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Organisational Behaviour


We collaborate with faculty from other disciplines in the Department of Management and the wider School through initiatives such as the Behavioural Research Lab as well as our postgraduate degree programmes. We actively engage with practitioners, policy-makers, and LSE students and alumni in our efforts to improve society by enhancing the quality of working life and changing organisational and economic practices.




Organisational Behaviour



This subject will provide an introduction to basic individual and group processes, as they affect people in organisations. Major theories and models in key areas of organisational behaviour will be examined; including group dynamics, motivation, stress, communication, conflict, power, strategy, structure and change management. Tutorials will emphasise the application of theories, through the use of exercises and case studies.


Behavioural Strategies for Business and Management - At the intersection of data science and behavioural sciences, this module analyses several applications of behavioural techniques into business. How can we make money understanding behaviour?


We help you become an expert in the intersection between management, data science and behaviour. Upon graduation, you will be able to put into practise effective tools to understand and modify decision making, conduct detailed research, and deal with big data in large multinationals or government organisations.


This unit provides an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, with an emphasis on similarities and differences in different cultures. Topics that deal with individuals in organisations include personality, perception, motivation, ability, satisfaction, decision making and stress. Topics relevant to group behaviour include interpersonal relations, group dynamics, group decision making, leadership, conflict, power, ethics, social justice and social responsibility. The application of theory and research findings to management practice in organisations is addressed in the coverage of these topics.


Students are able to (1) explain organisational behaviour theories and concepts across cultures and nations; (2) describe the importance of an evidence-based approach to management and organisational behaviour; (3) interpret organisational problems in terms of individual, interpersonal and group processes; (4) analyse organisational problems using a number of established theoretical frameworks; (5) create solutions to managerial problems through the application of well-researched organisational behaviour principles; and (6) develop oral and written communication skills.


These are mindsets and behaviours that are critical to shaping new, successful businesses in the Disruption Economy. Those who are open to and willing to shift their mindset from certainty to curiosity will succeed. Those who can learn new skills in spite of feeling vulnerable will thrive.


It is axiomatic that, if leadership is not committed to an organisational initiative, that initiative will fail. While the heading for this tactic is trite, it is true. The best way to demonstrate this commitment is by example. This is also where you want to start: at the top. It is likely that there is a gulf between the executive and employees, as this is characteristic of a company that needs to change; the organisational hierarchy is strongly established and observed. This divide may also exist at managerial level, but if it is bridged at executive level the managers will follow suit.


The Organisational Behaviour (OB) group aspires to promote simultaneously our basic understanding of individual and group behaviour at all levels within organisations and the translation of our scientific research into practical implications that have significant executive and corporate value. To achieve and promote our integrative approach of both basic and practical research we focus on developing local, national, and international collaborations with leading scholars (in OB and other related fields), business leaders, and major corporations.


Emma Jeanes is a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and teaches and researches within the field of organizational behaviour (OB). She has published widely on OB with a focus on gender, leadership, ethics, and creativity, including contributing to a CIPD OB textbook.


This lively and comprehensive introduction to organisational behaviour demonstrates how research into human behaviour can be applied in the workplace. It assumes no prior work experience, instead asking students to draw on everyday occurrences and complete a range of engaging activities to deepen their understanding of key topics such as personality, perception and motivation. With a focus on helping students to develop key skills useful to future employers, it offers a wealth of real-world examples, coverage of contemporary issues, and an international approach. Key features: - A global approach to OB, with 'OB in Practice' case studies and 'OB in the News ' boxes in every chapter providing examples from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Kenya, China, Europe and Asia. - A strong emphasis on career development, with a skills development section and corresponding 'Building Your Employability Skills' feature which helps prepare students for employment. - Coverage of contemporary topics such diversity, healthy workplaces, the #metoo movement and Covid 19. - Free access to bloomsbury.pub/organisational-behaviour, featuring interactive simulations, quizzes and bespoke video interviews with a range of business professionals, as well as a testbank, teaching notes and teaching slides for lecturers New to this edition! - New chapters on Managing Healthy Workplaces, Managing Diversity, and Organizational Socialisation - Exciting new interactive simulations, which put students in the shoes of a manager making difficult decisions: -behaviour-2/learning-resources_simulations - New 'Ethical Behaviour in the Workplace' feature that invites students to discuss how they would respond to ethical dilemmas. - New 'Impact of Technology on Behaviour' feature which explores topical issues such as AI and computer-mediated communication to uncover how technology is impacting behaviour in the workplace


Learning occurs most effectively in an environment where all the participants are eager and ready to learn. Therefore, I expect that everyone will engage in professional behaviour that contribute to the creation of a stimulating learning environment. As such, the followings are required:


The research group Organisational behaviour of Distinguished Professor Naomi Ellemers focuses on two themes in which fundamental scientific research is directly linked to applications and interventions in the field: Diversity & Inclusion, and Integrity & Ethical behavior. In addition, the members of the research group consider it important to focus on forming interdisciplinary partnerships and insights, strengthening external visibility of scientific activities and staying connected to the organisational practice.


Organisational Behaviour Management (OBM) is the scientific approach of management that puts behaviour first. Every student brings in their own performance improvement case that s/he will analyse and improve with OBM. The steps of OBM for realising change are: Pinpoint the performance, baseline measure of the performance, functional (ABC-) analysis, feedback of measures, goal setting of performance and reinforcement when (sub)goals are met.


You will learn the principles and techniques of applied behaviour analysis (ABA): using systematic interventions derived from learning theory to improve socially significant behaviours, then demonstrating that those interventions are indeed responsible for the improvement. Amongst topics covered are the ABC model (antecedent-behaviour-consequence), the four behavioural consequences and a protocol for shaping new behaviours. You also learn to use the OBM Optimizer, a practical tool for enhancing organisational performance, including such factors as quantity, quality, safety and attendance.


The nature of organisational behaviour, individual behaviour in organisations; personality; perception; motivation concepts; decision-making; managing and understanding groups and teams; influence and power; managing organisations through change and stress management.


OB is the study of individual behaviour in isolation, when in group and as a part of an organisation. The study of individual behaviour only, would be incomplete because behaviour is affected by the people surrounding us as well as by the organisation, in which we work. Studying only individuals or only organisations would be of no use. It is essential to study both simultaneously.


Personality, perception, learning, attitude, family background, training, motivation, job satisfaction, performance appraisal, leadership effectiveness, norms, values and ethics are the factors which affect the individual behaviour. Group dynamics, communication, organisational environment, individual and organisational culture affect group behaviour. Organisational structure, power & politics, status, relation with juniors & seniors, conflicts and culture affect the individual behaviour in the organisation.


Study about individual behaviour, group behaviour and organisations give the inferences about how different people react to different situations. It guides regarding the motivation styles and the leadership styles to be adopted for different persons. Due to the individual differences, diverse leadership styles, incentive schemes, motivators, communication styles should be applied.


The study of above things gives sound knowledge about human behaviour and this knowledge can be applied in shaping the behaviour and taking various decisions related to policy making in human resource management.


Organizational behaviour is essentially an interdisciplinary approach to study human behaviour at work. It tries to integrate the relevant knowledge drawn from related disciplines like psychology, sociology and anthropology to make them applicable for studying and analysing organizational behaviour. 041b061a72


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