Organizational Behaviour (OB)

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSUS1PS7334

Semester and Year Offered: 6th Semester

Course Coordinator and Team: Gangmumei Kamei

Email of course coordinator: gangmumei[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: None

Aim: The main aim of the course are:

  1. To learn the basic concepts of Organizational Behaviour and its applications in contemporary organizations.
  2. To understand how individual, groups and structure have impacts on the organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. To appreciate the theories and models of organizations in the workplace.
  4. To creatively and innovatively engage in solving organizational challenges.
  5. To learn and appreciate different cultures and diversity in the workplace.

Course Outcomes:

  1. To understand the conceptual framework of the discipline of OB and its practical applications in the organizational set up.
  2. To deeply understand the role of individual, groups and structure in achieving organizational goals effectively and efficiently.
  3. To critically evaluate and analyze various theories and models that contributes in the overall understanding of the discipline.
  4. To develop creative and innovative ideas that could positively shape the organizations.
  5. To accept and embrace in working with different people from different cultural and diverse background in the workplace.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  1. Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (OB): Concept of Organizational Behaviour, manager and organization, Henry Fayol’s management functions, contemporary management functions, Henry Mintzberg’s managerial roles, management skills, evidence based management, challenges and opportunities for OB.
  2. Work Motivation: Concept of motivation, early theories of motivation: Maslow theory on hierarchy of needs, McGregor’s theory X and theory Y, Herzberg's two-factor theory, McClelland’s theory of needs, Contemporary theories of motivation: self-determination theory, goal setting theory, self –efficacy theory, reinforcement theory, equity theory, expectancy theory.
  3. Communication: Definition of communication, channels of communication, directions of communication, interpersonal communication, functions of communication, computer aided communication, choice of communication, barriers to effective communication, current issues in communication.
  4. Decision Making: Perception and decision making, attribution theory, rational decision making model, decision making in organizations, creativity in decision making, individual differences and organizational constraints, cultural differences in decision making, ethics in decision making.
  5. Leadership: Leadership and its types, charismatic leadership, transformational leadership, visionary leadership, theories of leadership, trait theories, behavioral theories, contingency theories, contemporary leadership roles, finding and creating effective leaders.
  6. Power and Politics in organizations: Definition of power and politics, bases of power, power tactics, unequal power in the workplace, political behaviour and types, factors contributing to political behaviour, responding to organizational politics, defensive behaviours, impression management, ethics and global implications.
  7. Organizational Culture: Concept and definition of organizational culture and organizational climate, essence of organizational culture, functions of culture, dysfunctional aspects of culture, ethical organizational culture

Assessment Details with weights: Individual Presentation (20%), Mid Semester Exam (30%), Review (20%), and End Semester Exam (30%).

Reading List:

  • Readings would be given to the students one week before the commencement of the class. Students would be given only a part/chapter for each module from selected book(s)/journal, magazine etc. Movie screening, video clips, audio recordings etc related to a particular module would be an ingredient part of the course. The lists of readings are given below:
  • Hellriegel D. (2011), ‘Organizational Behavior’ (Thirteenth ed.), South Western Educational Publishing: USA
  • Pareek U. (2012), ‘Understanding Organizational Behavior’ (Third ed.), Oxford University Press, USA
  • Robbins S.P. (2010), ‘Essentials of Organizational Behavior’ (Tenth ed.), Pearson: Delhi
  • Schermerhorn J.R. (2010), ‘Organizational Behavior’ (Eleventh ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: USA