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Advanced Organizational Behavior

Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
HS 2022
Prof. Dr. Fabiola Heike Gerpott
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

No (wo)man is an island. We all fundamentally define and develop ourselves in relation to other people. While this is certainly true for our private life, it is also true for our working life. We constantly interact with colleagues, try to organize ourselves while handling the requests of others, and jointly develop solutions to advance the business.

Organizational behavior (OB) researchers study exactly these interpersonal exchanges and people’s experiences in organizations. That is, OB scholars are concerned with understanding the behavior of individuals and teams in organizations. Whereas foundational OB courses tackle the basics of this area (e.g., people’s perceptions and emotions in organizations, motivation, team dynamics, leadership), this Advanced OB course goes into more detail by using evidence on recent work- and people-related topics to introduce you to key debates in OB theories and concepts.

Specifically, we focus in this Advanced OB on “the new normal” – the debates evolving around hybrid work as the next great disruption or more generally: the future of work.

Date Time
Monday, 31.10.2022 15:30 - 18:45
Monday, 07.11.2022 15:30 - 20:30
Tuesday, 08.11.2022 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 21.11.2022 15:30 - 18:45
Tuesday, 22.11.2022 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 05.12.2022 11:30 - 18:45
Learning Areas and Outcomes

I. Content-related

Having an understanding of core OB concepts related to the future of work.

II. Skills-related

Designing survey items to be able to collect evidence on an OB-related topic of interest.

Being able to combine own data (from the survey) and relevant evidence (from research) to deliver theoretically sound and practically relevant recommendations for solving OB-related business challenges.

III. Attitude-related

Developing an evidence-oriented mindset to shape the people-related side of the future work.

Being able and willing to critically reflect upon the validity of evidence and current debates in the OB field.

There are no required pre-readings for all participants; instead, you will be assigned to specific papers as an individual (for the paper pitch) and as a team (for the presentations).
Teaching and Learning Methods: Interactive classroom discussions, team presentations, short pitch speeches, lectures, simulation activities, survey research, evidence-based solution
(1) Create Paper Pitch video presentation (40% of the course grade, individual assignment)

(2) Watch Paper Pitch videos of your peers (15% of the course grade, individual assignment)

(3) Recruit participants for “new normal” survey (5% of the course grade, individual assignment)

(4) Team presentations on their “new normal” topic (40% of the course grade, team assignment; randomized groups)

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