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NBS8286 : People Management in Global Context

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Lain
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial, business and global context, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. It further examines how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, indicatinghow leaders in organisations, leaders in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus covers pertinent issues in relation to:

The nature of contemporary organisations in a global context
The internal environment of an organisation
The institutional, social and global contexts of HRM
The impact of government legislation on organisations and the development of HR strategies
Demographic, social and technical changes which have shaped the HR strategies adopted
Globalisation and its impact on HR strategies
The changing role of HR professionals within contemporary organisations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00PIP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading169:0069:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching16:006:00Six PIP seminar hours spread across the module
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time13:003:003 hours online live spread across the module
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MStudent understanding is formatively assessed through the use of case studies.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the students in relation to the areas taught and developed in the module.

Reading Lists