Group Dynamics

By Prof. Pooja Garg   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 780
To familiarize the students with the functioning of individuals in group situations. To provide scholars and managers an understanding of human behavior at work and how to effectively integrate human and organizational resources. The course will focus on employees' positively oriented human resource strengths and psychological capacities that can be measured, developed, and effectively managed for performance improvement and optimum human conditioning. The course devises pathways to improve people’s quality of work-life and group situations in organizations and understand how managers can create positive change in organizations. This course will introduce the learners to the fundamental aspects of group behavior in detail.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students from universities, colleges, and technical institutions and managers seeking to expand their scope of expertise

PREREQUISITES: Graduation in any discipline

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Banking, IT, and manufacturing sector; HR department, Police training, Medical practitioners, Army, Navy, and Air Force Personnel.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Groups: Groups and types of groups, their functions, stages of group development, reasons of joining groups.
Week 2: Group Processes: Conformity, deviance, cohesiveness, social loafing and facilitation, cooperation and competition.
Week 3: Interpersonal attraction and Social Relationship: Attraction, similarity and liking, measurement issues- Sociometry.
Week 4: Group Communication: Process, formal and informal communication, verbal and non-verbal patterns of communication, social networks, rumors, and grapevine.
Week 5: Interactive Behavior: Conflict and resolution strategies, transactional analysis, JOHARI window.
Week 6: Group leadership: Leadership Styles-Autocratic, Democratic, and Laissez-faire leadership styles; Characteristics of various types of group leaders, Contingency models of leadership (Fiedler, Path – Goal, Leader Participation Model of Leadership), and Contemporary models of leadership (Leader-Member Exchange, Situational, and Transactional and Transformational Models of leadership).
Week 7: Organizational Justice, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Meaning and forms of organizational justice. Ethical behavior in organizations and difference between morals and ethics, the guiding principle of global ethics, factors promoting ethical and unethical behavior, Corporate Social Responsibility-meaning and its types, forms of socially responsible behavior, and the virtuous circle
Week 8: Positive Organizational Scholarship: Definition, the principle of POS, the scope of POS (Organizational Resilience, Meaning in work; Virtuousness, Engagement, Appreciative Inquiry, Mindfulness at work and well-being at work)

Books and references

1. Robbins, S.P. Judge, T.A. & Vohra, N., “Organizational Behavior,” 18th Ed, Pearson Education. (2019)
2. Parek, U. & Khanna, S., “Understanding Organizational Behavior,” 4th Ed, Oxford University Press. (2018)
3. Cameron, K.S. & Spreitzer, G.M., “The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship,” Oxford Handbooks. (2012)
4.Greenberg, J. & Baron, R., “Behavior in Organizations,” 10th Ed, Pearson-Prentice Hall. (2009)
5. Baron R. A. and Byrne D., “Social Psychology”, 10th Ed., Pearson Education, Inc. (2004)
6. Luthans F., “Organizational Behavior”,10th Ed., McGraw-Hill Companies. (2004)
7.Cameron, K.S., Dutton, J.E.& Quinn, R.E., “Positive Organizational Scholarship,” Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, San Francisco. (2003)

Instructor bio

Prof. Pooja Garg

IIT Roorkee
Prof.Pooja Garg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. She is a postgraduate in Psychology and received her Ph. D in Psychology from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. Her areas of specialization are Organizational Behaviour and Positive Psychology. She has more than twelve years of teaching and research experience. She received the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Fellowship, now Chey Institute of Advanced Studies (CIAS) (2018-19), South Korea. She was awarded the Emerald Highly Commended Award, 2018, and Emerald Outstanding Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007, UK. She has published research papers in journals of national and international repute such as The International Journal of Human Resource Development, International Journal of Educational Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Organizational Management, among others

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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