MG105      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Connson Locke


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

This course cannot be taken with MG203.



Course content

This course introduces students to social science theories, research and application related to understanding human behaviour in the workplace. That is, this course is about the people side of business and management. Each week focuses on a different topic investigating individual, group, and organisational issues. Weekly topics  include: motivation, teams, careers, and leadership.

When studying theories of leadership, the course examines: power and influence; trait, behavioural and contingency theories of leadership; the dynamics between leaders and their followers; transformational and transactional forms of leadership; team leadership and co-leadership; leadership communication; leadership development.


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

The Summer Term teaching will be review sessions. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one presentation and one essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Colquitt, J.A., LePine, J.A., & Wesson, M.J. (2009) Organizational Behavior: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (International edition).

Nelson, D.L. & Quick, J.C. (2013) Cengage Learning.

Daft, R. L. (2011). The Leadership Experience (5th ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson/South-Western.

Goffee, R., & Jones, G. (2006). Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Northouse, P. G. (2010). Leadership: Theory and Practice (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Yukl, G. (2009). Leadership in Organizations. (7th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Communication