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Leading & Managing People


Admission requirements



This course is about the human side of enterprises. Key to managing people in organizations is the recognition of the value of employees for organizational effectiveness. This course highlights the behavior of people in organizations. Organizational Behavior is the study of how individuals and groups impact the behavior within an organization. In this course, students explore current issues and challenges people face within organizations.
During this course, students will gain an extensive understanding of organizational behavior concepts, theories, and models and will have the chance to use them in addressing organizational issues. The course covers three core domains of Organizational Behavior: (1) individuals in organizations (e.g., personality, motivation), (2) groups and teams (e.g., teamwork, leadership), and (3) organizational analysis (e.g., organizational culture).

Course objectives

Students are expected to acquire a clear understanding of the major Organizational Behavior topics. They will also develop skills that will enable them to apply theories to practical problems in organizations in a critical manner. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to (a) explain how individuals and groups impact the behavior within organizations, (b) critically evaluate organizational practices, and (c) apply theories and concepts to develop strategies for improving individual work performance as well as the performance of teams in organizations. The knowledge and abilities acquired from taking this course should help you as future employees enhance your employment experiences.


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, Q&A, class discussions, experiential exercises, collaborative learning, and team presentations.

Assessment method

Students will be evaluated according to the following two components:
1. Individual written exam (70%)
2. Individual assignment (30%)

The written exam is a closed-book exam, consisting of multiple choice and open questions. All chapters and articles mentioned as weekly readings are compulsory. The exam will also cover what is discussed in class.

Partial grades can compensate for each other in passing the course, but a minimum of 5.0 for the written exam is required. The written exam is the final test of this course and is the only assessment component that can be retaken.



Reading list

  • Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. Organizational Behavior (17th global edition). Pearson. ISBN: 9781292146300

  • Selected articles will be posted on blackboard.

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Esme Caubo