Managing People and Teams - BUSN6970

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) David McConville checkmark-circle


Managing People and Teams aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts within management theory. This core knowledge is applied to a range of organisational settings so that the influence of management theory on management practice is understood. The role played by specialist management functions within Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations is investigated.

Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management thinking and decision making within work organisations.
Indicative topics are:
• Groups and teams
• Motivation in the workplace
• Communication theory and practice
• Power and control
• Job design
• Flexible working practices
• Diversity in the workplace
• Managing learning
• Managing change


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Individual Essay – Literature Review (3000 words) (80%)
Group Presentation (20%)

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Core textbook:
Mullins, L. (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour. 10th edn. Harlow: Pearson

Further indicative readings:
Buchanan, D., and Huczynski, A., (2013) Organizational Behaviour. 8th edn. Harlow: Prentice Hall
Clegg, S. et al. (2011) Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. 3rd edn. London: Sage
Fincham, R. and Rhodes, P. (2005) Principles of Organizational Behaviour. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Knights, D., & Willmott, H., (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, 2nd edn. London: Thomson Learning
Watson, T. (2006) Organising and Managing Work. 2nd edn. Harlow: Pearson

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the process of managing people and the dynamics of team management.
- Understand and critically assess the relationship between management theory and management practice.
- Understand the emergence of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment
Relations practices within specialist functions and as part of line management activity.
- Understand the connection between management practices and apply these concepts to the wider business environment in which they function.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Organise and present an analysis as a considered viewpoint.
- Find, select and synthesise complex information.
- Contribute effectively to organisational decision making.
- Communicate with; work effectively within, and present as a group.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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