BUS2019 : Understanding Work and Organisations
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Sara Zaeemdar
- Demonstrator: Mr Robin Brown
- Lecturer: Professor Steve Vincent
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
The module aims to build upon students' basic understanding of management, work and organisations. It seeks to help students to understand various issues in the analysis of work and organisations, by providing a broader perspective upon the social, political and economic context of work and organisation. It aims to help students to critically examine mainstream management theories, and their underlying assumptions, and to compare these with the reality of work in contemporary organisations.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module explores the issues in studying work and organisations. The contrast between the mainstream management theory ‘Rhetoric’ and the ‘Reality of Work’ is, in particular, explored and examined through the syllabus:
The image of work and organisations portrayed by the mainstream management theories (e.g. Scientific Management, Bureaucracy, Post-Bureaucracy, Culture, and Change Management), will be compared to, and contrasted with, the examples of contemporary work and employment practices (e.g. Digital Taylorism and Amazon, Gig Economy and Uber, Hyper-Flexibility and Personal Training, Globalisation and Fast Fashion).
Alternative and critical perspectives on understanding work and organisations will be introduced and explored. These include Paradigms of Knowledge Creation, McDonaldization, Labour Process Theory, and Critical perspectives on Politics, Power and Control.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||64:00||64:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||28||1:00||28:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||Formative feedback session|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|BUS2021||Work and Organisations|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide the students with a framework upon which they can develop their understanding of work and organisations. The seminars provide opportunities for evaluating the practical implications of the learnt management and organisation theory, in real work and organisational context.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||1||M||Short Quiz|
|Written Examination||2||M||Short Quiz|
|Written exercise||1||M||essay plan (linked to summative assessment Essay) in semester 1|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essay will assess and provide feedback upon students' understanding of the organisation theory presented in the module. The exam will assess students' overall understanding of knowledge and issues presented in the module.