BUS2019 : Understanding Work and Organisations

  • Module Leader(s): Mr Tony Boland
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Students will be introduced to various issues and controversies relating to the study of work, organisation and management. We will examine alternative ways of looking at organisation and management, and consider why we need these alternatives to fully understand the world of work, organisation and management. The assumptions which underpin most management orthodoxy will be examined and their implications considered.

The module aims:

1. To build upon students basic understanding of issues in the analysis of work and organisations, by providing a broader perspective upon the social, political and economic context of work and organisation.

2. To enable students to evaluate research and scholarship on work and organisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction - issues in studying work and organisation, Bureaucracy and Scientific Management revisited, Human Relations Theory and People Management, Organizational Culture and Self Management, Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management, Other perspectives on work, organisation and management, Organizing Studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2021Work and Organisations
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide a framework for student-centred learning: seminars provide opportunities for collaborative learning with peers; these are complemented by students' private study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M252,000 words.
Report2M25Seminar reflection 2,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Resit assessment: Exam only

Reading Lists


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