MMM027-Designing Organisations

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: MMM054 Cases in Financial Management and Control
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Evelyn Fenton

Email: e.m.fenton@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module describes, contrasts and explains traditional and new forms of organization within an international context.

Aims:
To foster a critical awareness of organizational design issues to enable informed decision making about organizational design choices at work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
To introduce students to key concepts underpinning organisational design choices and to explore the implementation issues involved in organisational restructuring and change. By the end of the course students will be able to: 1. Describe and assess the most common design choices for contemporary management. 2. Understand some of the varied determinants of organisational design. 3. Critically evaluate some of the practices of design implementation. 4. Understand and assess the links between organisational design and performance.

Additional outcomes:
Develop critical and analytical skills in organisational design and development issues.

Outline content:
The module describes, contrasts and explains traditional organisational design options such as the multidivisional and functional forms, then explores the relevance and significance of new forms of organising for the 21st century such as the network, virtual and mixed modes of organising. Theoretical approaches will be supplemented by empirical evidence for current modes of organising and their links with organisational performance. The course will then explore the content and practice of organisational change and development, concentrating on issues such as the role of strategy and processes such as HR, IT and communications in organisational design.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be taught in ten two-hour lectures and four 90 minute seminars running through the Spring term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 176
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Upper limit of word count: A word count of 10% excess is allowed for the written assignment essay. Exceeding the word count will attract a penalty whereby written work beyond the 10% excess is discounted in the grading of the assignment.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 hours.

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment arrangements
By examination only (one two hour unseen written paper) in August/September. Coursework will not be included in the re-assessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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