- Class Number 2627
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Bruce Stenlake
- Dr Bruce Stenlake
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
The objective of this course is to provide an evidence-based understanding of best practice in the management of people and organisations. As a research-led course it will explore a range of organisational behaviour theories.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify causes and consequences of organizational problems using the lens of organisational behaviour theories and findings (Ask + Remember)
- Summarize evidence about problems and solutions related to organizational behaviour (Acquire + Understand)
- Evaluate the quality of organizational behaviour research in a particular area (Appraise + Adapt)
- Synthesize concepts and findings in the area of organizational behaviour (Aggregate + Analyse)
- Consider social and ethical implications of evidence-based strategies to address organizational problems (Apply + Evaluate)
- Devise evidence-based strategies and recommendations to address an organizational problem (Assess + Create)
This course is informed by current research from Management and Organizational Behaviour. In additional to classic theories and research, students have the opportunity to be exposed to contemporary and cutting edge research on important management topics. I believe this will help students develop a more thorough and sophisticated understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with behaviour in organizational context.
There are no field trips for this class.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional costs for this class.
Examination Material or equipment
There are no examinations for this class.
Robbins, P. S., Judge, T. A., Millett, B., & Boyle, M. 2014. Organisational Behaviour (8th Ed.). Pearson Australia.
Textbook in Chifley library, held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection.
Reference Books (some available in ANU Library):
- Ashkanasy, N. M., Wildrom, C. P. M., & Peterson, M. F. (Eds.) 2000. Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (not in ANU Library - check National Library of Australia)
- Kalliath, T., Brough, P., O’Driscoll, M., Manimala, M., Siu, O. L., & Parker, S. K. 2014. Organisational Behaviour: A Psychological Perspective for the Asia-Pacific. McGraw-Hill Education
- (Australia). (in Chifley library)
- Robbins, S. P., 1996. Organisation Theory in Australia (2nd Ed.). Sydney: Prentice Hall. (not in ANU Library - check National Library of Australia)
- McKenna, E. 2012. Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour (5 Ed.). Hove and New York: Psychology Press. (not in ANU Library - check National Library of Australia)
- Yukl, G. A. 2010. Leadership in Organizations (2nd Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. (in Chifley library)
- Academy of Management Executive
- Academy of Management Journal
- Academy of Management Review
- Administrative Science Quarterly
- Harvard Business Review
- Journal of Applied Psychology
- Journal of Management
- Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
- Journal of Organizational Behaviour
- Journal of Vocational Behaviour
- Management and Organisation Review
- Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes
- Personnel Psychology
Note: many of these journals are available in full text through the ANU Library on-line site:
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Introduction to Organisational Behaviour||Activities: Course introduction, lecture, group formation, and group discussion Reading: Class summary (available on Wattle)|
|2||Week 2: Foundation of Individual Behaviour in Organisations||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 2 & 6|
|3||Week 3: Value, Attitude, Job Satisfaction and Organisational Commitment||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 3|
|4||Week 4: Personality and Emotion at Work||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapters 4 & 5|
|5||Week 5: Motivation||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 7 Deadlines: Quiz 1 (in class)|
|6||Week 6: Groups and Teams||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapters 8 & 9 Deadlines: Organizational Problem Part 1|
|7||Week 7: Leadership||Activities:Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 11|
|8||Week 8: Power and Politics||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 12|
|9||Week 9: Conflict and Negotiation||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 12 Deadlines: Organizational Problem Part 2|
|10||Week 10: Organisational Culture||Activities: Exercise and Lecture Reading: Chapter 15 Deadlines: Quiz 2 (in class)|
|11||Week 11: Team presentation: OB application||Activities: Team presentation, Wednesday Deadlines: Organizational Problem Part 3|
|12||Week 12: Team Presentation: OB Application||Activities: Team presentation, Wednesday Deadlines: Organizational Problem Part 3|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz 1 (MC questions)||15 %||23/03/2020||30/03/2020||1,2,3|
|Quiz 2 (MC questions)||25 %||11/05/2020||18/05/2020||1,2,3|
|Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part I||20 %||03/04/2020||24/04/2020||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part II||30 %||08/05/2020||02/07/2020||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part III||10 %||18/05/2020||02/07/2020||1,2,3,4,5,6|
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There are no examinations for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Quiz 1 (MC questions)
Due Date: Week 5, in-class
Return of Assessment Date- within one week after submission
Instruction: The quiz will be taken during the seminar for a duration of 20 minutes. It consists of 15 multiple choice questions. The quiz is closed book. The details will be discussed in class no less than two weeks before the quiz.
Note: extensions for this assessment are not applicable, and thus won't be approved. Students who miss the quiz due to extenuating or unavoidable circumstances are advised to use the Extension Application Procedure form and make arrangements with the Course Convener.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Quiz 2 (MC questions)
Date: Week 10, in-class
Return of Assessment Date- two weeks after submission
Instruction: The quiz will be taken during the seminar for a duration of 30 minutes. It consists of 25 multiple choice questions. The quiz is closed book. One hand written A4 page of notes is allowed (both sides). The details will be discussed in class no less than two weeks before the class.
Note: extensions for this assessment are not applicable, and thus won't be approved. Students who miss the quiz due to extenuating or unavoidable circumstances are advised to use this process and make arrangements with the Course Convener.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part I
The overarching goal of this assignment is to integrate relevant OB concepts and apply them to a real problem faced by an organization. This assignment has 3 components – two team-based and one individual-based. For team-based assignments, the group size will be 5-6 students. Students will select their own groups in class in Week 1.
PART I: Identification of Organizational Problem and Synthesis of Research Evidence (team-based) (20 points; word limit: 1500; double spaced; font size: 12). Each team will be responsible for finding an organization to study for this project. The organization can be either for-profit or not-for-profit and can operate in any sector or industry. The task of your team is to use appropriate methodology, such as interviews, observations, and/or surveys, to identify a current problem faced by this organization. The final product of this component of the assignment is a team-based report that 1) provides a brief overview of the organization, 2) discuss the nature of the problem faced by this organization, 3) provide evidence that the problem exists and summarize the methodology your team used to search and obtain this evidence, 4) review and synthesize relevant OB concepts and research to analyze the likely causes of this problem. This assessment targets the following general skills: research, application, and team work.
Due: Friday week 6
Return of Assessment Date: two weeks after submission
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part II
The overarching goal of this assignment is to integrate relevant OB concepts and apply them to a real problem faced by an organization. This assignment has 3 components – two team-based and one individual-based.
PART II: Evidence-based Recommendations and their Implications (individual-based) (30 points; word limit: 1000; double spaced; font size 12). Each member of the team will individually apply relevant OB concepts and findings to devise recommendations to address the problem. The final product of this component of the assignment is an individual-based report that 1) discusses their specific recommendations and the evidence used to support their recommendations 2) the social and ethical implications of their devised recommendations.This assessment targets the following general skills: research, application, and critical thinking.
Note: This is an individual assessment task, so please make sure your recommendations are researched individually.
Due: Friday week 9
Return of Assessment Date: after release of final grades
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Synthesis and Application of OB Concepts to Organizational Problem: part III
The overarching goal of this assignment is to integrate relevant OB concepts and apply them to a real problem faced by an organization. This assignment has 3 components – two team-based and one individual-based. For team-based assignments, the group size will be 5-6 students. Students will select their own groups in class in Week 1. Schedule will be discussed in Week 7 and finalised in Week 8.
PART III: Presentation (team-based) (10 points). In the last component of this assignment, your team will present your research and findings to the class. The presentation should include 1) a brief overview of the organization and the problem it faces and 2) the causes of and solutions to the problem based on the integration of your individual analysis in part II. Each team has approximately 15 minutes for its presentation, followed by a 10 min discussion session (this schedule may be adjusted based on the size of the class). As we are restricted in time, please ensure to finish your presentation and discussions within the allocated time. An unfinished presentation will result in losing points of your grade. All members of a group should be involved, but they may take different roles. You should use power point slides for your presentation. Before class: a soft copy of the power point should be sent to the lecturer via email. In class: A hard copy of the power point should be presented to the lecturer. This assessment targets the following general skills: research, teamwork, and presentation.
Footnote: Each team is also required to provide the completed Teamwork Contribution Form (template provided on Wattle) at the time of the presentation (more information will be provided in class). Your team will receive one grade for the team component of the assignment. However, if multiple members of a team feel that particular individuals deserve higher or lower grades, the possibility of assigning individual grades to that team may be considered.
Due: during class week 11 or week 12
Return of Assessment Date: after release of final grades
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Organisational Behaviour, Cultural Identity, Leadership and Performance, Executive Coaching
Dr Bruce Stenlake