APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
EXC 2953 Organizational Behaviour and Management|
Responsible for the course
Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
According to study plan
Language of instruction
“The successful twenty-first-century manager will have to make the behavioural and attitudinal adjustments necessary to succeed in dynamic times"
Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles, ”Organizational Behaviour”, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. England 2008 page 38.
Organizational Behaviour (OB) covers a relatively new subject area. It focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups at work within an ethical frame of values and attitudes.
OB is multidisciplinary, covering social sciences like Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.
The purpose of OB is multidimensional. Through scientific studies, OB draws on organizational knowledge that creates new and improved leadership and management theories, models and techniques that enhance the probability for managers to succeed in the “human business” of managing and leading organizations.
This course in Organizational Behaviour and Management provides the students with relevant theoretical background for understanding and influencing organizations. They will learn a number of definitions and get an insight into theories, models and techniques within the Organizational Behaviour (OB) field, and thus achieve an understanding of the eclectic nature of psychology and leadership/management.
The students will learn:
Be aware of the notion that organizations have a responsibility to their employees and to the society that sustain them; and ultimately, the obligation to behave in ethical and moral ways
This course will give the students a good platform for further studies in applied social sciences.
French, Ray ... [et al.]. 2011. Organizational behaviour. 2nd ed. Wiley. (Authorised 2nd edition adaptation of the ninth edition by John R. Schermerhorn, James G. Hunt and Richard N. Osborn)
Gallos, Joan V. 2006. Reframing complexity : a four dimensional approach to organizational diagnosis, development, and change. I : Gallos, J.V, ed., Organization development : a Jossey-Bass reader. Jossey-Bass. http://www.joangallos.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/reframing-complexity-a-four-dimensional-approach.doc
Dent, Fiona and Judy Curd. 2004. Psychometic Tests: An Overview of an Increasingly complex World. Training journal. February
Mintzberg, Henry. 1980. Structure in 5's: A Synthesis of the Research on Organization Design. Management Science. Vol. 26, No. 3(March). 322-341
You are required to know how to use BI´s learning support system, It's Learning, and to aquire skills in search processes necessary for dealing with case material and relevant case theory, both on the Internet and through BI´s library information systems.
Learning process and workload
1. A number of active individual and group learning processes.
The course consists of 14 lectures each of 3 hours duration, and a number of active individual and group learning processes (role play, teambuilding and self assessment processes, video-case-discussions etc.) The lectures are related to the 12 chapters of the textbook. In the first lecture the students will, through the Internet, get access to a major case that exemplifies how the theory in each lecture may be applied. This approach will be the same throughout the course. The major case will also be the final, graded case for the group assignment. In order to get the necessary case training during the course period, it is important that the students try to establish a group of maximum three participants, already at the beginning of the course.
In order to help the students to help themselves, multiple-choice questions will be available after each lecture. These the students are recommended to answer, since at the end of the course, they will have to attend a one hour, closed book, multiple-choice quiz examination, consisting of 30 questions that have been chosen from the entire question database that has been available throughout the course.
2. Estimated workload.
The final grade will be based on following elements:
1) A one-hour multiple choice control exam
At the multiple choice exam 30 questions will be given. Each correct question is awarded 3 points and each wrong question -1 point. The student has to obtain 65 points or more (72% correct answers) to pass the exam.
2) A 72-hour home exam
The home exam can be solved by individuals or by student groups of no more than three students.
Both evaluations take place at the end of the course. The term paper is marked in accordance with the grading scale A to F. The control exam is marked passed or failed.
EXC 29531 Multiple-choice examination. Marked passed/fail
EXC 29532 72-hour home exam which is marked, accounts for 100% of the grade in EXC 2953 Organizational Behaviour and Management, 7,5 credits.
Examination support materials
EXC 29531 No support materials are allowed except a bilingual dictionary.
EXC 29532 All support materials are allowed.
Exam aids are explained under exam information in our web-based Student Handbook. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids
A re-sit examination is offered every term.
Students that have failed in one of the two examinations, will only have to sit for the examination that they failed.
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