Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

BMGT44810 L'ship & Org. Behaviour

Leadership & Organisation 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 fashion 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 organisation arrangements and processes they are exposed to and about the interaction of all these factors. In this regard, 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.

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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 a “real life” management situation 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, decision-making, etc. Applying the learning to one’s own life as an organisational member and leader.
4. To engage with a body of literature exploring the challenges and dynamics of Global Virtual Teams (GVTs) and apply this learning to a practical virtual team experience.
Item Workload




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Group Project: Global Virtual Teams


Group Project: Presentation & Report


Throughout the Semester
Project: Research Project




This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible.

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