Organisational Behaviour

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SUBJECT OUTLINE
21875 Organisational Behaviour in Practice
Course area Delivery Result type UTS: Business Autumn 2013; City Grade and marks

Credit points 8cp

Subject coordinator
Dr Anthony Fee, Management Discipline Group

Teaching staff
Dr Anthony Fee, Management Discipline Group Office: City Campus Building 5, Level 4, Room D4.11. Email: anthony.fee@uts.edu.au Phone: (02) 9514 3395 (emergency only: 0466 847 707) Fax: (02) 9514 3602

Subject description
As organisations are primarily collections of people working together towards common goals, and the primary management task is to lead human resources in the effective pursuit of those goals, an understanding of organisational behaviour is critical to managers and the process of managing. Managing and leading people takes place in an increasingly complex and uncertain global environment. Furthermore, people are complex, multifaceted and not always predictable, and this is amplified when people are in dynamic relations: in groups, teams and organisations. In dealing with this dynamism, complexity and uncertainty, managers need to have knowledge and insight into behaviour that stands on solid foundations. This subject is concerned with the systematic study of human behaviour within the context of organisations and seeks to provide an understanding and explanation of behaviour that provides such a foundation. Organisational behaviour is an applied field of study that aims to improve the performance of organisation members and enhance organisational effectiveness. Core issues upon which managerial and organisational success hinge, such as effective communication, decision making, creativity, teamwork, management of conflict, organisational culture and organisational change, are central topics in this subject. Effectively driving these vital processes requires knowledge and competencies in dealing with the complexities of people's personalities, values, attitudes, and perceptions; these issues are also covered. This subject is designed to help students develop into better leaders, managers and organisation members.

Subject objectives
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to: 1. appraise the main ideas and concepts that comprise organisational behaviour theory, research and practice 2. apply behavioural science theory and research to diagnose individual performance issues and organisational processes 3. critically evaluate the major theories and models that have been developed to explain individual, group and inter-group behaviour in work organisations 4. reflectively apply organisational management practices using an organisational studies framework.

Contribution to course aims and graduate attributes
This subject is designed with the underlying philosophy that great leaders create great leaders, not simply more followers. The subject deals directly with the core competencies and capabilities required for effective people management and the necessary dynamic capabilities required for excellence in organisational leadership. 08/02/2013 (Autumn 2013) © University of Technology, Sydney Page 1 of 8

Organisational Behaviour in Practice (OBP) involves the integration of a range of theories and approaches from the social sciences in analysing, describing and assessing human and organisational behaviour. OBP is concerned with the interplay between individual, group and organisational levels of behaviour. OBP draws its knowledge mainly from psychology (individual, social and cognitive), and also behavioural economics, anthropology and sociology. Businesses and the people that lead them have to deal with organisational problems and opportunities well beyond those of the past. Changing demographics in terms of ageing, skills and abilities of staff; expectations of staff in relation to working conditions, hours and work–life balance; complex organisational arrangements such as alliances; as well as direct and indirect stakeholder...
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