Understanding Organizational Behaviour

By Sanjay Singh   |   Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur
Learners enrolled: 1731
An organization is a purposive social unit intended to harness human skills for creating products and services of social and economic value. However, a deeper insight into human nature and the nature of organizations is needed to address this purpose. The present course offers an in-depth insight into the fundamentals of Organizational Behaviour as a discipline and its applications for analyzing, managing, and predicting people's behaviour in the group and organizational setting.
The course begins by offering a historical overview of the evolution of the discipline and locates its place in the present management literature in light of the latest research and theoretical perspectives. Through various topics covered in this course, the instructor discusses the dynamics of human values,  personality, motivation, attitudes, learning, mindset, along with understanding group and team behaviour in the organizational setting. The instructor will follow a case-oriented discussion approach for each topic by bringing relevant business case studies, examples and exercises into the course.
The course is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience through a combination of methodologies, including engagement in dialogues on various theoretical perspectives through case studies, discussions, quizzes, experiential exercises, simulations, self-analysis, and feedback. Students enrolling in this course would have opportunities to hone their conceptual and behavioural skills as a manager in a safe learning environment and implement them to become effective managers in the future.

This course is designed to:
• Provide a robust conceptual understanding of managerial behaviour in an organizational setting
• Offer a comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the fundamental issues pertaining to behaviour in organizations along with their underlying theories
• Provide opportunities to practice the discussed conceptual frameworks through their application to organizational problems.
• Develop the behavioural skills and organizational fit of the learners at individual, team, and organizational levels
• Groom learners for managerial or leadership roles in the business organizations
• Develop sensitive, ethical, and emotionally mature managers capable of managing the future
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 29 Jan 2024
End Date : 30 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 25 May 2024 IST
Shift :

Shift 1

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (OB)
Week 2: Basic Psychological Processes at Work: Perception, Attribution, and Learning
Week 3: Personality
Week 4: Motivational Processes in Organizations
Week 5: Differences at Work: Attitudes, Job Satisfaction, and Mindset
Week 6: Understanding and Managing Team Behaviour

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Books and references

"Text Book: • Ricky W. Griffin, Jean M. Phillips, and Stanley M. Gully (2020). Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations with MindTap (13th ed.). New Delhi: Cengage Recommended Readings: • McGregor, D. (1960/2005). The Human Side of Enterprise. New York: Mc-Graw Hill • Sinha, J.B. P. (2008). Culture and Organizational Behaviour. New Delhi: Sage Publications • Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., and Vohra, N. (2019). Organizational Behavior (18th ed.). New Delhi: Pearson. • Harvard Business Review, Hill, L.A., Ibarra, H., Cialdini, R.B., and Goleman, D. (2017). HBR’s 10 Must Reads for New Managers. Harvard: Harvard University Press. • Luthans, F., Luthans, B. and Luthans, K. (2015). Organizational Behavior: An Evidence Based Approach (13th ed.). New Delhi: International Age Publishing, Inc. • Ott, J.S., Parkes, S.J., and Simpson, R.B. (2008). Classic Readings in Organizational Behavior (4th ed.). London: Cengage. • Pareek U. (2011). Understanding Organizational Behavior (3rd ed.). Delhi: Oxford University Press."

Instructor bio

Dr. Sanjay Singh is a faculty in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management area at the Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur. He received his Master’s Degree in Psychology (with a specialization in Organizational Behviour) and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. He has been a recipient of the Erasmus-Mundus WILLPower Fellowship (2010-11), awarded by the European Union.

Dr. Singh has actively trained at reputed organizations like Ernst & Young, Mercer, DRDO, and PowerGrid, among others. His research articles have appeared in prestigious journals like the Journal of Happiness Studies, IIMB Management Review, Sex Roles, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, among others. Dr. Singh has over seven years of experience teaching the Organizational Behaviour course in a business school set up and was recognized as Professor of the Year (2021) by the InsideIIM. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, UK and has been a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) by the Chartered Association of Business Schools, UK.

Course certificate

Enrolling and learning from the course is free. However, if you wish to obtain a certificate, you must register and take the proctored exam in person at one of the designated exam centre’s. The registration URL will be announced when the registration form is open. To obtain the certification, you need to fill out the online registration form and pay the exam fee. More details will be provided when the exam registration form is published, including any potential changes. For further information on the exam locations and the conditions associated with filling out the form, please refer to the form.

Grading Policy: 

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Weekend Assessment


Final Exam


Certificate Eligibility:
  • 40% marks and above in weekend assessment
  • 40% marks and above in the final proctored exam


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