EDF6821 - Power, authority and decision-making
12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Education
Leader: Dr N Allix
This unit is an introduction to the complexities of decision making in organizational contexts. Topics covered include: theoretical and philosophical analyses of the concepts of power and authority in organizational and institutional contexts; research approaches to understanding the nature of decision making and problem solving processes; an examination of how psychological, social, and contextual factors influence and shape decision making processes and outcomes in organizations; an analysis of how issues associated with power and authority affect decision making and related organizational structures and processes, and an exploration of how organizational structures and processes might be better designed to enhance decision making intelligence and organizational governance.
This unit aims to introduce students to how researchers have come to understand:
2 Essays (2 x 4000 words each): Weighting of 50% each - totalling 100%.
3 hours per week equivalent (5 x 4hr modules over the semester)