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MANG6340 People and Organisations

Module Overview

The module is designed to introduce the main elements of individual and organisational behaviour and human resource (HR) practices in organisations, and therefore focuses on people management. In particular, the module provides a context for you to appreciate the complexities of managing people and organisations in the 21st century. The content of this module is focused on the challenges of managing individuals, teams, groups and organisations, by examining a variety of issues inherent in modern organisations and, importantly, the skills that managers require to deal with them. The module also calls for significant reflection on your own skills and career development, since a critical part of the MBA programme is to learn to manage yourself and other people in a work-based environment. During the module you will receive assessments of your personality type and team interaction style. You will also attend a one-day team-building event and a one-day organisational simulation exercise.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The key psychological factors in the behaviour of people and organisations;
  • The HR skills and best practices needed to manage people and organisations successfully;
  • How human resource strategies and practices can contribute to effective performance in organisations.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how principles of psychology impact on the successful management of people and organisations;
  • Identify appropriate HR skills and best practices for the successful management of people and organisations;
  • Critically evaluate organisational behaviour and HR strategies and practices in organisations.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Manage individual tasks, personal resources and time effectively;
  • Work effectively as part of a task-orientated and diverse group;
  • Reflect on your learning and personal development as a manager and/or leader in business.


The syllabus is designed to provide you, the student, with an overview and a context of management in today's complex and ambiguous business environment. Introduction The nature of organisational behaviour and management Strategic HRM Organisational Behaviour Work motivation and job satisfaction (Individual differences) Team working and team dynamics Organisational structure, design and culture (Cross-cultural management) Power, influence and politics Stress and work-life balance Human Resource Management Recruitment & selection Learning & development Performance and reward management Role of the line manager (giving and receiving feedback) High Involvement Work Systems (HIWS) Managing diversity The module is supported by activity from the MBA Leadership Development Programme (LDP), which contains the following activities: Team role assessment and teamwork activities (outbound learning course) Organisational culture (simulation activity) Personality assessment (workshop) Performance appraisal (participatory theatre) Negotiation skills (group exercise) Cross-cultural awareness (workshop) Mindfulness and well-being (workshop) Students may reflect on these LDP activities to inform the individual reflection assignment in this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include The module will be taught through a series of workshops, simulations, and off-site experiential learning activities. Teaching methods will place emphasis on drawing on and utilising your experiences, and will also include group work, guided reflection, individual study of course materials, and discussion of theories, ideas and concepts.

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Cooper, C (ed) (2005). Leadership and Management in the 21st Century. 

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

Horn, R. (2009). The Business Skills Handbook. 

Boxall, P., Purcell, J., (2016). Strategy and HRM. 

Whetten, D. A. & Cameron, K. S. (2011). Developing Management Skills. 

Redman, T., Wilkinson, A. (eds) (2009). Contemporary HRM: Text and Cases. 



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group report  (2000 words) 30%
Reflective report  (2000 words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective 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:


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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