20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: MGT219


Aims/Description: This unit aims, first, to develop an in-depth understanding of communication processes in organisations and an awareness of why these often prove problematic. The unit explores meaning-making as a negotiated arena in which we, as human beings, draw on deep-rooted assumptions and expectations. Second, the unit aims to enable students to communicate more effectively in organisational contexts, in their future roles as managers, consultants or researchers. More broadly, the aim is to develop students' ability to learn and manage their own learning, and to encourage effective time management and personal resources planning. Having completed this unit students should be able to discuss current theoretical approaches to language use and meaning-making in organisations, apply this theory to their own experiences of organisation, critically evaluate the role of language in effective leadership, and in the management of change, and use the techniques and approaches introduced in this unit to communicate more effectively in their future work settings.

Staff Contact: HOLLIS DAVID
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation
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