Organisational Behaviour

Main Topics of Study:

Introduction to Organisations

Organisation Structure

  • Structural Perspective
  • Elements of Organisation Structure
  • Types of Job
  • Line, Staff & Functional Structures
  • Formal & Informal Organisations
  • Designing Organisation Structure
  • Centralisation & Decentralisation

Management

Scientific Management

  • Taylorism
  • Gilbreth
  • Gantt
  • Fordism

Bureaucracy & Roles

  • Organisational Structuring
  • Rules
  • Roles
  • Bureaucracy or Adhocracy

Classical Management Theory

  • Henri Fayol
  • Applicability of Theory
  • Modern Classical Management Theory

Contingency Approach

  • Contingency & Organisational Structure
  • Determinism Versus Strategic Choice
  • Technological Determinism
  • Environmental Determinism
  • Strategic Choice
  • Environmental Strategic Choice

People in Organisations

Communication & Perception

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Perception
  • Non-Verbal Communication

Motivation

  • Motives as Goals of Human Behaviour
  • Motives as Individual Decision-Making Processes
  • Social Process of Motivating Others
  • Empowerment

Learning

  • Learning Process
  • Behaviourist Approach to Learning
  • Cognitive Approach to Learning
  • Behaviour Modification Techniques
  • Socialisation & Feedback

Personality

  • Definition
  • Personality Types & Traits
  • Stress & its Management
  • Development of the Self
  • Nomothetic & Idiographic
  • Psychometrics

Groups and Teams in Organisations

Group Formation

  • Group Level Analysis of Organisational Behaviour
  • Historical Background to study of Groups
  • Concept of a Group
  • Formal & Informal Groups
  • Homans Theory of Group Formation Stages of Group Development

Group Structure & Process

  • Group Structure
  • Status Structure
  • Power Structure
  • Linking Structure
  • Role Structure
  • Group Structure & Group Process
  • Leadership Structure
  • Communication Structure

Group Control

  • Group Influences on Individuals’ Motivations
  • Group Influences on Individuals’ Perceptions
  • Group Socialisation of Members
  • Group Influences on Individuals’ Attitudes & Behaviours
  • Conformity to & Rebellion Against Authority

Group Effectiveness

  • Effectiveness, Productivity & Satisfaction
  • Factors Affecting Group Behaviour
  • Making Groups Perform
  • Group Cohesion

Development and Change: Issues and Challenges

Organisational Change

  • The Contemporary Imperative
  • Project Management & Participative Management
  • Resistance to Change
  • Understanding Change
  • Business Process Re-Engineering
  • Change Agent

Organisation Development

  • Goals & Processes
  • Levels & Models of Intervention
  • OD Techniques
  • OD Applications
  • OD Consultant

Corporate Culture

  • Rise of Corporate Culture Concept
  • Models of Corporate Culture
  • Corporate Culture & Economic Performance
  • Changing Cultures
  • Corporate Culture & Management Control
  • National Cultures

Technology & Change

  • Definitions & Predictions
  • Determinism or Choice
  • Politics of Technology
  • Characteristics of Mass Production
  • Socio-Technical Systems Analysis & Design
  • Competing Socio-Technical Paradigms
  • Advanced Technology & the Changing Nature of Work

Management Power and Control

Leadership & Management Style

  • Functions of Leaders & Managers
  • Leaders as Special People
  • Leaders & Followers
  • Context
  • Culture
  • Changing Leadership Style

Managing Conflict

  • Perspectives on Organisational Conflict
  • Functional & Dysfunctional Conflict
  • Coordination & Conflict

Organisational Power & Politics

  • Organisations – Rational or Political
  • Organisational Politics
  • Organisational Power
  • Power & Influence

Management Control

  • Perspectives on Management Control
  • Nature of Management Control Mechanisms
  • Strategies & Problems of Management Control
  • Psychological Need for Control
  • Social Control