Organizational Behaviour Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizational Behaviour Management

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    2
  • Overview

    OVERVIEW
    To change behaviour within an organization, we first need to understand it. Only then can we effectively improve leadership, motivation and culture, creating a more productive workplace with happy staff and managers. That may seem obvious, but organizational behaviour remains a much-misunderstood topic. A field muddied by esoteric social scientific theories based upon non-replicable research.

    LEVEL
    Advanced Bachelor

    COURSE CONTENT
    The one proven technique in the domain of Organizational Behaviour – backed by more than 60,000 replicable experiments – is Organizational Behaviour Management (OBM), a sound practical application of the behaviour analysis approach pioneered a century ago by Ivan Pavlov. VU Amsterdam is the first European institution to offer a degree in OBM, and this is the first course in Europe to teach it in a summer school setting.

    You learn the principles and techniques of applied behaviour analysis (ABA): using systematic interventions derived from learning theory to improve socially significant behaviours, then demonstrating that those interventions are indeed responsible for the improvement. Amongst topics covered are the ABC model (antecedent-behaviour-consequence), the four behavioural consequences and a protocol for shaping new behaviours. You also learn to use the OBM Optimizer, a practical tool for enhancing organizational performance, including such factors as quantity, quality, safety and attendance.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    At the end of this course you will:

    • Understand the importance of organizational behaviour for excellent results.
    • Understand how OBM and ABA can help change organizational behaviour.
    • Be familiar with the ABC model and ABC analysis.
    • Understand the major concepts in OBM/ABA and how they can help improve performance.
    • Be able to apply the OBM protocol to a real-life behaviour and use the OBM Optimizer computer program.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Interactive seminar, fieldwork

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Fluency teaching program, OBM Optimizer program

    FIELD VISITS
    Visit to the employer of a recent executive graduate in OBM at VU Amsterdam.

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Students and professionals in the field of social, exact or technical sciences who want to know more about changing organizational behaviour through positive reinforcement.