Organisational behaviour is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organisation theory, statistics, and several others. This unit of study will expose you to advanced behavioural science theories and applications in management including cognitive theory, psychodynamics and psychoanalysis. It is designed for those who have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and analysing behaviour in organisations. The primary aim of the unit is to improve your understanding of how people behave and interact within organisations.  Having a greater knowledge of employee behaviour will help you understand attitudes and behaviours of your co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and clients.  Importantly, the unit will help you to better understand your own past and future behaviours as a member and manager (leader) within an organisation and those that's around you. The unit extends beyond the introductory organisational behaviour course by focusing on provocative and current topics including the changing nature of workforce, contracting, consulting, global workforce mobility and knowledge economy.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate real-world, multi-faceted, complex behavioural problems in organisations, and propose creative solutions based on theoretical underpinnings. The theoretical knowledge is crucial as it will allow you to return to 'first principles' in order to solve the new problems that you will face, continually, as a manager;  
  2. Critically analyse and cross-examine the work and approaches of different schools of thought and theorists writing on organisational behaviour and interpret their relevance to wide ranging local and global organisational contexts;  
  3. Critique current academic research that provides the basis of our knowledge for professional practice in understanding the behaviour of people, the role of culture, values and dispositions in affecting achievement of goals within diverse organisations;  
  4. Appraise recommend and initiate improvements to organisational policies and practices regarding human behaviour in the work place, with ethical accountability and confidence; and  
  5. Advocate the concept of positive and constructive employee behaviour and attitudes, and how this in turn shapes performance and capacities required to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual critique of the literature 30%
Case Study Real-time case study analysis & presentation 30%
Report Final report 40%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critique of the Literature 30%
Case Study Real-time Case Study Analysis & Presentation 30%
Report Final Report 40%

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