MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Organisational Behaviour

Unit code MGDI70072
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The following themes are explored, working in a iterative and cumulative manner, that is, building models of understanding of OB around different central issues, while integrating themes explored previously.

Session 1. (i) Organisational Behaviour: Meanings and approaches;

                   (ii) Perception, attribution and stereotyping

Session 2. (iii) Culture

     (iv) Communication

Session 3. (v) Motivation

Session 4. (vi) Groups and Teams

Session 5. (vii) Personality

Session 6. (viii) Gender

Session 7. (ix) Leadership

Session 8. (x) Metaphor and Organizations as machines

Session 9 (xi) Organizational Structure and Design

                   (xii)  Review


This unit aims:

To examine the nature of behaviour in a range of organizations and country contexts

To assist students  to develop an interpretive conceptual understanding of organisational and human resource issues such as motivation, leadership, teamwork and leadership

To assist students  to develop a critical view of theories of human behaviour in relation to organisational processes and design

To assist students  to develop their own and others’ frameworks for managing and developing effective organizations

Learning outcomes

After completing the module, study fellows should be able to:

  • Describe a range of approaches to organisational behaviour
  • Analyse issues of behaviour in organisations, including their own or those with which they are familiar 
  • Discuss critically the relevance of the OB literature to understanding organizational behaviour in contexts with which they are familiar
  • Apply theory to management practice in a variety of organizational contexts

Teaching and learning methods

  One two hour lecture, each week

  Seven one hour seminars, from week two onwards

  Blackboard supporting materials


  The teaching and learning strategy has three strands:

  (1)  Formal lecture inputs to cover an outline of OB theory

  (2) Tutor-led learning activities

  (3)  Study fellow assigned presentation inputs on selected OB topics: Applications of (1) and (2) to case studies

Assessment methods

One 3000 word assignment, written on a topic of the participant's choice, to convenor's guidelines. (100%)

Feedback methods

There will be many opportunities for formative feedback. Oral feedback will be provided in response to class discussions. Summative feedback will be provided on assessed coursework.

Recommended reading

Core reading

-          Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2017, or earlier edition): Organisational Behaviour, An Introductory Text. Prentice Hall

-          Mullins, L. (2016 or earlier edition): Management and Organizational Behaviour, Essex: Prentice Hall

-          Arnold, J. and Randall, R. et al. (e.g. 2010) Work Psychology Pearson: Harlow

-          Robbins, S. P. (2016): Organizational Behaviour. New Jersey: Prentice Hall

-          Francesco, A. M. & Gold, B. (1998 or 2005) International Organizational Behaviour, New Jersey: Prentice Hall

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Paul Barry Unit coordinator

Additional notes

GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
Optional Core: HRM


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