Managing People in Organisations


The purpose of this class is to support students in thinking about people and organisations. Some key questions this class explores include: Why do organisations take the forms they do? Why are organisations so difficult to change? How do organisations influence individual behaviour and vice versa? Under what conditions do employers get the best performance from their people? What motivates people? How do employers and employees respond to and resolve differences of interest at work? Organisational Behaviour (OB) is the academic body of knowledge that has been produced by social scientists (psychologists, sociologists, political scientists) to investigate some of the above questions. Specifically, OB is concerned with the study of human behaviour (both at the individual and group level) within work organisations, and how organizational systems and structures affect human behaviour. The Managing People in Organisations (MPIO) class will focus on OB.

Indicative Content:

  1. Managing People in Contemporary Business Contexts
  2. Organisational Structure, Teams, and Technology
  3. Managing Attitudes and Behaviour
  4. Managing Cultures: Organisational Culture and Cross-cultural Management
  5. Managing Performance and Reward
  6. Managing Conflict (including Power and Politics)
  7. Managing Organisational Change
  8. Reframing