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Module Title LM Managing Work and Organisation
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 37334
Module Lead Dr Edward Granter
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description Managing Work and Organisation explores how organisations really work, what work is like for employees, how they are managed, and how organisations relate to wider society. Learning is based on real world examples and the most relevant research from books and academic journals. The approach taken is a critical one in that we seek to understand why organisations really do what they do, rather than taking their word for it or accepting characterizations that lack evidence and which seek to ‘promote’ rather than understand. Students will be taken on a journey from the birth of industrial society to the age of the digital nomad, and along the way they will explore how some organisations are similar to the mafia, how work for some has become ‘extreme’ and how some organisations exploit global inequalities whilst others advocate for the human rights of workers around the world to be respected.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to the given materials on work and organisation.
  • Evaluate the role and impact of how work organisations function in relation to responsible business and citizens in the world of work and wider society.
  • Develop methodological skills regarding reading, note taking and understanding at a level appropriate to Masters students.
  • Evaluate theory and practice related to the management of work and organisation in their wider context (political economy, labour markets, technology, society and culture, employment law/regulation of work, future of work, etc).
  • Expresses ideas effectively and conveys information appropriately both in written and oral communication.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment
One 1500 word individual essay 40%
One 1500 word book review 40%
One 5 minute individual recorded video presentation 20%

By failed element:
One 1500 word individual essay 40%
One 1500 word book review 40%
One 5 minute individual recorded video presentation 20%
Reading List