module specification

HR5061 - Managing Organisational Development, Performance and Reward (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
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 160
3 hours Placement / study abroad
30 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
37 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Student workbook on organisational development and change
Coursework 50%   Essay on Performance or Reward (2000 words)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester City Tuesday Morning

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.


• 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 outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Analyse and critique theories and frameworks of organisational development and organisational change
2. Differentiate between and appraise the suitability of particular HR models for reward and high-performance working.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by two pieces of written coursework. Over the first 10 weeks of the module, students will progressively build a workbook on organisational development and change. This will allow for an element of formative feedback. The second assessment will take the form of an essay on Performance Management or Reward, to be submitted in week 14.


Core text:

Taylor, S and Woodhams, C. (2012) Managing People and Organisations, London: CIPD

Other reading:

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.

Croner. Corner Online.

IDS (2012) IDS: Employment Information and Analysis.

Office for National Statistics. UK National Statistics: Publications Hub.