Organisation and Leadership in a Globalised World

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
22 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MBM N21012 MBM,

Module description

This module introduces the students to the challenges of organisation and leadership that are shaped by ongoing changes at work and in today's society at large. The purpose is to examine past and new approaches and draw relevant connections between organisational theory and practice, where issues of organisation, collaboration and leadership are given particular attention.

The module will emphasise the principal role of people and human behaviour alongside the study of management systems and models. The module will address organisational processes by examining the conditions for developing sustainable organisational strategies and viable leadership approaches in both the private and the public sectors. Finally, the module will examine critically organisation and cooperation as socially accomplished activities of individuals, teams, and communities as well as projects in emerging contexts.

Module aims

To enable students to:

Acquire a critical understanding of the structures, processes and practices which underpin organisational action;

Understand the impact of diverse contexts in defining appropriate leadership strategies and organisational processes;

Emphasise individual and group learning shaping organisational knowledge and action

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to develop a critical understanding of:

Organising and collaboration as a situated, socially accomplished activity of different organisational actors, groups, and stakeholders

Views of organisation and how these have affected the notion and practice of managing people

The impact of internationalisation and globalisation as a multi-layered context for organisation and leadership, cultural influences and identity construction in organisations

Knowledge processes, with specific reference to group and team learning

Leadership issues and processes

Reflexivity as a mode of being and acting as managers and leaders

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course. - Lectures - Seminars (for discussion of case studies, journal articles, presentations) - Signposting to additional resources The lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative course content complemented by selected cases where appropriate. The seminars will concentrate particularly on linking theoretical approaches with their possible functional application in relation to particular organisational problems and implementations.


  • Clegg, Stewart; Kornberger, Martin; Pitsis, Tyrone; Mount, Matthew. (2019) Managing and organizations: an introduction to theory and practice, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Northouse, Peter Guy. (2019) Leadership: theory & practice, Los Angeles: SAGE.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay  22/03/2021  100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Manuela Nocker, email:
Dr Manuela Nocker



External examiner

Mr Michael Paul Bernon
Cranfield University
Senior Lecturer and Executive Development Director
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (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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