BE707-4-AU-CO:
Understanding Organisational Management

The details
2023/24
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
10 January 2024

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BSC N200 Business Management,
BSC N201 Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N202 Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N2N5 Management and Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NN25 Management and Marketing,
BSC NN2M Management and Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC NNF5 Management and Marketing (Including Year Abroad),
MMANNN35 Marketing and Management,
MMANNN36 Marketing and Management (Including Placement Year),
MMANNN37 Marketing and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N260 Business and Human Resource Management,
BSC N261 Business and Human Resource Management (including Placement Year),
BSC N262 Business and Human Resource Management (including Year Abroad),
BSC N263 Business and Human Resource Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Drawing on both historical and contemporary sources, this module introduces students to a range of approaches to, and ways of thinking about, organisations and their management, In doing so, it will provide students with a secure conceptual, theoretical, and discursive understanding of the academic foundations of the field vital for their academic progression.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To introduce students to a range of ideas about organisation and organising and the impact they have had on contemporary organisational theorising and management.

  • To develop an understanding amongst students of the changing characteristics of organisations and forms of organisation, and an awareness of the drivers for these changes in respect of pertinent intellectual, social, economic, and technological developments.

  • To nurture skills in critical evaluation specifically in respect of the suitability of competing organisational forms and styles in addressing the challenges of social and economic justice and environmental sustainability.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Describe and assess the impact of different theories of organisation and management.

  2. Identify the changing characteristics of organisations and forms of organisation and explain the drivers for these changes in respect of intellectual, social, economic, and technological developments.

  3. Critically evaluate the suitability of competing organisational forms and styles in addressing the challenges of social and economic justice and environmental sustainability.

Module information

The first five weeks of the module will introduce students to a series of core concepts, and styles of organizing, that constitute the established landscape against which contemporary management and organisation studies take place. Talking both an historical and comparative approach, this section commences with a critical revaluation of the concepts of management and organisation and their historical incorporation into a 'mainstream' doxa based on the unquestioned maximisation of instrumental utility and economic growth. This theme is then further explored through a four-week consideration of the historical development of 'modern' organisational styles and their management.


The second five weeks will be more fluid in design and delivery. It will draw upon faculty research interests and expertise, as well as topical debates within the field and beyond. Attention will be paid, however, to the contemporary organisational challenges posed by issues including the climate emergency, the persistence of structural inequalities within organisations, and the rise of alternative organisational forms and practices.


Syllabus



  • Organisation & Management: an introduction to foundational concepts and histories.

  • Pre-industrial Work and Organisation.

  • The Science of the Factory and the Office.

  • Humanizing the Workplace.

  • Flexible Specialisation and Post-Fordism.

  • On-Line Test.

  • Environmentally Sustainable Organisations.

  • Diverse and Inclusive Organisation.

  • Technology and Digital Organisation.

  • Co-operative and Alternative Organisation.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Face to face large group lectures.
  • Audio-visual learning resources delivered both in-situ and via on-line learning portal Moodle.

Bibliography

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   Moodle Test Week 2    2% 
Coursework   Moodle Test Week 3    2% 
Coursework   Moodle Test Week 4    2% 
Coursework   Moodle Test Week 5    2% 
Coursework   Moodle Test Week 6    2% 
Coursework   MCQ Test    20% 
Coursework   Essay  11/01/2024  70% 

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%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr David Watson, email: djwats@essex.ac.uk.
Raysa Rocha, Charlie Smith, Sandra Moog, Shoba Arun
ebsugcol@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (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), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Essex Business School

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