Organizational Behavior

The following details taken from the examination regulations MSBWL/13, SMPO 6. Änderungsordnung (zum WS 2018/19) (08.02.2019) are for information purposes only and not legally binding. For legally binding information, please refer to the corresponding official examination regulations of the program Master in Business Administration.

Key Info

Basic Information

Master in Business Administration
Course Type:
Block seminar
Course Units:
Course Limit:
Erasmus Capacity:
Compulsory Attendance:


  • Prof. Tomas Farchi, Ph.D.


This course aims to delve into the impact of three determinants of organizational behaviour: individuals, groups, and structures; with the ultimate purpose of applying this knowledge toward improving the students´ own understanding and effectiveness. The first day begins by identifying different job motivation theories and proposing an integrative framework. The second day allows students to study various interpersonal relationships from different perspectives, including hierarchical ones, and discuss the origins of interpersonal conflict. The third day features a note that offer a general view of what is to participate in and lead teams. We will be discussing the issue of group identity and dynamics. The fourth day looks at team processes, analysing the most common team dysfunctions that can significantly impede productivity. We finish the course, in the fifth day, by discussing different elements of organizational structure and outlining some of the factors that must be taken into account while thinking at the structural level and its impact on organizational behaviours.

The course will be taught on four to five consecutive days and comprises traditional lectures, case discussions, group presentations and general discussions.


This is a course that introduces theoretical and empirical research in organizational behaviour, with emphasis on classic theory/arguments and contemporary empirical debates and research issues in the field. The objective of the course is to equip students with insights and familiarity in current research debates, such that they can be a critical consumer of research and have a deeper understanding of the underlying behavioural dynamics in organizations.


(1) Solid command of English
(2) Willingness to engage in preparatory readings of case studies and/or research papers
Limitation of participants to 45.


The final grade can be composed as follows:

• Option A: Colloquium & presentation (50%, graded) and paper (50%, graded)
• Option B: Colloquium & presentation (50%, graded) and examination (50%, graded, 60min.)
• Option C: Colloquium & presentation (50%, graded) and oral examination (50%, graded, 15min.)
• Option D: Colloquium & presentation (100%, graded)

All components specified for the respective option need to be passed to pass the module. The exact form of examination (A, B, C or D) will be announced at the start of the course. Unless announced differently, option A applies.

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