IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour

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The IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour provides you with a framework for bringing people together from diverse backgrounds or lines of business to effectively execute strategic initiatives. Participants will learn psychological principles, techniques and approaches that will have immediate practical impact in their organisation.

The design of the IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour is informed by the experience gained over thirty five years delivering the MSc in Organisational Behaviour, which was Ireland’s premier qualification in the area of people and organisations.

Who This Programme Is For

This programme is aimed at those who wish to gain a more thorough grasp of the human and organisational sciences and who recognise that professional development in this area would enable them and their organisations to cope better with the future. This course is open to candidates from any management function. The programme is relevant for people with backgrounds in different disciplines, provided their job requires them to deal with people and organisational issues.


Pathway Options

 Masters in Business Practice


  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 11 November 2019
  • Modules: 5
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IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour

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Next Programme Start Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 11, 12, 13 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 3, 4, 5  February 2020

Module 4: 9, 10, 11 March 2020

Module 5: 20, 21, 22 April 2020


Next Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1:  25, 25 & 27 November 2019

Module 2:  06, 07 & 08 January 2020

Module 3:  10, 11 & 12 February 2020

Module 4: 09, 10 & 11 March 2020

Module 5: 06, 07 08 April 2020




Programme Impact

By completing the IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour you will:

  • Develop a framework for understanding how to effectively influence others
  • Learn to motivate and lead your team more effectively
  • Gain key insights into successful negotiation strategies
  • Know how to understand, communicate and lead organisational change
  • Understand how your expectations of others influence the impressions you form of them
  • Become more skilful at understanding why others behave the way they do
  • Gain awareness of the impact that your behaviour has on others
  • Learn frameworks that foster more effective decision making
  • Understand common systematic biases and their impact on decision making
  • Develop skills to influence and manage group decision making
  • Be able to match the strategy of the organisation to the design
Programme Content

The IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour incorporates six core subject themes, covering essential areas of contemporary social psychology.

Each subject theme has dedicated faculty experts responsible for integrated content delivery. The faculty group combines a blend of real world business experience and technical expertise that is unique to IMI.

THEME 01 – Psychology of Negotiation

  • Fundamentals of negotiation. Introducing integrative and distributive bargaining.
  • Team negotiations.
  • Multi-party and inter-cultural negotiations.
  • Alternative dispute resolution exploring rights, power and interests.
  • Ethics and culture in negotiations

THEME 02 – Motivation and Engagement

  • Exploring motivation.
  • Behavioural and cognitive psychology.
  • Strengths and engagement.
  • The high-performance challenge

THEME 03 – Managerial Decision – Making

  • Introduction to decisionmaking.
  • Bounded awareness and framing.
  • Influence of motivation and emotion on decision making. Fairness and ethics in decision-making.
  • Strategies for improving decision-making

THEME 04 – Self-Awareness

  • Understanding and implications of individual psychometric profiles.
  • Team profiles and behavioural profiles at work.
  • Sub-personalities and the stage metaphor.
  • Fundamentals of interpersonal relationships.
  • Development and derailment profiles.
  • Executive Information System (EIS) simulation: computer-based change management simulation.

THEME 05 – Influencing and Persuasion

  • Fundamentals of influence and persuasion.
  • Personal and interpersonal dimensions of persuasion.
  • Social capital and interpersonal attraction.
  • Powers and politics in organisations an authority.
  • The psychology of assertion and scarcity.

THEME 06 – Psychology of Organisational Development

  • Evolution of organisational development with exploration of foundational organisational development models.
  • Examination of OD processes and their application from diagnosis to delivery.
  • Understanding organisational culture and designing interventions.
  • Understanding the nature of resistance and working with the politics of organisations.
Programme Features

Interactive Classes

Core concepts, techniques and practical tools are introduced in interactive classroom sessions, in which debate and discussion are constantly encouraged.

Guest Seminars

In addition to regular classes, guest seminars from visiting experts are a common feature of the programme. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to analyse and discuss issues of contemporary concern with seasoned organisational experts.

Class Diversity & Networking

The IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour appeals to a uniquely diverse cohort of experienced managers from a wide range of industries and backgrounds who are intently focused on broadening their knowledge and developing their skills. Throughout the year you will work closely with your class colleagues in team activities and organised study groups. You will leave the programme with a valuable network of business contacts and friends.

Action Learning

IMI’s teaching methods feature intensely practical classroom exercises and group activities designed to accelerate the transfer of learning back to the workplace.

Unique Faculty

IMI faculty have a unique blend of academic qualifications and real world business acumen. This combines with their unrivalled business experience working with practicing managers to create a truly dynamic classroom experience.

Return on Investment

Participants will develop a practical organisational behaviour toolkit to implement immediately in their workplace.

About the Programme

“Having taught Organisational Behaviour at Masters level over two decades, I am convinced that for Managers and Leaders, nothing beats self-awareness and people skills. Organisational Behaviour is the science that explains how to achieve high performance working with people in organisational setting and how to create organisations to which people want to belong.”
Andrew McLaughlin, Programme Director
IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour

“From board level to the level of the individual manager, organisational behaviour is the key to effectiveness in organisations. Understanding how an organisation gets results is a key requirement for success. Having organisational behaviour insights, knowledge and skills can make a significant difference to the impact of a manager and the survival and success of the organisation. It is a core competence for leadership.”
Helen Keelan
Professional Non-Executive Director and Business Advisor

Payment Options

For 2019, the IMI offers promotional rates* and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2019 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our IMI Diploma participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI Diploma by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance before the start of your fourth module.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

Reflective Integrated Assignment

Completion of the MBS in Business Practice pathway is contingent on participants completing the RIA (5 credits) capstone assignment. Guidance is offered through a compulsory one-day facilitated workshop and ongoing support and access to the IMI Knowledge Centre is also provided at a cost of €650. Payment is due on acceptance of Diploma three.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email


*Pricing subject to change

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of fifteen IMI Diploma Programmes and BRP.

By completing either of the four pathways below within a five year timeframe, you will earn the required amount of credits to be conferred the title ‘MSc or MBS in Business Practice’, ‘MSc in Data Business or ‘MSc in Digital Business’. The IMI Masters of Business Framework is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.


How does it work?

Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the IMI’s suite of fifteen IMI Diploma programmes.
Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing achieving an overall grade average of 2.1.
Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project or a third IMI Diploma of your choosing and a Reflective Integrated Assignment (RIA).

Separate to their individual pathways, it must be noted that the IMI Diploma in Data Business Part 1 or the IMI Diploma in Digital Business Part 1 can be taken as the first, second or third diploma in the journey towards an MSc in Business Practice or MBS in Business Practice.


A key feature of the IMI MoB Framework is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all required steps and attain the Masters. Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the taught element of the IMI MoB Framework in as little as 18 months. You must complete all elements of the IMI MoB Framework within five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI MoB Framework is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the programme, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefits from your participation.

Who is eligible?

Participants are required to provide evidence of relevant work-based learning at a management level and / or should hold a relevant academic qualification at primary degree level.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact or Freephone 1800 22 33 88.

A candidate’s suitability for the programme will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and / or relevant professional experience. Each applicant will be firstly required to comprehensively complete the IMI “Portfolio of Learning” form. A primary degree from a recognised third level institution (NFQ level 8) will typically be required with at least 3 years relevant industry experience, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

Alternatively, at least 5 years relevant experience at an appropriate managerial level is the requirement where the degree is not in the appropriate area. This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working in management.

Each proposed candidate will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person or by phone. The IMI Registrar’s Office will oversee all applications and the final decision on any application rests with the Registrar.

All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The English language requirement for this programme is an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Successful participants will be awarded both the IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour and the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Behaviour. The Postgraduate Certificate qualification is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork and is a Level 9, Minor Award on National Framework of Qualifications. By completing this programme you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the Master of Business qualification.

Next Programme Start Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 11, 12, 13 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17, 18 December 2019

Module 3: 3, 4, 5  February 2020

Module 4: 9, 10, 11 March 2020

Module 5: 20, 21, 22 April 2020

Next Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1:  25, 25 & 27 November 2019

Module 2:  06, 07 & 08 January 2020

Module 3:  10, 11 & 12 February 2020

Module 4: 09, 10 & 11 March 2020

Module 5: 06, 07 08 April 2020



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