Module: People, Management and Organization

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Adrian Smith, Deepak Pathak, Sam Margrave
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

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.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by managerialist and critical approaches  to people, management and organisation in the assessment task
  2. 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.
  3. Describe, explain and account for the importance of power and control in leading, managing and organizing in the workplace
  4. 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. 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Collaborative Exercise 60%
Coursework Individual Learning Notes 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

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

Supporting texts

  • 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