Management and Organisational Behaviour

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The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N40112 Accounting and Management

Module description

This module introduces you to a range of the key topics and issues in management and organisational behaviour, illustrating both traditional and critical approaches to understanding them. It seeks to develop critical and analytical skills in both thinking and writing, and provides an analytical framework to assist you to question and reflect on management and organisational processes. We will evaluate various approaches to understanding organisational phenomena and the complexities of the organisational and social world, and introduce alternative perspectives on various dynamics found in and around organisations, such as structure, culture, power and motivation. The module gives specific emphasis to an understanding of what management and organisational behaviour is about, what it is for and what it seeks to do. Consequently, the module challenges many of the taken for granted assumptions of the conventional undergraduate management text book in such a way as to provide opportunities to both theorise management and to explore the realities of organisational experiences.

Module aims

The module aims are:

* To provide an overview of key topics in organisational behaviour and management thought.

* To assist you in developing a robust conceptual framework for the analysis of management ideas and issues.

* To nurture your capacity for systematic and critical thinking in relation to the many unaddressed assumptions which underpin theories and practices of management and organisational behaviour.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. A critical awareness of the nature of organisations and the process of management.

2. A robust understanding of a range of key concepts in contemporary management and organisational behaviour theory and practice and be aware of key debates and positions.

3. The ability to describe, analyse and evaluate the range of approaches that underpin the practice and analysis of management and organisational behaviour.

4. An understanding of, and the ability to demonstrate, the value of critical and analytical approaches to the study of management and organisational behaviour.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

The module will also enable you to develop a range of transferable skills:

1. Develop written communication skills through writing and receiving feedback on a case study assignment and an essay.

2. Practice research skills through collecting and analysing organisation-specific information.

3. Hone critical analytical thinking by evaluating different perspectives on organisations and management.

4. Develop IT literacy through electronically accessing module materials and completing and submitting assignments.

Module information

This module is compulsory for:

MA in Management Studies
MSc in Finance and Management
MSc in Marketing and Brand Management
MRes in Management and Organisations

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Learning and teaching methods

The module delivery is based on two main components: Weekly two-hour sessions which normally comprise a lecture and short case study. The aim of these sessions is to give an overview of a particular topic of management and organization, to introduce you to some key readings, and to give you the possibility to relate the topic to a short practical case study. Fortnightly one-hour tutorials which normally consist of discussing an academic article or other text that you have read beforehand. The aim of the tutorials is to support your learning by directing you towards particular texts, and honing your analytical skills. For each tutorial you will be expected to prepare answers to questions provided the session before. Tutorials start in weeks 2 or 3 depending on which group you are in. Please check your timetable to see which tutorial group you have been allocated to.


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Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marina Michalski



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 32 hours, 20 (62.5%) hours available to students:
12 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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