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MG130: Organisational Behaviour


Course Content

The course introduces the fundamental principles of Organisational Behaviour by examining psychological theories that provide insight into human behaviour at work. 

Case studies, videos and exercises will be used to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical principles to real life organisational issues; analyse the contributions and limitations of relevant theories; and draw out the practical implications of the empirical evidence. 

The course aims to balance theory and practical application by focusing on theories that can be applied to organisational problems. It also aims to balance knowledge and skills through exercises that help develop skills such as leadership, decision making, enhancing influence and team working.  

Illustrated below are the types of questions and issues that are addressed;

  • How does personality affect behaviour in organisations? 
  • Should organisations use personality tests to select job applicants? 
  • How do biases arise in decision making and what are their consequences? 
  • How do individuals evaluate fairness and respond to injustice?  
  • Why do some individuals engage in revenge and others contribute ‘beyond the call of duty’?  
  • Can organisations take steps to ensure that ethical decisions are made?
  • When and why do individuals conform in group situations? 
  • Are cohesive groups better than diverse groups? 
  • Is there one best leadership style? 
  • Does cultural intelligence matter? 
  • How does organisational culture influence behaviour and organisational performance?

The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop a reasoned and analytical understanding of human behaviour in organisations. We will examine human processes, the individual in the organisation, group dynamics and influencing others, and organisational processes and practices.

Topics covered include;

  • Personality
  • Perception, cognition and decision making
  • Emotions in the workplace
  • Employee-organisation relationship
  • Motivation in organisations
  • Power: Uses and abuses
  • Justice: Employee performance and counter performance
  • Group dynamics and teams
  • Organisational culture and creativity
  • Organisational ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Diversity: Discrimination and exclusion

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the main theories of Organisational Behaviour
  • Analyse how these theories and empirical evidence can help to understand contemporary organisational issues
  • Apply theories to practical problems in organisations in a critical manner.

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The Department of Management was established in 2000, and is committed to advancing the frontiers of the study of management, through its social-science based research, collaboration across the entire LSE, and its engagement with enterprises, organisations, and leaders throughout the world. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has ranked LSE as the UK higher education leader for Business and Management Studies.



Greenberg, J. (2011), Behaviour in Organizations (10th edition), Prentice Hall.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: One

Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2016

Lecturer: Dr Uta Bindl
Dr Cecile Emery

Level: 100 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: None. Some knowledge of psychology or management is recommended.

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One written examination, plus one 1,000 word essay.

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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