Module Details

BE460-7-AU-CO: Organisation, Learning And Collaboration In A Globalised World

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Manuela Nocker
Teaching Staff: Dr Manuela Nocker
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Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module introduces the students to the challenges of organisation, learning and collaboration which are shaped by ongoing changes at work and in todays society at large. The purpose is to examine past and new approaches in relation to the study of organisations and draw relevant connections between organisational theory and practice and other sub-disciplines of management, sociology, and economics, where issues of learning, collaboration and networks are given particular attention. The module will emphasise the principal role of people and human behaviour alongside the study of systems, functions, and models. The module will address organisational processes by examining the very conditions for developing sustainable organisational strategies for innovation in both the private and the public sectors. Finally, the module will examine critically organisation and cooperation as socially accomplished activities of individuals, teams, communities of practice, projects and networks in emerging contexts.

The main aim of the module is to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of the structures, processes and practices which underpin organisational action, the impact of diverse contexts in defining appropriate strategies and organisational processes with an emphasis on issues of learning and collaborative action and implementation in both the private and public sectors.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course.

Seminars (for discussion of case studies, journal articles, presentations)
Tutorials; Signposting to additional resources

-The lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative course content complemented by selected cases that demonstrate the application of concepts for organisational change and innovation

-The Seminars will concentrate particularly on linking theoretical approaches with their possible functional application in relation to particular organisational problems and strategic implementations.

-The tutorials will aim to provide support to the students in the form of identifying barriers to learning and finding solutions, providing guidance for preparing coursework, tracking progress through the use of worksheets and mopping up any other student-centred learning issues that may arise.


40 per cent Coursework Mark, 60 per cent Exam Mark


Individual Essay 40%

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Essential Reading
  • Clegg S, Kornberger M and Pitsis T (2012) 3rd edition Managing and Organizations. An Introduction to Theory and Practice. London Sage. Paperback
  • Plus selected chapters from
  • Nicoloni D, and Gherardi S (2003) Knowing in Organizations. A practice-based approach. New York M.E. Sharpe.
  • Hatch M.J., and Schultz, M (2004) Organizational Identity. A Reader. Oxford - Oxford University Press.
  • Whittington R (2001) What is Strategy - and does it matter. Second Edition. Reprinted 2006. London - Thomson Learning.
  • Hodgson D and Cicmil S (2006) Making Projects Critical. Basingstoke and New York. Palgrave MacMillan (Management, Work and Organisations Series)

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