Specialization Seminar in Organization Behavior / Human Resources


Course Objective

The course aims to introduce students to the leading concepts and
current discussions in Organizational Behavior (OB). OB is a field of
study that investigates the impact that individuals, teams/groups, and
structure/context have on behavior within and across organizations for
the purpose of applying such knowledge to how organisations can be
effective, and in turn can facilitate productive and healthy employees’

Course Content

Each week will be dedicated to a discussion on one of the following six
topics that are relevant in current research on the ‘happy & productive
a) Leadership – Content and interrelationships of different types of
leadership, including ethical leadership, transformational / charismatic
leadership, and leadership / (employee) ‘followship’.
b) Employee proactive work behavior and citizenship (OCB, voice,
initiative, etc.), as well as job crafting, self-effectuation,
proactivity, and employability. What to do with more passive ’employees?
c) Careers research, in particular employees interorganizational career
mobility, global career mobility, and organizational learning /
d) Groups/teams – including teams research on team effectiveness, team
processes, and team outcomes.
e) Diversity – from a multifaced perspectives of race, age, gender,
identity, culture, but also work and career orientations.
f) Emotions and motivations – including passion, grit, perseverance, as
well as fear and forgiveness, and how these lead to effective (or less
effective) employees behaviors in organizations.

Teaching Methods

Four hours of classroom interaction per week.

Method of Assessment

Students will be tested on their understanding of the leading concepts
and current discussions in OB research, and on their judgement of the
opportunities for the future research.
Specifically, for each of the session, students will be asked to write a
blog input guided by a learning question from the instructor (40%). The
courses will be concluded with an open-questions exam (60%).


Journals articles will be announced at a later stage.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_SSOBHR
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. E. Lysova
Examiner dr. E. Lysova
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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