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: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Woodrow


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 theory  

  • Motivation and management  

  • Personality and the self  

  • Organisational Culture 

  • Power and politics  

  • Bureaucracy 

  • Post bureaucracy 

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 1.

Group presentations: One group presentation.

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:
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:

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: 15 July 2020


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