NBS8159 : Organisations and People Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module offers students a comprehensive introduction to the study of behaviour in organizations and management. Its aim is to enable students to understand the history and development of the subject area, how theory relates to practice, and how and why theories and practices change over time. Classical and contemporary political and economic, sociological and psychological, behavioural and cultural theories and perspectives on people management are examined in detail.

Integrating and analysing how these different social science disciplines contribute to the study of organizations and management provides a context for students to understand the complexities of behaviour in organizations, the difficulties of translating theory into practice, and the challenges associated with leading and managing organizational change. This framework is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of the psychology and sociology of individual and group behaviour, team dynamics, management practice, and the influence and effects of new organizational forms and culture(s) on these phenomena, within and across societies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction: Work, Organizations and Modern Society
Week 2: Classical Theories: Fordism, Taylorism and the Human Relations Movement
Week 3: The Social Psychology of Organizations: Motivation, Commitment and Performance
Week 4: Organizational Lived-Experience: Selves, Subjectivity and Workplace Identity
Week 5: The Sociology of Organizations: Power, Politics and the Employment Relationship
Week 6: Organizational Cultures: Social and Symbolic Realms of Organizational Group Life
Week 7: Managed Organizational Cultures: Conditions of Possibility, Challenges and Limitations
Week 8: New Organizational Forms: Human Resourced Creativity, Innovation and Change
Week 9: Organizational Surveillance and Control: Managed Participation and the Question of Ethics
Week 10: Group Presentations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture93:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00Reflective reading and presentation of key readings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module teaching and learning methods include lectures and class discussion, non-assessed and formally assessed class presentations and end of module assignment. Each teaching session will start with a formal lecture delivered by the module teaching staff, followed by a non-assessed weekly student-led class discussion and/or presentation informed by selected readings, case studies, video and/ or other learning material that will be used to provide critical insight into specific aspects of the theory and practice of organization and management. All students are required to deliver at least one non-assessed group presentation during the last hour of each weekly teaching session, accompanied by a handout summarizing the aims content and learning outcomes of the presentation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1A40Group presentation 1 (30 mins)
Essay1M602,500 word essay assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed group-presentations (no more than five people in each group) are held in week 10. Each group will present for no more than 30 minutes (20mins presentation time, 10 minutes for questions), and are required to submit a 1500-word summary report of the aims of the presentation and what we learn from the groups reading and analysis of the aspect of organizations in practice covered in the presentation. It is up to each individual group to choose the topic of the presentation. All groups are required to make a final choice of topic by the end of week six, which must be approved in advance by the module leader. There are no constraints on how students choose to deliver the presentation. The groups are free to be as conventional or as creative as they like. The presentation will be assessed as follows:

• Knowledge and understanding of the subject/ topic area                   = 20%
• Use and understanding of OB theories and perspectives                         = 30%
• Oral communication skills and level of group involvement                   = 10%
• The quality of group response to questions                               = 20%
• The Group Report                                                 = 20%

Assessment 2
One 2500-word assignment: Students will be offered a choice or five assignment questions. Questions will be provided by the module leader in the module handbook at the start of the semester. The assignment will be assessed in terms of how well students address the requirements of the questions, and the extent to which answers demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the assignment topic area and include evidence of good quality research.

Reading Lists