Organisations and People Management

Overview and aims

This module draws upon insights from organisational behaviour (OB) to develop knowledge, insights and skills relevant to the management of people in organisations.

The main aims of the module are to:

  • foster a critical understanding of the origins and development of classical management theory and its implementation in managing people in contemporary organisations
  • foster a critical understanding of contrasting OB perspectives to the classical management perspective and the debates between these
  • promote an understanding of the management of people at individual, group and organisational levels
  • create insight from different OB perspectives into the role played by managers and the activities they undertake in managing organisations and people
  • promote practical understanding of the use of OB theories in the management of people in case study organisations
  • foster an understanding of the impact of contemporary information and knowledge technologies upon the management of people and organisations

Module content

The module content will have as its main areas of focus on:

  • the development of classical management theory and rationalisation from early innovations to contemporary examples, highlighting the structuring of work and organisations and the impact this has on managing people
  • psychologically-informed theories of individual behaviour in organisations and how these underpin the management of people, covering topics such as motivation, personality, perception and learning
  • social aspects of the organisation, particularly theories of teamwork, group dynamics and organisational culture, and how these impact on managing people in organisations
  • the role and activities of managers in overseeing the organisation, drawing upon theories of leadership, power and politics
  • contemporary perspectives on managing learning and knowledge; and the use of information technology in organisations and their implications for managing people

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically analyse the relevant OB theories informing the management of people in organisations
  • evaluate the contribution of classical management theories to contemporary management practice
  • compare and contrast a range of different OB theories with classical management theory
  • evaluate the roles and theories of managing people at individual, group and organisational levels
  • understand and examine the impact of knowledge and information technologies on the management of people in contemporary organisations
  • apply relevant OB theories to the analysis of case studies of managing people in organisations
  • demonstrate understanding and critical awareness of the impact of ethical and sustainable practices on the discipline

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • develop independent study skills through the critical analysis of models, theories and concepts and apply these skills to the analysis of organisational case studies
  • propose appropriate actions for the effective management of people in specific organisational settings
  • manage business operations with an understanding of their impact upon people within organisations
  • reflect on your own management practice in relation to the effective management of people in organisations

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