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MANG6273 Managing within a Global Context

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to give you a practical grounding in the skills necessary to present a clear and concise business report.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This is a compulsory module on the MSc International Management Programme and a core module on the MSc Accounting & Management programme. It focuses on the challenges of managing people within a global context. The aim of the module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the various elements involved in the changing needs of international businesses and management across the world. Such understanding will increase students’ awareness of the knowledge and skills needed by managers internationally, hence potentially increasing their employability.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The importance and value of individual differences in managing people within a global context;
  • The value of diversity and specifically how differences in peoples thinking, attitudes and behaviour impacts on managing effectively in organisations;
  • Challenges surrounding the complexity and dynamism of organisations internationally and how these differences impact on managing people effectively;
  • The importance of policies, practices and skills necessary to manage effectively within and across organisations, recognising both intra and inter-cultural differences.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a variety of theoretical models relating to managing effectively in organisations;
  • Examine contemporary challenges associated with effective management across organisations internationally;
  • Apply problem-solving techniques drawing upon, and integrating, knowledge to tackle organisational and personnel scenarios with in global context;
  • Develop insights into the competencies required to become an effective manager within a global context;
  • Apply your skills and knowledge of diversity across international organisations to help you become an effective manager;
  • Apply your knowledge of individual differences in attitude, values and behaviours to be able to be effective in leadership and teamwork.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with a diverse cohort of people;
  • Evaluate and appreciate differences within your own and others’ attitudes and behaviours;
  • Explain the behaviour of people within and across different cultures;
  • Demonstrate effective ways of valuing and managing diversity within a global context.

Syllabus

Topics: - Management challenges within a global context - Individual differences and diversity in a changing global environment - Culture – organisational and environmental factors - Leadership and Teams - Employee relations across the globe - Strategic and International Human Resource Management - Making people ‘fit’ within diverse global organisations - International selection and training

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

With the aim of developing both knowledge and skill, the module will make use of various learning and teaching approaches and methods. Besides more traditional lecture-led sessions, students will be required to work on case studies designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject area; this group work activity will support peer-to-peer learning. The fact that this module emphasises differences in learning across cultures, approaches to selection and training, teamwork and leadership for example across global managerial contexts, demonstrates the commitment to internationalisation and methods of teaching (e.g. case studies, & group discussions) will reflect the commitment in challenging students to think globally.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gilmore S., and Williams, S (2009). Human Resource Management. 

Torrington, D., Taylor S., Hall, L., & Atkinson, C (2011). Human Resource Management. 

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

Assessment

Formative

Class discussions

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Individual essay  (2500 words) 50%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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