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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MN20434: Organisational design, performance and change

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 25%, EX 75%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
1. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the study of organisations by using a macro perspective.
2. The course aims to develop a capacity for the critical analysis of organisational design and theory. The goal is to indicate students the ways that might help us to understand how organisations function and what different theories and concepts might imply for organisations during their life span.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course, students will have a better understanding of the term 'organisation'. While the students will come with a basic knowledge of this term, this course aims to study the issues organisations face during their life span such as downsizing, forming alliances etc. In addition, the factors - such as size, external environment etc- that surround and impact organisations during their daily activities are discussed. We will also focus on how organisational design and structure might play a role in the life span of an organisation when an organisation faces the above-mentioned issues and factors such as change, decline etc. Lastly, how these issues and factors impact organisational outcomes such as effectiveness will be discussed.

Intellectual skills:
* facility to apply subject-specific knowledge into a range of organisational situations (TFA);
* awareness of current issues and frameworks in organisational design (FA);
* understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks that enables meaningfully and critically to link theory and practice (TFA);
* an ability to evaluate research and relevant methodologies.
Practical skills:
* deal with relevant issues and make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and to communicate conclusions clearly and competently (FA);
* work effectively within cross-cultural groups (F);
* communicate and manage effectively (TF)
Transferable skills:
* ability to develop a holistic perspective on organisational design issues (TFA);
* ability to develop an appreciation the tensions associated with designing organisations (TFA);
* appreciation of the human resources and competences required for successful organisational (TA);
* communicating, including presenting and promoting themselves and their ideas; preparing and production of effective management analysis (F);
* verbal reasoning (F);
* self motivation (F);
* cooperative working with other students (F);
* debating and appreciating the views of others (F).

Textbook: "Organization Theory and Design" by Richard L. Daft (9th Edition, 2007), Thomson South-Western.
Week 1: Introduction: What does the term 'organisation' mean? Evolution of Organisations.
Week 2: Organisational Design
Week 3: Organisational Structure
Week 4: Organisational Strategy
Week 5: Organisational Effectiveness
Week 6: External Environment
Week 7: Inter-organisational Relationships
Week 8: Organisational Change
Week 9: Organisational Size & Growth
Week 10: Organisational Decline
Week 11: Manufacturing vs. Service Technologies
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14 - Final Exam.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MN20434 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc (hons) Business Administration (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 2
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 2

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.