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BBA - International Business

Managing People

Programme Objectives

The programme has the following aims:

  1. To enable the study of organisations, their management and the changing external and international contexts in which they operate.

  2. Equip individuals for and/or development of a career in international business and associated specialized areas in business development, marketing, finance and tourism management at a professional or equivalent level to assume managerial positions in the arena of international business.

  3. Development of the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice.

  4. Enhancement of lifelong learning and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.


On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of management theories, current issues of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to guide their application within organizations operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment.
  2. Acquire a strong foundation in key functional areas of business management to enable them to succeed as effective managers in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.
  3. Exhibit a coherent body of knowledge on economic, ethical, environmental, legal, political, sociological and technological factors together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
  4. Demonstrate command of a range of competencies relevant to cross-border management, including inter-cultural awareness and understanding.
  5. Acquire and
  6. use a range of concepts, tools and techniques for problem solving and decision-making for analyzing complex and inter-related business scenarios.
  7. Demonstrate and apply critical skills enabling the investigation and evaluation of valid and relevant management issues and practices.

Programme Content


The module will introduce students to the key issues and processes involved in the management of people at work. Managers in a variety of work functions and a diverse range of employments hold responsibility for managing their staff efficiently and effectively. The development of responsibility for managing people will be reflected in the design and delivery of the module. This is a module relevant to all students intending a career where they have responsibility for others.

Learning is facilitated via a series of lectures and supplemented with discussions of topics taking place in regular tutorials/ discussion forums. Tutorials/Discussions will involve supplementing the lectures using appropriate articles/case studies or discussions about managing people issues, tools and practices. Students’ learning is underpinned by core textbooks and recommended readings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of HR decisions on the workforce and the organisation.
  • Develop a critical awareness and understanding of current theory and good practice in the management of people.


  • Introduction to people management, the importance of the human resource to effective organisational performance; the distinction between specialist HR and line management responsibilities.
  • HRP, flexibility, recruitment and selection.
  • Managing reward, performance & conduct
  • Employee development
  • Managing health & safety, managing stress.
  • Diversity management
  • Generating commitment through involvement.
  • Employee relations
  • Contemporary issues


  • Course Materials provided by IPE.
  • Derek Torrington, Laura Hall, Steven Taylor, Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: Managing People at Work, 2009, Pearson Education.
  • Anni Hollings, Judy Rimmer, Managing People and Performance 3rd Edition, 2009. Pearson Education.
  • Online resources on OCTAL Portal
  • Online databases from IPE’s E Library