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JO023012 JOS1 Advanced Organizational Behavior 6 ECTS
Organised by
Management and Organisation
Person in charge
Satu Teerikangas
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X
Preceding studies
Undergraduate courses JO1 Organisaatiokäyttäytyminen ja johtajuus and JO2 Henkilöstöjohtaminen must be accomplished before taking part in this course.

Learning outcomes

Organizational behavior refers to appreciating how individuals and groups behave and operate in collective, organizational settings. Successful and high-performing organizations stand out with respect to the quality of their management and organizational practices. They are able to tap into the human side of the organization. Appreciating organizational behavior is thus central to managing organizations. Yet, as an academic field of study, organizational behavior is broad and multidisciplinary. To the practicing manager, the mastery of this field requires a reflexive approach, life-long learning coupled with wit and emotional maturity. The main objective of the course is to provide participants with a critical appreciation of the field of organizational behavior as it applies to the context of the 21st century organization. The learning outcomes of the course are:
1. A systematic, yet critical understanding of the philosophies, theories, approaches and thinkers in organizational behavior.
2. The ability to reflect independently and critically on the subject matter, be it in oral or written forms.
3. The development of the leader within by exploring the personal domains of leadership, motivation and change.
4. An appreciation of the means of engaging others amidst change and developing thriving teams, organizations and societies.
5. Ability to think, judge and act maturely in contemporary organizations.


This course invites you to an intellectual, interactive and reflexive journey to explore this practically and academically meaningful field of study and practice. The course focuses on themes that are relevant in the contemporary, increasingly competitive landscape characterized by unpredictability, continuous change, increasing speed and global reach. The course focuses on the following four main themes via readings, exercises, weekly reflections, a final essay and ongoing class discussion:
- The dynamics of motivation and personal engagement,
- The management of change and changing workplaces,
- Enabling bottom-up emergent change.
- Leadership and personal development

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h

Lectures including discussion, team work and class assignments.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English

Weekly reflection papers, individual assignments, class discussion, class activeness.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year

Study materials

Academic articles form the basis of the course reading material.

In addition, the following books are recommended background reading:

  1. Barling, J. & Cooper, C. (eds.) (2008) The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume One: Micro Approaches. London: Sage Publications.

  2. Burnes, B. (2009). Managing Change, FT Prentice Hall.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Pakolliset opinnot (Management and Organisation)
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Valinnaiset opinnot (Management and Organisation)
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Syventävät opintojaksot (Management and Organisation)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
Information Systems Science
Information Systems Science
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