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People and Organizations
University of Westminster
London, England

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Business 200 English 4 50 N/A

Module Code: 2HRM402

Summary of Module content:

An introduction to the topic of organisational behaviour focusing on two main areas: firstly, the individual and how psychological knowledge might help us to understand behaviour in organization; secondly, on the changing social environment in Britain and how organizations and management styles have adjusted accordingly over the twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Module Aims

The module aims to:

·      introduce organisational behaviour to students concentrating on the individual

       organisational member

·      use the experience of the individual as the starting point for studying key aspects of

       individual motivation and performance at work

·      explore theories and models which have influenced our understanding of work

       organisations and individuals

·      analyse the wider social context of organizations and examine the effects of this on

        organisational forms and practices


Learning Outcomes


On completion of this module, the successful student should be able to:

1.    explain the value of studying organisational behaviour and list the major research  

       methods used.

2.    describe some of the major theories and writers to have influenced our thinking about

       organizations in the twentieth century.

3.    analyse some of the main elements which can affect performance of individuals at work,

       for example, stress, perception, motivations and the possible interventions by managers.

4.    describe some of the current developments in organisational forms and practices in



Indicative syllabus content


Organisational Behaviour and the Human Sciences

Stress at work

Perception at work

Motivation and attitudes to work

Personality and Organisational Selection

A review of Twentieth Century Trends: Organisational Forms and Management Styles

and Theories

Organisations and flexible forms in the twenty-first century

Teaching and Learning Methods

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to:

·      develop an appreciation of the value of organisational behaviour in helping managers to

       understand themselves and other people

·      cultivate a theoretically-informed understanding of the factors which shape individual

       behaviour in organizations

·      cultivate a theoretically-informed understanding of the relationship between the social

       environment and management styles and organisational forms

·      develop an ability to use one’s own personal experiences to reflect on the material

       presented in relation to individual psychology


Teaching and learning methods include:-

·      class sessions  which will comprise overview lectures, to introduce key concepts,  

       followed by seminar/class discussion of both personal experience, case studies and other

       literature to illustrate and evaluate concepts and ideas introduced

·      individual private study to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding

Assessment rationale

Assessment Rationale

Assessment is designed to provide an opportunity for students to show the extent to which students have:

·      developed a familiarity with the core concepts, writers and ideas presented in the module

·      acquired the ability to draw on personal experience and wider knowledge of organisations

       and organisational trends to understand some of the concepts and ideas presented in the


·      acquired the ability to answer questions in an appropriate academic format and style.


Assessment criteria


Students will be assessed on:

·      the depth and extent of their knowledge of relevant concepts, writers and ideas

·      the depth and extent of their knowledge of relevant reading and research

·      their ability to write clearly and to reference appropriately

Assessment Methods and Weightings

Assessment will be through:


An individual assignment.


The pass mark for this module is 40%. 


Essential Reading


Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (2005) (6th ed) Organisational Behaviour, London: Prentice Hall


Further Reading


Arnold, J., Robertson, I.T., Cooper, C.L. (1991) Work Psychology, Pitman: London

Bell, D. (1973) The Coming of Post-Industrial Society, Basic Books.

Buchanan, D. and Huczynski,. A. (1997) (3rd ed) Organizational Behaviour, Prentice Hall: London.

Clark, H., Chandler, J. and Barry, J. (1994) Organisation and Identities: Text and Readings in Organisational Behaviour, Chapman and Hall: London.

Greenberg, J. and Baron, R.A. (1997)(6th ed) Behaviour in Organizations, Prentice Hall: London.

Grint, K. (1991) The Sociology of Work: An Introduction, Polity Press.

Hollway, W. (1991) Work Psychology and Organisational Behaviour: Managing the Individual at Work, Sage Publications: London.

Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (3rd Ed) Organisational Behaviour, Prentice Hall: London.

Robbins, S.P. (1994) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, Prentice Hall: London.

Robbins, S.P. (2000) (9th Ed) ‘Organizational Behaviour: Concepts, Controversies, Applications’, Prentice Hall: London.

Rowlinson, D. (2000) Organisational Behaviour and Analysis, Prentice Hall: London.

Sims, D. (1994) Organizing and Organizations, Sage Publications: London.

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (1990) Work Organisations: A Critical Introduction, Macmillan Press:Basingstoke.

Wagner, J.A. and Hollenbeck, J.R. (1998) Organizational Behaviour: Securing Competitive Advantage, Prentice Hall: London.




Harvard Business Review

Management Today

Personnel Review

Financial Times: Management Section


Date of initial Validation:: May 2003

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