MG434      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Uta Bindl NAB 4.01 and Dr Emma Soane NAB 4.02


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and MSc in Management (CEMS MIM). This course is not available as an outside option.

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. The course will strike a balance between theory and practice by applying the theories to practical problems in organisations.

Topics covered will include personality and individual differences; work motivation, rewards systems and the design of work; performance, health and well-being at work; groups and team-related processes; leadership; power and politics at work; organisational culture and innovation.


20 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 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. Group work in seminars is an integral part of the course and students are expected to actively contribute to all group exercises. The course is demanding of students and success on this course requires student commitment and willingness to participate fully.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 of LT, in line with departmental policy

Formative coursework

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

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:


Colquitt, J., LePine, J. A., & Wesson, M. J. (2012). Organizational Behaviour: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (3rd edition). McGraw-Hill;

Robbins, S. P., Judge, T., & Campbell, T. (2010). Organizational Behavior. Prentice Hall;

Barling, J., & Cooper, C. (Eds.). (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior (Volume 1: Micro Approaches). Sage.


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

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: 97

Average class size 2014/15: 17

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills