ORG 3403 Organisational Behavior and Leadership

ORG 3403 Organisational Behavior and Leadership

Course code: 
ORG 3403
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Øyvind Lund Martinsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organisasjonsatferd og ledelse
Product category: 
Bachelor - Common Courses
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

This course is a Norwegian version of the international business school subject "Organizational Behavior." The subject focuses on how individuals' characteristics, efforts, interactions, and leadership have a fundamental impact on organizations' effectiveness, profitability, and value. The course emphasizes human characteristics and processes.

The course covers the most central and research-based knowledge about human characteristics, processes, and interactions in a complex work environment. It also introduces organizational theory topics such as organizational culture and design. The organization is both a context and a tool where individuals with different characteristics interact to create value. Leadership is a central process in all of this, providing direction, mobilizing efforts, and contributing to the success of employees, groups, and organizations.

The course aims to cover topics such as learning, what motivates people, perception, how human characteristics can be characterized, and how such characteristics and processes can be linked to well-being, health, effort, and productivity. Furthermore, the course provides knowledge about groups and teams, work environment, characteristics of creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making. Special attention will be given to key aspects of management, including leadership during change processes and e-leadership.

The course provides a broad and fundamental introduction to how to facilitate the sustainable use of human resources.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Students will acquire fundamental psychological, leadership, and organizational theory knowledge that is relevant for the workplace and for further studies in other organizational and management subjects. This knowledge is organized at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Examples of such knowledge include:

  • How organizations can create favorable motivational conditions to maximize employee effort and performance.
  • How to describe what effective leaders do in their role as leaders.
  • How to improve opportunities for influencing others' viewpoints, such as in leadership and interactions with others.
  • How to enhance personal effectiveness through self-leadership.
  • The central role of research in generating reliable knowledge is an overarching theme in all parts of the course.
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Students should be able to explain key concepts, processes, and theories and how they relate to productivity, effectiveness, and value creation in organizations.
  • This includes being able to provide examples of practical application of the course material or illustrate the material with examples from the workplace.
  • It also requires students to explain concepts and theories in a precise manner, distinguishing different concepts and theories from each other.
General Competence

Organizational behaviour and leadership is an important subject that, when applied effectively, can contribute to human productivity, well-being, and value creation in organizations. The rationale behind this is that good leadership and adequate organizational principles can explain performance, well-being, loyalty, and financial results. Many of the largest and most effective companies in the world systematically invest in developing their organizations based on the most central knowledge in this field. By applying knowledge of effective decision-making, learning, motivation, and communication processes, well-being and effort will increase.

Against this backdrop, students will develop an understanding that both psychological characteristics and processes, leadership processes, and organizational conditions have a significant impact on value creation in the workplace.

Course content
  • The course covers various topics related to individuals in groups and organizations, including:
    • Individual characteristics and productivity in organizations.
    • Motivation, attitudes, and performance.
    • Thinking at work: learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and creativity.
    • Work in groups: interaction and work environment.
    • Communication, information, power, and influence.
    • Diversity in the workplace.
  • Organizational theory topics such as:
    • The purpose and existence of organizations.
    • Organizational design
    • Organizational structure
    • Organizational culture
    • Organizational change
    • Third-party collaboration in the Norwegian workplace
  • Leadership topics, including:
    • What is leadership?
    • Leadership traits, behaviour, and leader-member relationships
    • Diversity in leadership
    • Leadership and technology
    • Destructive leadership
    • Leadership and social responsibility
Teaching and learning activities
  1. Learning process. The course consists of 30 hours of lectures/synchronous activities. The lectures will focus on presenting key concepts and theories, but there will also be room for discussions, use of small cases as tools for concretization, and working on assignments, among other activities. Discussions about the practical relevance of the different topics are also essential.
  2. In addition to the required and recommended literature, digital learning resources will be provided. It is expected that students use these resources to prepare for lectures and exams. This corresponds to 12 hours of asynchronous material.
  3. There will be three exam-relevant assignments given during the semester, which students will submit electronically. Two of these assignments must be approved for students to be eligible to take the exam. Detailed information about the assignments will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

The course utilizes the ItsLearning platform. It is the students' responsibility to stay updated on the content posted on the course website.

Where the course is delivered as an online course, the lecturer will, in collaboration with the study administration, arrange an appropriate combination of digital learning resources and activities. These activities will correspond to the stated number of teaching hours delivered on campus. Online students are also offered a study guide that will provide an overview of the course and contribute to course progression. The total time students are expected to spend completing the course also applies to online studies.

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".
Additional information

Students who do not pass the course assignments will not be allowed to take the exam. This means they will have to retake the entire course in a later offering. Students who do not pass the written exam or wish to improve their grade may take a subsequent exam in a later offering.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites are required for this course.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
Mandatory32To take the exam in the course, students must have approved two out of three submissions.
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Mandatory coursework:Mandatory
Courseworks given:3
Courseworks required:2
Comment coursework:To take the exam in the course, students must have approved two out of three submissions.
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • No support materials
3 Hour(s)
Exam code: 
ORG 34031
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
30 Hour(s)
Digital resources
12 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
113 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
42 Hour(s)
3 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.