Keele Management School  
MAN-30040 Identity, Culture & Organisation  
Co-ordinator: Dr Lindsay Hamilton    Room: N/A, Tel:+44 1782 7 33091  
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Level: Level 6 Credits: 15 Study Hours: 150  
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Programme/Approved Electives for

Business Management Dual Honours (Level 6)
Business Management Minor (Level 6)
International Business Dual Honours (Level 6)
International Business Minor (Level 6)
Management (Business Management) Single Honours (Level 6)
Management (International Business) Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective



Successful completion of MAN-20055

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Description for 2017/18

In seeking to understand the workings of contemporary institutions, it is vital to grasp the deeply complex webs of relations taking place daily beneath the tropes of culture and identity. This module will help student learners to get a firm grasp of the strengths and limits of managerial intervention. The possibilities for colonisation, on the one part, and resistance, on the other, are extensive. For example, whenever managers try to play a heightened role today in both configuring and constraining relations of identity, this creates new issues over democracy and personhood. However, an appreciation of the multiplicities that beset identity, alongside greater insight into the folds within organisational work more generally, also helps suggest why culture change usually proves so difficult to pull off.

The module is structured around weekly discussion. This is based on key studies that capture the lived reality of working in organisations. These readings also help students understand what is accomplished over time without formal intervention. For instance, much day-to-day organisation is created without any managerial input or direction.

The first line of discussion opens up the main perspectives that co-exist about culture. The point is not to set one approach above the other, but to grasp how the analytics of each perspective capture different aspects of culture. The issue is not whether one understanding of culture, say, is more pure or more real. It is to ask what work culture does; and, further, to see what kinds of relations are made possible by different aspects. For example, can large corporations sustain claims about their being a family?

The second line of discussion develops these ideas in ways that highlight the everyday creation and reproduction of identities. Thinking about the issues here will help students understand how power gets materialised, circulated and sustained. For instance, power may be exercised less through formal channels of authority and more through the making and negating of identity. The question to ask is: How do identities count? To whom are identities made visible? And, especially, when?


The aim of this module is to:
1) develop understandings of the $ýcultural&© turn in organisation studies;
2) explain why identity is such a focal point in recent thinking of managers.

The object is to help students get $ýinside&© organisation mores and so appreciate the powerfulness of cultural forces. The emphasis of the course is on how it feels to be part of organisational life, rather than thinking abstractly in terms of systems and processes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain contemporary conceptions of the Ďcultural turn' in organisation studies will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of culture as an explanation for management theory and organisational studies; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
explain why identity is such a focal point in recent thinking of managers will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
critically analyse the limits of identity for managerial theory and practice will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
evaluate the concept of fragmentation within organisational studies will be achieved by assessments: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures and tutorials 22 hours
Student self study and tutorial preparation 38 hours
Assignment preparation and writing 50 hours
Electronic sourcing 40 hours

Description of Module Assessment

01: Essay weighted 50%
2500 word essay
The essay question is derived by the student, based upon their readings in weeks 1-5 of the module and their own experiences of work or other organizational life.

02: 2 Hour Unseen Exam weighted 50%
2 hour closed book exam
The exam will examine a selection of topics based upon all weeks of the module. There will be a choice of two essays from five.

Version: (1.07) Updated: 09/Jan/2018

This document is the definitive current source of information about this module and supersedes any other information.