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MANG2061 Organisational Effectiveness

Module Overview

Successful managers and entrepreneurs are able to reflect on the actions of their teams and themselves, in order to assess what can be learned from both positive and negative outcomes in business. Often, managers and entrepreneurs need to experiment with the deployment of different strategies to determine how they affect an organisation and how they can best succeed in a competitive environment. The ability to learn and reflect on decision-making and strategy deployment often requires people to engage in a business for long periods of time, to be able reflect on how the organisation works. This innovative module, through a sophisticated business simulation, enables students to experiment and reflect on their decision-making, the operationalisation of different strategies, and how they work as part of a team in a competitive environment, over a short period of time.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • strategic management concepts in a ‘real world’ setting;
  • the use of financial and accounting controls;
  • the performance of target marketing;
  • the nature of business and its interdependencies.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise opportunities and threats within the business environment;
  • apply management principles and understand their impact;
  • describe and reflect upon the experiences gained whilst practically applying business management concepts in areas of strategy, marketing, financial analysis and teamwork;
  • practice a range of management skills required by prospective employers.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively both written and oral format;
  • analyse data;
  • present structured arguments – Visually and spoken;
  • problem solve.


The topics covered in this module will include: • Use and deployment of methodologies from: • Accounting; • Marketing; • Strategy; • Project management. • Managing intra-team processes through a simulation task; • Assimilation of information, negotiation and making business decisions; • Reviews and assessment of the experiences and achievements of the team.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The exercise is delivered over two days through a fully networked computer simulation task where each team manages their own organisation. Plenary sessions are used to introduce the activity and to debrief. Experiential learning is achieved through a process of reflection on theory and developments leading to deductions and learning outcomes. Teaching methods include: • Plenary lectures • Online lectures • Practical classes and workshops • Business simulation Learning activities include: • Two day fully networked computer simulation task • Group presentation • Individual assignment • Preparatory lectures

Wider reading or practice40
Follow-up work20
Practical classes and workshops18
Completion of assessment task26
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Dibb,S. Simpkin, L. Pride, W. and Ferrell, O. (1997). Marketing Concepts and Strategies. 

Bloisi, W. (2003). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Ashleigh M.J., & Mansi, A (2012). The Psychology of People in Organisations. 

Johnson, G. Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (2005). Exploring Corporate Strategy. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 70%
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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