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Postgraduate Course: Organising for Effectiveness (MBA) (CMSE11253)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOrganising for Effectiveness (OFE) focuses on developing your understanding of what makes teams and organisations effective and what can impede their effectiveness.
Course description 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 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 with visiting practitioners and by practical exercises that provide the opportunity for you to put the ideas into action.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School MBA programme students only.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss key concepts from the field of Organisational Behaviour.
  2. Understand and critically discuss the importance of problem-solving to problem-resolution.
  3. 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
Reading List
Recommended text:
Buchanan D and A Huczynski (2019) Organisational Behaviour, 10th 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, your 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.
Additional Information
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.

Transferable Skills:
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.
Course organiserProf Nick Oliver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3811
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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