Postgraduate taught 

Management MSc

People In Organisations MGT5063

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Managers depend on other people to get things done. For this reason, they need to be able to influence and motivate them to contribute effectively to the organisation, to participate in quality improvement initiatives, and build reliable teams.


This course will be delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials in semester one.

Excluded Courses



This course will be assessed by means of multiple choice tests 20% - selecting 5/6 quizzes to go forward), reflective portfolio involving a number of self-insight questionnaires (40%), and group based oral presentation and assessment (40%). The latter will have group input into the individuals mark reflecting their contribution.   

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to explore the impact that individuals, groups, and structures can have on behaviours within an organisation. It will offer a detailed understanding of people at work, and how such knowledge can help organisations improve the quality and productivity of outputs and its sustainability for both worker and the organisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. Understand the relevance of individual differences, including cognitive and physical differences, for employee behaviours and organisational performance and outcomes

2. Explain the significance of diversity to organisational outcomes

3. Compare different theories of motivation and their implications for employee job engagement and application for work performance.

4. Explain the significance of group behaviour and identify the strengths and limitations of teams for organisations.

5. Contrast power and leadership and the causes and consequences of power abuse for individuals and organisations.

6. To understand the significance of culture in organisations, & examine approaches to managing change in and for organisations

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.