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Science Based Business Management


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To provide knowledge and skills such that students have a thorough understanding of the behavior of organizations, the behavior of individuals within organizations and the interaction between the two. This should enable students to better understand the organizational environment in which they operate (either during their SBB internship or their future jobs) and thus increase the value they create for both themselves and the organizations they work in.


Organizational Science focuses on the structure and culture of organizations. Which factors influence the structure of an organization and how does the structure influence the way in which managers operate within the organization? What is organizational culture, how do people learn about the organizational culture and how is it managed? Of course, organizations change over time, structures and cultures change. How do you deal with managing this change?
Human Resources Management deals how people function in a working environment, ranging from recruitment & selection, education, motivation and leadership, collaboration and teamwork, monitoring performance and outplacement. How does individual behavior influence teamwork and how do you manage these individuals who are all part of one organization?

For whom?

– master students of Science Based Business (SBB) that intend to do (or have done) an SBB internship (obligatory for SBB internship students that did one of the SBB Fundamentals courses in the academic year 2011-2012)
– all others with a genuine interest in these topics and minimally either some initiation or experience in business or management

Course Load:

-3 EC


Course runs during May – June 2012,
There are 6 evening sessions of 3 hours each: 2 specific for Organizational Science (OS) and 4 specific for Human Rescources Management (HRM).

All course sessions are on Monday evening, between 19.00-22.00 hrs.

Course dates are:
Monday May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th 2012.

The preliminary planning for the content of the course sessions is as follows:
Session 1): Introduction to the course and introduction to HRM
Session 2): Organization Science part 1
Session 3): Career development/motivation
Session 4): Selection & Staffing
Session 5): Organization Science part 2
Session 6): Teams/leadership

Teaching modes:

Lectures, case discussions and assignments will provide insights in the behaviour of organizations, the behaviour of individuals and the interaction between the two.

Preliminary list of topics:

Principles of Organizational Structure
Factors influencing Organizational Structure
Organizational Culture
Managing Organizational Change
Trends in Human Resources Management
Individual Behaviour (within organizations)
Myers-Briggs personality model
Education and personal development within organizations
Assessment centres
Working in teams
Team roles
Managerial styles


Assignments and online tests via blackboard


Organizational Science: Joyce Rupert
Human Resource Management: Gerard de Gier
Coordinator: Grada Degenaars


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