Postgraduate Course: Organising for Effectiveness (MBA) (CMSE11253)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Organising for Effectiveness (OFE) focuses on developing your understanding of what makes teams and organisations effective and what can impede their effectiveness.
The course covers a wide range of organisational issues from the micro-level (e.g. that factors that shape how individuals makes judgements and behave at work) to the macro-level (e.g. organisational structure, culture, change and learning). The course introduces a wide range of concepts that can be used to diagnose a variety of organisational issues, for example, how people construe what is happening around them, the facilitators and inhibiters of team effectiveness, how to make good decisions, how organisations can be configured to achieve particular ends - efficiency, flexibility/ innovation, resilience, quality, consistency and so on. The emphasis is on developing your ability to diagnose and analyse complex organisational settings, and hence operate effectively.
OFE emphasises the development of analytical skills, the translation of theory into practice and makes extensive use of experiential learning.
Organisational challenges and trade-offs
Individual behaviour; motivation, identity and narratives
Group dynamics and high performance teams
Decision-making and sense-making
Culture and leadership
Configuration and control
Power and conflict
Change and learning
Student Learning Experience:
The course offers a varied learning experience via an integrated mix of lectures, group work and class discussion, visiting speakers and practical exercises. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate amongst participants, and participants are encouraged to to use concepts from the course to analyse situations that they have experienced personally. The culmination of the course is 'The Production Game', an exercise in strategy and organisation during which the class works in teams 7-10 members. Teams have four weeks to develop a strategy and design an organisation to execute it during a trading period in which they physically manufacture simple products under dynamic, competitive conditions.
The emphasis is on blending theory and practice by putting ideas and concepts to work. This is achieved by analysing cases, by discussing real world problems from visiting practitioners and by practical exercises that provide first-hand illustration of the ideas in action.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 32,
Summative Assessment Hours 18,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual Assignment 1 20% (500 words)
Individual Assignment 2 65% (2000 words)
Peer assessment 5%
Production Game Strategic Plan (Group) 10%
||Formative feedback will consist of feedback on group and team skills via the Desert Survival exercise undertaken during the two days at Dunblane. Individual feedback will also be given on the first assignment, in time for the feedback to be of benefit for the main summative individual summative assessment. Feedback on team performance will be provided after the Production Game. Feedback will also be given on the second assignment and on your peer assessment.
Feedback on assignments will be provided within 15 working days of submission. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which will have been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
Students will be provided with electronic written feedback for all coursework by the following dates at the latest:
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and critically discuss key concepts from the field of Organisational Behaviour.
- Understand and critically discuss the importance of problem-solving to problem-resolution.
- Understand and critically evaluate a range of ideas about individual behaviour, team dynamics and effectiveness, leadership, decision-making and sense-making, organisational configuration and control, culture, change and learning
Buchanan D and A Huczynski (2013) Organisational Behaviour, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall.
The set text provides a comprehensive coverage of most aspects of this subject. Because the course emphasizes the application of ideas to a variety of situations and contexts, the student's focus should be on developing a good understanding of the basic concepts and on developing a proficiency at using these diagnostically.
For those who are interested in a particular topic, suggestions for extra reading will be provided during the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Cognitive and Subject-Specific Skills:
Understand how different models and assumptions may be used to gain insight into particular situations, and the ability to use competing models to generate such insight in order to take appropriate action.
Stand back and view complex situations in perspective.
Recognise the key shapers of organisational structures, routines and processes.
Work in teams and to use the skills of team members to best advantage.
Apply models of decision-making to a variety of situations.
See the strengths, weaknesses and trade-offs in different organisational structures and processes
|Keywords||Organisation Teams Behaviour Change
|Course organiser||Prof Nick Oliver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3811
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854