People, Management and Organization
- Module code
- Module leader
- Yaqub Murray
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 30 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
This module will enable the student to develop a critical understanding of a number of social theoretical approaches to people management and organization.
Indicative topics include:
- Considering different ways of understanding management and organization
- The application of Critical Theory (CT) and Critical Management Studies (CMS) and their application to debating and considering -
- Performance and motivation – the psychological contract
- Learning and development
- Ethical Leadership and its opposite as Toxic and Destructive Leadership
- Equal opportunities (diversity and inclusionality)
- Narrative approaches to the study of work, management and organization
- Globalization as a political, economic, and organizational transnational process.
Other supporting information
This Module brings a theoretical and conceptual approach to the study of people, management and organization and in so doing demonstrates cognate progression from the Level 4 curriculum. The tendency towards description and declarative knowledge gives way to a new focus in developing reasoned argument by drawing on literature and theoretical materials to explain why and how organization is studied the way it is, and for whose interests? Deepening of conceptual distinctions is key to progression in this module. The module does not focus on ‘topics’ or ‘themes’ such as ‘recruitment and selection’. Instead, the module begins to develop conceptual sophistication so that students can ask ‘why does organization work like this?’ and ‘who benefits from this way of working?’ and offer reasoned insights and understanding. In this module knowledge of evaluation, insight, understanding and conceptual development will be tested in coursework through working with ideas like ‘ethical leadership’, ‘toxic leadership’ and situating these within the wider sociopolitical and economic landscape in which organization is being ‘done’
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by managerialist and critical approaches to people, management and organisation in the assessment task
- Explain, evaluate and critically argue/discuss/present the strengths and limitations of a variety of contemporary theoretical frameworks and approaches to the study of people, management and organisation. For example, pre-modernist, modernist, postmodernist, interpretivist and positivist.
- Describe, explain and account for the importance of power and control in leading, managing and organizing in the workplace
- Apply theoretical materials to the study of performance and motivation, learning and development, leadership, equal opportunities, and globalization as a sociopolitical context that mediates how people experience management and organization.
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Students should engage actively in reading the texts below and refer to the Module Gateway page for week by week reading of journal articles.
- Cunliffe, A. L. (2009) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Management. London: Sage
- Grey, C. (2009) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage
- Jackson, B., and Parry, K. (2011) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Leadership. London: Sage
- McAULEY J., DUBERLEY, J., JOHNSON, P. (2006) Organization Theory: Challenges and Perspectives. London, Prentice Hall
- LINSTEAD, S., FULOP, L., and LILLEY, S. (2009) Management and Organization: A Critical Text. London, Palgrave MacMillan
- ROBINSON, I. (2006) Human Resource Management in Organizations. London, CIPD
- WATSON, T. (2006) Organizing and Managing Work – Third Edition. London, Prentice Hall
- APPELBAUM, P., and ROBINSON, W. (eds) (2006) Critical Globalization Studies. London, Routledge