BUSU9OB: The Organisation of Business

Semester: Spring

Level: 9

Credit Value: 20

Module Coordinator: Dr Robbie Wilson, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours: 30 hours

Assessment: To be confirmed

The Organisation of Business
shows how ideas have developed in the study of organizational behaviour and forms a foundation for the development of practical tools for the analysis and management of organizational situations.


The Organization of Business aims to develop a broad and constructively critical understanding of management and work organization. The module shows how ideas have developed in the study of Organizational Behaviour and introduces the global context within which businesses operate.

The module considers a range of OB topics—the evolution of the role of the manager, perspectives on the individual and the organization, how groups operate in organizational settings, and the effect of new technology, culture, power and micro-politics on organizations. Special attention is also given to issues such as diversity management and gender in organisations. In addition, the development and structure of business within and beyond the Western context will be introduced. There is thus an emphasis on understanding organizations in a way that accounts for change in the environments in which they have operated historically and how they operate now and in the future.


By the end of the module students should be able to understand and evaluate:

Aspects of management and organization theory
Including the development of different perspectives of organizations and the role of the manager in response to changes in economy and society

Aspects of managerial concerns related to internal and external concerns
Including the effects of culture, micropolitics, diversity and gender.

Aspects of the role of the manager
Including consideration of how the managerial role has developed over time and an awareness of changes in the nature of our understanding of managerial work.

Learning Outcomes:

The module encourages students to develop the cognitive and intellectual skills that are required by modern businesses and other organisations and so are necessary for a successful career. These include:

  • The cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • Effective written communication
  • Self-management skills of time planning and task organization
  • Effectiveness within a team environment


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.

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