Not available in 2017/18
MG505      Half Unit
Contemporary Topics in Organisational Behaviour

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Shoshana Riza


This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour). This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources) and MRes/PhD in Management (Information Systems and Innovation). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Advanced course on current topics in organisational behaviour. Sessions are led by different faculty members from the department with the purpose of introducing and discussing contemporary topics in the field of organisational behaviour, typically drawn from the faculty members’ research expertise. Throughout the course, students are exposed to the methodological and conceptual issues related to conducting research in contemporary organisational topics.


30 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

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

The goal of this assignment is to enable students to begin thinking through the logic of critically evaluating research areas and suggesting future research.

Indicative reading

Each faculty presenter will select his/her own reading list, which will rely heavily on journal articles (for example, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organisational Behaviour). An extensive reading list is provided at the start of the course.  Indicative readings for one faculty presenter’s session include:

Berg, J. M., Grant, A. M., & Johnson, V. (2010). When callings are calling: Crafting work and leisure in pursuit of unanswered occupational callings. Organization Science, 21(5), 973-994.

Bunderson, J. S., & Thompson, J. A. (2009). The call of the wild: Zookeepers, callings, and the double-edged sword of deeply meaningful work. Administrative Science Quarterly, 54(1), 32-57.

Dobrow, S. R. (2013). “Dynamics of calling: A longitudinal study of musicians.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34(4), 431-452.

Dobrow, S. R., & Tosti-Kharas, J. (2011). Calling: The development of a scale measure. Personnel Psychology, 64(4), 1001-1049.

Wrzesniewski, A., McCauley, C. R., Rozin, P., & Schwartz, B. (1997). Jobs, careers, and callings: People's relations to their work. Journal of Research in Personality, 31(1), 21-33.


Coursework (100%, 5000 words) in the MT.

Summative assessment will be based on a conceptual paper (5,000 words), which will be supported by one formative assessment.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills