The focus of this module is on the social and cultural dynamics and power relations that shape the management and experience of organizational life. 'Organization' here has three meanings: (i) organization as an entity, a thing (an organization); (ii) organization as an activity, a practice (organizing) and (iii) organization as an idea, even an ideal. All three meanings have a direct impact on how we organize and manage in our daily lives and work, and form the basis of our thinking about organizational behaviour.
Whilst a clear description of organizational realities is important, to really understand management, work and organization, it is necessary to move beyond description, first to analyse and then to critically evaluate. Analysis means moving beyond description to understand the social contexts, processes and dynamics that give rise to particular organizational structures, relations and patterns of behaviour. The teaching, learning and assessment on this module is designed to support you moving from a descriptive to an analytical, and critically evaluative understanding of OB as you work through the teaching materials, readings and the two coursework assignments.
All students who successfully complete this module should be able to make and articulate an informed judgement on specific management and organizational practices, evaluating them in terms of their contexts and effects. This is an essential skill set for all managers, who are often in a privileged and influential position when it comes to making changes to the way we organize. It is also an important basis for final year study and beyond.