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MN30415: International dimensions of organisational behaviour

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group Presentation (CW 30%)
  • Examination (EX 70%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Before taking this module you must take MN10001 OR take MN20080 OR take MN20434 or equivalent unit in the area of Organisational Behaviour; or equivalent for exchange/occasional students (subject to approval by tutor).
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
Students will be introduced to the international dimensions of organisational behaviour, using a range of related concepts, theories and examples. Through lectures, group work and readings, they will develop an in-depth appreciation of the critical factors that influence individual behaviour and social relations in multinational corporations (MNCs) and other forms of international organisations. More specifically, students will develop an understanding of the strategies, structures, processes, policies and practices that enable the more or less successful management of organisational, group and individual level dynamics in an international context.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, the student should be able to:
* display a sound understanding of approaches to international dimensions of organisational behaviour and management;
* relate debates and ideas on globalisation, international organisations and management across national borders;
* appraise models and evidence critically;
* explain how the international environment shapes the organisational dynamics in multinational organisations;
* define and illustrate key concepts relevant to management and organisation in an international context;
* describe and give examples of organisational policies and practices, relating text to real life scenarios and problems;
* evaluate and interpret new information and theory, engage in problem solving, demonstrate ability to think logically, critically and practically.

Intellectual skills:
* facility to apply subject-specific knowledge to a range of complex organisational and international business situations (TFA);
* critical awareness of current issues and frameworks in management and organisational behaviour (FA);
* understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks that enable meaningfully and critically to link theory and practice (TFA);
Practical skills:
* deal with complex 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 and assume leadership roles where appropriate (F);
* communicate and manage effectively in cross-cultural contexts (TF)
Transferable skills:
* ability to develop a holistic perspective on organisational dynamics in firms operating in different locations (TFA);
* ability to develop a deeper appreciation of multiple and overlapping tensions of managing people and organisational processes globally (TFA);
* appreciation and in-depth understanding of management practices required for successful operation in international contexts (TA);
* communicating, including presenting and promoting their ideas; preparing and producing effective analyses (F);
* verbal reasoning (F);
* self motivation (F);
* cooperative working with other students (F);
* debating and appreciating the views of others (F).

The unit covers the core themes and perspectives in international management and organisation. The unit consists of two analytical sections: "the international context of organisation", where the content will cover issues relevant to the international environment and strategic orientation of organisations in a globalised economy; and "the organisational dynamics and behaviours", where the content will cover issues relating to the management of people and social relations in international organisations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN30415 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB09 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business (Year 3)
  • USCM-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCM-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Business with Year long work placement (Year 4)
School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.