MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
MSc Human Resource Management options

Year 1, Component 08

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Learning and Development in Context

This module focuses on exploring the contribution of organisations' Learning and Development strategies and practices (L&D) with respect to both formulating and achieving organisational objectives. This module will develop your critical understanding of opportunities, but also limitations, of the L&D function at national, organisational, group and individual levels. The module will create opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development, along with enabling learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Leading Change

This module will provide you with an advanced understanding of theory and research into the role leadership plays in the pursuit of successful organisational change management. Drawing on ongoing debates surrounding the nature of leadership, it will critically explore its role as both a driver of change as well as a potential impediment. The module will open with an introduction to various theories of leadership and leadership types. These will include more traditional notions of trait, contingency, and distributed based approaches to what characterises a leader or leadership, to more recent considerations of the art of leadership and the interface between, for example, issues of gender identity and leadership, and cross-cultural aspects of understanding what constitutes a leader. It will then locate differing styles and approaches to leadership within the practice and pursuit of organisational change, exploring how they incline individuals towards different responses to change initiatives. The relevance of theory will be explored in respect of a number of organisational contexts including cultural change and organisational restructuring. Throughout the module an emphasis will be given to the importance of adhering to ethical and authentic leadership values and practices.

Organisational Identities

This module provides you with an advanced understanding of theory and research into the subject area of organisational identity. Drawing on relevant debates surrounding identity formation, maintenance and conflict, it will explore identity as both an organisational property and as a site of individual and collective employee cooperation and conflict.

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