MG443E      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (modular)

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Emma Soane NAB 4.02


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

This information in this course guide pertains to the 2019-2021 cohort.

Course content

Understanding individual attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context is fundamental in any management role. This course aims to review psychological theories as they apply to organisations and demonstrate how this perspective contributes to understanding behaviour at work. It brings together theory and practice by using group exercises, presentations, and course work to apply the course material to business problems. By the end of the course, you should be able to critically evaluate some of the main theories of organisational behaviour and apply those theories to problems in your organisations.

The course will also focus on developing your leadership style and skills. Drawing on relevant theories, we will consider your personal leadership style and its implications for working with others. We will discuss the leadership skills that are critical to effectiveness, and consider how to apply these skills to build positive organisational environments. You will be asked to complete two in-depth evaluations, and profiles will be used to guide your leadership development.

Topics include personality and individual differences, motivation and rewards, creativity, team processes, leadership, negotiations, power and politics, organisational culture.


35 hours of teaching spread over the first 3 modules. 10 sessions of 3.5 hours each. The teaching is highly participative and includes breakout discussions and exercises.

The course will run between the following dates:

26 August - 07 September 2019

16-21 December 2019

20 April - 02 May 2020

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.


Class participation (5%), take-home assessment (65%) and group project (30%).

Class participation will based on group presentations.

The take-home assessment will be an individual essay.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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