Analysing Organisations

Module description

This module builds student’s knowledge of organisations, and their ability to analyse organisational life.  It combines elements of organisational behaviour theory with practical research skills, in order to develop student’s ability to appraise the functioning of organisations.  It will therefore develop a critical mindset, built from a strong understanding of organisational theory to enable students to operate as effective future organisational leaders.  This module builds from and extends the content delivered within the first year module titled Discovering Management.

Full module specification

Module title:Analysing Organisations
Module code:BEM2038
Module level:2
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Graham Perkins - Convenor
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of organisational theory, and to equip them with the practical skills needed to analyse organisations and their contexts.  The module will engage students with organisational behaviour theory, combining lectures with practical workshops where students can develop their knowledge and skills through discussion and exploration of real-world organisational issues.



This module equips students with the ability to understand and unpick organisational ‘problems’, providing clear, managerially relevant solutions.  Students will develop their abilities to produce management reports, critically discussing and appraising differing views on phenomena.



The module draws from the international experience of our faculty, and uses global examples to illustrate concepts, and differing approaches to structuring organisations and their management.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Explain organisational behaviour theory, demonstrating awareness of linkages between core concepts
  • 2. Design a research project to explore an organisationally-relevant issue/problem

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Critically evaluate differing perspectives on organisational theory, arriving at reasoned conclusions
  • 4. Apply various organisational theories and perspectives in a practical context

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Reflect on prior learning, producing plans to guide future personal development activities
  • 6. Produce research reports which analyse discrete aspects of an organisation, providing managerially relevant advice and/or recommendations as appropriate

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures24Whole cohort lectures
Online video4A series of recorded videos will be available through the VLE, covering revision and explanation of key concepts together with links to research skills content
Workshops20Small group workshops
Guided independent study142Assessment preparation
Guided independent study110Pre-session and post-session reading and revision

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Submission of one-page overview of consultancy assignment1 x A4 page1-4, 6Written feedback from tutor team
Portfolio surgery1 x draft portfolio1-5In class tutor verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
2 x MCQ tests2020 questions per test1-4, 6Generic cohort feedback through ELE; individual marks delivered to students
Individual consultancy report402,000 words1-4, 6Feedback through ELE/grademark
Individual reflective portfolio402,000 words1-5Feedback through ELE/grademark

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
MCQ testsMCQ tests (delivered via ELE)1-4, 6August reassessment period
Individual consultancy reportIndividual consultancy report1-4, 6August reassessment period
Individual reflective portfolioIndividual reflective portfolio1-5August reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment of module elements will take the same form as the original assessment, although MCQ tests will be completed on ELE rather than in-class.

Syllabus plan

Indicative content for this module includes:

  • Bureaucracy and Post-bureaucracy
  • Power, politics and conflict
  • Resistance and misbehaviour
  • Individuals differences and communication
  • Identity
  • Motivation
  • Emotion and perception
  • Group dynamics
  • Decision-making
  • Space and technology
  • Principles of management research
  • Research designs
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Advanced hypothesis testing
  • Qualitative data collection – interviewing / focus groups / observation
  • Developing meaning from qualitative data
  • Mixed methods research designs
  • Producing a research report

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bryman, A., Bell, E.  and Harley, B. (2018) Business Research Methods. Fifth Edition.  Oxford: OUP.
  • Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. (2017) Organizational Behaviour.  Ninth Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Gray, D. (2017) Doing Research in the Business World.  Sage: London.
  • King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Organizational Behaviour.  Second Edition. Oxford:  OUP.
  • Mullins, L. J. (2016) Management and Organisational Behaviour.  Eleventh Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Wilson, F. W. (2018) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction.  Fifth Edition. Oxford: OUP

Relevant Academic Journals:

  • Harvard Business Review
  • British Journal of Management
  • Academy of Management Journal

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • Students will have access to an ELE page which will provide extensive material to support the lecture programme including lecture notes, and short explanatory videos.

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