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BUS2074 : Global Perspectives in Managing People and Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sawlat Zaman
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 organizations in the global business environment: From local to global
2. Managing people in organizations: challenges, controversies, and contradictions
3. Managing organizational practices: Power, politics, ethics, and decision-making
4. Managing organizational structures and processes.
5. Managing national, cultural, and contextual differences and response to challenges
6. Global perspectives in managing employment relations: labor standards, challenges, and practices in developing and developed economies.
7. Managing people and employment relations under varieties of capitalism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:008 two-hourly lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:004 seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00one -three hour workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00on-line drop-ins
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study531:0053:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops 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 and workshop will reinforce their understanding through analytical activities and group work. The seminars/workshops provide a good opportunity to engage students in and monitor their progress with the skills-based outcomes. Providing space for content discussion is a good way to support student's advance with their projects as the seminar/workshop sessions would be targeting links between themes in the lectures and the assessment they have to complete for the module. The workshop will help them build knowledge and team skills on a given issue.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Individual Assignment: 2000 words
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
Prob solv exercises2MStudents prepare notes on given issues in teams and present them to tutors during seminars/workshop and Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit an individual assignment/essay that demonstrates their knowledge and understanding of the topic or issues provided. 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. Concerning the skill-based outcomes (teamwork, communication, and critical analysis), these are reflected in the seminar works and workshops where they work in groups and also through the individual assessment component of the module.

Reading Lists