Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 4 hours of lectures per week or 40 hours in blocks
Seminars / Tutorials 20 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1,000 word International Project  20%
Semester Assessment 2,000 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   40%
Supplementary Assessment Retake failed elements or equivalent  20%
Supplementary Assessment Retake failed elements or equivalent  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Retake failed elements or equivalent  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Examine the historical development of human resource management, both as an academic discipline and within organisations

Analyse the major issues involved in the employment relationship and the dynamics shaping the contemporary labour market

Locate organisations’ approaches to recruitment, selection and training within the wider industrial relations context

Understand the importance of organisational learning and networks in the operation of the organization

Understand the location of pay as one of a number of rewards, and links to motivation

Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resource management, and the management of a diverse workforce

Apply HR and OB theory to live cases

Understand HR and OB issues in an international context


1. Introduction to the Course and Researching People and Organisations
2. Theoretical Perspectives of the Employment Relationship
3. Labour Markets
4. Power and Leadership
5. Organisational Learning
6. Communication
7. Knowledge Management
8. Knowledge Networks
9. Growth and Life Cycles of Firms
10. Recruitment and Selection
11. Training and Development
12. Motivation and Change Management
13. Control and Consent
14. Pay and Reward
15. Diversity
16. The Labour Movement
17. Grievance, Discipline and Exit
18. Contemporary Research in Human Resource Management
19. Application to Live Case
20. Revision Lecture

Brief description

The aim of the People and Organisations module is ensure MBA students can examine and evaluate organizational behaviour and the employment relationship, whilst drawing upon their own work experience.

The module begins with a macro perspective, investigating theoretical perspectives of organisations and the employment relationship, and the context of the labour markets in which they operate. Students are then introduced to power, leadership and communication within organisations. Students will then investigate the growth of organisations and the lifecycles of firms. The importance of learning in organizations and the roles of networks will be highlighted.

The module then explores the employment relationship by examining this process, starting with recruitment and selection, and then the training and development of people. The module then examines motivation of individuals, and examines the specific case of change management, and then investigates how this is linked to pay and reward. Students also examine the impacts of an increasingly diverse workforce and the influence of the labour movement. The module then investigates what happens when there are problems in the employment relationship, with a study of grievance and discipline, and finally exit. Finally, the module concludes with sessions introducing contemporary research in the fields of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, influenced by the research conducted within SMB. Students then have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the course.

The course is augmented by an International Project which draws upon both the work experience of the MBA cohort, and also the international composition of the student body. Students will work, during a series of seminars throughout the course, to produce a presentation on a contemporary people and organisations issue in one of the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India or China. This presentation is assessed at the end of the course. Students will also produce a short reflective piece on the team-working within their group, discussing the development of the project with particular reference to their Belbin team roles.

Each topic will be introduced in a two hour lecture. The students will also attend five two hour seminar sessions, in addition to the International Project sessions.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number • Interpretation of statistics, such as productivity measures
Communication Present information and analysis in a variety of forms including, but not limited to: • Case studies • Presentations • Assignments • Examinations
Improving own Learning and Performance • Identify and distil the key issues covered by lectures, tutorials and self study • Identify and use a range of learning resources • Structure study to accommodate intensive learning
Information Technology • Use a variety of web based resources, learning to analyse the validity of each • Improve use of office programmes, particularly word and powerpoint
Personal Development and Career planning • A session is devoted to talent recruitment and organisations’ use of recruitment centres, analyzing what hard and soft currencies are measured and evaluated
Problem solving • Assess relevant theoretical perspectives related to the question • Evaluate the appropriateness of these perspectives • Select and apply appropriate methods for analysing the problem • Solving live issues in the form of case studies
Research skills • Identifying relevant sources • Analysing the validity and reliability of sources
Subject Specific Skills • Develop knowledge of relevant labour law
Team work • Working in a team to analyse case studies • Working in a team to produce group work and presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 7