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People in Organisations


This module is intended to provide a knowledge and understanding of the importance of strategic management of the people resource in organisations and how this relates to the wider organisational context and business strategy. It is based on the premise that people are the key and most important resource in the organisation and translate other resources into added value. It explores all elements of successful and effective people management practice.
It is a generic module and therefore is applicable across a range of courses. Relevance is achieved through case studies, relevant examples and reading material.

Organisations achieve their objectives through people. The strategic and operational management of people is a crucial concern therefore for any organisation and its leaders and managers who are keen to succeed as more complex business models and organisation structures emerge. Understanding how to gain the motivation and commitment of an organisations most important resource is crucial for modern leaders and managers as they shape and reshape organisations to meet business need.

Management of the employment relationship is fundamental to the achievement of a high performing organisation. Technical and analytical expertise is no longer enough and this module reinforces the message that people management is a strategic issue and of relevance and concern for all levels of leadership in the business.

At a practical level it equips students with knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of core concepts, theories and models as a toolkit of understanding and analysis to aid them in facing the challenge and complexity of leadership in modern rapidly changing organisations. Module delivery is interactive and draws upon the participant’s organisational experience as much as possible.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Recognise and define the key characteristics of a Strategic Human Resource Management approach and analyse and evaluate organisational approaches in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate , explore and define the contribution of strategic people management to organisational success.
  • Apply a range of organisational and behavioural theories within a strategic organisational context and critically evaluate the contribution of these approaches to creating a High Performing Organisation
  • Critically evaluate a range of leadership approaches including their own and its contribution to the creation and management of a positive employment relationship.


  • Strategic Human Resource Management and theoretical models
  • Organisational behavioural theory on: motivation, personality, teams and groups and
    organisational structure and culture.
  • Exploration of the wider organisational context (organisational strategic intent and competitive
    business strategies, changing forms of organisations and wider themes of corporate responsibility
    and ethics) as it relates to contemporary people management
  • The employment relationship, engagement and employer branding as key themes in the creation
    of a High Performing Organisation
  • Human resource practices and their role within a Strategic Human Resource Management approach
  • Organisational change and transition as part of an SHRM approach to business effectiveness
  • Leadership theory and action both related to self and others


Post-module assignment: 100% weighting


1 week (10.5 hours of lectures, 12 hours online scheduled sessions, 4 hours of one to one supervision and module debriefs post module)