tutorials, case studies, class discussions and exercises, small group work and a voluntary home assignment. 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.
Feedback during the teaching period
Office hours will provide a full opportunity for student feedback. Feedback will also be encouraged during class discussions and exercises. We will also facilitate student to student feedback during the course exercises in particular. In addition, there will be a special feedback session for those students who have chosen to complete the voluntary home
Student workload
Exam 48 hours
Classes 54 hours
Preparation 102 hours
Expected literature

Required readings for lectures:

Clegg, S., Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T., 2016, Managing and Organizations.An Introduction to Theory and Practice. London: Sage, 4th edition (Note: This book provides the foundation for the theories discussed in the lectures).   


Required readings for workshops:

Case for workshops: Karen Ho, 2009, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street. Durham and London: Duke University Press (Note: This text provides the case study for workshops 1-4).


Papers for workshops: Additionally, you are required to read (a) paper(s) for each workshop session. In order to allow for engaging applications & discussions you should study them prior to the workshops. All papers are available on CBS Learn.

Last updated on 29-06-2018