Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
10 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESN21012 Management and Organisation,
MA B99112 Health and Organisational Research,
MSC N20012 Management,
MSC N20024 Management,
MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International),
MSC N2E212 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E224 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E312 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E324 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E412 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications),
MSC N2E424 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications),
DIP C8N209 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
DIP C8N221 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N212 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N224 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N2MO Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MSC N51012 Marketing and Brand Management,
MSC N51024 Marketing and Brand Management,
MA L3N212 Sociology and Management,
MA L3N2MO Sociology and Management,
MSC N21712 Organisational Change Management,
MPHDN20048 Management,
PHD N20048 Management

Module description

This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, it encourages students to consider the main topics of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

Throughout the sessions, the core issues affecting organisational behaviour and outcomes will be discussed and critically analysed. Therefore, it invites participants to consider the tensions emerging from competing views and perspectives. In so doing, the module challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about people management, and provides tools to analyse organisations and to explore the realities of organisational life.

Module aims

This module aims to provide in-depth understanding of key theories and principles associated with organisational behaviour and Human Resource Management. It also aims to show students how such concepts relate to the wider practice of people management and how they may have implications for various stakeholders.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. Recognise and evaluate the factors that shape organisational behaviour and the management of human resources.

2. Recognise and understand the motivations and priorities of different stakeholders.

3. Critically evaluate the forces underlying expectations and behaviour at work.

4. Reflect critically on HRM practices with regard to various contemporary contexts.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This 10-week module is delivered through 3 contact-hours per week, comprised of one-hour lectures and two-hour interactive seminars. Lectures will be focused on introducing the core concepts and theories outlined in the syllabus. Moreover, students will be invited to contribute with their views and questions about each topic. Seminar sessions will be devoted to group discussion of pre-set work and require prior preparation of materials. It is the students' responsibility to be prepared for each session as detailed in the module handbook and/or in the appropriate section of the Moodle page for this module. To do well, they should participate actively both in lectures and seminar sessions, as well as read widely on organisational and people management issues.


  • Wilton, Nick. (2016) An introduction to human resource management, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Wilton, Nick. (2019) An introduction to human resource management, London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Joel Brockner. (1992) 'Managing the Effects of Layoffs on Survivors', in California Management Review. vol. 34 (2) , pp.9-28

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   2,500 word assignment     50% 
Coursework   2,500 word assignment     50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Katarzyna Zdunczyk
University of Surrey
Senior Teaching Fellow, Deputy Head of Postgraduate Programmes
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (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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