Imperial College London

Dr Mark Thomas Kennedy

Business School

Associate Professor
 
 
 
//

Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 2879mark.kennedy Website

 
 
//

Location

 

295Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

//

Summary

 

Organisational Behaviour - BUSI97026

Aims

What is organisational behaviour? Do organisations really “behave”, so to speak? Or do they sometimes also misbehave? What’s the difference?

Any time you put people into any kind of division of labour and related structures for integrating their efforts, predictable behavioural tendencies arise. Some of these tendencies make for effective organisations; others are challenges to overcome. Add in competition among organisations, changes in the environment, and competing demands from multiple stakeholders, and you have a set of problems and solutions called organisational behaviour.

This module covers major factors that shape organisational behaviour and effectiveness with the aim of developing your ability to address these factors, particularly as leaders.

Specifically, we cover material that spans the three major levels at which organisational behaviour is studied:

(1)   the micro or individual level of analysis,

(2)   the meso or organisational level of analysis, and

(3)   macro levels of analysis such as industries and markets or cultures and nations.

We’ll be examining how activities at all three levels either come together or not to enable organisational performance and effectiveness.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Knowledge objectives:  Students will be able to use concepts introduced in the OBHRM course not only to understand and explain sources of organizational performance, whether exemplary or disappointing, but also to suggest and carry out changes that would improve organisational performance as needed to be competitive in a rapidly changing environment. More specifically, students will acquire tools useful for the following tasks:

 

  • Designing and structuring organisations and teams to function effectively in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable external environment.
  • Appreciating the link between organisational performance and culture, decision making, inter-group and intra-group conflict, power and politics, and wider social changes.


Skill objectives: If you apply yourself in this course, you will develop skills in these areas

  • Analysis and diagnosis organisational threats and opportunities 
  • Problem solving select appropriate changes or other responses
  • Leadership communication and collaboration for the above
 

Role

Course Leader

Organisational Behaviour - BUSI97104

Aims

The focus of this module is on developing your understanding of modern organisations and the tools you will need to contribute effectively in them. Much of your success as leaders, managers, and professionals will depend on how well you work with and get things done through others. The study of organisational behaviour involves examining processes at the individual, group and organisational levels. The module design reflects these three levels of inquiry. Both theoretical and applied approaches will be developed. Theory development will be based on class lectures, discussion, class activities and assigned readings. While I will take a large share of the responsibility for theory development, I expect extensive class participation for the applications part. Hence, the module will feature a substantial amount of class discussion and experiential exercises.

Role

Course Leader