Fields of Study

Organizational Behvaiour

Organizational Behaviour

Organizational behaviour, at its most basic level, is the study of individuals and groups in organizations. More specifically, the area of OB focuses on the role of individuals and groups in creating dynamic, successful organizations by connecting organizational effectiveness with the management practices relating to people. At Smith, the organizational behaviour area also encapsulates human resource management (HR), which deals more specifically with talent management in an organization.

Organizational behaviour is characterized by its different levels of analysis

  • At an individual level, the field looks at topics such as personality, learning, perception, creativity, task performance, and deviant behaviour;
  • At a group level, the field looks at topics such as group dynamics, group diversity, leadership, power, and communication; and
  • At an organizational level, the field looks at topics such as organizational culture, structure, and work design.

For more information about the field of organizational behaviour, please refer to the organizational behaviour division of the Academy of Management.

Elective Courses

Electives in OB will help students develop their portfolios of practical tools to create organizations, groups, and jobs that encourage excellence.

Even if you are not pursuing a career in the functional areas of OB or HR, these courses will aid you in designing and facilitating contexts in which others can be successful, as well as understanding the contexts in which you will perform at your best.


COMM 351 Leadership
COMM 353 Managing Across Cultures
COMM 354 Relationships and Reconciliation in Business and Beyond
COMM 356 Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations
COMM 357 Interpersonal Skills for Managers
COMM 358 Managing Human Capital
COMM 385 Negotiation Theory and Behaviour
COMM 389 Topics in Industrial Relations
COMM 407 Critical Perspectives on Business

Course offerings vary year to year, the course term is subject to change, course enrolment is limited, and courses may be cancelled due to instructor availability or low enrolment. Use SOLUS to get the most up-to-date course offerings.


Please refer to the faculty profiles for individual research interests and publications.