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The individual at work BA3200

Half course

The course is concerned with developing a critically reflective understanding of the emergent discipline of organisational change and change management. It examines the theoretical foundations of this field of research by presenting and evaluating key ideas concerning the context, nature and process of organisational change. However, this is also a practical and applied discipline, dealing with organisational problems central to the contemporary management condition and the course is structured around opportunities to put the diagnostic and prescriptive tools into action. The course largely comprises workshop sessions, in which students are asked to discuss, apply and evaluate the core theories and techniques of managing organisational change.

Pre-requisites

Strategic Management (BA2070)

Topics covered

  • The fundamentals of motivation
  • Self-reflection.
  • Appraisal
  • Stress
  • Leadership skills, understanding of what makes power function, and the important role of political understanding an the building of networks in all this.
  • What leaders do and what people expect of their leaders
  • Human groups and the importance of teamwork.
  • Ethics in organisations
  • Conflict in organisations

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Evaluate critically social scientific concepts and theories about the behaviour of individuals and groups at work
  • Analyse the inter-relationships between individual and group level factors that influence behaviour
  • Evaluate different theoretical and practical approaches to understanding individual and group processes
  • Demonstrate concrete knowledge on practices and techniques for dealing with individual and group-related problems at work
  • Present a reflective understanding of this body of knowledge in written and spoken forms

Assessment

This module is assessed by a two hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

  • Managing Organisations: Text, Reading and Cases (Wilson & Rosenfield)
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