MMM048-Managing People and Organisations

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: MMM074 Advances in Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Wahab Shahbaz

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module examines existing knowledge about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers. It relies on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology. 


To introduce students and encourage them to reflect on what is known empirically about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Develop a sound knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary theories of individual and group behaviour, the empirical evidence supporting them, and their relevance and application to business and other organisational settings. 

  2. Become familiar with the main areas of challenge in the management of people and organisations

  3. Develop an understanding of why these areas are problematic and how they are addressed in practice by managers.

  4. Develop critical analytical skills, including both the ability to critically assess theory in the social sciences and the ability to use theory to critically assess the conventional wisdom and inherited perceptions.


Additional outcomes:

Assessment relies on an essay and on group presentations. This should stretch students’ abilities to;

  1. Analyse complex situations and questions.

  2. Develop sound rationales that articulate facts and theory.

  3. Deal with contradictory theories.

  4. Present their thoughts convincingly, both orally and in writing.


Outline content:

Lecture themes typically include the following:

  • Motivation   

  • Personality and individual differences  

  • Organisational Culture 

  • Power 

  • Politics

  • Bureaucracy and post bureaucracy 

  • Organisational structure and design

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A combination of lectures, individual and group exercises and discussions are used. Materials used will include a core text together with readings, videos and other materials. Group presentations are subject to individual marks for group members who are found not to have made an adequate contribution.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 35
    Wider reading (directed) 35
    Group study tasks 48
    Essay preparation 48
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One essay: due spring term, week 20

One group presentation: due autumn term, week 12 or 13

Formative assessment methods:

Guidance is given in the final lecture, through discussion with tutors and during tutorial sessions. Students receive feedback on group work during tutorial sessions. 

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of a coursework essay in August/September of the same year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):



  1. Required text books


Last updated: 30 March 2023


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