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. In this module we understand OB from a managerial and critical viewpoint, drawing on international research including the lecturer's research. 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|
BEM1016(A) or BEA1005
|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 strong 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. present an argument in front of an audience
- 8. 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|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||1||Seminar organisation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussions||In class||1-8||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 article||30||2000 words||1-8||Written feedback|
|Examination||70||2 hours||1-5, 8||Written feedback. Individual verbal feedback, on request, for students retaking the module|
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|
|Examination||Examination (100%)||1-5, 8||August Examination Period|
- Introduction to module; perspectives on understanding organisational behaviour
- Bureaucracy and rationality
- Organisational culture
- Power and control
- Conflict and resistance
- Group dynamics
- Space and technology
- Personality at work
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
In order to provide adequate student access to resources, digitized copies of readings from a range of sources will be made available via ELE, including those detailed below. There is no requirement for students to purchase a core text.
Texts which students might like to focus on include:
- Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thompson.
- Wilson, F. (2010) Organizational Behaviour: A Critical Introduction, 3rd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Grey, C. (2013) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations, 3rd edition, London: Sage.
Other useful resources which students might like to consult include:
- Butler, M. and Rose, E. (2011) Introduction to OrganisationalBehaviour, 2nd edition, London: CIPD
- Clegg, S., Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2012) Managing and Organizations: An introduction to theory and practice, 3rd edition, London: Sage.
- Fineman, S. (2003) Understanding Emotion at Work London: Sage.
- Hatch, M. J. and Cunliffe, A. L. (2012) Organization Theory, 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Linstead, S, Fulop, L, and Lilley, S. (2009) Management and Organization. 2nd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Noon, M., Blyton, P., and K Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work: Experiencing Work and Employment in Contemporary Society, 4th edition (revised), Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Relevant chapters from these texts will be provided on ELE as well as useful journal articles.
Module has an active ELE page?
Last revision date