1. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the study of organisations by using a micro perspective.
2. The goal is to indicate students the different ways we can look at an organisation from an individual perspective and how related concepts and outcomes matter for the organisational life. The course aims to develop a capacity for the critical analysis of organisational behaviour (individual and group levels).
1. After taking this course, students will have a better understanding of what organisational behaviour mean and how the main theories of organisational behaviour can be applied to the individuals in organisations.
2. The students will also be able to differentiate between the levels in an organisation (i.e. organizational, group and individual), while the focus will be more on individual and group levels in this course. Students will be able to differentiate how group and individual processes shape both individual and organisational outcomes when the organizations are viewed from a micro perspective.
1. This course primarily teaches students how to apply the theories of organisational behaviour to individual members of organisations. (T)
2. The students will be required also read short examples (1-2 pages) and come to class ready before each class so that they can understand and follow the theories and concepts covered better during each session. These assigned readings and examples will be used and expanded during the class discussion so that they can also see the application of these theories and concepts in more detail. (F)
3. The students will also reflect their understanding and application of the theories and concepts they learn in this course during the written evaluations in form of quizzes, in-class and final exams. The quizzes aim to assess how much the students come class prepared for the given assignments or brief cases that will be discussed in class. In-class exam aims to evaluate how much the students are able to understand the concepts and theories covered. Final exam aims to evaluate the understanding of students as well as how much they apply the concepts to various cases. (A)
Textbook: "Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text" by A. J. Huczynski & D. Buchanan, Prentice Hall, 2007.
Week 1: Introduction: Who are the key actors in an organisation? Evolution of Management - A brief history of schools of thought in management - Focus on: Human Relations School.
Week 2: Organisational structure and design (introduction to basic concepts and types).
Week 3: Managing organizations: behaviour, structure and processes. Individual behaviour and differences.
Week 4: Motivation: Introduction to the Concept & Background-I.
Week 5: Motivation: Theories-II.
Week 6: In-class Exam.
Week 7: Power, Politics & Leadership in organisations.
Week 8: Group & Team Behaviour.
Week 9: Conflict & Negotiation.
Week 10: Careers.
Week 11: Cross-cultural Context and its effects on Individual Behaviour in Organisations.
Week 14 - Final Exam.