School of Business, Management and Economics

Knowledge, Work and Organisations (N1061)

Knowledge, Work and Organisations

Module N1061

Module details for 2011/12.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module looks at the pivotal role that knowledge workers play in the creation, application and diffusion of knowledge within and between firms. The module considers new approaches to managing learning processes in the firm, including developments such as knowledge management and communities of practice and novel organisational structures that have emerged to coordinate knowledge-work activity. We will also explore diffusion of knowledge between firms through different types of knowledge worker communities and networks and the role of labour mobility. The module will moreover consider how certain skills are emerging to play a critical role in the knowledge economy, for example, consulting services and knowledge brokering. Finally, we will discuss how labour market institutions that impact careers, skills and training of knowledge workers shape different approaches to knowledge generation.

Module learning outcomes

Systematic understanding of the key concepts and theories about the nature and process of knowledge creation and transfer to organizations and the wider economy.

Comment on the characteristic features of the knowledge-based economy, and its impact on management practices and other aspects of organizational life.

Develop interpersonal skills through the use of group presentations, discussions and exercises.

Describe learning processes at the level of individuals and the role of human resources and knowledge management in generating knowledge.

Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment80.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 12 (20 minutes)100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterWorkshop2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Matias Ramirez

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr George Siantonas

Assess convenor

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