MG105      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Connson Locke MAR.5.36 and Dr Dorottya Sallai MAR.4.10


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Management. This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, International Exchange (1 Term) and International Exchange (Full Year). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

This course is not capped, any student that requests a place will be given one.

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.

Topics include: personality and performance, managerial decision-making, motivating others, fairness in organisations, the multicultural workplace, power and influence, the adaptive leader, team leadership.


Teaching hours in the MT will be commensurate with a usual half unit undergraduate course.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will have the opportunity to submit a 1000-word essay during MT and receive formative feedback. Students will also work in groups to answer an essay question through an in-class presentation and will receive structured feedback based on the criteria for marking essays (e.g. structure, evidence).

Indicative reading

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

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


Essay (45%, 1500 words) and essay (45%, 1500 words) in the period between MT and LT.
Class participation (10%) in the MT.

Class participation will be based on oral representations of weekly reading summaries.

Essay topics will be available at the end of MT and due before the start of LT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: 243

Average class size 2021/22: 17

Capped 2021/22: No

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Communication