Management of Organisations

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG130
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Organisational behaviour is the study of human behaviour in organisations. The topics we study in MG130 are critical to people management in contemporary organizations, for example, leadership and team processes that enhance individual, team, and organisational performance. This course also seeks to understand atypical forms organisational phenomena. Alternative forms of organisations and unique individual circumstances have become more commonplace in recent years; however, theories about organisational behaviour (OB)—designed to apply to “typical” workplace behaviour and contexts—have not kept pace.

The emphasis in this course will be on critically evaluating existing OB theories as they relate to extreme forms of workplace behaviour (e.g., workaholism, pro- and antisocial behaviour) and contexts (e.g., poverty, military, hospital, and artist culture). Weekly topics include isolated and high-pressure work environments, passion work, and compliance and proactivity. In general, this course examines the central issues of organizational behaviour by applying primarily sociological and social psychological theories and methods.

Case studies, videos and exercises will be used to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical principles to real life organisational issues; analyse the contributions and limitations of relevant theories; and draw out the practical implications of the empirical evidence. The course aims to balance theory and practical application by focusing on theories that can be applied to organisational problems. It also aims to balance knowledge and skills through exercises that help develop skills such as leadership, decision making, enhancing influence and team working.  

The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop a reasoned and analytical understanding of human behaviour in organisations. We will examine human processes, the individual in the organisation, group dynamics and influencing others, and organisational processes and practices.

Session: One - CLOSED
Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2022
Lecturers: Dr Haiyang Liu


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Group presentations, class participation, and an essay. 

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


There are no prerequisites for this course, however some knowledge of psychology or management is recommended.

Programme structure

  • “Normal” and “Extreme” contexts of Organisational Behaviour

  • Motivation and Performance

  • Perception, Cognition and Decision Making

  • Personality and Individual Differences

  • Power and Status in Organisations

  • Competition and Cooperation in Organisations

  • "Positive" Organisational Behaviour

  • "Negative" Organisational Behaviour

Course outcomes

  • To learn and understand key theories of Organisational Behaviour.

  • To be able to analyse how these theories and empirical evidence can help to understand contemporary organisational issues.

  • To apply theories to practical problems in organisations in a critical manner.

  • To understand the “limitation” of current OB theories and build a novel perspective towards emerging cutting-edge issues.


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

There is no textbook that covers all the topics in this course. Interested students could consult the following:

Robbins, S.P. and Judge, T.A. (2015). Essentials of Organisational Behaviour (13th Global Edition). Harlow, Essex: Pearson.

Podsakoff, P. M., MacKenzie, S. B., & Podsakoff, N. P. (Eds.). (2018). The Oxford handbook of organizational citizenship behavior. Oxford University Press.

The readings on the course are primarily taken from journals or from papers presented at recent conferences. The following are some of the key journals that frequently appear in the reading list.

Administrative Science Quarterly
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Management

In addition, students will be supplied with core required readings as well as supplemental readings for each topic, on the first day of lectures. They will also receive lecture slide material and case studies prior to each relevant session.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme
**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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