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MMBA8070 – Organisational Behaviour

2020 – MGSM term 2, Weekday attendance, City

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Professor Alison Pullen
Ariel Alcantara
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to MBA or PGDipMgt or GradDipMgt or GradCertMgt or MSusDev or MSocEntre) or (admission to MAppFin or MAppFin(Adv) and (AFCP801 or AFCP8001))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Organisational Behaviour (OB) is a multi-disciplinary field that uses insights from psychology, anthropology, philosophy and sociology to study human behaviour in organisational settings. In this unit, students critically examine insights into human behaviour to better manage and improve organisational performance and capability, with an emphasis on ethical management and a global mindset. The unit covers the micro, meso and marco perspectives of OB as well as contemporary issues in OB.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify and describe theories and frameworks and research findings in Organisational Behaviour (OB).
  • ULO2: Critically reflect on and practically apply contingent perspectives of OB theoretical frameworks in exploring organisational problems and phenomena.
  • ULO3: Communicate from a range of perspectives to influence others, both as an individual and as a team.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Prescribed Textbook

McShane, S., Olekalns, M., Newman, A. & Travaglione, T., Organisational Behaviour Emerging Knowledge Global Insights with Connect access, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2018, ISBN: 9781760423391

Unit Web Page

The web page for this unit can be found at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au

Technology Used and Required

Students are required to have access to a personal computer and familiarise themselves with iLearn (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au).

iLearn will be used to post lecture slides, assessment details, student grades and as a means of communication between staff members and students.

Delivery Format and Other Details

  • Number and length of classes: One four-hour seminar class per week unless indicated otherwise in the lecture schedule. Classes may vary due to public holiday(s)
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:  http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

Recommended Readings

Recommended Readings are provided via the links on the iLearn Unit page

Inherent Requirements


Unit Schedule

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(The proposed program might be subject to some minor changes as the term progresses (TBA)).


Introduction to Organisational Behaviour


Foundations of Individual Behaviour


Culture, Identity and Organisations


Performance, Motivation and Organisations


Team Dynamics


Power and Influence




Ethics,  Decision-Making


Organisational Structure and Change


Change and Organisations

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
10/03/2020 Late submission policy added