Organizational behavior

Organizational behavior (OB) is concerned with human behavior in organizations. In this course participants gain a solid understanding of some of the fundamental theories and frameworks in the OB field.

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Linking communication to management

Organizational behavior (OB) is concerned with human behavior in organizations. In this course participants gain a solid understanding of some of the fundamental theories and frameworks in the OB field. 

The key objective is to help participants identify areas where a common-sense approach to people management is most likely to lead to unsatisfactory results. As a result, participants will be able to develop strategies for fostering job satisfaction and productivity in an organizational context.

In line with the fundamental philosophy of OB as an applied behavior science, this course takes a deliberately practical approach. Various course topics are introduced through a brief theoretical overview covering the most essential concepts. Participants acquire their own understanding of these concepts through active involvement in case analyses and practical exercises.

OB builds on a variety of disciplines including psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science. As a result, topics within the field of OB cover a wide range, starting at the micro end (the individual) and moving past the group level to the macro end (the organizational system). The micro-macro continuum provides the fundamental structure for this course, in which participants deal with three key questions: How do people make sense of each other and their environment? What impact do people have on each other in dyads and in groups? How can people effectively drive change in the organizational environment?