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Managing Organisations and People

Overview and aims
The module introduces you to the organisational and management environments in which the construction industry operates and the people within it.

Its aims are to develop your ability to:

  • discuss the historical bases from which management theory has developed and discuss how historical perspective has influenced contemporary thought
  • critically evaluate contemporary and emergent management theory and practice
  • critically evaluate current and evolving human resource management philosophy
  • investigate human resource issues at management and operative levels within corporate and project arenas, both nationally and internationally
  • acquire human resource skills within multi-discipline intra-group and inter-group working across a range of both national and international cultures.

Module content
Managing organisations

  • The nature of managerial work, management processes and business functions in western practice
  • Organisational theory and practice, and the design and work of organisations and organisational systems for national and international construction
  • Organisational management, leadership, groups, structures, conflict, organisational change

Managing people

  • Effective human resource planning and management: Relationship with corporate mission, objectives and strategies. Recruitment and selection of employees. Compensation, training and development. Performance appraisal and labour relations
  • Effectively utilising human resources: Management and operative skills. Productive working environments. Strengthening employee-management relations. Team working in international settings

Learning outcomes
After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically review historical bases from which management theory has developed and show how historical perspective has influenced contemporary thought
  • critically discuss the contribution which national and/or international management thought can make to the development of individual management performance
  • critically discuss current and evolving human resource management philosophy within an international context
  • critically evaluate human resource issues at management and operative levels within corporate and project arenas, both nationally and internationally.

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

  • collect and integrate information and data from various sources
  • analyse, evaluate and interpret complex factual information and relevant issues in a systematic, critical and creative manner, and evaluate alternative processes and/or measure against relative criteria; making logical recommendations based on analysis, information and circumstances
  • identify, define, critically evaluate and propose solutions to complex problems, including generation of new ideas, innovations and concepts where appropriate
  • effectively communicate information, ideas and concepts in a clear and articulate style, including the use of information technologies and systems where appropriate
  • develop and use personal skills and competencies to enable effective individual and team working, applying ethical and professional values to the work environment.

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