Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Organizational Behaviour
Study: Master in Business Administration (MBA) (301)

Coordinating teacher: MELERO MARTIN, EDUARDO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Business Administration

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
No requirement
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
KNOWLEDGE: 1. Define organizational behavior and describe the contents of organizational behavior considered as a field of study. 2. Learn the impact of individual features, such as biographic characteristics or personality, on organizational behavior. 3. Learn the basic elements of the perception process and how to anticipate them in communication and decision-making. 4. Describe the process of motivation and its applications to different real-life situations 5. Identify the key factors that explain group behavior. 6. Summarize the conclusions from the different theories of leadership. 7. Be able to analyze the communication process and its components in order to apply them to real-life situations. 8. Analyze the process of conflict and identify its causes. 9. Analyze the elements of organizational culture their influence on organization ethics. SKILLS: 10. Develop the ability to work autonomously under pressure in the solving of real cases. 11. Develop teamwork skills and learn to use techniques that optimize group decision-making. 12. Develop the ability to lead and motivate others. ATTITUDES 13. Build a solid ethical background for decision making and conflict management. 14. Learn how to increase employee commitment in organizations. 15. Develop an entrepreneurial attitude with respect to organizational change.
Description of contents: programme
Class 1: Basic concepts of Organizational Behavior Class 2: Individual behavior in organizations Class 3: Perception processes Class 4: Decision making Class 5: Values, attitudes and ethics Class 6: Motivation in organizations Class 7: Group dynamics and teamwork Class 8: Leadership: treats and stiles Class 9: Communication Class 10: OB across cultures.
Learning activities and methodology
The classes of this course will be taught fully online during the year 2020-2021. - Classes will take place in two 1.5-hour weekly sessions, which will be taught in a row with a 15-minute break between them. - Additionally, each week an additional review hour will be scheduled to help assimilate the concepts to those students who have not been able to attend classes. - Each class will consist of the discussion of the study of a case that must be prepared in advance, and the review of a series of associated concepts. - The students will have to prepare the discussions of the cases in class, participate in them, and deliver reports related to the discussion of those cases.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Robbins, S. P. and T. Judge . Organizational Behavior. Prentice-Hall. 2016 (17th Edition)
Additional Bibliography
  • Bernard Mayer. The Dynamics of Conflicts Resolution. Wiley. 2010
  • Declan Treacy. Successful Time Management. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. 1998 (2nd Edition)
  • Fisher, R. & Ury, W.. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving in. Penguin Books. 1991
  • Reitz, J.G., Breton, R., Dion, K.K., Dion, K.L.. Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion. Springer. 2009

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.