ORG 3402 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Norwegian version

ORG 3402 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Responsible for the course
Øyvind Martinsen

Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The effectiveness, profitability, and value of organizations, broadly defined, are dependent upon human competence, interplay, effort, and leadership. This course will thus include important and evidence-based knowledge about human characteristics, processes, and leadership in complex work settings. In line with this, the course will, e.g., cover issues like learning, motivation, perception, how human traits can be organized and how such processes and traits can be associated with e.g., job satisfaction, effort, and productivity. Moreover, the course will provide knowledge on groups and teams, as well as decision-making, problem solving, and creativity. A special emphasis is put on theories of leadership, including leadership and change. Finally and beyond such perspectives, the course will include an introduction to organizational design and culture.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
The students shall acquire basic knowledge about psychological, organizational, and leadership theories relevant for work settings and for further studies in organizational theory and leadership.

Acquired skills
The students shall be able to explain central psychological, organizational, and leadership concepts, processes, and theories and how they relate to efficiency in work settings.

The students shall develop an understanding of the importance of psychological characteristics and processes, and organizational conditions for optimal functioning in work settings.


Compulsory reading
Kaufmann, Geir og Astrid Kaufmann. 2015. Psykologi i organisasjon og ledelse. 5. utg. Fagbokforlaget. Kap. 2-13
Martinsen, Øyvind L., red. 2015. Perspektiver på ledelse. 4. utg. Gyldendal akademisk. Kap. 2-10, 12, 13, 15-17

Recommended reading
Martinsen, Øyvind L., red. 2015. Perspektiver på ledelse. 4. utg. Gyldendal akademisk. De kapitler i læreboken "Perspektiver på ledelse" som ikke er obligatoriske

Course outline
Organisational psychology

  • Motivation
  • Emotion
  • Personality
  • Perception
  • Learning
  • Problem solving, decision making and creativity
  • Attitudes and job satisfaction
  • Communication
  • Groups

Organisational theory
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational design

Leadership theory
  • Leadership and management
  • The leader’s roles
  • Power and influence
  • Leader traits and leader style
  • Contingency theories
  • Leadership and competence
  • Change leadership
  • Gender and leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Team leadership
  • Self leadership

Computer-based tools
The course requires that candidates use the communication platform It's Learning. The responsibility for an Internet connection and the skills to navigate on the communication platforms rest on the candidates.

Learning process and workload
  1. Learning process. The course consists of 42 hours of lectures. During the lectures the main emphasis is put on central concepts, but will also give room for discussions, the use of small cases as aids to understanding, assignments, activities and more. Subsequent to the teaching sessions students’ will work on assignments that will be briefly reviewed at the beginning of the next session.
  2. 3 exam relevant questionswill be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 must be approved in order to sit for exam. The answers will form the basis for group discussions and will be discussed during the lectures. Individual feedback will not be given beyond this. More information will be given by the start of the semester. (Spring 2015 3 exam relevant questionswill be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 out of 3 must be approved in order to sit for the examination.
Workload for students
Lectures (participation in class)
Reading the compulsory literature
Reading recommended literature and colloquium work
Final exam
Total recommended use of time

In course delivery as online courses or evening classes, will lecturer, in collaboration with the Academic Services Network and evening studies, organize an appropriate combination of digital and class room teaching. Online students are also offered a study guide, which will help progression and overview. Total recommended amount of time for completion of the course also applies here.

Coursework requirements
3 exam relevant questions will be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 out of 3 must be approved in order to take the examination.

A five hour individual written exam concludes the course.
Examination code(s)
ORG 34021 - Written exam, which accounts for 100% of the grade in ORG 3402 Organizational Behavior and Leadership, 7,5 ECTS credits.

Examination support materials
No support materials are permitted.

Re-sit examination
A re-sit examination is offered every term.

Students that have not approved the coursework requirements must re-take the exercises during the next scheduled course.

Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade must re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.

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