BMGT43620 Organisational Behav (MScBus)

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is intended for postgraduate students seeking a broad understanding of the nature of organisations and organising and of the behaviour of individuals and groups within these organizations. Organisations play an important role in modern society from a social, economic, political, legal, and ethical perspective. This module focuses on developing a deep understanding of core ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR topics. Organisations are comprised of people, who interact and often work in groups. In order to be an effective management consultant, it is essential for you to understand yourself as an organisation member, how you relate and interact with others, how others behave, both individually and in groups and how individual and group behaviours affect organisations and are affected by them, in turn.
Issues to be covered include individual differences, motivation and job design, group dynamics, decision making, leadership, power and cross-cultural aspects. An emphasis is placed on using experiential learning principles and on developing students' self awareness.

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Learning Outcomes:

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.

Indicative Module Content:

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.

6. Communication
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.

7. Leadership
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


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % 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


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Organizational Behavior, 8/e, 2018. Steven McShane (University of Western Australia), Mary Ann Von Glinow (Florida Int'l University). McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 978-259-562792

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