Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Organizational Behaviour

Organizational Behaviour
First semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish
If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language.

Teaching staff

Upon request.


In the event that the health authorities announce a new period of confinement due to the evolution of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, the teaching staff will promptly communicate how this may effect the teaching methodologies and activities as well as the assessment.

In this course the company is considered as a human organization. It is designed to train the student in the resolution of problems related to personal and organizational behavior. Conceptual instruments and methods are provided to analyze personal situations and forms of behavior that are relevant to the management of the company.

Pre-course requirements

No requirements


The objective of this course is to transfer technical knowledge, while at the same time, having a strong practical foundation to be used by students in their future careers. Students are expected to develop the ability to interpret and resolve the problems and issues encountered in companies in connection with human behaviour, tackling these problems with rigour and improving the decision-making procedure. This will be achieved by becoming familiar with the use of conceptual tools for analysing and finding solutions to these problems. This will be done mainly through the use of appropriate case studies.


  • 11 - To be familiar with the main concepts and theories related to humanity and society.
  • 12 - To be familiar with the main concepts and theories of economic and business philosophy.
  • 13 - To be familiar with and understand the terms and processes of company management.
  • 33 - To be able to search for, interpret and convey information.
  • 37 - To be able to apply managerial methods, tools and techniques.
  • 38 - To be able to connect the main variables (both formal and informal) which influence human behaviour in an organisation.
  • 39 - To acquire the ability to solve problems and make decisions based on relevant information, applying the appropriate methods and situating the problem within the organisation as a whole.
  • 41 - To be able to descriptively summarise information.
  • 51 - To develop decision making skills.
  • 52 - To develop interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • 55 - To adopt good time management skills.
  • 61 - To develop skills for adapting to new situations.
  • 63 - To be able to analyse business related behaviour and decisions and evaluate them from an economic, social and ethical point of view.
  • 64 - To be able to plan and organise one's work.

Learning outcomes

  1. To be able to identify the various elements of a company as human organisation.
  2. To be able to identify different forms of company organisation. 
  3. To understand and learn how to manage the different factors that make up human behaviour in the company. 
  4. To be able to interpret a company’s financial information in order to resolve problems concerning personnel relations.
  5. To learn to apply criteria to the decision-making process in both the short and long term and assess these processes from the personal perspective. 
  6. To be able to evaluate the economic consequences of the decisions made by various departments within the company. 


1. The field of organisational behaviour and management. The models of OB
2. The foundations of individual behaviour
3. Perceptions and individual decision-making
4. Personality and values
5. Motivation and attitudes
6. Interpersonal behaviour and communication in the workplace
7. Teams and leadership
8. Decision-making and cross-cultural OB.
9. Learning about behaviour and organisation

Teaching and learning activities

In person



Case study analysis
Classroom practical work (solving problems/videos/text commentary/worksheets)
Project presentations and debates
Solving problems in the classroom

13 20 33 37 41 45 50 57 61 63 65 66

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • Class attendance and participation in the discussion of practical cases
  • Reports about the practical cases
  • The results of two exams, partial exam and final exam.

Bibliography and resources

  • BALLARIN, E., et a., Sistemas de planificación y control, Ed. Desclée de Brouwer, Bilbao, 1986.
  • BASTONS, M., Tomar decisiones. La inevitable cuestión ¿éxito o fracaso?, Ed. Ariel, Barcelona, 2004.
  • IBORRA, M., (et. a.) Fundamentos de dirección de empresas. Thomson, Madrid, 2007.
  • LINDLEY, D.V., Principios de la teoría de la decisión, Ed. Vicens Vives, Barcelona, 1977.
  • PEREZ LOPEZ, J.A., Fundamentos de la dirección de empresas, ed. Rialp, Madrid, 1994.

Teaching and learning material