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Post-Graduate Diploma in Management


Area: HR&OB

Course Title: Individual and Group Dynamics

Term-I (2015-17 batch)



Course Faculty:

                          Dr. Bindu Gupta (, Phone (O): 0120-300-2243, Room No:)

Dr. Hardik Shah (, Phone (O): 0120-300-2206, Room No:)

Dr. Seeta Gupta (, Phone (O): 0120-300-2266, Room No:)

Dr. Suryatapa Kar (, Phone (O): 0120-300-2280, Room No: 50)

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Course Summary and Aims:

This course provides students with an understanding of how individual and group characteristics influence organizational behavior. The subject will help them understand the importance and impact of individual level variables such as attitude, personality, motivation, perception and emotions on business decisions and organizational management.  It will also provide understanding of group dynamics, team building and the fit of individual in a team. Students will also learn about different models of leadership and relevance of leaders in organizations so as to identify management and leadership approaches that are most appropriate in varied situations.  

Learning Outcomes:

Understand means for bringing about transformation and positive changes within one’s self, and appreciating others

  1. Demonstrate interpersonal skills in diverse business environment. (Learning outcome 1.3)
  2. Work both individually and collaboratively towards solving problems that arise in an organizational environment based on their knowledge and understanding of individual and group behavior.
  3. Identify ways to move towards a more engaging and high performance team environment.


The course shall be delivered essentially through a fusion of lectures, exercises, cases and by discussing real life practice to develop student’s understanding. Total 20 sessions of 75 minutes each would be conducted. Students are encouraged to interact with the faculty during the entire duration of course delivery and particularly during analyzing situations. 

Course Requirements:

  1. Since much of the course material requires class discussion, it is important that you are prepared for the class and present and defend your ideas.  Preparation for class includes reading the assigned material.
  2. The class will be divided into a number of groups and each group will have 5-7 students.  For all group assignments, each group will submit its recommendations/solutions meeting the deadlines specified by the faculty. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  3. Class participation will be based on the value you add to the class through your questions, statement, and comments.  It is the quality of these that is more important than the quantity.
  4. Mobile phones shall strictly be switched off before the start of each session. Silent mode is not permissible to ensure focused learning. Laptops/tablets can be used by the students in the classroom only upon the instruction of the faculty.

Course Outline: Session/Module/Reading Material

Session 1- 3                Understanding the field of Organizational Behaviour

Introduction to the field of Organizational Behaviour, Contributing Disciplines to the field of OB, Challenges and Opportunities for OB, Diversity in organization.

Case –Gobardhone Bonamali Bandhopadhya

Movie case– Twelve Angry Men         

Chapter 1 & 2 –Text Book

Sessions 1   (75 minutes)

20 minutes[pic 2][pic 3]

40 minutes[pic 4]

 15 minutes

  • Explain what is OB/IGD and its relevance in business.
  • What are the roles, skills, and functions of a manager?
  • Discuss the 12 Angry Men case through some group assignment questions and discussion.
  • Conclude by discussing the entire reflection of OB topics in the movie.

Sessions 2   (75 minutes)

15 minutes[pic 5]

15 minutes[pic 6]

45 minutes

  • Explain the discipline that contribute to the field of OB.
  • Challenges and opportunities in OB.
  • Discuss the Banamali Bandopadhya’ case and ask them to identiy issues related to OB that has been discussed in the orevious session.

Sessions 3   (75 minutes)

30 minutes[pic 7]

25 minutes[pic 8]

20 minutes

Conclude by discussing the integrated OB model.

  • History of OB
  • Project discussion

Session 4-5                Determinants of Personality and its Measurement

Determinants of Personality, Personality Traits, MBTI and/or Big Five Model, Measurement of Personality.

Explanation of administration of psychometric tests

Readings: Leonard, D. & Straus, S. Putting your company’s whole brain to work. Harvard Business Review, 1997, July-August.

Chapter 5–Text Book

Sessions 4  (75 minutes)

15 minutes[pic 9]

30 minutes[pic 10]

 30 minutes[pic 11]

  • Explain what is personality, its importance, and relevance in business.
  • Personality traits (type of personalities)
  • Discuss the Big 5 personality/ reading


Sessions 5  (75 minutes)

30 minutes[pic 12]

35 minutes[pic 13]

 10 minutes

  • Explain MBTI, its importance and use
  • Administering various personality (psychometric) tests.
  • Global implication of personality

Session 6                Attitudes

Main components of Attitudes, Major Job Attitudes.

Chapter 3 –Text Book

Sessions 6  (75 minutes)

15 minutes[pic 14]

45 minutes[pic 15]

 15 minutes[pic 16]

  • Explain what is attitude and its main components.
  • why it is important to understand attitude
  • Discuss the case “Treadaway tire company”
  • Identify all the attitudinal issues discussed in the case and their relevance.
  • The major job attitudes (commitment, satisfaction, etc.), their antecedents and consequences.
  • How to measure job attitude
  • Conclude with local and global implication of attitude with examples.

Session 7                Values

Values in work place, Different types of Values, Values across cultures.

Case –Ford Pinto Fires

Chapter 5–Text Book

Sessions 7   (75 minutes)

15 minutes[pic 17]

20 minutes[pic 18]

40 minutes[pic 19]

  • Define values and its importance for individuals and organizations.
  • Explain the difference between instrumental and terminal values.
  • Explain values of different generations
  • Discuss Hofestede’s as well as other ‘cultural values’ models.
  • Explain the importance of person-job and person-organization fit.
  • Discuss values in relation to personality, and attitude
  • Discuss the managerial implication of ethics and values through the ‘Ford pinto’ case.



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