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PTMBA2021_Core A 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
PT MBA Lecture
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 focuses on the people side of business. 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 individual careers.

Specifically, through this you will learn how to manage

  1. yourself by making good decisions and motivating yourself to reach your goals
  2. your relationships by communicating effectively and solving conflicts
  3. your team by shaping team dynamics and processes
  4. your stakeholders by knowing how to manage your boss and how to play politics
Date Time
Sunday, 16.02.2020 09:15 - 18:30
Sunday, 01.03.2020 09:15 - 18:30
Sunday, 15.03.2020 09:15 - 18:30
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 managers 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 after the session via MoodleAdditional articles and book chapters:Will be referenced during the respective sessions in the additional reading appendix
Applying a mixture of conceptual input and experimental exercises, you will understand how to manage people effectively and thus how to advance your career.
Reflection Notes (80% of total grade). At regular intervals, you will be asked to write down some personal reflections. Reflections will focus on the key concepts discussed in class and their application in practice.

Group Cases/Exercises (20% of total grade). We will have a number of cases/exercises on which you (as a group) prepare short written responses/ presentations.

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