[ 572ORGIVUMU15 ] IK Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations

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4 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Business Administration Claudia Schnugg 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)KS Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre, KS Einführung in die Volkswirtschaftslehre, KS Kostenrechnung, KS Buchhaltung, KS Personal- und Unternehmensführung und IK Personal- und Unternehmensführung
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business and Economics 2016W
Objectives The objectives are twofold: First, the course has been designed to provide students with detailed and in-depth knowledge in regards to the behavioral aspects of and within organizations, including individual perception, group processes, motivation, and leadership. Students should be able to understand and reflect on key concepts and theories as well as substantiate their arguments with appropriate theoretical knowledge. Secondly, the course is designed to enable students to apply the theoretical knowledge they learn and further reflect on its usefulness in leadership situations. Case studies and movie analysis are used to exemplify practical managerial problems and students are encouraged to discuss solutions for problems in lieu of appropriate theories. Furthermore, the course trains students how to absorb and apply theoretical knowledge in order to successfully analyze and structure practical problems.
Subject Key theories and concepts in organizational behavior; case studies are discussed for each key topic during weekly lectures; selected topics are discussed and reflected upon with the aid of visual materials.
Criteria for evaluation Examination
Language German
Study material Course reading:

  • Daft, R. L.; Noe, R. A.: Organizational Behavior. South-Western Publ., Mason, in der aktuellen Auflage. (relevant chapters are indicated)
    Journal papers:
  • Bryman, A.: Leadership in Organizations. In: Clegg, S. et al. (Eds.): Handbook of Organization Studies. Sage Publ., London, 1996, p. 276-293.
  • Chen, C. C.; Meindl, J. R.: The construction of leadership images in the popular press: The case of Donald Burr and the People Express’ Administrative Science Quarterly 36(4): 521-551, 1991.
  • Conger, J. A.; Kanungo, R.: Toward a behavioral theory of charismatic leadership in organizational settings. Academy of Management Review 12: 637-647, 1987.
  • Herzberg, F.: One more time: How do you motivate employees?. Harvard Business Review 46(1): 87-96, 1968.
  • Locke, E. A.; Latham, G.: Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation. American Psychologist 57(9): 705-717, 2002.
  • Lührmann, T.; Eberl, P.: Leadership and identity construction: Reframing the leader-follower interaction from an identity theory perspective. Leadership 3(1): 115-127, 2007.
  • Osterloh, M.; Frey, B. S.: Motivation, knowledge transfer and organizational forms. Organization Science 5: 538-550, 2000.
  • Vroom, V.: Leadership and the decision making process. Organizational Dynamics Vol. 18 No. 4: 82-94, 2000.

Supplementary material will be announced each semester.

Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture (*)2ORGBEH: KS Verhalten in Organisationen (bis SS 2012), 2ORGBEHN: KS Verhalten und Management in Organisationen
Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
2ORGVUMI: IK Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations (2014S-2015S)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 40
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority