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Organisations and Management in a Global Context

  • Module code: BH7579
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 15
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module introduces you to a systemic approach to identifying, understanding and analysing macro, meso and micro issues, set within the global context, which have significant implications for the successful management of organisations and the people within them to produce appropriate detailed recommendations for organisational implementation.

Aims

  • To develop an in depth understanding of human behaviour in organisations including how performance can be enhanced through its effective management
  • To provide a structured approach to enabling students to critically reflect and evaluate implications within the global context
  • To develop an ability to integrate the management of human resources with aspects of other business and management disciplines

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • critically reflect upon the significance of key theories of human behaviour with respect to organisations and the management of the people within them
  • critically evaluate the impact of cross-cultural differences in the context of a rapidly changing business environment
  • conduct a detailed diagnosis of the organisational environment to assess the implications for the management of people and organisations and to make appropriate recommendations
  • propose appropriate specific recommendations for the relevant timeframe and level of analysis

Curriculum content

  • Reflecting on national culture
  • Motivating organisational behaviour
  • Making effective decisions
  • Decision making in teams
  • Influencing others
  • Negotiating successfully
  • Effective global teamworking
  • Leveraging social networks
  • Managing talent
  • Understanding organisational architecture
  • Managing organisational culture
  • Leading change

Teaching and learning strategy

The delivery of this module will be based on a combination of formal face-to-face tutor input, tutor- and student-led experiential activities and student-led action learning sets, tutor supported Canvas and/or other electronic activities, and self-directed learning. Students will analyse a variety of organisational issues (eg., using in-depth case studies) and will be supported through this process by the tutor and peers. Student development through critical thinking and analysis will be emphasized.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Face-to-face class time Exec Ed / FT 32 /40
Guided independent study Learning sets, self-supported learning and Canvas and/or other electronic activities Exec Ed / FT 118 /110
Total (number of credits x 10) 150

Assessment strategy

This module is designed to provide students with early opportunities to practice their developing knowledge through in-class small group work and experiential learning activities, interactive whole group discussions and informal individual and group presentations. These opportunities are complemented with detailed on the spot tutor feedback. The initial individual written assessment (10%) not only prepares students for an in-class activity (eg., experts and novices), but supports students to prepare effectively for the final individual written assessment (90%).

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1) Critically reflect upon the significance of key theories of human behaviour with respect to the management of people and organisations Class discussion and in-class exercises; tutor-supported Canvas and/or other electronic activities; learning set discussions; self-directed learning; both individual written assignments
2) Critically evaluate the impact of cross-cultural differences in the context of a rapidly changing business environment Class discussion and in-class exercises; tutor-supported Canvas activities and/or other electronic activities; learning set discussions; self-directed learning; both individual written assignments
3) Conduct a detailed diagnosis of the external and internal organisational environment to analyse the implications for the management of people and organisations and to make appropriate recommendations Class discussion and in-class exercises; tutor-supported Canvas activities and/or other electronic activities; learning set discussions; self-directed learning; final individual written assignment
4) propose appropriate specific recommendations for the relevant timeframe and level of analysis Class discussion and in-class exercises; tutor-supported Canvas and/or other electronic activities; learning set discussions; final individual written assignment

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Individual assignment Coursework 10%
Individual assignment Coursework 90%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any element of assessment is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Aycan, Z., Kanungo, R., & Mendonca, M. (2014). Organizations and Management in a Cross-cultural Context.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bibliography recommended reading

Pre- and post-readings are provided for sessions via My Reading Lists in Canvas.  These are drawn from journals such as Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, books such as Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman and David and Goliath by Gladwell, and print/video media such as The Economist and TEDTalks. The specific readings change in response to current affairs and new publications. Below follows a list of texts which provide general background reading and journal titles which offer in-depth coverage of topics.

Boxall, J. & Purcell, P. 2016. Strategy and Human Resource Management. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bratton, J. & Gold, J. 2017. Human Resource Management. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Brooks, I. 2018. Organisational Behaviour:  Individuals, Groups and Organisations. FT Prentice Hall.

Buchanan, D and Huczynski, A. 2017. Organizational Behaviour. London: Prentice Hall

Clegg, S.R., Kornberger, M., & Pitsis, T. 2016. Managing and Organizations: An introduction to theory and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Edwards, A., & Rees, C. 2017. International Human Resource Management: Globalization, National Systems and Multinational Companies.  Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Hatch, M. 2018. . Organization Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lane, H. & Maznevski, M. 2018.) International Management Behaviour. Blackwell Publishing.

Lane, Maznevski, Mendenhall, & McNett (eds.) 2006. Handbook of Global Management:  A Guide to Managing Complexity, Blackwell Publishing.

Marchington, M., Wilkinson, A, Donnelly, R., & Kynighou, A 2016. Human Resource Management at Work.  London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mullins, L.J. 2016. Management and Organisational Behaviour. Pearson Education.

Robbins, S.P. & Judge. T.A. 2018. Essentials of Organizational Behaviour. Prentice Hall.

Sindig, K., & Waldstrom, C. 2014. Organizational Behavior. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.


Journals

Academy of Management Executive

Academy of Management Journal

Culture & Organization

Harvard Business Review

Journal of Applied Psychology

Journal of International Business Studies

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Leadership Quarterly

Organization

Organization Studies

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Sloan Management Journal

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