We are all familiar with the well-worn expression that the most valuable resourc

We are all familiar with the well-worn expression that the most valuable resourc

We are all familiar with the well-worn expression that the most valuable resource that an organisation has at its disposal is its people. The enlightened organisation, we are told, is the one that harnesses and develops the knowledge, skills and commitment of its employees in pursuit of shared objectives. Attracting and keeping the right people, and providing an environment within which they can flourish, is the key to competitive advantage and organisational success. This module encourages you to compare the laudable rhetoric of the above scenario with the reality of organisational life. It considers the theory, policy and practice of people management against the backdrop of an environment characterised by financial belt-tightening, increased competition and the shift towards a ‘knowledge economy’. The first half of the module focuses more on HRM policies practices and procedures. Specific HR issues and practices are explored and evaluated- in particular acquiring and retaining talent. The second half of the module focuses on the academic field of Organisational Behaviour. It explores the key theories, concepts and research evidence that shed light on the way that individuals and groups behave in an organisational setting and how that behaviour can be shaped. The basic premise here is that the deeper our understanding of why both ourselves and others behave the way that we do in an organisational setting, the more chance we have of shaping and modifying that behaviour in desirable ways (“Desirable to whom?” – you may well ask!). Hopefully, by journey’s end, you will have gained some insights into the causes and effects of human behaviour in an organisational setting that will help you to reflect on both how you are managed and the kind of manager you are or would like to be. We hope you enjoy the module. Andrew Cree (Module Tutor) Teaches HRM part of module (01642) 342852 Dr Maryam Shadman-Pajouh Teaches OB part of module (01642) 348008 Module Aims To compel students to consider the importance of human resource talent in organisations, how to get that talent into the organisation, train, and retain it (by evaluating and applying Human Resource Management approaches) and to understand human behaviour in an organisational setting (by evaluating and applying Organisational Behaviour approaches) enhanced. Indicative Content Human Resource Management • Introduction to the module. • The scarcity and importance of talent • Attracting Talent:Employer Branding • Recruiting Talent • Selecting Talent • Retaining Talent Organisational Behaviour • Intro to OB part of module / Social Perception • Organisational Culture and Control • Employee Motivation and Engagement • Power, Interests and Conflict in Organisations • Work Groups and Teams • Leadership

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