International Organizational Behaviour

Humanities & Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Course Code
SOSC 3141
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course explores the international variability of organizational behavior, including variability in organizational conflict and power, work motivation, work attitudes, teamwork, organizational culture and leadership. Drawing on a range of theories about cultural differences and their effect on behavior, the course examines the extent to which ideas that have been formulated in developed western countries are sufficient to explain organizational behavior in other areas of the world. As part of the course, students research a major topic in organizational behavior and analyze the differences between Canada and one country outside of the economically developed, western world.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to International Organizational Behaviour
  2. Research on International Organizational Behaviour and Levels of Analysis
  3. Cultural Variability and Universals
  4. Culture and Organizational Behaviour
  5. International Differences in Power, Authority and Influence in Organizations
  6. Organizational Conflicts, Negotiations, Agreements and Culture
  7. Work Motivation and Culture
  8. Organizational Attitudes, Moral Judgments and Culture
  9. Groups, Teams and Culture
  10. Organizational Cultures and National Cultures
  11. Organizational Leadership and Culture
  12. Organizational Change, Adaptability and Culture
  13. Behaviour in International and Cross Cultural Organizations
Learning Activities

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

  • lectures
  • group projects/discussions
  • case studies
  • seminar presentations
  • library research papers
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will include some of the following:  quizzes, exams, research paper, case study assignment, group project, oral presentation, participation, etc.  The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of an evaluation scheme:

Mid Term Exam                                                                                     25%

Case Study                                                                                           20%

Article Review                                                                                       20%

Research Paper                                                                                     35%

Total                                                                                                    100%


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to: 

  1. Analyze international variability and universals in organizational behaviour
  2. Explain how culture affects organizational behavior
  3. Describe a range of theories of cultural variation and evaluate their ability to explain variations in organizational behavior between countries.
  4. Evaluate the applicability of common theories of organizational behavior outside of economically developed western countries
Textbook Materials

Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:

  • Francesco A.M and Gold B.A. (2004) International Organizational Behavior (2nd Edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.
  • Silverthorne C.P. (2005) Organizational Psychology in Cross Cultural Perspective. New York: New York University Press.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SOSC 3141
Athabasca University (AU) AU ORGB 3XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 106 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR MGMT 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BUSI 2XXX (3)
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC PSYC 224 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 2XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SSEL 2XXX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW BUSI 2XX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC INTS 3XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 220 (1.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC ELEC 2XX (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023