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Employee Relations and Motivation


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Julie Dickinson
  • Assessment: a two-hour unseen examination (100%)

Module description

This module will examine key aspects of the labour contract: power and motivation. The employment contract will be examined in terms of power, control and conflict. Then theory and research on employee motivation will be examined and related to the employment contract. Finally, the module will address employee diversity.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand and critically evaluate theories of motivation at work
  • understand motivation in the context of the employment relationship
  • recognise the impact of changes in the employment relationship (such as pay, job design, employee involvement and opportunities) on motivation
  • understand and critically evaluate issues related to diversity in the workplace.