Management Psychology

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
11 June 2020


Requisites for this module
PS407 or BE410



Key module for


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

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module isnormally delivered 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. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   ASSIGNMENT TWO     50% 
Coursework   ASSIGNMENT ONE     50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Casper Hoedemaekers, email:
Casper Hoedemaekers



External examiner

Prof Simon Lilley
University of Leicester
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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