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Organisations, People and Performance


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. Technical and analytical expertise are no longer enough and this module reinforces the message that people management is a strategic issue.

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.


On completion of this module, successful participants will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of Strategic human resource management contingently within a business context and critically evaluate a range of HR strategic approaches
  • Utilise a knowledge of principles and philosophies that underlie an integrated and holistic approach to people management practice as it relates to the achievement of effective performance at both organisational and individual level
  • Understand organisational culture and structure and analyse and evaluate its importance in determining employee behaviour
  • Compare and contrast and apply theories of organisational behaviour and psychological theories in order to evaluate their potential contribution to people management practice
  • Recognise the importance of their future contribution and role as leaders as they manage themselves and others to reach their full potential


  • The external environment and its implications for business strategy and HR strategy
  • Global changes in the world of work and the employment relationship
  • The culture and structures of organisations and work organisation and job design
  • Understanding individuals: motivation, commitment and the psychological contract
  • Interaction in organisations; power, conflict, team and group working
  • Managing performance: recruitment and selection, learning, training and development,
  • Performance measurement and feedback, reward and recognition
  • Diversity management
  • HR strategy and policy deployment
  • Future perspectives and issues in people management


5 days

Method of Assessment

In-class activities and Post module assignment