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Social Relations in Organisations - MAN00109M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Carolyn Hunter
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to provide a comprehensive review of contemporary approaches to the study of organisations. It encourages a critical and reflexive orientation towards the various claims made for the effectiveness of organisation theory and management practice. The module is designed to provide a set of conceptual approaches, which can be used to place organisation studies in a social and critical context.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Frameworks for organizational behaviour

  • Origins of management theory: Scientific management, bureaucracy and human relations

  • Modern Organisations: analysis of structures and new organisational forms 

  • Organisational cultures

  • Organisation as power

  • Group and team dynamics

  • Gender and identity

  • Ethical considerations in organisation theory and analysis

Academic and graduate skills

Successful completion of the module will demonstrate that students are able to:

  • Develop creative, deeper and more challenging ways of understanding organisational activity, based on contemporary theoretical developments

  • Appreciate the advantages and limitations of particular theories and organisational practices

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the complexity of social, political, ethical, economic and philosophical issues that shape contemporary organisations. 

  • Evaluate critically different approaches to managing people and appraise future directions.

Module content

Teaching material

  • Taught sessions will include lectures, case studies, and group work

  • Lecture slides and handouts will be available on the VLE

  • A detailed reading list giving a comprehensive coverage of the content of the module will be available on the VLE


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with TYMS policy.

Indicative reading

Grey, C. (2009) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations. 2nd Edition. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Clegg, S., Kornberger, M., and Pitsis, T. (2016) Managing and organizations: an introduction to theory and practice. 4th Edition London: Sage Publications Ltd.


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.