NBS8326 : Managing Organisations and People

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Organizations are some of the most important actors in contemporary societies. They control resources similar to countries; with their decisions and strategies they shape key processes such as globalization, innovation, economic growth, migration and social mobility to name a few; they produce essential products and services and employ a growing proportion of the labour force. This module is concerned with the behaviour of and within organizations and as such provides provides an introduction to central issues and concepts of Organisation Theory and Organisation Behaviour, situating these in the broader global socio-economic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

By the end of the module students should be able to understand and explain:

The implications of theories of organisations in relation to:
- The changing nature of work globally
- Emergence and growth of the modern corporation through history and across different countries
- Taylorism and Fordism to LPT; beyond the flexible firm and entrepreneurship, neo-Taylorism and Japanese

Production Systems
- The implication of theories and understandings of organisational behaviour in relation to issues such as identity, culture, diversity and leadership

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading162:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The 2 hour sessions will focus on formal lecture whilst the seminars will allow for individual/group activities and discussion. Lectures provide the basic concepts and framework which contribute to the module’s intended knowledge outcomes. Seminars will facilitate more active and student centered forms of pedagogical activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination501M20Students will be required to undertake a multiple choice test
Written Examination901A80Students will be required to answer an essay style questions from a selection
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
LBS8326Managing Organisations and People1Paired with London module for Sem1 and resits
NBS8926Managing Organisations and People1Groningen shadow module
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MDiscussion during seminar of the results and student learning from exam
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation with feedback from peers and tutor
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice test exam will offer a possibility of early formative feedback as it will be scheduled for week 5 or so of teaching. This will allow students to check on their progress and improve in the later exam. Results of the test will be discussed in a seminar providing an opportunity for summative feedback.

The final exam assesses students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key theories and concepts in organizational theory and behavior drawing on extensive independent reading and research. This will also offer the opportunity to test the range of practical/transferable skills listed in the module’s aims.

Reading Lists