Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor International Business Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Organisational Behaviour
Course unit code 025027031403
Language of instruction Deutsch
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Christina BEISIEGEL

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Human Resource Management

Course content
  • Work-related perspectives on human nature, personality and values
  • Performance, motivation and job satisfaction, HR gamification
  • Individual and the organisation (perception, cognition, learning, emotion)
  • Work design, human factors, human error
  • Organisational climate
  • Organisational culture
  • Diversity management
  • Expatriation, working abroad

Learning outcomes


  • Students are able to define motivation and motives and explain at least one content theory and one process theory of motivation.
  • Students are able to explain the difference and relationship between motivation and job satisfaction.
  • Students are able to define organisational culture.
  • Students know different diversity dimensions and can name specific examples.
  • Students are able to explain and demonstrate fundamental ideas and concepts of perception, cognition, learning, emotion and how these are related in the corporate context.


  • Students are able to discuss advantages and disadvantages of various interventions to increase motivation by using an example. - Students can describe the organisational culture of an organisation based on a theory of culture and an example.
  • Students can discuss diversity factors and their design in a project team work.
  • Students can present opportunities and threats for assignments abroad. Application
  • Students are able to develop a concept for gamification, which is justified for a practical case (targeted motivation and/or performance improvement in a given practical HR field).
  • Students can plan objectives and implementation steps for stays abroad and discuss expatriation, culture and diversity with respect to knowledge of HRM/OB.


  • Students can examine their own experiences and presented case studies with different theories and concepts of organisational behaviour and derive justified possible improvements for a practical case.
  • Students are able to reflect on work-related norms, values, roles and views of human nature and identify their own position.
  • Students can analyse a work situation/employment and design proposals for improving the work design and the reduction of error and sources of stress.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures by teachers with discussion, case studies and development of reasonable concepts/ideas for HR/OB problems in groups.

Assessment methods and criteria

Individual short paper, 25 % of the grad. Seminar work in groups with specialism in a theoretical perspective and application to students’ own practical cases, analysis of the theoretical perspective and development of practical solutions, 50 % of the grade. Presentation of group work results in a group on a marketplace (presentation time: 15 min per group in the form of a pin board/poster presentation); 25 % of the grade.



Recommended or required reading

Furnham, Adrian (2005): The Psychology of Behavior at Work. New York: Psychology Press.

Kühn, Stephan; Platte, Iris; Wottawa, Heinrich (2006): Psychologische Theorien für Unternehmen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Robbins, Stephen P.; Judge, Tim A. (2014): Organizational Behaviour. Boston: Pearson.

Rosenstiel, Lutz von (2007): Grundlagen der Organisationspsychologie. Stuttgart: Schäffer - Poeschel.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance