Module Catalogue 2020/21

BUS2074 : Global Perspectives in Managing People and Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sawlat Zaman
  • Lecturer: Dr Ana Lopes, Dr Jingqi Zhu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
BUS1001Introduction to Management and Organisation
BUS1012International Business and Management
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module is designed to promote an understanding of the nature and importance of the management of people and organisations in the context of the challenges faced by organisations operating in the global business environment. The module aims to enable students to understand the dimensions that influence management policies and practices internationally, and to gain awareness of how conceptual debates shape the management of people and organisations and translate into practical challenges in different countries.

As a direct result of internationalisation and globalisation the scope and practice of management and decision-making in organisations is wider and affected by multiple forces that transcend domestic realities, such as changes in demographics, patterns of migration, patterns of global staffing, global economic landscape, knowledge to attitudinal/behavioural characteristics ratio, trends in talent rotation across international business units, rise of knowledge workers, and changes in national and supranational policy frameworks.

More concretely, the module aims to support students in:
1. Problematising the key concepts in the area of the management of people and organisations and how these are used to address issues in the global business environment.
2. Using key concepts to understand and make sense of people management experiences in organisations.
3. Scrutinising assumptions about the management of people and organisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Managing people and organisations in the global business environment: From local to global
2. Managing people in organisations: Challenges, Controversies and Contradictions
3. Managing organisational practices: Power, politics, ethics and decision-making
4. Managing organisational structures and processes

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

1. Summarise implications of key issues affecting the management of people in organisations in the
global business environment.
2. Explain differences and similarities in the choices and challenges organisations face for the
management of people in different regions and countries.
3. Identify the impact of national institutions and systems on design and implementation of management
policies and practices in different countries.
4. Demonstrate insight into the impact of globalisation on the management of people in organisations
operating internationally.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

1. Analyse issues surrounding the different ways in which people and organizations can be managed
2. Recognise the importance of the management of people and organizations, and of the relationship
between this and other aspects of management; both sufficient to have a material impact on the
subsequent managerial behaviour of students.
3. Conduct critical analysis of current issues facing the management of people and organisations in the global business environment through the analysis, structure and management of ideas and arguments.
4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and teamwork skills through managing a group project,
organising working time, working professionally with others and meet deadlines.
5. Demonstrate good written and oral communication through the preparation a report, writing an
individual reflection and presenting and communicating an argument to an audience.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:007 per semester
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00two 4 hours of workshop per term
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Combining lectures and seminars is deemed appropriate so that students have the opportunity to engage in discussion of content, which is a good way to promote knowledge and understanding. Lectures will facilitate that students familiarise themselves with relevant content. Seminars will reinforce their understanding through analytical activities and group work.In addition, given that the module has an group project element, the seminars provide a good opportunity to engage students in and monitor their progress in relation to the skills-based outcomes. Providing space for content discussion is a good way to support students advance with their projects as the seminar sessions would be targeting links between themes in the lectures and the project they have to complete for the module.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Group Report: 4,000 words
Design/Creative proj1M20Group Presentation: 20 minutes (groups of 5 students)
Essay2M50Individual Essay: 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The combination of group and individual assessments is deemed to be pedagogically strong and the most suitable in order to facilitate that students gain knowledge and understanding of the topic. The rationale for this combination is one that prioritises a holistic approach to assessment; that is, one that not only focuses on the final pieces (ie, the report and the presentation) but also provides space for demonstrating individual knowledge (e.g., the individual essay). In terms of the intended knowledge outcomes of the module, the assessments focus on examination, critical evaluation and reflection; this is central to the analytical approach of the module and its objectives. In relation to the skill-based outcomes (teamwork, written and oral communication and critical analysis), these are reflected in the core of each of the assessed components of the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Resit assessments - individual written essay of 4000 words (100%)

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