Understanding Work and Organisations
An organisation refers to the way people are grouped and the way they operate to carry out activities. In everyday life organisations are all around us. We engage with organisations as customers, consumers, employees or through communities we live in or visit. Work and organisations is a fundamental part of a functioning society. It is therefore important to develop some understanding and insight about how organisations behave, can be appropriately designed and effectively managed.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Understanding Work and Organisations|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
This module will explain the importance of studying organisational theory and research.
The module introduces core concepts of organisation studies by offering different theoretical perspectives that contribute to management knowledge about analysing, managing, controlling and, changing organisations.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Recount key theories and perspectives on work and organisations
- 2. Explain theory-practice links by applying the concepts and perspectives introduced to organisational case studies
- 3. Analyse implications relating to the organisational context and the complexity of managing people
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Present effective arguments about the management of organisations
- 5. Evaluate selected concepts, theories and techniques relevant to work and organisations
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Work in groups to achieve a task or outcome by a fixed deadline
- 7. Work independently and be self-motivated
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 & Teaching Activities||14||Lectures/seminars|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities||10||Tutorials|
|Independent Study||126||To be managed by the student to take account of group work requirements and individual study.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Poster Workshop||2 hours||1,2,6|
|Practice examination||1 hour||1-5,7||Class feedback & VLE|
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|
|Group poster 'Design the perfect organisation'||20||Poster combining selected images & 1000 words||1,2,6||Class seminar|
|Write and publish (blog) an analysis of a given text/article||40||1000 words||1,3,4,5,7||Through VLE|
|Examination||40||2 hour examination||1-5,7||Written & verbal|
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|
|Group Poster||Reflective essay (20%)||1,3,4,5,7||August|
|Write and publish an analysis of a given text/article||Write and publish an analysis of a given text/article (40%)||1,2,5||August|
- Introduction – Module and Organisational Contexts: module, assessment. Work, institutions and organisations, local and global challenges, ethics and CSR
- The Structure of Organisations: changing designs, factory, humanistic, bureaucratic, post-bureaucratic
- The Experience of Organisations: power, justice, socialisation and culture
- Strategy in Organisations: agility, strategy and perspectives
- HRM in Organisations: human resource management overview
- Disrupting the Organisation: themes in innovation, creativity, technology and the changing working relationship
- The Sociology of Work: work, labour life in Marx, Durkheim and Webber
- Landscapes of Work: technology, modernisation, and work in transition
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Alvesson, M., & Willmott, H. (2002). Identity Regulation As Organizational Control: Producing The Appropriate Individual. Journal of management studies, 39(5), 619-644.
Child, J. (2015). Organization: contemporary principles and practice. John Wiley & Sons.
Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Lawrence, T. B., & Meyer, R. E. (Eds.). (2017). The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Sage.
Hatch, M. J. (2018). Organization theory: Modern, symbolic, and postmodern perspectives. Oxford university press.
Jaffee, D. (2001). Organization theory: Tension and change: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages.
Pugh, D. S., & Hickson, D. J. (2007). Writers on organizations. Penguin UK.
Rahim, M. A. (2017). Managing conflict in organizations. Routledge.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
The Tavistock Institute http://www.tavinstitute.org/
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