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People Management in
Management of Project
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Mechanism(s) for return ofassignment work, feedback andmarks to students: Via Turnitin.
The objective of these assignments is to undertake an extensive range of
secondary research to review both the importance of the people element and
the development and benefits of team development in project management
with an emphasis on psychology, social sciences and organisational
Formative Assessment: 15 minute in-class presentation.
Either individually or in self-selected and self-managed groups of up to three
people select one country (other than the UK) and present research into
their culture, legislation, organisational structure and governance.
The assessment will be presented in week 11 and will contribute
to the Module Learning Outcomes listed below. Detailed guidance will be
Summative Assessment: Individual written assignment of 4000 words.
From the results of the formative assessment and additional secondary
research you will then individuallyaddress, critically evaluate and
compare/contrast people management of the UK and your chosen country;
addressing the three main aims of this assignment:
select, critically review and reflect upon key theories, models and
tools associated with individuals, groups, teams, management and leadership
in international project-orientated contexts.
Secondly, to consider how self-awareness and sensitivity to the
psychological, social and cultural factors may influence behaviour of self and
others inproject teams within an international focus.
Lastly, to critically evaluate a range of options available to improve team
work in projects and to provide recommendations to improve team dynamics,
trust and associated success in international projects.
Delivery: academaically written, with appropriate in-text citations and
supporting references an assignment of 4,000 words. To include a 200 word
abstract (not included in the word count),introduction, critical review
of theoretical elements, comparison
of governernance, organisational structures, cultures and team
building from twocountries.
The assingment will be submitted and assessed electronically and
addresses Module Learning Outcomes listed below.
Additional instructions to students:
Throughout the Module there are discussions on aspects of international
people management. In order to further equip you with topic specific
knowledge and understanding, and help you develop your intellectual skills
and abilities in this subject, you will expect that some elements in your
paper will be informed by material issued by credible, relevant, professional
institutes within Project
Management (e.g. https://www.apm.org.uk/, http://www.ipma.world/, https://w
ww.pmi.org/) as these organisations will be useful in highlighting current
issues and offering supporting information.
It is envisaged that by undertaking such independent preliminary research,
this may act as a prelude, generating future research interest which could be
further developed individually, or in collaboration with peers or academic staff
at the end of the module.
The paper is to be properly structured and supported through ‘academic’
research using appropriate and quality references which are cited correctly
throughout. It is to conclude with an effective summary recording what is
now ‘known’ in these selected areas. A separate references list must also be
provided at the end of the document.
Learning outcomes from the Module Descriptor/Specification:
1. Define and evaluate selected key theories and concepts associated with the
main characteristics, models andprocesses of International People
2. Critically evaluate selected key theories and techniques associated
organization, organisational structures and management processes in relation
to International People Management.
Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:
with the knowledge, skills and abilities to create, participate in
and effectively lead real and virtual project-orientated teams.
4. Critically review the literature on strategic management and engage with
what others have written through evaluative discourse.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity)
the professional ethics characteristics of a Northumbria University
postgraduate student. You will have the opportunity to reflect on how these
are related to your own values and thus review your personal professional
Assessment criteria / marking scheme:
Abrstract: 200 word summary of the report (not included in total word
▪Introduction: This will contextualise the topic of people management in a
global organisation and positions the importance of
people management in project teams. As well as concisely summarising and
comparing global people management in order to justify the selection and
importance of the chosen topic areas in the main subject matter. 5%
▪Relationship with existing literature: The paper should demonstrate a
critical evaluation and review of the key theories, models and literature in the
field, citing an appropriate range of literature from recognised academic
▪Critical and evaluative self-reflection: Consideration of self-awareness and
understanding of psychological, social and cultural factors whichinfluence
behaviours in an international project team. 25%
▪Consideration and evaluation of options. Criticacally evaluate the options
generated and make recommendations to improve effectiveness
of an international project team. 25%
▪Communication and presentation: Attention should be paid to the clarity of
expression and readability, including general structure and use of appropriate
language and style for a professiona report. Care should be taken not to use
inappropriate jargons oracronyms. 10%
▪General structure, formatting of the work and the references
section (see below notes) in particular. 5%
▪For this task, full academic referencing from any sources used is to be provided
in the references section at the end of the assignment using the Harvard
referencing style, where correct and working hyperlinks to the original source
should also be created to allow the tutor to check these sources.
▪In-text referencing should also be undertaken using the Harvard referencing
▪The referencing technique for the Harvard Referencing style must follow the
appropriate guidance contained within either the “Cite them Right” publication
(Pears and Shields, 2008), or from http://www.citethemrightonline.com/ . Both
of theseresources provide consistent help and information about correct
referencing technique and standards. In other words, everything should be
traceable to the sources used.
UK statistics to use for people’s management LD 7168
United Kingdom Data
66.8m ONS United Kingdom (2019)
0-14 years: 18%
15-24 years: 12%
25-54 years: 40%
55-64 years: 12%
65 years and over: 19% (2018 est.)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female 49.4 males: 50.6 females
7.7% of population main language other than English. 1.3% population have poor
English and 0.3% have no English. In London 4.1% have no English, with London
Borough of Newham highest at 8.5%. Leicester highest outside London with 7.5%
unable to speak English. ONS 2019
Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 80.9 years (2018 est.)
Literacy Rate (Adult)
Literacy has remained at 99% for over 20 years
National Achievement Rate Tables March 2019 DoE
Entry & Level 1 90.2% Level 2 86.7
Level 3 79%
Level 4+ 63.8%
Hiring and firing
All employees (from the CEO to the mailroom assistant) have the same basic
statutory employment rights.
Employees with two years’ service have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.
Normally a capped award of £78,962 or 52 weeks’ gross pay, whichever is the lower.
Statutory employment claims must be brought in the employment tribunal and not in
the civil court.
Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday a year (known as
statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). This includes agency workers, workers
with irregular hours, workers on zero-hours contracts. An employer can include bank
holidays as part of statutory annual leave.
Workers have the right to get paid for leave, build up (‘accrue’) holiday entitlement
during maternity, paternity and adoption leave, build up holiday entitlement while off
work sick, request holiday at the same time as sick leave
The employee must work a certain number of hours over the year, but they have
some flexibility about when they work. There are sometimes ‘core hours’ which the
employee regularly works each week, and they work the rest of their hours flexibly or
when there’s extra demand at work.
The Bribery Act 2010 contains general offences, a discrete offence of bribing a
foreign public official and a corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery. The
penalties under the Act are severe – there is a maximum penalty of 10 years’
imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine for individuals. Corporates face an unlimited
fine (including in respect of the corporate offence).
Workers are entitled to certain employment rights, including: getting the National
Minimum Wage, protection against unlawful deductions from wages,
the statutory minimum level of paid holiday, the statutory minimum length of rest
breaks, to not work more than 48 hours on average per week or to opt out of this
right if they choose, protection against unlawful discrimination, protection for ‘whistle
blowing’ - reporting wrongdoing in the workplace, to not be treated less favorably if
they work part-time.
Discrimination laws gov.uk
Equality Act 2010 – it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of
• Gender reassignment
• Being married or in a civil partnership
• Being pregnant or on maternity leave
• Race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation
The law protects people against direct and indirect discrimination at work which
covers the areas of dismissal, employment terms and conditions, pay and benefits,
promotion and transfer opportunities, training, recruitment, redundancy. Some forms
of discrimination are only allowed in UK such as a Roman Catholic school restricting
application for admission of pupils to Catholics only, employing only women in a
health centre for Muslim women.
No religion 25%
Note: ONS/Gov.uk statistics vary
Monarch of the United Kingdom is the Supreme Governor of the Church, and
accordingly, only a Protestant may inherit the British throne. The society is described
as a post-Christian, multi-faith and secularized society.
The country practices parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy
where the Queen is head of the state and elected prime minister is the head of the
government. There are different political parties in UK, namely the Labour party,
Conservative Party etc.
19.1m families in the UK in 2018
• Married or civil partnerships 67%
• Of which 2.8% same sex marriages
• Cohabiting couples increasing fastest rate with an increase of 25.8% from 2008.
• 15% of households are single person (increase of 3.8% since 2017)