BMGT45410 Leadership & OB (Mod)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour (L&OB) is concerned with trying to understand the complexity of contemporary organisations and organisational life. It is a multidisciplinary subject drawing heavily from psychology, sociology, anthropology, engineering, political science, management and organisation theory. As a field of study, OB borrows the principles of scientific rigour and models from the behavioural sciences and emphasises their applications within organisations. The purpose of OB as a field of study is to organise and communicate the most valid and applicable knowledge from these disciplines in a systematic way and to emphasise the importance of this understanding in the pursuit of individual and collective goals.

To fully understand why people think and act as they do in organisational settings we must know something about them as individuals, something about the groups and teams to which they belong, something about the organisational arrangements and processes they are exposed to and about the interaction of all these factors. In this regard, module participants are encouraged to explore the interconnected nature of the various topics to be covered and to develop a holistic and critical understanding of the subject.

This module builds on the everyday experience of people at work and will look at three levels of analysis; individual, team and organisational. Together we shall explore personality, perception, team dynamics, motivation theories and practices, leadership and culture to mention some of the key themes addressed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The three main learning objectives of this module are:

1. To develop your knowledge in the areas of leadership and behaviour in organisations. At the end of the module you should have a greater understanding of the theories and concepts used to explain how and why individuals and groups act the way they do in organisations.

2. To develop your analytical/diagnostic skills that enable you to use this knowledge to improve your leadership abilities. Specifically, these skills include:
• Critique organisational concepts and theories.
• Integrate the diverse concepts and theories.
• Translate these concepts and theories into management practices.
• Analyse “real life” situations and make sense of what is operating and why.
• Offer sound recommendations for improving leadership practices.

3. To develop your ability to actually practice management, e.g., leadership, collaborative teamwork, communicating, etc. Applying the learning to one’s own life as an organisational member and leader. Its part of the MBA jigsaw to develop your capability as an effective leader.

Indicative Module Content:

How our personality links to our workplace performance.
The value of being self-aware
How people make sense of the world around them
How emotions and attitudes shape behaviour at work
Motivation - concepts and application
Team Dynamics
Global Virtual Teams
Leadership Theories & Development
Power & Influence

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Individual reflection paper on key personal takeaways from the L & OB Module. See Module Outline for details Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Applied Research Project - (Pairs Project) Apply an L &OB theme to a real world organisational context. Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Applied research Proposal - Pairs should submit a 3/4 page plan of their proposed final project. See Module Outline document for details . Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Project Proposals by pairs are due for submission on 3rd November. During week of 15th - 19th November I intend to have Zoom calls with each pairing to provide feedback on their project proposals and offer advice where possible. With regard to the final applied research projects I will write up a feedback note for the entire class which documents my overall views on the submissions ( without identifying individual students), if subsequently students want to arrange a one-to-one feedback session that can be accommodated.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Fri 08:30 - 18:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Sat 08:30 - 18:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Sat 14:00 - 18:30

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