Organisation and Talent Management
This module will introduce you to the processes and tools of human resource management to enable you to attract, retain, and foster talent within your startup, scale ups, and established organisations, adopting a long-term perspective. It will prepare you to deal with the growing pains of successfully scaling an organisation, as well as how to identify the right systems and structures that are appropriate to your organisational type. It will encourage a developmental mindset, equipping you with the skills to practically manage and grow talent within your organisation.
This module can only be taken by students on the MSc Entrepreneurship Innovation Management degree.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Organisation and Talent Management|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
This module aims to equip students with a fundamental grasp of how to construct organisations and lead people. Recognising that managing others is a vital part of the entrepreneurial venture we will explore core HRM topics such as talent attraction, selection, and development, whilst providing students with an overview of employment law. Our ambitions within this module are to create entrepreneurs who are sensitive to the organisational and people challenges tied to venture creation/growth. On completion of this module students will be able to analyse and evaluate the role of the entrepreneur in creating viable organisations.
Upon completion of this module students will have gained vital skills in building and managing their teams. These practical skills will have a direct impact on their ability to start and grow effective organisations.
Whilst this module does not include sustainability as a core subject area, references are made to sustainable/green HRM practices, and how HRM contributes to organisational sustainability.
The module will draw from diverse international examples / case studies, incorporating (where possible/practical) international speakers/guest presenters.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. critically discuss the role of the entrepreneur in designing an effective people strategy for a new or growing venture
- 2. assess legal risks emerging from decisions related to HR strategy, mitigating these so far as possible
- 3. evaluate how entrepreneurs may guide individuals through periods of organisational change
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. critique seminal organisation/HRM theory through the evaluation of different assumptions and perspectives
- 5. effectively analyse HRM aspects of entrepreneurial venture creation/growth
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. develop a viable people strategy for a new or growing entrepreneurial venture
- 7. present your people strategy to an audience of peers
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Workshops||36||Block taught workshops incorporating a variety of delivery methods including lectures, case study activities, group debates, and small-scale project work|
|Online blended learning content||6||Online video and/or recorded PowerPoint content explaining key concepts and ideas.|
|Guided independent study||108||o include pre and post session reading and assignment preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Emerging people strategy poster||1 x A4 page bullet points/notes||1-7||In class peer and tutor feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|People strategy poster||20||1 x A3 poster / 3 minute in-class pitch||1-7||Written tutor feedback|
|People strategy poster||80||2,500 word report||1-6||Written tutor feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|People strategy poster||1 x A3 poster (submitted online through ELE)/ 3 minute pitch delivered through a recorded PowerPoint file||1-7||August re-assessment period|
|People strategy poster||2,500 word report||1-6||August re-assessment period|
Reassessment will take the form of resubmission of revised drafts.
Indicative content for this module includes:
Recruitment, selection and retention
Talent development and performance appraisal
Fundamentals of employment law
Human resource planning
Creating entrepreneurial teams
Managing entrepreneurial teams
Change management and managing in uncertainty
Analysing challenges at different stages of venture growth
Leadership and growth
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Armstrong, M and Taylor, S (2017) Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice. London, Kogan Page. ISBN-13:9780749474119.
Burns, P (2016) Entrepreneurship and Small Business: Start-up, Growth and Maturity. London, Palgrave. ISBN-13: 9781137430359.
Dawson, P and Andriopoulos, C (2017) Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation. London, Sage. ISBN-13: 9781473964280.
Hodges, J (2016) Managing and Leading People Through Organizational Change: The Theory and Practice of Sustaining Change Through People. London, Kogan Page. ISBN-13: 9780749474195.
Torrington, D, Hall, L, Atkinson, C and Taylor, S (2017) Human Resource Management. Harlow, Pearson. ISBN-13: 9781292129099.
Wilton, N (2016) An Introduction to Human Resource Management. London Sage. ISBN-13: 9781473954199.
Relevant Academic Journals:
Harvard Business Review
British Journal of Management
Academy of Management Journal
Human Resource Management
Human Resource 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.
Last revision date