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TEK406 - Organizational behavior orientation
Organisatoriskt beteende - orientering
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMEI
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

The course is full. For waiting list, please contact the director of studies:
Teaching language: English
Application code: 26115
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 84

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Examination 2,5c Grading: TH   2,5c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner
0218 Laboratory 5,0c Grading: TH   5,0c    

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TEK405   Organizational behavior orientation


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Students enrolled in the Management and economics of innovation, MSc program, Year 1 have priority to the course as it is mandatory according to their programme plan. Thereafter students in Year 2 of the same programme are prioritized. Any remaining seats are open to other applicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria, which for courses on advanced level (second cycle) means fulfilling the general and specific entry requirements of the program that owns the course (MPMEI). Applicants enrolled in a program where the course is part of the program plan are exempt from this criterion.


This course deals with human behavior in organizations and provides basic knowledge in Organizational Behavior. It addresses how groups as well as individuals act and communicate in their organizational context. The course aims at providing an understanding of basic human dynamics in organizations.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

a. be able to explain and utilize a selection of some of the most important concepts and theories within behavioural science
b. understand the role of leadership in different situations
c. have insights into management skills related to team settings
d. be able to utilize your knowledge of small team dynamics in participating and performing in a team 
e. understand core elements of organizational politics, culture and innovation from a human perspective
f. be able to evaluate and adjust your own behaviour in different situations due to increased knowledge of yourself and team dynamic processes


The course provides an introduction to topics whose basis can be found in the applied behavioral and social sciences (psychology, sociology, social anthropology, etc.) and that have relevancy to management of organizations. The course will explore interactions between individuals and the systems in which they live and work, and how different outcomes and experiences can be the outcome. Individual and group levels of analysis are included in covering such topics as motivation, perception, group dynamics, group performance, work design, creativity, leadership, organizational politics and culture.


The underlying assumption is that organizations are living, open systems and that learning about this is best acquired by multiple means. In addition to theoretical inputs, the course utilizes structured & unstructured exercises, case analysis and student presentations in order to: 
a) provide you with the opportunity to actually experience the behavioral dynamics being studied; and
b) to provide situations wherein you can assess the relevance of the dynamics being studied.

Because much of the learning and work towards the achievement of course objectives will occur in the classroom, students must
1) attend class regularly,
2) be fully prepared for class and
3) contribute to the team and class discussions.

Limitations and important information!
This course can only accept maximum 84 students. The course is compulsory for the Management and Economics of Innovation MSc Program first year students.


The course literature will be listed in the course-PM.

Examination including compulsory elements

The course will be examined by means of individual as well as team assignments. Students are graded based on their performances in terms of attendance in activities, team assignments and a written exam. The different forms of examination are elaborated further in the course-PM.

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