Behaviour and Communication in Organizations

2019-2020

Course Objective

On completion of the course students have (a) an overview of theories
and models from organizational sciences, communication science, and
other relevant fields of research to explain behavior and communication
in the workplace at the level of the individual, the group, and the
organization as a whole, (b) knowledge about a wide variety of topics
such as work attitudes and motivation, group dynamics and teamwork,
decision making and managing conflict, power and leadership, and
organizational change, and (c) experience with applying this knowledge
to solve relevant cases.

Course Content

Theories and models from organizational sciences, communication science,
and other relevant fields of research are introduced to explain behavior
and communication in the workplace at the level of the individual, the
group, and the organization as a whole. During the lectures, knowledge
is presented about a wide variety of topics such as work attitudes and
motivation, group dynamics and teamwork, decision making and managing
conflict, power and leadership, and organizational change. In the
accompanying workgroups knowledge is applied by solving several relevant
cases in teams.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and workgroups. Attendance for the workgroups is mandatory.

Method of Assessment

Digital exam and solving relevant cases in teams.

Literature

Book: Kreitner, R., & Kinicki, A. (2013). Organizational Behavior (10th
ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. A student edition of this book is for
sail at the VU bookshop. In addition to this book, the course literature
consists of an electronic reader containing several scientific articles.
The content of this reader will be announced on the Canvas page of the
course.

Target Audience

Bachelor students Communication Science.

Custom Course Registration

For this course, it is not possible to register for the seminars yourself, the course coordinator sorts you into a seminar. Note: you have to register for the other course elements yourself!

Explanation Canvas

It would be wise to check the Canvas page before the start of the course
for additional information.

General Information

Course Code S_BCO
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. J.W. Ouwerkerk
Examiner dr. J.W. Ouwerkerk
Teaching Staff dr. J.W. Ouwerkerk
L.K.M. Berkelmans MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Reading

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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