Business and management studies

Knowledge, Work and Organisations

Module code: N1061
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module looks at the pivotal role that knowledge workers play in the creation, application and diffusion of knowledge within and between firms.

You will consider new approaches to managing learning processes in the firm, including developments such as knowledge management and communities of practice, and the novel organisational structures that have emerged to coordinate knowledge-­work activity.

You will explore the diffusion of knowledge between firms through different types of knowledge-worker communities and networks, as well as the role of labour mobility. You will also consider how certain skills are emerging to play a critical role in the knowledge economy - for example, consulting services and knowledge brokering. Finally, you will consider 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.