Organisation and Talent Management

Module description

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
Module code:BEMM225
Module level:M
Academic year:2019/0
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Jackie Bagnall - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Non-requisite BEMM042



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


Module aims

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Workshops36Block taught workshops incorporating a variety of delivery methods including lectures, case study activities, group debates, and small-scale project work
Online blended learning content6Online video and/or recorded PowerPoint content explaining key concepts and ideas.
Guided independent study108o include pre and post session reading and assignment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Emerging people strategy poster1 x A4 page bullet points/notes1-7In class peer and tutor 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
People strategy poster201 x A3 poster / 3 minute in-class ‘pitch’1-7Written tutor feedback
People strategy poster802,500 word report1-6Written tutor feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
People strategy poster1 x A3 poster (submitted online through ELE)/ 3 minute ‘pitch’ delivered through a recorded PowerPoint file1-7August re-assessment period
People strategy poster2,500 word report1-6August re-assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment will take the form of resubmission of revised drafts.

Syllabus plan

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

Managing diversity

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.

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Last revision date