Organisational Development

Module description

This module introduces students to the techniques and practices of organisational development.  It explores ways in which organisations can develop in order to achieve improved performance by drawing on social psychology to understand how to maximise the potential of employees and ensure they are aligned with organisational objectives.  It builds on concepts found in organisational behaviour and human resource management and would particularly appeal to students who anticipate taking on a managerial, consultancy or human resource focused career or with an interest in organisational change and change management.

Pre-requisites: BEM2020 Organizational Behaviour and BEM2021 Human Resource Management

Full module specification

Module title:Organisational Development
Module code:BEM3051
Module level:3
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

BEM2020 Organizational Behaviour and BEM2021 Human Resource Management

Co-requisites:

None

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

11

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to techniques of organisational development, exploring change through the management and development of individuals
  • develop students’ understanding of the complexity of managing and influencing people
  • provide students with practical ideas and techniques to assist in developing organisations

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Explain the practical ways in which individuals and organisations can be developed
  • 2. Explain how to connect development objectives to the organization’s strategic aims
  • 3. Assess the importance of employee/employer relationships through a range of conceptual frameworks including the psychological contract and trust.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Explain the design of effective managerial interventions
  • 5. Assess the effectiveness of managerial practices
  • 6. Explain the implications and value of social psychology perspectives for a range of activities relating to business, work and organizations.
  • 7. Apply theory to support and challenge practical organizational development issues.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Apply practical problem solving skills to real-world organizational challenges
  • 9. Research and study independently

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
27123

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures222 hour lectures weekly / 11 weeks
Seminars51 hour seminar / fortnightly

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Regular verbal feedback on in-class on discussion and participatory activitiesThroughout lectures and seminars1-9Verbal feedback to individual students and groups
Online question and answersThroughout course using online platform1-9Correct answers provided with explanation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
3070

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual written assignment302000 words1-5,8,9Written
Examination702 hours1,3,6,7Generic feedback via ELE
0
0
0
0

Re-assessment notes

Coursework component(s) only need to be re-taken in cases where the module overall is failed. 

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to social psychological perspective to understanding organisational development and the achievement of objectives.  How strategic aims of an organization translate to employees through leadership.
  • Leadership and Leadership development – the importance of leveraging leadership to achieve the organisations objectives. Theories of leadership and critical analysis. Practical application and leadership development techniques
  • Relationships at work – leveraging employees through positive relationships – leader-member exchange theory (LMX), teams and co-worker relationships, psychological contract, psychological safety and trust
  • Motivation of employees – how to get employee motivated to meet their potential – topics such as job design, self-determination, justice, pro-social. Links to previous lectures (i.e. leadership).
  • Exploring major challenges facing organisations and organizational development  and how these may be tackled e.g., diversity, aging workplace, virtual working, organizational scandals.
  • Revision and cosolidation

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Woods SA, West MA. (2014) The psychology of work and organizations. Cengage Learning EMEA

Robbins and Judge (2015) Organizational Behaviour.  16th Edition.  Pearson.

 

Selected References:

Gurtner, A., Tschan, F., Semmer, N. K., & Nägele, C. (2007). Getting groups to develop good strategies: Effects of reflexivity interventions on team process, team performance, and shared mental models. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes102(2), 127-142.

Henderson, D. J., Liden, R. C., Glibkowski, B. C., & Chaudhry, A. (2009). LMX differentiation: A multilevel review and examination of its antecedents and outcomes. The leadership quarterly20(4), 517-534.

Humphrey, S. E., Nahrgang, J. D., & Morgeson, F. P. (2007). Integrating motivational, social, and contextual work design features: a meta-analytic summary and theoretical extension of the work design literature.

Wayne, S. J., Shore, L. M., & Liden, R. C. (1997). Perceived organizational support and leader-member exchange: A social exchange perspective. Academy of Management journal40(1), 82-111

Epitropaki, O., Kark, R., Mainemelis, C., & Lord, R. G. (2016). Leadership and followership identity processes: A multilevel review. The Leadership Quarterly.

Grijalva, E., Harms, P. D., Newman, D. A., Gaddis, B. H., & Fraley, R. C. (2015). Narcissism and leadership: A meta?analytic review of linear and nonlinear relationships. Personnel Psychology68(1), 1-47

Judge, T. A., Bono, J. E., Ilies, R., & Gerhardt, M. W. (2002). Personality and leadership: a qualitative and quantitative review. Journal of applied psychology,87(4), 765.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

08/03/2017

Last revision date

17/03/2017