Managing Groups in Organisations

Master Course Unit

BUSM6041 Managing Groups in Organisations

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

As the English poet and cleric John Donne said nearly four hundred years ago, “No man is an island, entire of itself…”

This unit looks at the idea that human success is built upon the ability of people to work together for a common purpose. It considers the importance of teamwork and working together in everyday life. Drawing upon examples from history, military engagements, industry, and the sports field, it outlines some of the traditional models of teams and teamwork and discusses how society views and utilises teams and diverse groups.

In examining teams and groups in society, this unit discusses how they are depicted in films and the media. It also considers the role of teams and teamwork in different cultures.

The unit examines the importance of a shared vision to team and group success and looks at how trust can be established, conflict overcome and problems solved.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of the traditional theories associated with the development and management of teams
  • critically analyse and evaluate the key concepts and theories that influence team development and team effectiveness
  • understand and distinguish between teams and groups
  • understand how the roles and functions of teams and groups differ between societies and cultures
  • apply different ways of thinking about, establishing and managing teams
  • identify different methods or processes that organisations might employ to encourage participation in teams
  • discuss and describe the various ways of monitoring and assessing teamwork effectiveness
  • conduct evaluations or research into the effectiveness of team development and performance

Unit content

  • Groups, Teams and Lessons from History
  • Models and Theories of Groups and Teams
  • The Role of the Shared Vision in Development of Effective Teams
  • Society and Globalisation
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Building Trust
  • Key Features of Effective Teams and Groups
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making in Teams
  • Improving Communication and Managing Conflict
  • Developing Better Teams: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Ethics, Teams, Groups and Organisations
  • Review of Managing Teams, Groups and Organisations

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



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Academic Essay




Case Study




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

No assigned textbook.

Academic misconduct

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