Functional Core Module

MNO1706 / MNO1001 Organisational Behaviour

This course is designed to introduce students to human behaviour in organizational contexts. The study of organizational behaviour involves examining processes at the individual, group and organizational levels. Both theoretical and applied approaches will be developed. Instructional methods include lectures, experiential exercises, group activities, videos and case studies. Extensive class participation is expected.

Leadership Core Modules

MNO2007 Leadership and Ethics (Pre-2017 Cohort)

In this module we explore the age-old question of the relationship between ethics and leadership. We begin by examining the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and ethics. We then move to consider how ethics and leadership are intertwined, especially in work organizations. Organizations are strong situations which exert considerable influence on leaders’ perceptions, interpretations, judgements, decisions and behaviours. We consider how leaders can enhance ethical awareness, make decisions with ethics in mind, organize for ethical behaviour and face ethical challenges at the organizational level.

MNO2009 Entrepreneurship (Pre-2017 Cohort)

This course aims to provide an introduction to the venture creation process. The course provides an overview of the major elements of entrepreneurial activity including identifying and evaluating business opportunities, planning and start-up strategies, marketing strategies for new ventures, leadership and team building as well as issues related to financing the new venture and developing exit strategies. The course provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The students will read the basic literature on entrepreneurship and engage in the start-up process of a venture

MNO2705 Leadership and Decision Making under Uncertainty

The decisions you make every day will shape your life. In an organization, the decisions you make will impact outcomes for you, your team, and cumulatively affect the trajectory of your career. This module aims to help you navigate the pathways of decision making in organizations. We will undertake an evidence-based approach, tapping on several streams of research – including behavioral psychology and economics, error management, and intuitive judgment – to give a rigorous account of what separates good decisions from the rest. These conceptual tools will empower you to make good decisions in an uncertain world, to influence, and to lead.

MNO2706 Communication Skills for Business Leaders

The decisions you make every day will shape your life. In an organization, the decisions you make will impact outcomes for you, your team, and cumulatively affect the trajectory of your career. This module aims to help you navigate the pathways of decision making in organizations. We will undertake an evidence-based approach, tapping on several streams of research – including behavioral psychology and economics, error management, and intuitive judgment – to give a rigorous account of what separates good decisions from the rest. These conceptual tools will empower you to make good decisions in an uncertain world, to influence, and to lead.

Leadership and Human Capital Specialization Core Modules 

MNO2302 Human Resource Management (Pre-2017 Cohort)

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of human resource management (HRM), and it provides a foundation for more advanced modules that focus on specific aspects of HRM. It aims to provide students with general understanding of the core areas of HRM, including HR planning, job analysis, recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, compensation, employee relations, and HRM in an international context. These issues will all be addressed from the perspective of general managers, HRM specialists, and individual employees. Students will be challenged to consider the implications of integrated HR systems, as well as specific HRM policies and implementation procedures, for individual and organisational performance. They will also consider the practical implications of the changing nature of work and the employment relationship.

MNO3301 Organisation Behaviour (Pre-2017 Cohort)

This course deals with the study of human behaviour in organisations: how people influence organisational events and how events within the organisation influence people's behaviour. Organisational behaviour is a field that draws ideas from psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and management and applies them to the organisation. The field of organisational behaviour covers a wide range of topics: organisational culture, motivation, decision making, communication, work stress and so on. In the end, the field of organisational behaviour asks two questions: (1) why do people behave as they do within organisations? (2) How can we use this information to improve the effectiveness of the organisation?

MNO3303 Organisational Effectiveness (Pre-2017 Cohort)

This course aims to introduce students to the field of organisational theory - which applies concepts from various disciplines such as management studies, sociology, psychology, political sciences and economics to study organisations. The course is designed to encourage students to actively and critically use these concepts to make sense, diagnose, manage and respond to the emerging organisational needs and problems. The course covers topics such as organisational goals, strategy and effectiveness; dimensions of organisational structure; organisational design and environments; technology and organisational change; and organisational decision-making. The emphasis of this course is on the practical value of organisation theory for students as future members and managers of organisations. Developing an understanding of how organisations (should) operate is effectively critical so that students will able to fulfil their roles as future managers.

MNO3701 Human Capital Management

This module introduces students to the frameworks and concepts underpinning the contribution of human capital management (HCM) in a constantly changing environment. Students will take a strategic and leadership-oriented approach to examine human capital-related practices using both the employer's and the employee's perspectives. The key areas to be discussed include environmental challenges and strategic HCM, talent acquisition, talent development, talent retention, and global workforce deployment. As environmental challenges are constant (globalisation, technology, and sustainability), this course will address the alignment of key HCM issues with corporate missions, visions, and values in the context of changing environment

MNO3702 / MNO3322 Negotiation and Conflict Management

The course focuses on negotiations and conflict management in the context of leading and managing interpersonal relationship at work and life in general.  Participants first focus on principles and skills required to gain mastery as fair and ethical negotiators.  Following which participants progress to acquire the theory and skills of facilitating conflict resolution.  This involves 1) influencing counter-parties to behave in an efficient and amicable manner and engage in joint problem solving; 2) playing the role of a mediator in helping others resolve issues at work.  Both these roles will be set in a leadership context.

MNO3703 Leading in the 21st Century

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to leadership, this module prepares students to re-examine the nature of work, organization and leadership. Looking from outside in, this module begins by examining the impact of the external environment on organizations, and transformations in the nature of doing business on employee-employer relationships The module will also highlight the implications that the changing nature of work has on how leaders’ manage  work performance and organizational control. Key issues and impact of this new norm on organization performance and diverse workforce will be highlighted.

Leadership and Human Capital Management Specialisation Modules

MNO3711 / MNO3322 Managing Change

All of us have experienced change in our lives. Change is often regarded with mixed feelings of excitement, fear and uncertainty. As a business graduate there will be instances in which you will be a participant and observer in organisational change. At other times, you will have the opportunity and responsibility of managing planned changes in organisations. This course aims to prepare you for such opportunities. This course is organised around these major questions: Why is organisational change so difficult? How can I lead and manage change in organisations? What tools and processes can I use to manage change? When and how should these tools be used and what are the strengths and drawbacks of each? Why do some change efforts fail? Why do some others succeed?

MNO3712 / MNO3321 Training and Development

This module aims to prepare students for the challenging task of training and developing effective employees to help organisations realise their missions and visions. Students will be given the role of an internal or external training consultant and tasked to conduct simulated consulting projects to put theories and concepts into action. Learning by doing will be the theme of this module. The course will uncover the practical value of T&D (training and development) methods and learning theories/concepts to promote continuous learning in organisations. Students are expected to be knowledgeable about the field of human resource development (HRD) and the systematic approach to employee T&D efforts by the end of the module.

MNO3713 / MNO3323 Management of Employee Relations

This course aims to train students to effectively handle employee relations in Singapore. It will address various environmental and structural constraints managers face when dealing with employees in Singapore. It delves into such topics as the history, key institutions, and the tripartism philosophy adopted in Singapore, as well as several key legislations and their applications. Because of its strong orientation towards real-world practices, students will find this course useful when looking for employment or actually managing employees in the future. Students are expected to keep themselves updated with regard to the current trends in employee relations, as well as to demonstrate their ability to apply concepts and skills learned from the course.

MNO3714 / MNO3331 Business with a Social Conscience

Business is of the community and by the community. What effect can and should business have on the communities in which it operates? This module is designed around four inter-related themes/questions.

What is a business for?

What is a social conscience and why does it matter in business?

Having a conscience is not enough

New forms of business

MNO3715 / MNO3332 Leading Groups and Teams

Groups and Teams are one of the most important work format in our modern organization. This module objective is to focus on evidence-based management to try and understand what drives the behavior of groups and their members. Our job is to try and understand when, if, and how phenomena change as we place people in situations where they need to rely on others to get the job done. The module will loosely follow Tuckman’s (1965) forming, storming, norming, and performing model of group development. However, much of our attention will be focused on the forming stage, as everything that follows depends on successfully building the team.

MNO3751 / MNO3329 Independent Study Module in Leadership and Human Capital Management

Independent Study Modules (ISMs) are for students with the requisite background to work closely with an instructor on a well-defined project in the respective specialization areas. Students will be exposed to individual-based research and report-writing while tackling a business issue under the guidance of the instructor.

*MNO3761 / MNO3313 Topics in Leadership and Human Capital Management (TILHCM)

The topic(s) addressed in this module will involve specialised issues that are worthy of more in-depth treatment than what is provided in the other modules. The specific topics may range from current theoretical debates to the strategies and tactics that are utilised by leading organisations to resolve practical problems. The primary mode of instruction will feature discussion of research articles, case studies and/or projects involving practical applications.

MNO3761A / MNO3313J TILHCM: Employee and organisational Misbehaviours

This module examines deviant behaviours at the workplace, corporate misconduct and organizational ethics. Both the employee and organization will be the focus of our analysis. Topics examined include the role of personality and situation in explaining employee and organizational deviance, employee theft, deceit, lying and whistle-blowing among others.

MNO3761B / MNO3313K TILHCM: Managing China Venture 

This module aims to expose students to the emerging role China plays in the global political/ economic scene and the market opportunities China offers to business investors worldwide. Recent plans on China’s economic restructuring and regional integration to boost domestic consumption will be reviewed. The module also discusses critical challenges corporate leaders face in managing a China venture. These include business decisions on the modes of entry, choice of suppliers and venture partners; as well as management actions on product quality control, access to target market segments, creation of distribution network, containment of costs, talent acquisition and retention and the like.

MNO3811 / MNO3330 Social Entrepreneurship 

Social entrepreneurship presents an alternative approach to community development. It advocates the adoption of innovative solutions (often incorporating market mechanisms) to address social problems. This module discusses the concepts associated with social entrepreneurship, and examines the practices and challenges of social entrepreneurship in the Asian context. Topics to be covered include identification of social problems; marginalization and the poverty cycle; varied conceptualizations of social entrepreneurship and innovation; different types of social enterprises; sustainable social enterprises as an effective means of community development; developing a social enterprise business plan; establishing a social enterprise; scaling up a social enterprise; social impact measurement.

MNO4711 / MNO4314 Consulting to Management 

This class aims to generate interest and develop skills of participants to “consult” to management and assist clients to take important managerial decisions in organisations. The class is targeted at participants with preliminary knowledge (about Consulting) and strong aspirations to become consultants. The module covers a broad range of topics from “types of consulting” to “how consulting firms make money” and includes a workshop helping participants develop their skills to consult. Strong analytical and reasoning skills form the prerequisite for the course.

MNO4712 / MNO4316 Experiencing Work: Effects on Behaviour and Well-Being 

This module gives an overview of the ways in which work demands and experiences influence employee behaviour and well-being, and also explores the mechanisms that organizations and employees can use to minimize the negative effects of work demands on well-being as well as maximize the positive effects of certain work experiences on well-being

MNO4713 Leading across Borders 

Globalization and changes in work patterns have created opportunities for people to work beyond borders as team members or leaders Facing with rising global challenges from people with different culture backgrounds, managers, leaders or people at work could opt to be who they are, expecting others to adapt to them, or they can proactively work to develop greater multicultural competencies and lead. Competent leaders view leading across borders as a development process, requiring intelligences and competences to succeed. This module focuses on these intelligences and competences by enhancing students’ knowledge and skills in the area. 

The module is divided into three parts, starting with the understanding of new global realities and their impact on business, management and people. The module continues with the examination of roles and competencies necessary to lead across borders, for example, communicating across cultures, motivating and inspiring people across cultures, building teams and trust, etc. Finally, the discussion on global management challenges aims to encourage students to critically think about what lies ahead when leading across borders. This will prepare students well to lead more successfully across borders.

MNO4714 Developing Impactful Social Sector Solutions 

In this module, students examine how management principles and concepts can be applied to address social problems. In particular, students experientially learn how management principles and concepts can be utilized to generate innovative ideas that offer solutions to social problems. The module also helps students appreciate the importance of effectively implementing and managing these solutions for maximum social outcomes and impact. Key topics covered include social issues and challenges in Singapore, the social sector in Singapore, identification and scoping of social problems, ideation of solutions to social problems, and implementation, management and impact measurement of solutions.>

MNO4751 / MNO4319 Advanced Independent Study in Leadership and Human Capital Management  

Advanced Independent Study Modules (ISMs) are for senior students who are in the BBA and BBA (Acc) honours programs with the requisite background to work closely with an instructor on a well-defined project in the respective specialization areas. (The modules may also be made available to students who are eligible for admission into the honours programs but choose to pursue the non-honours course of study.) Students will hone their research and report-writing skills while tackling a business issue under the guidance of the instructor.

MNO4752 / MNO4329 Advanced Independent Study in Leadership and Human Capital Management (2MC) 

Current issues and/or essential topic areas within the field of management and organisation that merit extensive literature reviews and scholarly discussion will be studied under this heading. Students enrolled in these seminars are required to make presentations on topics that are of interest to them and relevant to the module. Lecturers will act as facilitators, evaluators and resource persons. Assessments will be based on a major project or term paper, in addition to more traditional indicators of performance. Examples of seminars in the Management and Organisation concentration are International and Comparative Industrial Relations; Leadership in Organisation; Comparative and Cross-National Study of Organisations and Power and Politics in Organisations.

MNO4761A / MNO4313C SILHCM: Compensation and Performance Management 

Compensation and appraisal systems are key contributors to organisational effectiveness. This course addresses how organisations use compensation and performance management practices to drive strategic business success. This course will cover a mix of theoretical concepts and organisational practices useful in developing and maintaining a motivated, committed and competent workforce. In this course students will learn how organisational systems operate to attract, retain and motivate a competent workforce. Further students will gain an understanding of how to assess reward and appraisal systems in terms of the criteria of equity and cost effectiveness and how to assess and diagnose compensation management issues and problems and develop appropriate solutions.

MNO4761B / MNO4313H SILHCM: Job Attitudes 

This module will involve studying the range of attitudes that individuals have toward their jobs and organization including job satisfaction, engagement, commitment, and other related topics. It will be an advanced module in that reading the scientific evidence will be part of the requirements.

MNO4861C / MNO4313D SILHCM: Corporate Entrepreneurship & Business Model Evaluation 

This class emphasizes the cultivation of each student’s ability to evaluate business models and their appropriateness for development in a corporate setting. As an advanced course the content is designed to improve students analytical, creative and communication skills. In a competitive environment, entrepreneurship is an essential and indispensable element in the success of every business organisation - whether small or large, new or long-established. This course focuses on corporate entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on the role of venture capital and spin-offs. Although corporate entrepreneurship encompasses a wide range of organisational activities, this course focuses primarily on managerial efforts aimed at the identification, development and exploitation of technical and organisational innovations and on effective new venture management in the context of large corporations.