Taught course

Organisational behaviour in the workplace (online short course)

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements.

The course will require around 20 hours to complete. You can begin at any time during the life of the course and study at your own pace.

Months of entry


Course content

In this course, we consider how we connect with wider social behaviours from business and other organisations, studying their evolution in our increasingly digital society. The focus is on interactions inside and outside organisations, and the wide variety of environments that organisations network with in our economic, political and social world. We look at internal organisational behaviours, how organisations relate to their wider environments, individual behaviours of senior managers and their impact on the external environment. We'll also see how developments in external environments and increasing digitisation impacts on our own behaviour and on our roles as citizens.

You'll learn how to:

  • explain key terms relating to organisational behaviour
  • understand the words we choose to define organisations and their behaviour
  • compare internal and external organisational behaviours
  • understand what is meant by organisational responsibilities and stakeholder theories
  • evaluate the importance of ethical responsibilities for organisations
  • explore aspects of power and power relations in the workplace
  • explore how times of difficulty can provide insight on organisational behaviours
  • consider when organisational behaviours go wrong and the wider social impact
  • consider impacts from organisational and societal behaviours
  • apply insights on behavioural thinking to the way we are managed
  • consider future applications of technology to our human and social behaviours.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.2 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Practice-Based Assignment 100

Course contact details

The Open University