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LUBS5328M Organisation Analysis, Design and Development

Module manager: Dr Adrian Murton

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This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module employs concepts and modes of analysis from the social sciences to develop skills and knowledge in practical and theoretical issues in the study of organisations and their development. It adopts a critically informed perspective on OD, drawing upon complexity thinking in challenging conventional approaches to organisational change. It explores a number of perspectives that examine the ways in which employee attitudes, organisational structures, technologies, work processes, cultures and the relations of authority, power and conflict or co-operation that they engender may be linked to wider social factors influencing organisational processes, design and development.


The module aims to develop the capacity to critically evaluate theory and evidence in Organisational Analysis, issues of Organisation Design and Organisation Development. It introduces the major elements of these three areas and explores the major debates and controversies within them, encouraging a critically informed approach to planned organisational change. The module content is designed to map onto the learning outcomes of the CIPD module 7ODD in order to allow the module to meet the requirements of CIPD accreditation.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1. Historical development of ideas and practice in Organisation Design and Development in the context of wider environmental change (CIPD 1, 2)

2. Competing ideas around organisational analysis, design and development, and how these have evolved in the context of contributions to a range of individual, group and organisational outcomes (CIPD 4)

3. Critical engagement with competing perspectives on organisations and organisational change and how we conceptualise change – planned and emergent change (CIPD 1)

4. Complex change that is sensitive to organisational cultures, norms and behaviour, wider power relations and political contexts of change – radical approaches to OD and change. (CIPD 6)

5. Critical engagement with a variety of change management strategies and activities and their contribution to organisational effectiveness and performances, together with an appreciation of the role of HR in change initiatives (CIPD 4, 5, 7))

Methods and processes associated with organisational development and systems change and how we research organisational change (CIPD 3, 5)


- Organisational analysis – exploring different perspectives on organisations and how to utilise these in exploring organisational design and development

- Contextualising Management and Organisations – wider societal relations and issues of power and politics

- Organisational design and organisational performance – what do we mean by organisational capability and effectiveness and can we measure these in any meaningful way?

- Organisational structures – bureaucracy, contingency to networks and processual approaches and contributions to performance

- Organisational cultures – the contribution of culture to discourses of resistance and change

- Complexity theory and organisations – organisations as complex systems

- OD – definitions methods and techniques. Planned v emergent change

- Critical perspectives on Organisational Design and Development

- Exploring radical organisational development

- Researching Organisations and organisational life

Private study

Students will be required to both prepare for the seminars and to undertake further research and study following the teaching period in order to complete their individual assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback on the presentations through meetings with their personal tutors. There will be an opportunity to take a mock exam and receive feedback at the end of Semester one.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:28:10


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