Netherlands, Amsterdam

Organizational Behaviour Management

when 14 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1150

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.


The one proven technique in this domain – 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.

Course leader

Dr. Marius Rietdijk

Target group

Students and professionals in the field of social, exact or technical sciences who want to know more about changing organizational behaviour through positive reinforcement. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

3 ECTS
Contact hours: 60

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes:
• Airport pick-up service
• Welcome goodie bag
• Orientation programme
• Course excursions
• On-site support
• Emergency assistance
• Transcript of records after completion of the course

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply and pay before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

There are also discounts for students who attend multiple sessions, combine 2 courses and receive a €200 discount and combine 3 to receive a €300 discount. All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.

Scholarships

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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