MG443E      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (modular)

This information is for the 2021/22 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 2021-2023 cohort.

Course content

Understanding how individuals and teams function within organisational contexts is fundamental to leadership effectiveness. This course reviews a range of psychological theories and demonstrates how this perspective contributes to understanding behaviour, wellbeing and performance. It brings together theory and practice by using group exercises, presentations, and essays to apply the course material to organisational issues. 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 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 contribute to effectiveness in a range of contexts, 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, organisational risk, and organisational culture.


10 sessions scheduled over the first 3 modules. The teaching is highly participative and includes breakout discussions and exercises.

The course will run between the following dates:


23 August - 04 September 2021

13-18 December 2021

02 April - 14 April 2022

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.

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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