module specification

HR5061 - Managing Organisational Development, Performance and Reward (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Managing Organisational Development, Performance and Reward
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 100%   Academic Essay
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Monday Evening

Module summary

This module introduces and explores the nature of organisational success via three essential components of Development, Performance and Reward.  Although each of these themes is explored separately the student is encouraged to think holistically across these areas, both in class and via the assessment strategy, so that an integrated understanding of how these contribute individually and together is fully appreciated.  Relevant theory, current context and best practice are explored in class via lectures, group work and case studies.

Module aims

  1. To provide learners with a broad understanding of what is meant by organisational development and how organisations can facilitate and evaluate development.
  2. To equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between successful organisational development and high performance working.
  3. To introduce learners to a wide range of effective performance management tools and practices at organisational and line management levels. 
  4. To provide learners with a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and context of effective reward management policy and implementation.
  5. To explore how different organisational interventions and levers can work independently and also together to achieve organisational change and successful high-performance working.


• Introduction to organisational development, theory, practice, process and context
• Development interventions, change management and links with organisational performance
• Organisational performance, high performance working and organisational sustainability
• Exploring the business case for high performance work organisations  
• Managing performance
• Line managers and performance management 
• Embedding a high performance culture
• Reward management: context and practice
• Reward management: principles and policy
• Reward management: decision making
• Reward management: implementation and evaluation
• Integrating performance strategies

Learning and teaching

This module is delivered through a mix of lectures, group discussions and seminar activities supported with appropriate learning materials and interactive communication via Weblearn.   All learners will be issued with a module handbook, guidance on readings, and lecture slides in advance through Weblearn.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module learners will: 

  1. Be able to demonstrate appropriate professional knowledge of organisational development  and its role in organisational change and performance.      
  2. Understand the concepts, frameworks and complexity of high-performance working and its relevance to line management.  
  3. Be able to explain and advise how performance management processes and concepts effectively support the construction and maintenance of high-performance organisational cultures.
  4. Understand the principles, context and practices of effective reward management in driving a sustained high-performance culture.
  5. Be able to advise professionally on relevant decision-making and implementation in the area of reward management.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by one single piece of written coursework of 3,500 words. This will take the form of an academic essay to be submitted in week 14.


Armstrong, M. (2009) Armstrong’s Handbook of Performance Management: An evidence-based guide to delivering high performance, 4th edn. London: Kogan Page 
Armstrong, M. (2007) A Handbook of Reward Management Practice, 2nd edition, London, Kogan Page.
Becker, B. and Gerhart, B. (1996) The impact of human resource management on organisational performance; progress and prospects. Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 39, No 4. 779-801
Bradford, D. L. and Burke, W.W. (2005) Reinventing Organization Development: New Approaches to change in organizations. San Francisco, CA: Pheiffer.
Godard, J. (2004) A critical assessment of the high-performance paradigm. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 6, No. 15. 26-31
McGee, R. and Pemberton, C. (2012) Building High Performance in Organisations, London: CIPD
Stewart, J and Rogers, P. (2014) Developing People and Organisation, London: CIPD
Taylor, S and Woodhams, C. (2012) Managing People and Organisations, London: CIPD


CIPD (2014) Change Management. Factsheet. February. London. Chartered Institute of personnel and Development

CIPD (2014) Organisation Design. Factsheet. July. London. Chartered Institute of personnel and Development

CIPD (2014) Performance Management; An Overview. March.   London. Chartered Institute of personnel and Development.

CIPD (2014) Strategic Reward and Total Reward. Factsheet. March. London, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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