Details for Group and Organisational Behaviour
Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy. This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: LEA301
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Group and Organisational Behaviour is part of the subject area Leadership and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit is a study of the dynamics of individual and group behaviour and will encourage students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective social and ethical behaviour. It covers traditional theoretical and recent developments arising out of psychology and sociology, different organisation structures, value systems and leadership styles which influence behaviour.
- Historical perspectives on the philosophy of work
- Behavioural aspects of organisational structure and design
- The organization and the individual
- Building and growing effective teams
- Power and organisational politics
- Leadership styles and organisational behaviour
- Organisational culture and change
- Common issues: stress, burn-out, conflict and cultural differences
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, guided reading and reflection, group discussions and case studies
Minor Essay (25%, 1250 words); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words); Exam (25%)
- Argyris, Ch. Overcoming Organizational Defenses: Facilitating Organizational Learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1990.
- Covey, S.R.The 7 habits of highly effective people: powerful lessons in personal change. rev. ed.New York: Free Press, 2004.
- Hersey, P., Blanchard, K.H. and Johnson, D.E. Management of organizational behavior: leading human resources. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2001.
- Katzenbach, J.R. and Smith, D.K. The wisdom of teams: creating the high-performance organization. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1993.
- Luthans F. Organisational Behaviour. 7th ed. New York/London:McGraw Hill, 1996.
- McKenna, E.Business psychology and organisational behaviour: a student's handbook. 4th ed. New York NY: Psychology Press, 2006.
- Pettinger R.Introduction to Organisational Behaviour.London: MacMillan, 1996.
- Robbins, S.P.Organizational behavior.11th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
- Schein, E.H.Organizational culture and leadership. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004