The MSc Management and Organisations is designed to provide a high-level academic course in management and organisation analysis that is theory-driven, contemporary in outlook, relevant to management practice, and informed by the most recent research. The programme will adopt an intellecturally rigorous and critical approach to examining developments across a range of issues which are of crucial importance to the effective management of complex organisations. Taught by senior faculty within the School of Management, the programme offers a demanding and stimulating opportunity for capable students to develop advanced analytical and research skills.
See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscmanagementandorganisations.aspx
Why choose this course?
- the course adopts a rigorous analytical approach towards management and organisations.
- you will be taught by Professors from the School of Management who are working on cutting-edge research of direct relevance and applicability to the course.
- you will be engaged in exciting teaching, contributing regularly in class discussions and seminars.
- you will develop a solid knowledge base equipping you to confidently work in a management position within a wide range of organisations.
- you will develop advanced analytical skills equipping you to undertake further research.
Course content and structure
Core course units:
- Foundations of Management and Organisational Analysis
This course is an intensive introduction to basic concepts, ideas, theories and debates in the study of management and organisations. The aim is to bring all participants to a common level of basic understanding in order to equip them for the subsequent modules on the programme. Starting with the most fundamental questions of what organisation and management mean and how we study them, the module will review classic ideas about bureaucracy, scientific management and human relations theory. Then, more recent issues will be introduced, including models of organisational structure, post-bureaucracy, organisational culture and its management, and leadership.
- Critical Perspectives on Leadership
You will critically study the major theories of leadership (e.g. transformational/ authentic/ servant/ spiritual) to explore how effectively they explain how leaders influence others, and are in turn influenced by them. You will consider the extent to which leadership contributes to organisational performance, and the degree to which other factors that are involved are often ignored. You will also study the role of destructive leadership in business failure, with case studies drawn from a variety of sectors, including banking. You will acquire a richer understand of the purposes, possibilities and limits of leadership in organisations.
- Technology, Work and Organisation
Given rapid developments in the design and implementation of digital technologies, it is crucial that we understand their implications for management and organisation. This course introduces theoretical perspectives on the relationship between technology and organisation, and provides you with an in depth and critical understanding of contemporary research in the area, including digital communication (e.g. smartphones, social media), contemporary work design (e.g. virtual and mobile working), and work-life balance in a digital world.
- Organisational learning, knowledge and innovation
Knowledge creation and innovation are the foundations of social and economic progress, and organisational learning is a key process that underlies it. This course examines how organisations learn, create and utilise knowledge, and respond to the competitive pressures in a globalising knowledge-based economy. It explores the dynamics of organisational learning and innovation in different organisational and institutional contexts. It will provide you with a critical understanding of various theories and perspectives of organisational learning and innovation, and their implications for changing management practice. Key topics covered include: knowledge and organisations, communities of practice, organisational learning and societal institutions, the innovative firm, organisational ambidexterity and innovation, knowledge work and knowledge-intensive firms, and transnational organisational learning.
- Work and Employment Relations
This course is designed to enable you to understand the nature of employment relations (ER) and the employment relationship, and to gain a comprehensive overview of key trends in the regulation of work and employment within a global context. The role of key actors and processes in ER will be considered: including managerial approaches to ER, employee representation and trade unions, and the role of the state in different national contexts. A major focus will be on critically evaluating the implications for organisations of the transnational regulation of work and employment: through voluntary means (e.g. company codes of practice and framework agreements), regional initiatives (e.g. the EU and NAFTA), and international standards and principles (e.g. the ILO and other agencies).
- Work Motivation and Behaviour
You will consider fundamental questions about why people work, how hard they work, how motivation relates to employee well-being and work behaviour, and what individual, social and structural forces influence work motivation and behaviour. In the first half of the course you will critically examine the core concepts and theories in work motivation and the importance of employee motivation in understanding behaviour at work. In the second half of the course you will critically examine the efficacy of popular management practices used to influence work motivation and behaviour, including the use of pay, job design and human resource management.
- Research Methods
This course helps prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.
You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.
This is an excellent opportunity to explore and analyse a particular organisational issue in depth. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a research project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.
Elective course units:
There are no elective courses.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- demonstrated your ability to critically evaluate core issues and debates concerning the nature of management and work in contemporary organisations.
- gained a particularly in-depth grasp of current theory and practice in specific areas such as organisational innovation, leadership, work design, employment relations and HRM.
- understood the range of contextual factors, from a variety of levels, which impact upon and influence organisational processes.
- equipped yourself with the necessary understanding of key policy areas to make an effective contribution as management practitioners in complex organisational settings.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different related areas. You will be well prepared for careers in general management, management consultancy, public policy research, government advisory and research roles, the civil service, think tanks, employers' organisations and trade unions.
This course will also equip you with a solid foundation for progressing into PhD study.
How to apply
Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online.
UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. A combination of professional qualifications and significant work experience in a relevant area may be considered in exceptional circumstances. IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subscores