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IB91Y - Foundations of Corporate Performance

  • Module code: IB91Y
  • Module name: Foundations of Corporate Performance
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will focus on the question of how we can understand, explain and enhance the performance of organisations, whether public, private or not-for-profit. It will focus upon the techniques of corporate performance and look at how managers and other stake-holders interact in an often dynamic environment both to make judgments about corporate performance and to respond to these judgments. The module aims are: To enhance participants understanding of the dynamics of corporate performance including the interaction of internal actions, factors and policies and changes in the environment; To facilitate participants understanding of and skills in using the techniques for assessing and understanding corporate performance including the sources, validity and usefulness of data on corporate performance; To understand how best to manage/compare corporate performance and the limitations and problems associated with performance measurement/management; To understand the ‘contested’ nature of performance measurement and management and the implications of this for corporate performance.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding: The problems of corporate performance diagnosis; Consultant’s methodologies; The use and interpretation of statistical techniques in corporate performance analysis; Financial performance analysis; Human resource practice and organisational performance; Process implementation and innovation; Organisational change perspectives on corporate performance; Strategy paradigms and corporate performance. Key Skills: Understand how to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts using a range of communication media (written and oral presentation). Team working (the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others; to manage team-based projects, conflict and decision making). Numeracy (as demonstrated through the critical application of statistical techniques to corporate performance analysis and the use of financial and statistical information). Cognitive Skills: To be able to collect and analyse data on real organisations. To interpret these data effectively and to develop credible solutions and recommendations; To be able to reflect upon and challenge concepts and models presented in the course and to be able to identify the key indicators in assessing performance; To take an integrated view of performance assessment. Subject - specific/ professional skills: To demonstrate the ability to define, frame and solve corporate problems.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: IB91Y-60)
A (Assessed work only) Group Assignment (5000 words) 33%
  Individual Assignment (7500 words) 67%

Module availability

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