Organisation and Leadership in a Globalised World

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
01 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DIP N210JS Business Management,
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

The aims of this module are:

  • To acquire a critical understanding of the structures, processes and practices which underpin organisational action.

  • To understand the impact of diverse contexts in defining appropriate leadership strategies and organisational processes.

  • To emphasise individual and group learning shaping organisational knowledge and action.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to have a crtitical understanding of:

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

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

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

  4. Knowledge processes, with specific reference to group and team learning.

  5. Leadership issues and processes.

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

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • 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.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Andreas Kornelakis
King's College London
Senior Lecturer International Management
Dr Saqib Shamim
Available via Moodle
Of 64 hours, 38 (59.4%) hours available to students:
14 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
12 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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