MG443      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour (modular)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Connson Locke


This course is compulsory on the Executive Global MSc Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

This information in this course guide pertains to the 2015-2017 cohort.

Course content

The course seeks to understand individual attitudes and behaviour in an organizational 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 attempts to strike a balance between theory and practice by applying the theories to practical problems in organizations.


Topics include motivation and rewards, intrinsic motivation, creativity, organizational justice, group processes, culture, power and persuasion, and leadership presence.


Teaching is spread over the first 3 modules. The teaching is highly participative and includes breakout discussions and exercises.

The course will run between the following dates:

  • 24 August - 5 September 2015                                                         
  • 14-19 December 2015                                                                      
  • 4-16 April 2016

Formative coursework

A practice exam will be provided and feedback will be given on this assignment.

Indicative reading

The course relies on journal articles (for example, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour).

A complete reading list will be provided at the start of the course. There is no required textbook. The following textbook is recommended for students who would like further reading:

French, R., Rayner, C., Rees, G. & Rumbles, S. (2011) Organizational Behaviour, 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Essay (20%), take home exam (65%) and class participation (15%).

Class participation - based on group presentations.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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