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Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour

Organisational structure and culture

Explore organisational structure and culture

Types of organisation and associated structures: functional, product-based, geographically based, multifunctional and multidivisional structures, matrix, centralisation and decentralisation

Organisational networks and linkages: internal and external network structures, flexible working

Organisational culture: classification of organisational culture — power culture, role culture, task culture, person culture, cultural norms and symbols, values and beliefs, development of organisational culture

Authority and power: organisational charts, spans of control

The human resource function: a stakeholder perspective, personnel management roles, personnel policies, strategies and operating plans, strategic goals for personnel

Diagnosing behavioural problems: concepts, principles, perspectives, methodology

Perception: definition, perceptual selection, perception and work behaviour, attitude, ability and aptitude, intelligence

Significance and nature of individual differences: self and self-image, personality and work behaviour, conflict

Individual behaviour at work: personality, traits and types, its relevance in understanding self and others

Suggested Reading

Introducing Organisational Behaviour/Organizational Behaviour Student Workbook

Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text

Why Work?: Motivating the New Generation

Management and Organisational Behaviour

Multi Pack: Essentials of Organisational Behaviour & CD-Rom



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Improving Organisational Performance
Practical policies for the implementation of performance related practices

What is Performance ?
Organisational Performance J.B. Barney: Gaining and Sustaining Competitive Advantage Ch. 2: What is Performance?

Recommended Book

HNC/HND Business Core Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour: Study Text (2000) - Buy it - Part of the HNC/HND business series, this text on Organisations and behaviour features a blend of topic coverage and practice opportunities with BTEC guidelines, key definitions, timed activities and assignments, and topics for class discussion. It is suitable for both classroom and individual study. Buy it from

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