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MA Management and Organisational Analysis

MA Industrial Relations
and Managing Human Resources

MA International and European
Employment Relations


IB96V0 Organisational Behaviour

IB96VO Organisational Behaviour
Organisational Behaviour (OB) draws upon many different disciplines, among which the most relevant are Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Politics. OB’s claim to multidisciplinarity is closely associated with its overarching objective, which is to understand the “behaviour” of organisations at its various levels - individual, group and organizational.

As a discipline, OB has changed historically especially when it comes to its philosophical underpinnings and methodological approaches. Having started immersed in the positivist and functionalist approaches, OB is part, nowadays, of a much broader intellectual “environment” which draws upon different disciplines, and leverages insights from scholars with quite different backgrounds. This multiplicity of perspectives concurs to a deeper understanding of what organizations are, how do they behave and how do they change.

This module intends, therefore, to approach organisational behaviour from different perspectives, not following the so called “mainstream approach”, and seeking to foster an individual critical attitude.

Module Objectives

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of organisational behaviour and the ways people experience work and change within organizations. It will provide a critique of dominant perspectives and frameworks in organisational behaviour that are informed by studies in psychology, by referring to theory and research in related disciplines. This will offer a more multi-disciplinary and holistic appreciation of organizational work-life and social and technological change.

The teaching methods will vary according to the topic under consideration. The methods will include lectures, case studies, debates, films, and group exercises.

At the end of this short, but intensive, module, students should have skills in four specific areas: research skills in terms of a working knowledge of the different research methods used in the study of organisational behaviour, and the benefits and limitations of each; social skills in terms of the group processes involved in different forms of organising; skills relating to the multi-disciplinary analysis of organisational behaviour in its broader context; as well as a critical appreciation of the literature, both theoretical and practical, located within its historical and methodological context.

Teaching staff
Dr. Shainaz Firfiray (
Dr. Andra Serban (
Dr. Dulini Fernando (

Essential Readings
Daft, Richard L., Murphy, Jonathan and Willmott, Hugh (2010). Organization Theory and Design. Hampshire: Cengage Learning

Grey, Chris (2005). A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations. London: Sage Publications

Hatch, Mary Jo and Cunliffe, Ann L. (2006). Organization Theory - modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Knights, David and Willmott, Hugh (2012). Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management. Hampshire: Cengage Learning


Lectures Term 1

Week 6 (05/11/ 2013)Lecture 1: Understanding Organisations
(14.30 -17.30)Lecturer: Dr Shainaz Firfiray

Week 7 (12/11/2013)Lecture 2: Organisational Models
(14.30 -17.30)Lecturer: Dr Andra Serban

Week 8 (19/11/2013)Lecture 3: Leadership
(14.30-17.30)Lecturer: Dr Andra Serban

Week 9 (26/11/2013)Lecture 4: People and Organisations
(14.30-16.45)Lecturer: Dr Dulini Fernando

Week 9 (28/11/2013)Lecture 5: Organisational Social Structures
(12.00 -...
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