- Department: The York Management School
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bob Townley
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
|Semester 1 2024-25
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.
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
Reading a text
What is theory
Applying theory to practice
Recognising the wider/global/current context
Making an argument
Positionality and situated knowledge
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
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
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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.
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.