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Unit information: Organisations and Incentives in 2021/22

Unit name Organisations and Incentives
Unit code EFIMM0106
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Maija Halonen-Akatwijuka
Open unit status Not open

TB1 Economics



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit examines how compensation and organisational design affect incentives and productivity in organisations. The following questions are addressed.

How does pay for performance affect motivation and recruitment?

What role does intrinsic motivation play in organisations?

What are the benefits and costs of team work?

When should decision making be decentralised?

We study economic theory of incentives and its empirical evidence. We also apply the principles arising from the theory to real-world case studies. This enables the students to learn skills that are valuable in their future careers in management positions.

The aims of this unit are to

(1) study economic theory of incentives and its empirical evidence.

(2) apply the principles arising from the theory to real-world case studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to

1) recognise the importance of compensation and organisational design to productivity of organisations,

2) outline the main theories of incentives pay and organisational design,

3) apply economic models in a relevant way to organisational issues,

4) recognise the strengths and limits of economic modelling of organisations

5) have gained experience in team work.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

Coursework 1 (50%)

Coursework 2 (50%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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