Available to short-term/exchange students
OverviewThe main strand of the lecture material will establish the foundations of organisational behaviour in the context of the historical development of ideas and theory. The theories will be related to practical examples and thence students will be introduced to modern experience, practice and scholarship. Once the information of the foundation of organisational behaviour is established, at the next level, contemporary topics of management will be touched upon briefly. This will provide students with basic knowledge related to modern management practices. The content of the module will, therefore, be based on the following topics:
• Scientific Management
• Human Relations School
• Post Bureaucratic Organizations
• Contingency Approach
• Group and teams
• Power and authority
• Managing diversity
This module appears in:
- Computing Stage 1 Canterbury
- Computing Stage 2/3 Canterbury
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 1
- Short-Term Study
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 1
- Wild Modules
Private Study: 27
Preparation for Seminars: 22
Preparation for Presentation: 15
Preparation and reseach for timed essay: 25
Preparation for Examination: 40
Total hours: 150
Method of assessment
Unseen two-hour examination* 60%
Coursework 800 – 1000 word timed essay 20%
Seminar performance/attendance 5%
The recommended textbook is:
Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2011): Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition. London: Sage
Other useful background books are
L. Mullins. (2007) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 8th edition,
Financial Times Prentice Hall (ISBN: 1405854766)
Kramar, R. & Syed, J. (Eds) (2012) Human Resource Management in a Global
Context: a critical approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Intended subject specific learning outcomes:
Understand the key concepts and theories of organisational behaviour and management, including their historical development.
Understand the key elements and operation of organisations and the process of management.
Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various organisational theories.
Apply these theories to practical issues associated with the management of people and organisations
Discuss ideas relating to management and organisational behaviour, both orally and in writing.
Intended generic learning outcomes:
Plan, work and study independently using relevant resources.
Appreciate the context in which management decisions are made, drawing on the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences.
Appreciate and understand the relationships between the theories of behavioural science and the practical experiences of management and behaviour of people at work.
Use group working skills, including listening, responding to different points of view, negotiating outcomes, and planning and making a joint presentation.
Present a cogent argument orally, demonstrating good vocal skills which match the environment, and making use of appropriate presentational tools.
Retrieve information from a variety of resources.