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ORGB 2811: Organizational Behaviour

Students examine the behaviour of individuals and how they interact with each other in different workplace organizations. Topics include: defining organizational behaviour; perception, personality, and emotions; values, attitudes, and their effects in the workplace; motivating self and others; working in teams; communication, conflict and negotiation; power and politics; leadership; decision making, creativity, ethics; and organizational culture and change.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the organizational behavioural challenges in the Canadian work environment.
  • Illustrate the impact of perception, personality, and emotions.
  • Articulate the impact of values, attitudes, and the influence of diversity.
  • Describe the major motivational theories that affect the workplace.
  • Discuss the difference between work groups and work teams and the models of team development.
  • Summarize the communication channels and their barriers.
  • Explain interpersonal conflict and conflict resolution.
  • Critique the most popular bases of power in organizations.
  • Interpret contemporary leadership theories.
  • Identify major leadership issues in contemporary organizations.
  • Describe individual and group creative and ethical decision making.
  • Define organizational culture and elaborate on its impact on performance.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Orientation to Organizational Behaviour
  • Module 2: Individual Behaviour and Organizational Behaviour
  • Module 3: Processes Motivation for Performance
  • Module 4: Team Processes, continued
  • Module 5: Managerial Decision Making and Communication
  • Module 6: Organizational Change and Diversity

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbooks are required for this course:

  1. Black, J. S., & Bright, D. S. (2019). Organizational Behavior. OpenStax. Rice University. ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-72-2 Digital Access for free at
  2. Organizational Behavior. (2010). OpenStax. University of Minnesota. CC BY-NC-SA. Access for free at


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Orientation to Organizational Behaviour 10%
Assignment 2: Individual Personality and Behaviours 10%
Assignment 3: Motivation and Rewards 10%
Assignment 4: Leadership Analysis, Stories, Values, and Lessons 10%
Assignment 5: Organizational Change and Diversity 20%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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