In the twenty-first century, the environment in which organizations operate is increasingly turbulent, rocked by forces such as globalization and rapid technological change. Social and demographic forces have dramatically changed the make-up of today’s workforce which is now the most educated and ethnically diverse in history, in addition to having the greatest representation of women. These developments are profoundly affecting the way in which organizations structure themselves, just as they are influencing individuals’ attitudes to and expectations of both organizations and work.
The specialization elective courses within organizational behaviour/industrial relations prepare graduates to work effectively with others in today’s challenging environment. They provide opportunities to explore in greater depth, among others, issues covered in Year 1 courses in the area: the impact of organizational change on individual and organizational effectiveness; leadership; conflict management; decision-making; motivation; and diversity.
Specialization within organizational behaviour is compatible with careers in consulting, human resources, organizational design, and change management. In addition, the field can be effectively combined with other specializations and is of particular benefit to part-time students who are established in a functional area of management and are now assuming more general management responsibilities.
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