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Module Title LH Organisation Behaviour
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 21300
Module Lead Peter Foss & Julie Hartley
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Business Administration 4973 - compulsory
MBA 24 2151 compulsory
MBA IBF 24 2112 compulsory
MSc 24 AccFin 6872 compulsory
MSc 24 Corp Gov 6873 compulsory
MSc 24 ECIB 6867 compulsory
MSc 24 EPIB 6866 compulsory
MSc 24 HRM 6871 compulsory
MSc 24 IB 6870 compulsory
MSc 24 Invest 6869 compulsory
MSc 24 Marketing 6868 compulsory
Description The aim of this course is to explore the way that people behave and interact in organisations. By the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Describe and critically evaluate various concepts, theories and models of organisational behaviour
  • Apply those concepts, theories and models in the analysis of their own behaviour and the behaviour of others.

The discipline of OB draws heavily from the behavioural and social sciences such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, politics and economics. As a result it also shares some of the problems, doubts, questions and logics of those areas. During the course we aim to develop awareness concerning the conceptual processes anyone engages in when attempting to make sense of a complex and ambiguous situation i.e. the "theory-laden" nature of observation.
This is precisely what Gareth Morgan considers in his book "Images Of Organisation" (2005, Sage, London) which we will draw upon when considering different approaches towards organisational analysis.
This course aims to critically develop student knowledge in the range of theoretical and practical issues to do with the management of organizations. The student will understand how organizations are structured, how they function and how people behave in organizations. The material will provide the behavioural aspects underpinning Human Resource Management.
Lectures of two hours duration will be held weekly. In addition to the lectures, students are expected to contribute to tutorial discussions and to make presentation on a selected topics.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Explain, from a critical perspective, the advantages to managers of understanding all aspects organizational behaviour.
  • Identify the key questions which those responsible for designing organization structures need to answer.
  • Explain the critical significance for contemporary organizations of the classical school, bureaucracy, scientific management and the human relations school.
  • Explain how organizational culture, power and politics impact on the behaviour of people in organizations.
  • Critically evaluate the research comparing group and individual performance.
  • Compare and contrast alternative approaches to the management of change.
  • Explain how personality influences behaviour and describe the various methods available for personality assessment.
  • Compare and contrast alternative approaches to and theories of leadership.
  • Identify significant factors and trends impacting on the future of organizations.
Assessment 21300-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 3 hour unseen examination
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