ID430      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Connson Locke NAB4.16


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and Human Resources and MSc in Organisational Behaviour. This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPhil/ PhD in Management, MSc in Development Management, MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in Management Science (Decision Sciences), MSc in Management Science (Operational Research), MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance and MSc in Public Management and Governance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is available in the Michaelmas Term only. For students on MSc Management (Two-year programme) this course is available in the Lent Term as MG434, please see the MG434 course guide for further details

Course content

This course seeks to understand individual attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. It does this by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations; demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work; and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.

Personality and individual differences, work motivation, decision making, rewards systems, psychological contracts, organisational justice, performance and counter-performance (organisational citizenship behaviour, retaliation in organisations), leadership, groups and group processes, design of work, organisational culture.


20 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

The teaching is highly participative and includes lectures and seminars. The course is demanding of students and its success depends partly upon student commitment and willingness to participate fully.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

The course relies heavily on journal articles (for example, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour). An extensive reading list is provided at the start of the course. No suitable textbook exists but students may wish to consult one of the following: R Steers, L Porter, G Bigley (2003) Motivation and Work Behaviour, McGraw-Hill; D Nelson and J Campbell Quick (2006) Organizational Behaviour: Foundations, Reality and Challenges (5th edition) Thomson South-Western; J. Greenberg (2003) Organizational Behaviour: The State of the Science (2nd edition) Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; J Barling and C. Cooper (2008) The Handbook of Organizational Behaviour, Sage.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 119

Average class size 2012/13: 16

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication