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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title Organisational Management and Decision Making
Module Code ES504
School 79

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Annelies KampOffice NumberCA108
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module presents students with current thinking and practices around decision-making in organisations. Through discussion, group work, presentations and case studies, students will develop critical awareness of decision-making in organisations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define the key factors at play in the external environment in terms of organisational management and decision making.
2. Describe the characteristics of good decision making in the workplace.
3. Outline the ethical considerations that inform organisational decision making.
4. Discuss issues of human resource management and industrial relations in organisational decision making.
5. Understand the implications of budgetary practice in organisations.
6. Outline the dimensions of power and politics in organisations and their implications for decision making.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18Structured presentations
Tutorial2Optional tutorial session
Independent Study100Reading and Research
Assignment Completion94Assignment work
Online activity36Online work
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Decision making: Case Studies
Two sessions

Human resources, industrial relations and decision making
One sessions

Financial planning and decision making
One session

Strategy as practice.
One session

Ethics and decision making
One session

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Ciulla, J.: 2020, The search for ethics in leadership, business, and beyond, The strategy process, Springer,
  • Mintzberg, H.: 2014, The strategy process : concepts, contexts, cases, Prentice Hall,
  • Noyes, J., Cook, M. (Editors): 2017, Decision making in complex environments, 1st, Boca Raton,
  • Zaraté, P.: 2013, Tools for Collaborative Decision Making, Wiley,
  • Mitchell, P. A.: 2019, Ethical Decision-Making: Cases in Organization and Leadership, Myers Education Press,
Other Resources

0, Supplementary topic readings via Moodle, 0, Supplementary topic readings via Moodle,
Programme or List of Programmes
MEMLMSc in Ed. & Training Mgt (Leadership)