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Businesses are collections of individuals who are organised and cooperate to solve problems. Thus, all business activity has its roots in psychological processes such as individual and group cognition and emotion, personality, and social influence. In this subject we explore the psychological foundations of management practice by focusing on how managerial problems (e.g., high levels of absenteeism; poor collaboration among team members; etc.) can be understood and addressed using different psychological principles.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand the psychological underpinnings of employee and management behaviour;
- Understand how to interpret managerial problems using different psychological theories; and
- Grasp how different management practices shape employee experience and behaviour.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- The ability to synthesise and evaluate key theories and their operation in the wider environment;
- Written and verbal communication skills, which should be developed through the preparation of essays and presentations;
- Fundamental skills necessary for teamwork, including negotiation, communication and delegation skills; and
- Effective time management.
Last updated: 2 December 2019