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48070-01 - Kolloquium: Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Ingo Weller (ingo.weller@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Day 1:
01: What is OB and leadership?
02: Heterogeneity (or “diversity”) in organizations
03: Personality
Day 2:
04: Attitudes
05: Perceptions and decisions
06: Motivation and behaviors
Day 3:
07: Foundations of social behaviors
08: Groups and teams
09: Leadership
Day 4:
10: Leadership, power and conflict
11: Leadership and culture
12: Leadership and HRM

Lernziele The «Organizational Behavior and Leadership» course is an “advanced introduction”. It is an “introduction” because it does not require lots of prior knowledge on the topic. Some general background from psychology or management is helpful, though. As an introduction, the course gives an overview of what OB is and how leaderships fits in. It is “advanced” because it goes further than a simple introduction. Among other things, we discuss…
• Methodological challenges in OB and leadership research.
• Ethical and moral aspects revolving around the practice of OB and leadership.
• Recent and lasting developments that may fundamentally change what we know or believe to know about OB and leadership. A special focus is on the digital transformation.
The course follows a classical textbook structure; at the same time, it takes the freedom to deviate from textbook style, and introduces a number of general mechanisms, interventions, and processes that help us understand the functioning of OB and leadership as well as make a meaningful connection with practice. Examples include, but are not limited to
• The matching mechanism (or the creation of person-environment fit). Many organizational practices (e.g., hiring, training) aim to achieve a strong match quality (or PE-fit) because it benefits a number or critical individual-, organizational- and economy-/society-level outcomes.
• Transparency interventions. Transparency (e.g., pay transparency) is a recent practice that legislators and managers demand to increase fairness and decrease inequality (e.g., the gender pay gap).
• Organizational transformation processes. Here, the role of leadership comes in. We will further discuss how leadership relates to and serves the strategic human resource management process (e.g., in the performance management cycle).
Students learn OB and leadership theories; how they explain and inform relevant mechanisms, interventions, and processes; and how those can be helpful to understand and improve the world of work.
Literatur I provide all of the course materials (videos, slides, articles, links, etc.) online. Circulation of the files to course outsiders is discouraged (i.e., prohibited). Please note that all of the materials are relevant for the exam. Materials are uploaded in batches on or shortly before the announced course days. The course uses the following textbook:
Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. 2019. Organizational behavior (18th edition). New York, NY: Pearson.
Weblink Weblink to ADAM


Teilnahmebedingungen The course is a seminar/colloquium. The course language is English. In face-to-face format, 25 students (max.) are admitted. In online format, more students can probably access the course, depending on the circumstances at the time. If the access to the course must be restricted, students will be asked to write and submit a short motivation letter (about 1 page), which will serve as the basis for admission decisions.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Registration is restricted to 25 students.
Please enrol here: https://adam.unibas.ch/goto.php?target=crs_1211109_rcodeyZjk6JbMKE&client_id=adam
The application is possible from August 1 until Sept 15, 2021.

Students in the Business and Technology master's program and those in the major Labor Economics, Human Resources and Organization will be given priority for application.

You will be informed about the admission by September 17, 2021 at the latest. Your registration will then be entered automatically in MOnA after the official deadline of the MOnA course registration period.

The registration is binding. In case of non-participation after registration, a "nicht erschienen" will be noted on your transcript with all its ensuing, known consequences.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 24.09.2021 – 09.10.2021
Zeit Freitag, 12.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -
Samstag, 10.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -

Because of the uncertain pandemic situation the course will be in online format (via switchtube). All materials will be uploaded on or shortly before the announced days.

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 24.09.2021 12.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, Online (via Switchtube)
Samstag 25.09.2021 10.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, Online (via Switchtube)
Freitag 08.10.2021 12.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, Online (via Switchtube)
Samstag 09.10.2021 10.15-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, Online (via Switchtube)
Module Modul: Business Field: Human Resources (Masterstudium: Business and Technology)
Modul: Core Courses in Labor Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Modul: Specific Electives in Business and Economics (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Modul: Specific Electives in Labor Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Vertiefungsmodul: Labour Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2021))
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The exam has three components:
• Two short summary letters (2 pages each), one on OB and one on leadership (25%)
• A brief presentation of a practical case, either focussing on OB or leadership (2 pages) (25%)
• A structured discussion of a research article, either from OB or leadership (4 pages) (50%)
I provide a precise description of my expectations at the beginning of the course. Please submit all materials to ingo.weller@lmu.de.

An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An- und Abmelden: Dozierende
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ