in Organisational Behaviour
A distance learning course
June 2014 - This course has been suspended
due to lack of demand and also problems with the textbook.
We are researching a possible new version
of the course.
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
This Diploma is also recognised by the Institute of General
Management (Ireland) and
the Institute of Hospitality Management (Ireland).
recommended period of study: approx.
to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£375.00 (375 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Textbook extra - approx. cost of textbook £40.00
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Assessment is continuous – there is no final
The qualification is for those who want a
quicker, more accessible and/or more affordable alternative than a university
Diploma in Management Studies or MBA, and for those who do not wish or need to
study economics, finance and accounting.
Organizational behaviour is the study of
individuals and groups in organizations. It is a multidisciplinary subject that
draws from psychology, sociology and anthropology and is also influenced by
economics and political science. Often combined knowledge from various fields is
necessary to understand organizational behaviour and to build theories.
In today’s challenging times when work
conditions are rapidly changing, it is important to be able to think clearly
about how employees’ needs can be met whilst at the same time working towards
the aims and growth of the organization. This course presents an up-to-date
view of the field of organizational behaviour. It begins with a thorough
introduction to the topic’s many aspects. Then major sections cover 11 key
1. Attributes and job performance –
how people’s personality and perceptions affect their work.
2. Learning and self-management –
the nature of individual and organizational learning.
3. Motivation and Empowerment –
theories of motivation and empowering employees.
4. Jobs, goals and work arrangements
– job design, individual differences, goal setting, work arrangements and
work-life balance, stress, teleworking, contracts.
5. Group dynamics and team
performance – theories of group communication, team coherence, dynamics,
6. Organizational operations and
performance – structure and design of organizations, technology, organizational
goals, policies and control, quality management, specialization/
departmentalization, bureaucracy, structural arrangements, virtual organizations
7. Organizational culture –
explaining organizational culture, types and levels of culture, values,
functions of culture, control issues, alternative perspectives
8. Leadership – leadership and
management, trait and behavioural theories, key studies, situational contingency
theories, new perspectives, charismatic approaches, transactional and
transformational approaches, diversity issues, culture
9. Decision making, power and
politics – overview of power and politics, influence, types of power, authority,
managing with power, empowerment, organisational politics and governance,
politics in action, decision making, ethics, risk analysis, group decisions,
intuition, improving decision making
10. Communication, conflict and
negotiation – organizational communication, interpersonal communication,
channels, barriers to communication, conflict management and resolution,
stakeholder engagement, negotiation, goals and outcomes, types of and approaches
to negotiation, two-party negotiation
11. Organizational change –
definition, scale of change, planners and unplanned change, change leadership,
forces and processes of change, technological change, change cycles, targets and
planned change, persuasion and coercion, shared power, resistance to change,
role of change agent.
The set text is complemented by selected
journal articles, case studies, glossary, clear learning objectives for each
section, real-life vignettes, practical tips, self-review questions, and other
French, Ray, et al., Organizational
Behaviour. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. revised edition, 2011.
criteria and suitability
This course has open entry, but a
high standard of written English and the ability to study comfortably on your
own, and without close supervision, are essential. Experience of A-level study
or some further or adult education, is strongly preferred, as is experience in
the business environment. However, applicants without these qualifications will
be considered on their merits subject to a qualifying essay at our discretion.
This diploma is primarily aimed at people in
business (including small businesses and self-employment) who wish to develop
their organisational management skills as well as to have a qualification they
can use in their c.v. / résumé. Graduates of the course will be able to use the
designatory letters ‘Dip.O.B.’ after their name. The course will also be
of interest to psychology graduates or life coaches who have not studied
organisational psychology and are moving into the business world; those
preparing to study business management at university at a later date, or taking
an industrial gap year; stress managers and executive development trainers
wishing to understand the corporate environment; accountants wishing to have a
broader understanding of management; retired/redundant executives without a
formal qualification who are moving into consultancy; those who wish to teach
evening or adult education classes in the subject; change agents, business
coaches and anyone interested in organisational behaviour and corporate change.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Organisational Behaviour awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
The course is accredited by The International Association for
Distance Learning which is a private organization.
The Dip.O.B., plus evidence of other business learning and
skills, may be converted to an EMBA (Executive Master of Business
Administration) degree of Calamus
for an additional fee of £750.00 (NB – this is not a UK
degree but is awarded by an overseas university).
The EMBA may then be upgraded to a full MBA
specialising in organizational and executive development by taking additional
courses by distance learning with Calamus.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page