Innovation and Participation at Work

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Innovation and Participation at Work

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Entrepreneurship, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description

    Innovating and modernising programmes have figured prominently in the world of work, variously aiming to intensify and control employees or to humanize their jobs and provide scope for empowerment and participative decision making. Focusing on recent popular movements and contemporary initiatives, this course will enable students to identify fads and fashions, to track the influence of more sustained and considered workplace interventions, to recognize continuities in underpinning theory, to appreciate the significance of enabling conditions and constraining factors, to evaluate benefits, costs and consequences for stakeholders, and to reach informed views about management options and dilemmas for the future of work and employee relations.

    Learning and teaching methods

    20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours)

    Course texts

    Beirne, M. (2013) Rhetoric and the Politics of Workplace Innovation: struggling with empowerment and modernization, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

    Copies can be consulted via the Main, Short Loan and Adam Smith Libraries. This is also available as an e-book from Elgaronline.

    This text covers the core theoretical and empirical material from which the course takes its departure. However, the scope of the course and extensive literature in this area entail that specialist journal references have to accompany the sessions. Dedicated reading lists will be issued as a further guide to each of the specific areas covered in class.


    An essay of 3,000-3,500 words (100%)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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