MQM1MPO-Managing People and Organisations

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Washika Haak-Saheem


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Talented people are your company’s most valuable asset and, bottom line, the key to success.  However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context. This module provides the tools and frameworks to allow you to thrive in the world of Managing People and Organizations.


Every business decision has an impact on its workforce. The aim of this module is to give you the confidence to challenge existing workplace thinking by using good theoretical understanding and practical reasoning. You will engage with real life business cases and learn how to assess factors shaping Managing People and Organizations, which may include contextual factors, strategic talent management, digitalization, well-being or climate of inclusion.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on the complex set of environmental and organisational factors that affect management of people

  • Critically evaluate the role and contribution of Managing People to organizational performance and effectiveness

  • Critically identify and evaluate the challenges associated with the implementation of Global Talent Management strategies and policies in a variety of different contexts.

  • Appreciate data-driven people strategies and to make use of technological advancements in managing people

  • Understanding the ethical implications of managing people and acquired sensitivity towards practice-oriented concerns such as issues of organisational justice, silos mentality, diversity, inclusion implications

  • Understand the role of performance and total reward managing at an individual, group, and organisational level using latest scientific research evidence and best practice

  • Critically e valuate the role of global leadership in developing and/or facilitating capability, knowledge transfer and cultural diffusion.

Additional outcomes:


  • Develop the ability to locate appropriate academic and practitioner resources on key talent management debates.

  • Have improved their analytical, writing and presentation skills according to accepted disciplinary conventions.

Outline content:

  1. Introduction into Manging People and Organizations

  2. National Cultures and Institutions

  3. Strategic Human Resource Management and Organizational performance

  4. The impact of technologies on Managing people practices

  5. Employee Resourcing and global context of talent Management

  6.  Managing performance and rewards in a changing business environment

  7. Diversity and Inclusion

  8. Knowl edge management and organisational learning

Global context:

Participants will work in teams to apply theory to global context of their choice in relation to managing people and organizations. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

As you study the online material for this module, you will meet a series of prompts and tasks to encourage you to relate and apply what you are studying to practice situations in your own organisation and beyond. These are not assessed but can help you develop your critical understanding of the module and prepare for the individual assignment.

There are two types of online activity:

  • Reflect prompts, where you are asked to pause to thin k about concepts, frameworks and theories in the module material and how they relate to practical situations or to other module ideas you have been looking at. You are not expected to make notes for these, although you may find it useful to do so in some cases.

  • Practice applications which are designed to give you the opportunity to apply your learning to practical situations. Many can provide useful input to the individual written assignment and you are encouraged save your output for future reference as you work. Practice applications are linked to the My Notes area of the module in Canvas to help you do this.

The workshop will also provide opportunity for hands-on engagement with module theories and practice.

In addition, you can raise questions or comments via the online Module Q&A area on Canvas.


The contact hours are a guide and the terms taught wi ll vary depending on the start date of the cohort.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 10
    Advance preparation for classes 51
    Preparation for presentations 25
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 30
Total hours by term 150 0 0
Total hours for module 150

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:

The summative assessment will be composed of a group project that will be presented (30%) and an individual written assignment of 2,000 words (70%). A -10% to + 20% word count tolerance margin applies.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

The assignment / project / report must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to achieve a pass.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment (capped at 50%); to be submitted within 6 weeks of notification of module failure, date dependent on cohort entry and to be advised by the Programme Administrator.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

The cost of textbooks and study aids for apprentices are met by the University of Reading as per the Education and Skills Funding Agency Regulations.

Last updated: 29 October 2020


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