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

The syllabus will include:

• Classical Theories: Fordism, Taylorism and the Human Relations Movement
• The Social Psychology of Organizations: Motivation, Commitment and Performance
• Organizational Lived-Experience: Selves, Subjectivity and Workplace Identity
• The Sociology of Organizations: Power, Politics and the Employment Relationship
• Organizational Cultures: Social and Symbolic Realms of Organizational Group Life
• Managed Organizational Cultures: Conditions of Possibility, Challenges and Limitations
• New Organizational Forms: Human Resourced Creativity, Innovation and Change
• Organizational Surveillance and Control: Managed Participation and the Question of Ethics

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, online materials, non-assessed and formally assessed class presentations and end of module assignment. Teaching sessions will include formal lectures, class discussions and student presentations 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.

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)
Essay1M602,000 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). It is up to each individual group to choose the topic of the presentation. All groups' final choice of topic 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 time management = 10%
• Level of group involvement = 10%
• Visual aids = 10%
• The quality of group response to questions                               = 20%

Assessment 2
One 2500-word assignment: Assignment guidance will be provided by the module leader during a taught session. The assignment will set a broadly framed question for critical discussion and the guidance will encourage independent inquiry to develop a focus of relevance and interest to the student. The assignment will be assessed in terms of the extent to which answers demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the assignment topic area and include evidence of good quality research, insight and originality.

Reading Lists