BM5906: Driving High Performance Organisations

BM5906: Driving High Performance Organisations

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Driving High Performance Organisations
Module Code BM5906
Module Tutor John Hepworth
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module incorporates CIPD modules 5UIN, 5IVP and 5ODT.


Using Information in HR (5UIN)

Students will develop the skills of research and enquiry in order to enable identification of appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice and to synthesise and apply this data, to evaluate the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a business case for improvement.


Improving Organisational Performance (5IVP)

Students explore how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) involving line managers in the performance management process. Areas may include the different conceptual frameworks of high-performance working (HPW), its impact on organisational performance, competitive advantage, employee engagement and employee well-being, the business case for, and the barriers to, HPW as well as the role of people management in improving organisational performance. Furthermore, the contribution of the performance management process is examined and shows how the involvement and commitment of line managers, can support the building of a high-performance culture.


Organisation Development (5ODT)

Students explore how organisation development focuses on making interventions and driving improvements to organisational success by facilitating the ways in which employees – individuals, groups and teams are motivated to perform and are rewarded for performance; are involved in the business decision making processes; interact with, and relate to each other; acquire and develop knowledge, experience and skills in the context of rapidly changing organisational environments.

Indicative Syllabus
  1. Stages in the research process: range of research methodologies
  2. Identifying a researchable area: for example an aspect from one of the professional areas in the CIPD Profession Map or from an area of business practice. Reviewing data: Conducting the critical review of the information sources.
  3. Drawing meaningful conclusions: analysis and interpretation of data
  4. Identifying stakeholders needs & influence: Preparing a business report:
  5. Concept of HPW, Components of HPW, Evaluating the evidence: The development of HPWOs in the UK and internationally, Barriers to HPW.
  6. Main stages, Role of line managers, Contribution of participants
  7. Effective and inclusive collaborative working and communication techniques that support organisational values, generate trust, promote diversity and relate potential.
  8. Historical and theoretical basis of organisation development, Principles, systems and models, ,Stakeholders, Phases, Roles and competencies
  9. Practices, models and approaches; dealing with resistance.
  10. Role and purpose of organisation development, Measurement and evaluation: key performance indicators; data collection, links to continuous improvement.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to;


  1. Understand the research process and different research approaches (CIPD 5UIN1)
  2. Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings. (CIPD 5UIN2)
  3. Be able to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate options for change. (CIPD 5UIN3)
  4. Know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue. (CIPD 5UIN4)
  5. Understand the concept of high-performance working (HPW) and its contribution to creating and sustaining a high-performance work organisation (HPWO). (CIPD 5IVP1)
  6. Understand the contribution of performance management to high levels of performance and the role of line managers in the process. (CIPD 5IVP2)
  7. Know how to create and sustain a community of practice to build a high-performance culture. (CIPD 5IVP3)
  8. Understand the organisation development process from a historical, theoretical and practical perspective. (CIPD 5ODT1)
  9. Understand various organisation development practices, models and approaches. (CIPD 5ODT2)
  10. Understand the value of organisation development interventions to business performance and productivity. (CIPD 5ODT3)
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words Assesses CIPD 5IHR LO1-4
002: 30% Presentation: Individual:: 10 minutes (900 word equivalent) Assesses CIPD 5IOP LO5-7
003: 20% Assignment: Individual: 600 words Assesses CIPD 5ODV LO 8-10
Special Assessment Requirements

All elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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