DRE 6003 Contemporary Topics in Organizational Behavior

DRE 6003 Contemporary Topics in Organizational Behavior

Course code: 
DRE 6003
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Bård Kuvaas
Course name in Norwegian: 
Contemporary Topics in Organizational Behavior
Product category: 
PhD Leadership and Organisation Courses
2024 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

Research on organizational behavior focuses on the understanding of employee motivation, behaviors and attitudes that ultimately contribute to organizational success or failure. The study of organizational behavior seeks to identify factors that influence employees, the processes by which these factors exert their influence and ways of applying this knowledge within organizations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completion, students should:
1) Have obtained an in depth understanding of major theories used to understand organizational behavior and ways to study it.

2) Have obtained an in depth understanding of how different theories of organizational behavior can be integrated to better understand organizational behavior at work. 
3) Have obtained an in depth understanding of the history of the field of organizational behavior and how the field relates to other fields of management.

4) Be acquainted with relevant research journals, communities, and conferences that are relevant for organizational behavior.

Learning outcomes - Skills

After completion, students should:

1) Have learned how to analyze and discuss theories and empirical findings within organizational behavior.
2) Have learned how to identify and position research problems within organizational behavior.

General Competence

After completion, students should:

1) Be better able to write the theoretical part of a planned empirical paper that later can be submitted to a conference or to a journal. 

Course content
  • The field of organizational behavior
  • Motivation and job design
  • Learning
  • Different theories on the employee-organization relationship
  • Other topics may be included based on the availabilty of professors with different research interests within organizational behavior.
Teaching and learning activities

The course will be organized over 4 whole day sessions (7,5 hours each). Each session will cover main topics and will consist of three basic parts: 1) student presentations; 2) lectures; and 3) class discussions and group work. 

The number of hours allocated to PhD courses has been increased from autumn 2018 to 36 hours. The extra hours will be used to provide individual feedback of a draft/first version of the course paper.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information



Enrollment in a PhD programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School.
External candidates are kindly asked to attach confirmation of enrollment in a PhD programme when signing up for a course. Other candidates may be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the course leader. Sitting in on a course does not permit registration for the course, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Month(s)
Individual paper that should contain a review of a particular topic or a proposal for an empirical study including hypotheses or propositions, consisting of 15 pages, plus references/appendices. The paper should be original work, and be written specifically for this course.
Exam code: 
DRE 60031
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
30 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
50 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
80 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

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.