Managing in NGOs and the Third Sector (HRMP008)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

 

Module Co-ordinator

Professor Ronald McQuaid 

Semester

Spring

Level

11

Credit value

10

Contact hours

20 contact hours

Assessment

60% Individual assignment
40% Class Test

The module 'Managing in NGOs and the Third Sector' is an elective module introducing students to people management issues specifically relevant to international NGOs and other not-for-profit or third sector organisations.  In addition to HRM related to paid staff covered elsewhere in the course, such organisations often face different issues than private organisations, including the importance of trust, working in partnership with other organisations, the importance of volunteers, varying purposes of the board of directors, varying compensation mechanisms for staff etc.

Indicative outline:

  • Strategic issues for third sector organisations, especially international NGOs
  • Managing and developing diverse staff and volunteers (including diversity in terms of beliefs and motivations related to organisational aims of third sector bodies as well as equalities)
  • Board of directors (trustees or equivalent) and leadership in third sector organisations
  • Partnership working with public, private and not-for-profit bodies, and related skills

Objectives

The module aims to enable students to:

  • Understand and critically discuss key aspects of the HRM practice in third sector organisations, including international NGOs.
  • Assess factors influencing the governance and effectiveness of third sector boards of directors.
  • Identify and critically assess factors affecting the management, compensation and development of a diverse workforce in a third sector organisation.
  • Understand and critically analyse issues concerning the recruitment, management and development of volunteers.
  • Appreciate the relevance of contemporary debates about work and its socio-economic implications, including issues of well-being and work-life balance.
  • Analyse factors that influence partnership working with other public, private and not-for-profit bodies, and the skills required for working with partnerships.

Learning outcomes

Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject -  by the end of the module the students will be able to understand, evaluate and:
  • Assess factors influencing the operation and effectiveness of third sector boards of directors (or equivalent).
  • Critically assess factors affecting the management, compensation and development of a diverse workforce in a third sector organisation.
  • Critically analyse issues concerning the recruitment, management and development of volunteers.
  • Analyse factors that influence partnership working with other public, private and not-for-profit bodies, and demonstrate an ability to make appropriate recommendations to third sector organisations on the development of skills required for working with partnerships. 
Generic and cognitive skills - by the end of the module the students will be able to:
  • Present and communicate complex ideas and information in various media.
  • Work individually and in groups.
  • Process and rationally analyse information on complex ideas.
  • Develop and apply critical thinking.
  • Analyse the relevance of debate and discussion, based upon different views and perspectives.

Introductory reading

Cornforth, Chris and Brown, William A. (eds) (2013) Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. Routledge, Abingdon ISBN : 978 0 415 78336 1

Hudson, Mike (2009) Managing without profit: The art of managing Third-sector organisations, 3rd edition. Directory of Social Change, London : ISBN 978 1 903991 99 2

Bill Gates (Gates Foundation) talking about difference between non-profit and profit based organisations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZG3-DW5V1g&feature=youtu.be

 

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