Management of Organisations


Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 16 hours, 4 credits
Course Assessment: Coursework


The aim of this course is to develop your understanding of organisations and the functions of management and leadership, their scope and limitations, in different organisational contexts. The course will draw on your own experiences as managers, leaders and followers to enable you to understand a wide range of organisational phenomena, including motivation, teamwork, culture and change management. The course provides not only concepts and theories but also some practical tools to help you develop your own potential as leaders and to embark on a life-long project of learning.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to

  • Introduce the dominant features of today’s organisations and the functions of leadership, management and administration
  • Discuss critically some foundational theories of management and organisations, including bureaucracy, Scientific Management and Human Relations
  • Describe the role of leadership in managing culture and meaning and distinguish between different types of leadership
  • Examine the relations between leaders and followers and identify certain dominant forms of dysfunctional leadership
  • Provide an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of groups and teams and identify some common difficulties that groups encounter
  • Explore the process of organisational change and attendant issues of organisational conflict, power and politics
  • Begin to develop a range of leadership skills that include conceptual, communication, reflective, social and emotional skills



  • Introduction to OB and some generic models
  • Individual processes: perception & cognition, learning, and motivation
  • Individual differences
  • Person perception and social interaction
  • Group development, dynamics and processes
  • The organisational context: structure and culture
  • Remuneration & Rewards
  • Training & Development
  • Comparative & International Perspectives