Organisational Behaviour (OB) is an interdisciplinary field of study, which explores individual, group and organisational behaviour and the impact of individuals, groups, organisations and society in creating, shaping and controlling behaviours. The managerial viewpoint seeks to understand behaviour in order to manage more effectively and, hopefully, more ethically – understanding the fundamentals of behaviour in organisations enables better practices to be developed and implemented. The critical viewpoint seeks to view the organisation from the perspective of employees and asks questions about the impact of managerial practice and their experience of work more broadly – including the role that their peers may play in shaping their experience of work. This module builds on BEM1016 Theory and Practice of Management and draws on your own experiences of organisations and institutions. It challenges you to embrace ambiguity and ambivalence: there are no well-defined answers to understanding and managing behaviour, which is what makes behaviour such an interesting and challenging field of study and should help you as a future employee and manager.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Organisational Behaviour|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
• To introduce students to the subjects of organisational behaviour
• To develop a critical orientation toward the subject matter and an awareness of the complexity of managerial and organisational problems.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. demonstrate an understanding of key theories and perspectives in organisation studies, and an awareness of how these theories of organisational behaviour compare and contrast
- 2. make theory-practice links by applying the concepts and perspectives introduced to organisational case studies
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques
- 4. develop effective arguments
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. demonstrate the ability to work independently and be self-motivated
- 6. work effectively in a group
- 7. demonstrate effective independent study
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||22||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||5||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||2||Revision lectures|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussions||In class||1-7||Verbal in class|
|Examination paper answers||In class||1-7||Verbal in class|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation||20||10 minutes||1-7||Written feedback|
|Individual Reflection||10||700 words||1-7||Written feedback|
|Examination||70||2 hours||1-5, 7||Written & verbal|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group work, Reflection and Examination||Examination - 2 hours (100%)||1-5, 7||August Examination Period|
- introduction to module; individuals at work
- identity, personality and perception
- motivation and engagement
- organisational culture, power and politics
- groups and teams
- sustainability- employee happiness and wellbeing
- organisational change
- leadership and management
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
There is no requirement for students to purchase a core text, however I recommend King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Organizational Behaviour, Oxford: Oxford University Press, which is available to purchase from the bookshop.
Other texts which students might like to consult, include:
Buchanan, DA and Huczynski, A (2017) Organizational Behaviour, 9th ed., Harlow: Pearson.Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thompson.
Grey, C. (2017) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations, 4th edition,London: Sage.
Mullins, L.J. (2016) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 11th ed., Harlow: Pearson.
Robbins S.P. and Judge, T.A. (2016) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, 13th ed., Harlow: Pearson
Wilson, F. (2018) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction, 5th ed., Oxford: OUP
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