Module Details

BE865-7-SP-CO: People And Organisations

Year: 2016/17
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 10
ECTS credit: 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: Stefano Cirella
Teaching Staff: Stefano Cirella & Marina Michalski
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Module Outline

This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, the module encourages students to consider many of the key human aspects of management that are, so often, taken for granted and in so doing provides students with an understanding of core issues that shape the management of organisational performance. Building upon an awareness of these key debates, the module invites participants to analyse workforce issues that shape their management practice.

Module Aims

The main aims of the module are:

1. To enable students to appreciate and analyse the role of people in shaping organisational performance;
2. To enhance in-depth understanding and awareness of own behaviour and small group dynamics in a variety of work settings;
3. To enhance in-depth understanding of the process of change and the management of change in organisations.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of 10 three-hour sessions delivered over 10 weeks in the Spring term. Students will be encouraged to engage in participative learning, presentations, case studies and intensive group-work


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Assessment for this module is 100% coursework. Specifically, students will be required to produce an individual 3500 word report analysing a contemporary organisational/ management issue as reported in the business press or quality media (to be agreed with module tutors in advance). This assignment will allow students to apply knowledge and understanding gained across the module in order to evaluate an instance of current business practice and produce appropriate recommendations

Other details

75% Individual Essay, 25% Group Report


  • Fincham, R. and Rhodes, P. (2005) Principles of Organizational Behaviour, 4th ed., Oxford University Press.
  • Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S., & Atkinson, C. (2011). Human Resource Management, eighth edition. FT Prentice Hall Pearson.
  • Wilton, N. (2016) An Introduction to Human Resource Management, Third edition, London: Sage.
  • Shani, Chandler, Coget and Lau (2009), Behaviour in Organizations: An Experiential Approach, 9th Edition, Irwin-McGraw-Hill.

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