Talent in Organisations
This block taught module is focused on understanding the important role of human capital and talent management to organisational success. Through a process of exploration and discussion, we seek to identify the exact nature of talent and what managerial skills are needed to make the most of the diverse talent pool underpinning entrepreneurial success. Like any asset, human capital will only deliver its full value if it is properly understood, measured and managed well.
This module will prepare you to deal with the challenges of successfully scaling an organisation, as well as how to identify the right systems and structures that are appropriate to your organisation type. It will encourage a developmental mind-set; equipping you with the enquiry skills to unlock new possibilities, the leadership behaviours necessary to manage Self and others, and the knowledge needed to design inclusive, fair and equitable talent strategies.
This module can only be taken by students on the MSc Entrepreneurship Innovation Management degree.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Talent in Organisations|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
5 and 9
By the end of this teaching block, students will have a practical and critical understanding of the nature of talent and its role in organisational success. The exercises, discussions and assigned readings will equip you with a fundamental grasp of how to construct organisations and lead people well. Recognising that managing others is a vital part of the entrepreneurial venture we will explore the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary in creating diverse teams and building organisations that ensure all talent is recognised and can flourish.
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.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. critically analyse the human resource needs of a given business, using that analysis to define an appropriate recruitment strategy.
- 2. identify the role of the entrepreneur in designing an employee value proposition that attracts and retains appropriate talent.
- 3. draw out the significant trends in employment practise that hold relevance to an emerging talent strategy.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. critique relevant organisation/HRM theory through the evaluation of different assumptions and perspectives
- 5. implement strategic proposals that increase both organisational capacity and capability when building teams.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. develop a viable people strategy for a new or growing entrepreneurial venture
- 7. present your critical analysis of key trends to an audience of peers
- 8. produce viable and persuasive arguments towards a defined course of action
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|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||28||Live synchronous sessions - Workshops incorporating a variety of delivery methods including lectures, case study activities, group coaching sessions project work|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||32||Online blended learning content - A series of online workbooks shape the module, accompanied by video and/or recorded PowerPoint content explaining key concepts and ideas.|
|Guided Independent Study||90||To include pre and post session reading and assignment preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|As an enquiry group design and lead a session - presenting the findings from group research||20 min seminar with accompanying research infographic||3,7,8||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|
|Compile an employment trends Infographic with an accompanying 1,500 word personal reflection on the group enquiry process.||20||One PP slide containing group infographic plus 1,500 word personal reflection||3,4,7,8||Written tutor feedback|
|A talent strategy proposal for an existing small company of your choice.||80||2,500 word report||1,2,5,6||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|
|Infographic and personal reflection (20%)||esubmission of original Infographic - One PP slide containing group infographic plus personal reflection (1,500 words, 20%)||3,4,7,8||August re-assessment Period|
|Talent strategy strategy report (80%)||A talent strategy proposal for an existing small company of your choice, (2,500 words, 80%)||1,2,5,6,||August re-assessment period|
Reassessment will take the form of original resubmission.
Indicative content for this module includes:
The nature and definition of talent
Purpose, values and personal motivators
The challenges and opportunities in attracting talent
The world of work – understanding employment megatrends
Defining an employee value proposition – winning the war for talent
On boarding and engaging new employees
Creating and managing entrepreneurial teams
The role of equality, diversity and inclusion in multi-racial talent rich environments
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Collings, D. (2012, January 23). Talent management [Video file]. In The Business & Management Collection, Henry Stewart Talks. https://hstalks-com.uoelibrary.idm.oclc.org/bm/2206/.
Collings, D. G., & Mellahi, K. (2009). Strategic Talent Management: A review and research agenda. Human Resource Management Review, 19(4), 304–313.
Other useful textbooks:
Bygrave, W and Zacharakis, A (2014). Entrepreneurship (2nd ed.) John Wiley & Sons.
Collings, D.G., Mellahi,K. & Cascio, W.F. (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management. Oxford United Press.
Taylor, S. (2010). Resourcing and Talent Management. CIPD: London.
Relevant Academic Journals:
Harvard Business Review
Academy of Management Journal
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Journal
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