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Leadership and performance management

OPM200

This module looks at the different approaches to managing and leading people at work.

The field of human resource management focuses on theory and practice of the management of employment or people in organisations.

The field of leadership focuses largely on the management of soft factors at work from the perspective of leader and followers. HRM focuses on the more formal aspects of managing employment relationships in general and leadership deals more with the process and interactions between a group of individuals consisting of leaders and followers.

Prerequisites

Some personal work experience of human resource management and organizational behaviour is extremely useful for this module.

Also, students who have not followed an HRM or organisational behaviour course at undergraduate level will find this module difficult and will have to work hard to familiarise themselves with the literature. This will involve considerable extra reading and study.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • outline some of the main approaches to understanding HRM and leadership
  • Critically evaluate theory, concepts, approaches to HRM and leadership
  • Apply theories and concepts of HRM and leadership to various applied contexts and critically assess these
  • Explain some of the practical issues surrounding HRM and leadership.

Assessment

One two-hour unseen written examination​.

Essential reading

  • Beardwell, J. and T. Claydon (2007) Human Resource Management. A Contemporary Approach. 5th edition. Harlow: Pearson Education.
  • Yukl, G.A. (2006) Leadership in Organizations. 6th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.