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21875 Managing People for High Performance

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Subject handbook information prior to 2019 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business
Credit points: 8 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject focuses on the effective management of people in organisations. The subject draws on concepts from leadership theory and practice, organisational behaviour, human resource management and psychology, to provide students with an understanding of the complexities and dynamics of successful people management. The subject also refers to the institutional context of people management and contextualises the material with reference to the rights and responsibilities of managers and staff.

Core issues upon which managerial and organisational success hinge, such as job design, setting performance objectives, providing feedback, managing performance, guiding development and ensuring staff are rewarded for good performance, are central topics in this subject. Effectively driving these processes requires knowledge and competencies of the personalities, values and attitudes of staff and these topics are also covered. This subject is designed to help students develop into better leaders, managers and organisation members.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Research and critically evaluate the major theories and models that have been developed to explain the complexities of individual, group and intra-group behaviour from a contemporary management perspective
2. Understand, articulate and reflect upon the challenges and rewards of managing people for high performance
3. Identify the needs, expectations and obligations of organisations and individuals in high performance work settings
4. Analyse the best practice work systems of successful organisations and identify the key factors in the management of people for high performance

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Organisations are primarily collections of people, ideally working together towards common goals. The primary task of management is to lead an organisations most valued asset, its people, in the effective pursuit of those goals. This subject provides students with an understanding of how leadership and organisational behaviour are critical to the effective management of people. The subject takes an integrative and evaluative approach towards examining the role that leadership and other managerial techniques play in the pursuit of organisational effectiveness. Insights and material from the fields of leadership, organisational behavior, human resource management, psychology and critical studies are drawn upon to provide a balanced look at the people-performance link. Additionally, the subject provides students with an awareness of managerial obligations and responsibilities for the effective management of people.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject demands high levels of intellectual involvement and a high degree of action-based learning. While theory is important and underpins the learning in this subject, all theory taught is demonstrated through practice-based tasks such as in-class exercises, case studies, multimedia, discussion facilitated by the course leader and student led enquiry in the workplace.

Content (topics)

  • Individual workplace behaviour – this topic focuses on developing people-oriented managers, with an awareness and appreciation of how individual characteristics such as personality, intelligence, values and culture, influence people at work and managerial style.
  • Working with others – this topic focuses on the role and nature of performance management. It examines how to lead collaborative, cooperative and successful teams. The topic also examines the setting of performance standards and how to deal effectively with performance problems.
  • Designing work for organisational success – this topic focuses on job design processes and draws on worker motivation and strategic human resource management studies to examine worker inputs, throughputs and outputs and their link to organisational success.


Assessment task 1: Research based briefing paper (individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 4

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Applied People Management Project (group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 3 and 4

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Critical Essay (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

2500 words maximum

Minimum requirements

To pass the subject, students must achieve at least 50% of the final overall grade.

Required texts

McShane, S, Olekalns, M and Travaglione T. (2016) Organisational Behaviour, emerging knowledge, global insights (Asia Pacific Edition), 5th ed, McGraw-Hill. Sydney

Recommended texts

Daft, R.L. (2015) The Leadership Experience, 6th Ed, Cengage Learning, Sydney.

Other resources

All other material that is not contained in the textbook or this outline will be provided through UTSOnline (, emailed, or distributed by hand during seminars.