Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2023/2024 | Previous academic years:  2022/2023  |  2021/2022 
Double Bachelor's degree in Management, Business Administration and Law (international program) at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 177404 Subject title: ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN AND BEHAVIOR
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 2 Period: 1º S
Department: Gestión de Empresas

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Module/Subject matter

Module: Organization and Human Resources.



This course aims to bring students to the study of human behavior within organizations, as well as of the knowledge of the main variables related to the design of the organization. This general objective implies that the student knows the problems faced by organizations in this field, the main theoretical developments in the discipline, his personal position on these issues and developing the ability to translate knowledge into practice.

The course aims to provide the basic theoretical foundation for effective leadership at any level in any function within organizations. Therefore, its contents are very useful to perform management tasks that involve responsibility for people.

The course content is structured in three blocks. The first one is aimed at analyzing the elements that define and shape the organization as a set of relationships and people. The second one takes the individual as the basic unit of analysis, studying the relevant dimensions related to her behavior within organizations. The third section identifies the relationship between individuals within groups in organizations.


General proficiencies

CG01. Analysis and synthesis skills.

CG02. Ability to organize and plan.

CG03. Oral and written communication in the native language.

CG04. Writing and speaking in a foreign language.

CG06. Ability to find and analyze information from different sources.

CG07. Ability to solve problems.

CG08. Ability to make decisions.

CG09. Ability to work in a team.

CG12. Skills in personal relationships.

CG14. Critical thinking and self-assessment.

CG15. Ethical commitment in the workplace.

CG17. Autonomous learning skills.

CG18. Ability to adapt to new situations.

CG20. Leadership.

CB1 - Students have demonstrated that they possess knowledge of and understand an area of study, based on general secondary education and usually to a level which, albeit with the support of advanced text books, also includes some aspects which imply knowledge of the latest developments in their field of study.

CB2 - Students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess skills which are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and resolving problems in their area of study.

CB3 - Students are able to compile and interpret relevant information (normally within their area of study) in order to voice opinions which include reflection on relevant themes of a social, scientific or ethical nature.

CB4 - Students are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

CB5 - Students have developed those learning skills required in order to undertake further studies with a considerable degree of self-reliance.


Specific proficiencies

CE01. Understanding economic institutions as the result and the application of theoretical or formal representations about how the economy works.

CE04. Applying professional criteria based on the management of technical tools to the analysis of business problems.

CE09. Ability to integrate in any functional area of a company or organization and perform any task in them.

CE10. Creating and managing a business in its key dimensions.

CE11. Understanding the nature of the company as an organization and as a place of interaction of agents with different objectives.

CE13. Identifying the firm as a system and recognizing interdependencies between the different functional areas.

CE14. Implementing policies and practices aimed at improving effectiveness and efficiency.

CE19. Applying techniques to improve the training, development and motivation of human resources


Learning outcomes

R_DG_01. To know the theoretical foundations of decision making.

R_DG_02. Know the basic theory of the company: Organization and functional areas.

R_DG_03. Know the theory of organization: To know the main developments in Organizational and Behavioral Theory; To compare the different theories on Organizational Behavior; To understand the interrelations between the different levels of analysis in the organization

R_DG_05. Apply the knowledge of Organizational Behavior for individual development

R_DG_06. Apply the knowledge of organizational behavior to real situations that are not too complex

R_DG_07. Know the basics of conflict resolution and the basis for effective cooperation.

R_DG_08. To know the ethical foundations that should guide the practices in the company.



  Classroom hours Out of classrooms hours
A-1 Large group sessions-theory and practice (includes final exam) 46  
A-2 Medium-sized group sessions-practice 14  
A-3 Essays and exercises   24
A-4 Individual study   40
A-5 Prepare for exams and quizzes   18
A-6 Tutorials   08
Total 60 90




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
R_DG_01 R_DG_02 R_DG_03 R_DG_07 R_DG_08 Final evaluation test, which will coincide with the regular exam. 60 Yes, in the retake exam. 4/10
R_DG_01 R_DG_02 R_DG_03 R_DG_07 R_DG_08 Partial evaluation test. 30 Yes, in the retake exam. 4/10
R_DG_06 R_DG_05 Exercises and papers carried out in groups. 10 Yes, in the retake exam.  

The minimum grade to pass the course is a 4 in the evaluation tests.






Topic 1. Individual decision making

Topic 2. Motivation in hierarchies. The agency model.


Topic 3. Teams

Topic 4. The coalition model.


Topic 5. Transaction costs

Topic 6. Authority and the employment relationship.

Topic 7. Information systems and hierarchy.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Robbins, S.P., y Judge, T.A. (2016): Essentials of organizational behavior, 13th ed. Pearson Education.

Robbins S. P., & Judge T. A. (2019). Organizational Behaviour, enhanced eBook, Global Edition. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from

Buchanan D. A., & Huczynski A. A. (2019). Buchanan: Organizational Behaviour pdf e-book_10. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from

Mullins, L. J. (2019). Mullins: OB in the Workplace EEB_12. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from






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