Advanced Organisational Behaviour
Unit code: BMO7000
Credit points: 12
Organisational behaviour is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organisation theory, statistics, and several others. This unit of study will expose you to advanced behavioural science theories and applications in management including cognitive theory, psychodynamics and psychoanalysis. It is designed for those who have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and analysing behaviour in organisations. The primary aim of the unit is to improve your understanding of how people behave and interact within organisations. Having a greater knowledge of employee behaviour will help you understand the attitudes and behaviours of your co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and clients. Importantly, the unit will help you to better understand your own past and future behaviours as a member and manager (leader) within an organisation and those that are around you. The unit extends beyond the introductory organisational behaviour course by focusing on provocative and current topics including the changing nature of the workforce, contracting, consulting, global workforce mobility and knowledge economy.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Evaluate real-world, multi-faceted, complex behavioural problems in organisations, and propose creative solutions based on theoretical underpinnings. The theoretical knowledge is crucial as it will allow you to return to 'first principles' in order to solve the new problems that you will face, continually, as a manager
- Critically analyse and cross-examine the work and approaches of different schools of thought and theorists writing on organisational behaviour and interpret their relevance to wide-ranging local and global organisational contexts
- Review current academic research that provides the basis of our knowledge for professional practice in understanding the behaviour of people, the role of culture, values and dispositions in affecting achievement of goals within diverse organisations
- Develop analytical skills through case study based methods of learning that will help you develop sufficient confidence and competence to be in a position to comprehend, appraise recommend and initiate improvements to organisational policies and practices regarding human behaviour in the workplace, with ethical accountability and confidence
- Advocate the concept of positive and constructive employee behaviour and attitudes, and how this, in turn, shapes performance and capacities required to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world.
The assessment for this unit has been designed specifically for our online students and will occur at various times across the seven-week study period.
Assessment activities may include essays, reports, case study analysis, tests and quizzes, reflective writing and/or business plans.
This unit is studied as part of the online Master of Business Administration.