ID436      Half Unit
Advanced and Emerging Topics in Organisational Behaviour

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Shoshana Dobrow NAB 4.11


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Organisational Behaviour. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students on degrees other than the MSc in Organisational Behaviour may only attend if they have previously taken a course in Organisational Behaviour.

Course content

Indicative content:

1. Non instrumentality at work 2. Proactive Behaviour at Work 3. The Perception of Leadership 4. Work-life balance initiatives 5. Creativity and Innovation in Organisational Behaviour 6. Cultural Intelligence 7. Organisational Response to Employee Pain 8. Evidence based management 9. Negative Employment Relationships 10. Multilevel Theory of the Organisation


30 hours of seminars in the MT. 6 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

Amabile, T. M. (1983). "The Social Psychology of Creativity: A Componential Conceptualization.", Journal of Personality & Social Psychology 45:2: 357-376. Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E. (1999). "How can you do it?": Dirty work and the challenge of constructing a positive identity. Academy of Management Review, 24, 413-434. Ashforth, B.E., Kreiner, G.E., Clark, M.A., & Fugate, M., (2007). Normalizing dirty work: Managerial tactics for countering occupational taint. Academy of Management Journal, 50, 149-174. Briner, R.B., Denyer, D., & Rousseau, D.M. (2009) Evidence-based Management: Concept Cleanup time. Academy of Management Perspectives, 23(4) 19-32. Caldwell, D. F. & O'Reilly, C. A. (2003). "The Determinants of Team-Based Innovation in Organizations. The Role of Social Influence." Small Group Research, 34, no. 4: 497-517. Dutton, J. E., Frost, P. J., Lilius, J., & Worline, M. C. (2006). Explaining compassion organizing. Administrative Science Quarterly, 51, 59-96. Flynn, F.J., & Chatman, J.A. (2001). "Innovation and social control: Oxymoron or opportunity?" (pp. 263-287). In C. Cooper, C. Earley, J. Chatman, & W. Starbuck (Eds.) Handbook of Organizational Culture: John Wiley Press. Hegtvedt, K., Clay-Warner, J., & Ferrigno, E. (2002). Reactions to injustice: Factors affecting workers' resentment toward family-friendly policies. Social Psychology Quarterly, 65(4), 386-400. Hogg, M. A. (2001). A social identity theory of leadership. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5(3), 184-200. Kulik, C. T., Cregan, C., Metz, I., & Brown, M. (2009). HR managers as toxin handlers: The buffering effect of formalizing toxin handling responsibilities. Human Resource Management, 48, 695-716. Meindl, J. R., & Ehrlich, S. B. (1985). The Romance of Leadership. Administrative Science Quarterly, 30(1), 78. Parker, S.K., Williams, H.M. and Turner, N. (2006). Modelling the antecedents of proactive behaviour at work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91(3), 636-652. Paulus, P B. (2000). "Groups, Teams, and Creativity: The Creative Potential of Idea-Generating Groups." Applied Psychology-An International Review 49(2): 237-262


Essay (50%, 2000 words) and essay (50%, 2000 words).

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 24

Average class size 2012/13: 24

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Commercial awareness