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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5002M Information and Organisation Design

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Professor Andrew Robinson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective


Every day the business press carry stories about issues of economic organisation: about how managers have experimented with organisational innovations to solve co-ordination and motivation problems and respond to the needs of ever-changing markets and technologies. Within the firm, new pay systems and new bases for compensation have emerged. Job definitions and career paths have changed. Financing and ownership patterns have been radically altered. Relationships between suppliers and customers have been restructured, the scope of activities carried out within the firm has shifted, and the pattern of information flows, authority, and reporting within and between organisations has been redrawn.
This Masters level module provides students with a durable ‘toolkit’ of economic techniques aimed at understanding and analysing these issues and the analysis of organisations, markets, and management more broadly.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to critically evaluate:
- economic techniques that can be applied specifically to the analysis of organisations, markets, and management as well as a wider range of economic issues
- how a firm deals with uncertainty, risk and imperfect information and apply this to scenarios in insurance, banking and finance
- the relative strengths and weaknesses of markets and organisations
- the different economic approaches to decision making, motivation and ownership that lie at the heart of the operation of organisations

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- interpret problems and develop possible solutions
- communicate in writing to an advance academic level

Subject Specific
- communicate complex theoretical explanations
- conduct research of complex theoretical explanations and apply to real world examples in business and finance


Indicative content:
The syllabus using a range of traditional and ‘modern’ economic concepts and theories including game theory, principal-agent theory, transaction cost theory and evolutionary theories to gain a greater understanding of current issues facing organisations. In particular it addresses the following issues:
- Does organisation matter? Co-ordination, markets and management;
- Markets and organisation: How are decisions co-ordinated?
- The Economics of information: Information problems for markets and organisations
- Elements of decision-making: Insights from game theory
- Agency relations between owners, managers and employees: Incentives and governance
- Markets and Hierarchies: A Transaction Cost approach
- Strategy and performance frameworks
- Evolutionary approaches to organisations: The dynamics of organisational functioning.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period and will be time bound. The assessment will not take 48 hours to complete, but students will have a 48 hour time period in which to complete it. The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:20:01


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