Management Psychology

The details
Essex Business School
Kaplan Singapore
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 26 March 2021
23 January 2020


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Module description

The module is intended to open up the relationship between individual behaviour and experience in the context of the study of organizations. As such, it is rooted in the psychology of organising and its primary focus is on the individual in the organization, the construction of meaning and how they behave, react or subvert in relation to organizational life.

Developing the discussions from in previous modules, we will explore the role of socialisation, emotion and the construction of identities within the context of the labour processes, paying particular attention to the 'hidden' dimensions of organising.

Module aims

Using a range of theories and concepts, to give students the opportunity to explore the relationship between observed behaviour in organizations and their experiential meanings.

The aims of the module are:

1. To challenge the conventional rhetoric of standard management textbooks and give students the opportunity to attend to the competing and alternative discourses of organization.

2. To consider alternative organizational forms and styles of working.

3. To pose moral and ethical considerations for future practising managers.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module, you should be able:

1. To relate everyday observations of organizations and organizational members to the experience of organizations and to be able to hypothesise about management actions and their consequences for the behaviour and experience of members.
2. To be able to write essays which demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of organizational behaviour.
3. To produce a coherent and well-structured argument about the psychological aspects of organizational behaviour.
4. To demonstrate a critical approach to reading and talking about how organizations function.
5. To hypothesise about alternative forms of organization and to understand the complexity of the psychological contract of work.
6. To understand the need for a principled approach to management.

Module information

In the first four weeks of the module, the focus is on the individual and examines why psychologists are interested in the relationship between behaviour and experience, the psychological contract of work, different perceptions of meaning and commitment to work and socialisation.

The focus then moves to the examination of the importance of the organisational context. For the next four weeks the course looks at how psychological principles can be applied to organizational life and concludes with an analysis of disasters. This part of the module concerns itself which how taken for granted assumptions are exposed in cases of organisational failure.

The final lecture of the course examines various ways in which issues raised in the course provide new insights into the nature of organisations and their management.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is taught over 10 weeks, in two hour sessions which will involve a formal taught element, followed by discussion, group work and other class based activities. The readings will be available on Moodle and are a central [art of what we do in the classroom. The readings are chosen to provide vibrant empirical examples, and to be accessible in terms of opening up the topics at hand. The course will also draw on a range of critical perspectives on organizations and the business context.Workshops There are no conventional classes for this module. The lecture is two hours long which provides time for looking at TV, video and other photograph material which illustrates the theories and concepts used in the module. Because of this, lecture attendance is monitored since the second lecture is used instead of a class. There are also two workshop sessions for which attendance is registered. These deals with module work preparation, additional readings, essay writing and issues which emerge in the module of the lecture programme. More details will be provided the start of the course but not only are these sessions essential in order to understand the course work, they provide a context and standpoint to the course work which is an essential element of the module.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Casper Hoedemaekers, email:
Casper Hoedemaekers



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
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Further information
Essex Business School

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