BMGT43620 Organisational Behav (MScBus)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is about the way people behave in organisational contexts. In order to better understand effective management and organisational leadership, it is crucial to gain better awareness and knowledge in two areas: understanding yourself as an organisational member and understanding the human dynamics of organisations. Organisational Behaviour (OB) draws heavily on behavioural science disciplines, which include psychology, social psychology, sociology, economics and cultural anthropology. However, the field of organisational behaviour differs from other disciplines in two important ways. First, it integrates useful concepts from these disciplines and, secondly, it emphasises their applications within organisations. This serves to both limit the study somewhat as well as to differentiate it from those other areas.

The purpose of organisational behaviour as a field of study is to organise and communicate the most valid and applicable knowledge from these disciplines in a systematic fashion and to emphasise the importance of the Evidence Based Management approach in decision-making and action within organisations.

(A) Individual Processes
The individual is at the centre of concern in the field of organisational behaviour. It is important therefore to examine significant facets of individual behaviour such as personality, attitude formation and motivation.

(B) Group Processes
Humans are social animals, if not by choice then by evolution. Hence, we shape and are shaped by the social environment, in and outside organisations. We turn our attention to groups where we must widen the analysis to encompass issues such as the dynamics and characteristics of groups as well as one of the frequent outcomes of group functioning, namely, conflict.

(C) Organisational and Management Processes
In this part of the module we look at how different units in the organisation interact with each other and study how aspects that characterise the organisation (or its sub-units) as a whole, such as organisational culture and politics affect groups and individuals within it.

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Learning Outcomes:

There are three main objectives of this module:

1. To develop your knowledge in the areas of management, 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 in organisations act the way they do.

2. To develop your analytical/diagnostic skills that enable you to use this knowledge to improve your management 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 a “real life” management situation and make sense of what is operating and why.
• Offer sound recommendations for improving management practices.

3. To develop your ability to apply the learned principles and to make the acquired knowledge meaningful and relevant for your own life and for your own interactions in organisations. These include getting more self- and other-aware and better at collaborative teamwork, giving feedback, self and other motivation, emotional intelligence and decision-making.

Indicative Module Content:

I plan the cover the following themes:
1. Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
How do we study organisational behaviour? Define organisational behaviour and trace its history and development. Identify the central concepts of organisation behaviour and their relationship to effective management.

2. The Nature of Individual Differences and Attitudes
Examine the nature of personality, emotions, stress and attitudes and describe how they contribute to individual differences and their implications for management.

3. The Motivation of People at Work
Describe and discuss the content and process theories of motivated behaviour in order to understand what we do, why we do it and the level of effort we invest.

4. Decision Making
Examine and discuss the nature of decision making in organizations in the individual, group and company level and identify common decision making fallacies as well as ways to improve the decision making process.

5. The Nature of Groups
Describe the nature of groups, how they form and develop and their impact on communication, task achievement and effectiveness, motivation, job satisfaction and conformity.

Explore the nature of intergroup competition and co-operation and the managerial strategies necessary for creating more co-operative interactions.

6. Leadership
What is leadership? Provide an overview of the historical development of leadership theories from the traits concept through the behavioural dimensions of leadership, to the contingency models. Describe the situational approaches to the study of leadership and identify the situational factors relevant to leadership effectiveness. Identify and summarise other contemporary approaches to leadership.

7. Power and Politics
Define the nature of power and describe the various sources of power and its use in exerting influence both upwards and downwards in organisations.

Understand the functional and dysfunctional consequences of political behaviour in organisations and identify the appropriate managerial practices for controlling it.

8. Conflict and Negotiation
Examine the nature of conflict and the various methods that may be employed in its resolution.

Understand the importance of negotiating as an important process in organisational behaviour.

9. National and Organisational Cultures and Work Values
Discuss the significance of organisational culture for individuals and organisations and how O.C. interacts with members’ personalities, motivations and behaviours.

Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student 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
Continuous Assessment: Individual Reflective Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Group Project: Small Group Field Project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: Case Study Analysis 1 Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Case Study Analysis 2 Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Case Study Analysis 3 Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Group Project: Weekly Team Presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For group presentations and projects I shall provide written feedback to the team after module ends. For individual components, a summary feedback of typical class-wide trends will be given to students after module ends.

Organizational Behavior, 9/e, 2021. Steven McShane (University of Western Australia), Mary Ann Von Glinow (Florida Int'l University). McGraw-Hill, ISBN13: 9781260799552
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 16:50

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