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FTMBA2021_I Organizational Behavior

People are an organization{\uc1\u8217*}s most important asset. The knowledge, skills, talents and experiences that people bring with them are the necessary factors that give organizations a competitive advantage. People formulate the strategies and discover the technologies that drive businesses, and people are ultimately responsible for the success of companies.
Course code
Course type
FT MBA Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Prof. Dr. Miriam Müthel
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.

This course is about the people side of business - about you! People are an organization’s most valuable asset. But how to unfold people’s full potential? In this class, you will be learning the fundamentals of managing organizations from a people perspective. We discuss how people can manage themselves, their relationships, their teams and their stakeholders successfully to foster their company’s competitive advantage – and their own careers.

In this class you will learn how to:

Lead yourself

  1. Unfold your full potential during teamwork
  2. Give and receive positive feedback that will increase your career
  3. Give and receive negative feedback that will help yourself and your relationships grow

Being led by others

  1. Make faster and better decisions in teams
  2. Understand cultural differences in intercultural teams
  3. Constructively solve problems and conflicts in intercultural teams

Lead others

  1. Manage weak bosses successfully without ruining the relationship to your boss
  2. Survive a toxic leader without suffering too much
  3. Successfully navigate organizational politics
Date Time
Wednesday, 15.07.2020 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday, 16.07.2020 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, 22.07.2020 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday, 23.07.2020 09:00 - 15:00
In this class, you will ...

1. ...understand key issues and concepts of organizational behavior,

2. ... learn how to apply them in practice,

3. ... experience the power of organizational behavior through experimental exercises,

4. ... reflect on your own experiences,

5. ... gain insights about hot behavioral topics in international top companies,

6. ... learn how top leaders pushed their careers by effectively managing people,

7. ... and ultimately, develop better people skills.

Course Book: Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy Judge, and Timothy Campbell (2017)Organizational Behaviour, 2/E, Pearson, ISBN-10: 1292016558 • ISBN-13: 9781292016559Lecture Slides:Will be provided as pdf downloads before the session via MoodleAdditional articles and book chapters:Will be referenced during the respective sessions in the additional reading appendix
This class builds upon previous classes, such as “Personal Growth” and others to help you understand and further grow your people skills. We will dig deeper into how you can lead yourself, being led by others and leading others. In particular, we will:
  1. Discuss about relevant theories that help you understand why and how humans act the way they do and what you can do specifically to enhance your people skills.
  2. Engage in individual and team reflections to analyze your (past) own behavior.
  3. Engage in class exercises helping you to experience the power of people skills.
  4. Use case studies to learn mastering specific people skills.
You can obtain 50 points as part of this course. Your grade will be determined by:
  1. Individual reflections (5 points): There will be individual reflections, guided by pre-formatted reflection sheets for you to systematically reflect upon specific people topics and your personal experiences in dealing with these topics.
  2. Teamwork (5 points): There will be several team exercises and team reflections, too.
  3. Individual final reflection note (40 points): By the end of this class, you will be asked to reflect upon your key learnings from this class. In this vein, I will ask you to envisage specific, challenging people-situations and then to explain, how you would solve these situations based on the key learnings from this class.
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