MEX 2502 Organizational Behavior

Course Code MEX 2502
Course Title Organizational Behavior
Number of Credits 2.5
Year Number 2
Medium of Instruction Sinhala / English

Human resources are the major value addition factor in any organization. Organization Behavior offer a unique opportunity in studying and understanding human resources whether employers or employees in behavioral science perspective. It paves the way for studying complex human behavior systematically, and   eventually results in efficient and effective people management in organizations.


The content of the subject focuses on key issues in individual, group and organizational levels of human behavior. The course includes core topics of introduction to the subject, Individual differences, leadership, motivation, communication, authority, power and influence; Group and group behavior, and process of organizational change and development. The completion of the course equip students with theoretical and practical understanding of organizational behavior, especially dealing with Sri Lankan socio-cultural environment.

a) To provide students with the knowledge of history, nature and theoretical perspectives of
organizational behaviour
b) To enable students to understand complex huaman behavior in organizations in behavioural
science perspectives
c) To equip students with knowledge of individual, group and organizational processes of human
d) Impart theoretical and practical knowledge to students in Important aspects of organizations such
as leadership, motivation, communication, power and authority, change and development.
e) To develop analytical and problem solving skill in people management in organization

a) Demonstrate clear understanding of nature of Organizational Behaviour
b) Explain major theoretical frameworks of organizational behaviour
c) Elaborate individual, group and organizational levels of human behavior in organizations
d) Demonstrate proper understanding and practical approaches of organizational processes such as
leadership, motivation, power and authority, Communication, Organizational culture, Change and
e) Apply decision-making and problem solving skills in human side of organizational
f) Demonstrate overall expertise of theoretical and practical application in context of organizational



No. of Hours
Main Topics Sub Topics  
a)   Introduction to  Organizational

Behaviour and Organizations



1.1    Human resource as unique input in organizations

1.2    Definition of Organizational Behaviour

1.3    Types and purposes of organizations

1.4    Environmental challenges for organizational behaviour

1.5    Importance of and opportunities for  Organizational Behaviour


03 hrs & 30 min
b)  Origin and Theoretical

Perspectives of

Organizational Behaviour


2.1    Origin and Hawrhorn studies

2.2    Organizational behaviuor and related disciplines

2.3    Behaviouristic theoretical  Framework

2.4    Cognitive framework

2.5    Social learning framework

03 hrs & 30 min
c)  Organizational Leadership



3.1    Leader  and Manager

3.2    Nature of leadership

3.3   Trait approach to leadership

3.4   Behavioural approach

3.5   Contingency approach

3.6   Charismatic and transformational theories

3.7  Modern leadership Approaches


05 hrs & 30 min
d)  Power, Authority and



4.1   Definition of power

4.2   Bases of power

4.3   Authority

4.4   Influence

4.5   Coping organizational Politics


03 hrs & 30 min
e)  Employee Motivation



5.1   Human motives

5.2   Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

5.3   ERG theory

5.4   David McClelland’s socially acquired motives

5.5   herzberg’s motivation – hygiene theory

5.6   Adam’s equity theory

5.7   Expectancy theories of Motivation

5.8   Behaviour modification


06 hrs & 15 min
f)  Interpersonal and Group




6.1   Interpersonal relations

6.2   Nature of groups

6.3   Types of groups

6.4   Purpose of group

6.5   Stages of group development

6.6   Group effectiveness

6.7   Group cohesiveness


05 hrs & 30 min
g) Communication process 7.1   What is communication?

7.2   Factors affecting communication

7.3   Formal and informal communication

7.4   Communication networks

7.5   Nonverbal communication


03 hrs & 30 min
h)  Organizational Change and


8.1  Definitions of organizational Change and  development

8.2  Types of change

8.3  Forces of change

8.4  Resistance to change

8.5  Force Field analysis

8.6  Purposes  of org. development

8.7  Process of org. development

8.8  Intervention techniques


06 hrs & 15 min
Mode of Study Self – Study and Seminars
Evaluation    Final Examination (100%)

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