MG434      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Emma Soane MAR 5.39 and Dr Niranjan Janardhanan MAR 5.33


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course develops understanding of individual, team and organisational-level attributes, processes and outcomes. Lectures and seminars review, discuss and apply psychological theories to explain workplace phenomena

Topics covered will include personality and individual differences; work motivation; reward systems and the design of work; ; health and well-being at work; creativity and innovation; identity, team processes; leadership; power, influence and politics at work; organisational risk; and organisational culture.


20 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the WT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

The teaching includes lectures and seminars. The teaching style is highly participative. Group work in seminars is an integral part of the course and students are expected to actively contribute to all group exercises. The course requires student commitment and willingness to engage fully with the readings and with seminar activities.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 of WT, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the WT.

Indicative reading

All course readings are articles from leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology. A full reading list is provided at the start of the course.

There is no set textbook for this course, however students may wish to consult one of the following:

• Colquitt, J., LePine, J. A., Wesson, M. J., & Gellatly, I. (2022). Organizational Behaviour: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (5th edition). McGraw-Hill.

• Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2023). Organizational Behavior (19th Global Edition). Prentice Hall.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the spring exam period.
Presentation (25%) in the WT.

Students will work in groups to prepare and deliver a presentation that applies organisational behaviour concepts to a real organisation. Each group will select one specific organisation to focus on. Presentations must cover two topics from the course and include clear application of two relevant theories. Presentations are evaluated on the depth of subject knowledge; the quality of theoretical application and recommendations made; and, the structure and style of the presentation, including the quality of the materials and delivery of the presentation.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2022/23: 55

Average class size 2022/23: 15

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills