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Postgraduate Course: Organising for Effectiveness (EMBA) (CMSE11277)

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
SummaryThis course explores a wide range of organisational issues from the micro-level (e.g., individuals at work) to the macro-level (e.g., organisational design and culture). The course discusses a set of ideas and concepts that can be used to gain insight into a variety of organisational issues; for example, how people make sense of their environment and how this in turn impacts how they work with other people, how decisions are made in teams and organisations, and how organisations can be designed to deliver their strategy. The emphasis is on providing concepts that will help you understand and manage in complex organisational settings.
Course description There is an emphasis on the development of analytical skills, the application of theory into practice and experiential learning. The course aims to introduce ideas and concepts useful in the analysis of organisational processes; encourage reflection and critical thought about organisations and the activities that occur within them; develop an appreciation as to how theory can be translated into practical application; and develop skills in interpreting different organisational contexts and acting effectively within these.

Organisational challenges and trade-offs
Strategy and organisation
Group dynamics and high performance teams
Decision-making and sense-making
Managing occupational stress
Culture and leadership
Organizational design and learning

Student Learning Experience:
The course offers a varied learning experience via an integrated mix of lectures, group work, class discussion, and practical exercises. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate, and students are encouraged to apply the ideas to their own experience. The course includes an online simulation game in which the class is divided into teams to compete on an organisational challenge. The emphasis in the course is on blending theory and practice by putting ideas and concepts to work. This will be achieved by analysing cases, by discussing real world problems with practitioners, and by practical exercises that provide first-hand illustration of the ideas in action.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on our EMBA programme.
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.

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.

KeywordsOrganisations; Teams; Organisational Design; Organisational Learning
Course organiserDr Kristina Potocnik
Tel: (0131 6)50 4307
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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