BALH3000 Organizational Behavior and Leadership Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Bachelorstudium i administrasjon og ledelse i offentlig virksomhet
Årsstudium i organisasjon og ledelse
Bachelorstudium i økonomi og administrasjon
Enkeltemner, fakultet for Samfunnvitenskap
Oslo Business School, Exchange Programme
Public Administration and Leadership, Exchange Programme
10 stp.


How and why do individual employees and groups of employees behave the way they do within an organizational setting? How do leaders achieve the best outcomes for their organizations? Organizational behavior and leadership theories address these questions and their possible answers from different angles. Such theories aim to understand, explain and improve attitudes of individuals and groups in organizations. This understanding is important for the facilitation of positive individual, group, and organizational functioning, success and competitive advantage. This course addresses these issues and is an introduction to psychological theory in an occupational perspective.

Students who participate in this course will acquire knowledge about how different psychological factors affect human behavior in organizations. An overview of contemporary research based knowledge and the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within this field is provided.




After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The students will obtain a basic understanding of contemporary research based knowledge in organizational behavior and leadership. They will also become familiar with the most important topics, concepts, and contributions, which include:

  • Diversity and individual differences
  • Attitudes, decision making, and emotions
  • Stress, well-being and organizational change
  • Perceptions and learning
  • Motivation and team processes
  • Leadership and organizational culture


The students will be able to:

  • Critically examine and use different theoretical approaches and perspectives from the subject area to understand and analyze challenges and dilemmas relating to human behavior in organizations;
  • Use knowledge from organizational behavior and leadership theories as well as empirical evidence when making and implementing decisions in organizations.

General competence

The students will:

  • Be able to communicate and discuss the major theories and research findings from this field.
  • Acquire skills in critical reflection on the subject area's possibilities and limitations.
  • Convey knowledge through presentation and discussion.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Various work methods will be used such as lectures, discussions about current issues, case analysis, and assignments. The students are expected to work on assignments both individually and in groups outside of the joint lectures.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework requirements must have been approved in order for the student to take the exam:

During the course, the students are required to, in groups of 2-5 people, give an oral presentation of a research paper, an organization case or equivalent on a specific topic. The time allocated for each article or case is about 20 minutes including class discussion. The presentation will be evaluated on content, critical reflection and discussion, presentation style, and one discussion question to be presented for class discussions. The students who participate in the course are supposed to sign up for a presentation group in Canvas.

All required coursework must be completed and approved by the given deadline in order for the student to take the exam. If one or more coursework requirements have not been approved, the student will be given the opportunity to submit an improved version one time by the given deadline.

Vurdering og eksamen

A supervised exam of 5 hours. The candidate must write their answer in English.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

Bilingual dictionary


Grade scale A-F


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one external examiner. At least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded for the papers assessed by two examiners form the basis for determining the level for all the exam papers.


Jan Malte Runge