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Managing People in the Global Context - MAN00130M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bob Townley
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
    • See module specification for other years: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module aims to provide a comprehensive review of contemporary approaches to the study of managing people within different types of organisations, in a global context. The module is designed to provide a set of topics and theories which can be used to understand the approaches to, and implications of, managing people in the modern world.

The module also seeks to integrate academic skills, through seminar classes and separate workshops, so that students are able to understand, work with and apply theory to practice and develop a coherent, critical, written argument supported by knowledge, relevant texts and lived experience.

Module learning outcomes


  • Managing people in a changing world

  • Organisation types, structures, teams and work design

  • Theories of managing people - from classical to human relations approaches

  • Theories of managing people Leadership

  • Theories of organisational culture

  • Theories of power and control

  • Technology and change in organisations

  • Diversity and difference in organisations

  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Module familiarisation

  • Reading a text

  • What is theory

  • Applying theory to practice

  • Recognising the wider/global/current context

  • Thinking critically

  • Making an argument

  • Positionality and situated knowledge

Module Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the different topics and theories covered on this module

  • Understand and critique different theories relating to managing people

  • Apply theory to practice, through real world examples

  • Develop their own arguments based on theoretical knowledge of the subject and their own lived experience

  • Apply an international/global perspective to their analysis

Module content

Teaching material

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

  • Lecture slides, recordings and handouts will be available on the VLE

  • Additional digital learning materials will be included

  • Core texts and a detailed reading list 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

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

Bridgman, T and Cummings, S. (2021) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management Theory. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

King, D and Lawley, S. (2019) Organizational Behaviour. 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press.

Grey, C. (2017) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations. 3rd 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.