- Business Management
- Assoc Professor Jacob Eisenberg
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Curricular information is subject to change
Having completed this module you should:
(1) Have explored the key facets of individual differences
(2) Be able to diagnose motivational problems and intervene to improve the situation
(3) Know how to undertake a team effectiveness assessment
(4) Have developed a greater self awareness and better understanding of yours and others emotional, cognitive and behavioural tendecies at work and in organisational contexts.
(5) Be able to better manage yourself and your goals in organisational context.
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 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.
Define communication and discuss its purposes in organisations. Examine the basic communication process and consider the various barriers to communication and how they can be overcome.
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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: Research Essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Group Project: Team Presesntations||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Case Study||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Pass/Fail Grade Scale||No||
|Group Project: Team Field Work||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Reflective Essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
Not yet recorded.