MAN 691: Selected Topics in Organizational Behavior

Organizational behavior is defined as the systematic study and application of knowledge about how individuals and groups act within the organizations where they work. The lecture presents essential theories and concepts explaining how individual and group behavior shape the internal dynamics of organizations. The course deals with factors that facilitate or hinder effective behavior. Topics include communication, motivation, individual skills, abilities, and emotions, group dynamics, leadership, power, organizational culture and organizational design.

Learning outcomes
This course helps students develop a conceptual understanding of organizational behavior to analyze, understand, and manage human behavior in organizations to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites
Basic bachelor-level knowledge on organization and management

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS9 SWS
ECTS credits4
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (60 min)
Restricted admissionno
Further information
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl
Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl (The course will be taught by a visiting instructor in the spring term 2025)
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., LL.M.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 4
  • Textbook
  • Robbins, S.P./Judge, T.A. 2015 / 2017):
  • Essentials of Organizational Behavior,
  • Prentice Hall International
  • Slides and case material
Available for downloads via ILIAS
Course outlineIntroduction
Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
Motivation at Work (T)
Motivation at Work (A)
Conflict & Negotiation (T)
Negotiation (A)
Conflict (A)
Guest Lecture: Conflict Management
Managing Groups and Teams (T)
Managing Groups and Teams (A)
Leadership (T)
Leadership (A)
Organizational Change (T)
Organizational Change (A)
A= Application / T= Theorie