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International Organizational Behaviour

Course Code: SOSC 3141
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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

course prerequisites

SOSC 2140 or BUSN 3310 or PSYC 3340

curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.