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MANG6300 Organisational Effectiveness Part 1

Module Overview

This module, which is taught over a weekend is a kinaesthetic learning experience for you to learn how to become effective team workers. The course aims to equip you with some knowledge of the softer team skills as well as task skills that exist in teams in the 21st century workplace. The course is completely experiential and aims to give you a broad experience of how to communicate in teams, motivate others, perform tasks under time pressure, make decisions, plan and negotiate, allocate roles, as well as becoming effective leaders. Assessment includes observations throughout the teams' weekend performance and a team presentation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to take you out of your natural learning environment to an off-campus site where you spend a weekend together with a group trained of facilitators. The aim is for you to experience what it is like to have to lead a team and be a follower; how to motivate others, negotiate with others, make difficult decisions and manage resources. It aims to make you aware of your own strengths and areas for improvement in learning how to be an effective manager of the 21st century workplace. The two full day and night course aims to encourage you to be responsible for your own self-awareness and development within a team setting. This aim is more readily achieved when participants are set novel tasks in an alien environment - when time pressures force reliance on sound teamwork and management principles.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the needs and motives of others and how to support such needs in a team situation;
  • self-awareness as to management style and know which areas you need to develop in order to be an effective manager;
  • leadership and followership.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • encourage innovation, creative thinking and innovation;
  • demonstrate the importance of effective communication;
  • analyse risk and assess opportunities and threats;
  • negotiate for and allocate scare resources.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • appreciate team roles and dynamics;
  • deploy negotiation skills;
  • apply problem solving skills;
  • manage conflict;
  • apply leadership skills;
  • manage your time.


The weekend runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and contains a series of challenging team tasks; some inside and some outside in order to assess different team skills of the participants. This is a very full course but with time for reflection, feedback and review of both individual and team performance.

Special Features

This module is delivered over an intensive weekend residential period. In situations where students are unable to participate in this module then reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate students with learning difficulties and/or special needs. These adjustments may include transportation to the venue, accommodation at the venue, tailoring of the activities to ensure they are inclusive and individual support during the activities. These will be dealt with on an individual basis and students will not be discriminated against should they not be able to physically engage with this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The series of tasks are delivered in teams where each team of participants has a facilitator who is with them throughout the exercises. After each series of exercises full feedback is given by the facilitator and students are encouraged to reflect on their own and others’ behaviours and attitudes. Plenary and team sessions are used to introduce the activity and to debrief. Experiential learning is achieved through a process of reflection of theory, behaviour, attitudes and continuous peer and facilitator assessment of performance across the weekend. Facilitators also review both individual and team performance and development leading to a final presentation where you will reflect on challenges, how you solved them and your learning outcomes.

Independent Study31
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Journal of Organisational Behaviour. Journal

Small Group Research. Journal

Meyer, E., Ashleigh M.J., Jones, G.R., & George J.M (2007). Contemporary Management. 

Group & Organisation Management. Journal

Journal of Management. Journal

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

Robbins,S.P (2016). Organisational Behavior. 

Mullins, L.J. (2016). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Belbin, M (1996). Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail. 

Bloisi, Wendy, Cook Curtis, and Hunsaker Phillip L (2006). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 



Peer review


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  () 40%
Observation and evaluation 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (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:


No additional costs as the extra costs (circa £400) per student is already included in International Management student fee structure.


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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