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||10||5 minutes||1-7||Written feedback|
|Individual Reflection||20||100 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 presentation (10%), Individual reflection (20%), Examination (70%)||Examination (2 hours, 100%)||1-5, 7||August/September Reassessment 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
Available Online and In Print:
Buchanan, DA and Huczynski, A (2017) Organizational Behaviour, 9th ed., Harlow: Pearson.
Mullins, L.J. (2016) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 11th ed., Harlow: Pearson.
Other texts which students might like to consult, include:
Buchanan, DA and Huczynski, A (2019) Organizational Behaviour, 10th ed., Harlow: Pearson. (In print only, available from the Penryn library)
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2019) Organizational Behaviour, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (It is available in print from the library and the campus bookshop)
Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thompson. (In print only, available from the library)
Grey, C. (2017) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations, 4th edition, London: Sage. (In print only, available from the library)
Robbins S.P. and Judge, T.A. (2016) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, 13th ed., Harlow: Pearson (not currently available in the library)
Wilson, F. (2018) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction, 5th ed., Oxford: OUP (In print only, available from the library)
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