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Football Behaviour Management

The course is organised in such a way that it is as if you are part of a virtual club and already working as a scout for that said club.

Course description 

How does one become a scout? Or a technical director of a football club? There really isn’t a course you can take for that. That is what we want to change with our Football Behaviour Management (FBM) course.

The main idea is to combine relevant scientific theory with the practical knowledge of professionals working as scouts, technical directors or player agents. During the course you will find new talent, apply the relevant scientific theories to your findings and present the talent you find to the decision makers of the virtual club.

The scientific part of the course will consist of:

- Organizational Behaviour Management (OBM). OBM is the most scientific way to bring the best out of people. OBM is targeted at work within organizations. 

- Cybernetic Big Five Theory (CB5T). CB5T is the most scientific way of looking at personality. Again, CB5T is a great tool to make sure you deeply understand the people you work with. 

- Triangulation. The Triangulation model of communication explains why you always need three points to understand anything. In terms of football: the player, the manager and the game itself. 

- Viable System Model (VSM). VSM is a cybernetic approach to organizations. As we are already using cybernetics with CB5T it is only natural to also include VSM. VSM is the most scientific way to model an organization and hence also a football club. 

- Subjective Bayesian statistics. A lot of decisions that you need to make as a scout or technical director are clouded with uncertainty. Bayesian statistics is the most scientific way of dealing with uncertainty. 

Our registration deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to apply. You can leave your contact details to be added to our summer 2023 newsletter. 


About this course

Course level

  • Master / Advanced / Beginner

Course coordinator

  • Marius Rietdijk


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 60


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €650 - €1150

Additional course information

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of organisational behaviour to achieve excellent results within a professional football organisation.
    • Explain how OBM and ABA can help change organisational behaviour.
    • Show familiarity with the ABC model and ABC analysis.
    • Discuss the main concepts in OBM/ABA and how they can help improve performance.
    • Apply the OBM protocol to real-life behaviour.
    • Model a professional football organisation with VSM.
    • Use VSM to diagnose and optimise a professional football organisation.
    • Use CB5T to understand people's needs, desires and goals.
    • Understand how people’s needs, desires and goals can help an organisation achieve its goals.
  • Course schedule

    Classes will take place from Monday 18 July until Friday 29 July. In general classes will be during the week between 9am and 17pm. Wednesday afternoons and weekends will be off for optional social activities or personal time. Good to be aware that self-study will be required in your private time (nights and weekends). Sunday 17 July and Sunday 31 July are arrival and departure days (in case you arrange accommodation via our housing service). More details will be shared in the course syllabus which will be shared with the participants in June. 

  • About the course coordinator

    Marius Rietdijk is assistant professor at the department of Management and Organization. He got his PhD in 2009 at the Vrije Universiteit. Since 2010 he is also Scientific Director of ADRIBA. This is an Executive Education and Research Center for Applied Behavior Analysis, Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in particular. It is a research center for bachelor, master and PhD students interested in applying Behavior Analysis to solve societal problems and to increase problem solving behavior of people in all streams of life. Scientifically it aims contributing to solving gaps in economics and management science with behaviorism as philosophical stance. For more information see

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