GRA 2205 Organisational Behaviour
Organizational behaviour (OB) is a field of study focused on understanding, explaining, and improving how individuals and groups behave within an organizational context. It is a discipline that draws heavily from the behavioral science disciplines, notably psychology, social psychology, and sociology. Through the study of OB, we can better explain, predict, and influence individual and group behavior in organizations, and manage others – and ourselves – more effectively in these contexts.
This course is designed to give an overview of the most important topics and concepts within the field of OB. It provides a foundation for many of the specialization courses in the Leadership and Organizational Psychology programme.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Describe a broad range of OB concepts and explain in detail the more central concepts
- Analyze their own and other’s organizational behavior using relevant theories and models
Students completing the course should be able to:
- Apply knowledge gained in the course to identify and develop solutions for OB-related issues
- Apply knowledge gained in the course to monitor and mold their own organizational behavior, in order to become a more effective colleague, team member, or leader
As a result of this course, students should be able to:
- Theorize how and why different attitudes and behavior unfold in organizational settings
- Evaluate and improve the ways in which individual and group behavior is influenced in organizations
- Reflect on and improve their own way of working with and leading others
Topics covered in the course include:
- Employee performance, engagement, and well-being
- Perceptions and attributions
- Workplace learning and self-regulation
- Person-environment fit and workplace stress and coping
- Employer-employee exchange and organizational justice
- Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
- Work design
- Organizational culture and climate
- Power and influence processes
The course is structured as a combination of lectures, class discussions, activities, and assignments. Course reading includes both textbook chapters and research articles. Students are expected to prepare ahead of class, participate during class, and complete follow up work after each class session. This work will contribute to a participation portfolio that will serve as an individual assessment component in the course. Students will also work on a group assignment in assigned groups of 2-3 on a case-based project that spans the semester.
It is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that they missed as a result of absence, or that is not included on ItsLearning.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.
The exam for this course has been changed from autumn semester 2021. The course now has one exam instead of two. It is not possible to retake one of the old exam versions. If you want to improve your grade in the course you will have to retake the new 100% exam. The code for the new exam is GRA 22055.
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.
Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|100||No||1 Semester(s)||Group (2 - 3)||In this assignment, students will work in assigned groups to identify, analyze, and develop a plan for resolving a key OB problem that a self-selected organization is facing.|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Grouping (size):||Group (2-3)|
|Comment:||In this assignment, students will work in assigned groups to identify, analyze, and develop a plan for resolving a key OB problem that a self-selected organization is facing.|
|Resit:||Examination when next scheduled course|
Feedback activities and counselling
Student's own work with learning resources
Group work / Assignments
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.