Management in organisations

Course description

The course focuses on fundamental concepts and issues of organizational design and human resource management. The student will analyse how organizations are structured within the context of the larger social and economic environment; why systems of control and coordination vary across organizations and change over time; and how human resource practices may contribute towards improving the effectiveness of organizations.

The course will be divided into three main sections 

  1. Organizational Behavior
  2. Organizational Design
  3. Human resource management practices (planning, recruiting, training and development, appraisal, compensation)


Required course materials

Readings required for this course are provided by the Master office.


Reference text books

JONES G.R. (2004) Organizational Theory, Design, and Change (4th ed.) Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Educ.

GREENBERG, J AND BARON, R. A. (2008) Behavior in Organizations, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

NOE R., HOLLENBECK J., GERHART B., WRIGHT P. (2009) Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (3rd ed), McGraw-Hill: Irvin, Boston.


Course objectives

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various perspectives of management.

The course focuses on fundamental concept and issues of organizational design and human resource management. It exposes students to the various theories and models underlying tradeoffs between organizational effectiveness and work design. Organizational aspects (such as size,environment, alliances, technology, innovation) and human aspects (such as compensation,training, development, leadership) of management are critically examined.

Experiential exercises and contemporary case studies are used throughout the course and students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in discussing case studies.

Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of organizational design
  • understand key contemporary issues in organization theory
  • be able to analyse the main decisions on human resource management practices (recruiting, training and development, compensation decisions)
  • the ability to apply concepts and principles from organizational behaviour to solve everyday problems in organizations.


Course assignments and student evaluation

Grades in this course will be based on:

  • OB Assignment – Week 2 20
  • HRM Assignment – Week 3 20
  • Final exam 60

Total 100%

Both the assignments are case studies. The OB Assignment will be assigned at the beginning of the second week of lesson (Monday Oct 5th) and due by Friday Oct 9th, before the lesson. During the lesson, the students will be required to report their answers and we will discuss, in groups, the case solution. The HRM Assignment will be assigned at the beginning of the third week of lesson (Monday Oct 12th) and due by Thursday Oct 15th, before the lesson. During the lesson, the students will be required to report their answers and we will discuss, in groups, the case solution. Further details about the two assignments will be explained during the first lesson of the course.

Final Exam

There will be a comprehensive, final exam which will include true/false and multiple choice questions.

 

 

Department of Economics and Management 
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