module specification

HR5053 - Organisation Design and Management (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Organisation Design and Management
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Individual Workbook
Coursework 70%   Individual Essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Friday Morning
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

The module introduces and explores a range of key topics related to organisation studies. A broad range of organisation theories are drawn upon to encourage students to develop a critical approach towards their understanding and analysis of key issues within contemporary organisations. The module assessment strategy has been designed to test the extent of the achievement of the module learning outcomes.


• Organisation Theories and Perspectives – classical, contemporary and critical approaches. LO1
• Employee engagement & the Psychological Contract. LO1, LO2, LO3
• Perspectives on leadership and management LO1,LO2,LO3
• Management & Organisations: Issues from an International Perspective. LO1,LO2
• Organisation Metaphors. LO1,LO2
• Organisation Structure. LO1,LO2
• Power, Control & Surveillance. LO1,LO2
• Organisational Culture LO1,LO2
• Organisational Change & Resistance. LO1,LO2,LO3
• Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. LO1,LO2,LO3

Learning outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

• Awareness and understanding of a range of key issues related to the design and management of contemporary organisations.
• Application of a wide range of organisation theories to support and develop the analysis of issues in contemporary organisations.
• Enhanced self-reflection on their skills of communicating, researching and analysing – relevant to working and managing in contemporary organisations.

Assessment strategy

The assessment consists solely of individual based coursework which requires students to complete a written essay (70%) and a series exercises within a student workbook (30%). The coursework will be based on the critical analysis of issues related to one or more organisations through the use and application of relevant organisation theories. During the module students will be encouraged to draw and reflect upon their own learning and that of their peers including through discussions based on the student workbook exercises. The design of the student workbook exercises also facilitates the provision of regular formative feedback and tutor guidance.


Core text:
• Clegg S, Kornberger, M & Pitsis T (2016) Managing & Organizations, London: Sage.

Further reading:
• Arvinen-Muondo R & Perkins S (Eds) (2013) Organizational Behaviour: People, Process, Work & Human Resource Management, London: Kogan Page (e resource).
• Grey C (2013) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting And Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations, London: Sage.
• Hatch MJ with Cunliffe AL (2013) Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic and Postmodern Perspectives, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Huczynski A & Buchanan D (2017) Organizational Behaviour, Harlow: Pearson Education (e resource).
• Morgan G (2006) Images of Organization, London: Sage.
• Mullins LJ (2016) Management and Organisational Behaviour, Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd (e resource).
• Pugh D (2007) Writers on Organisations, Harmondsworth: Penguin.
• Sims, D., Fineman, S. and Gabriel, Y (2010) Organizing and Organizations: an Introduction, London, Sage.
• Thompson P & McHugh D (2009) Work Organisations, London:  Macmillan
• Wilson F.M. (2010) Organizational Behaviour and Work: a Critical Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Electronic journals

 Human Relations
 Journal of Management Studies
 Journal of Organizational Change Management
 Organization
 Organization Studies.
 Social Responsibility Journal