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2023/2024  KAN-CPBAO1002U  People, Performance and Organizational Value

English Title
People, Performance and Organizational Value

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for cand.merc. and CPBA (CPBA)
Course coordinator
  • Allan Hansen - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Managerial economics
  • Human resource management
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-06-2023

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Learning objectives
The learning objectives of the course are:
  • Identify and define design problems related to the core topics discussed at the course by means of the key concepts and models from the course
  • Explain and integrate the key concepts, theories and models from the course in analysing and discussing coordination and motivation problems related to people strategy implementation and organisational value creation.
  • Critically reflect upon various design solutions proposed by theories and models applied at the course in terms of their value effects and relevance in specific organizational contexts (case-sensitivity)
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
Midterm - People, Performance and Organizational Value:
Sub exam weight50%
Examination formWritten sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration4 hours
Grading scale7-point grading scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
AidsClosed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination may warrant that it most appropriately be held as an oral examination. The programme office will inform the students if the make-up examination/re-take examination instead is held as an oral examination including a second examiner or external examiner.
Description of the exam procedure

All learning objectives are relevant for this partial examination

Final - People, Performance and Organizational Value:
Sub exam weight50%
Examination formOral exam
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Duration20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeWith the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Grading scale7-point grading scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
AidsOpen book: all written and electronic aids
The student is allowed to bring to the preparation room: Simple writing and drawing utensils, laptop/tablet as a reference book (NB: there are no electric outlets available), any calculator, books including translation dictionaries, compendiums, notes. PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

All learning objectives are relevant for this partial examination

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course focuses on two problems essential for people, performance and value
in organisations: coordination and motivation of employees. The intertwined problems
are instrumental in execution of people strategy and business development. Coordination includes not only issues of organizational design (organisational structure, team and job design), work force planning, skills and competence matching but also goal setting, feedback and development of employees. Motivation is about employee commitment and engagement and it mobilizes issues such as pay, incentives, purpose and job - happiness. The course is divided in two parts
The first part of the course concentrates on understanding, calculating, analyzing and discussing broader issues of people, performance and value expressed in key structures related to organistional design, job, people and pay in the organizations.
The second part of the course focuses on performance information and its roles in coordination and motivation of employee. This involves the problem of measuring and evaluating performance (not only in terms of financial but also customer, sustainability and societal performance) and understanding how performance information exchange
influence employees’ and managers decisions, actions, incentives as well as intrinsic motivation fundamental for executing people strategy and business development.

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching is a mix of dialogue lectures, pre-recordings and discussions of assignments, reflection questions in class as well as casework related to the key topics discussed in the course. The module also applies a case-analysis based organization of learning similar to module 1. The focus is likewise on how the different topics plays out in a variety of different organizational contexts. A major difference is more weight on economic quantitative analysis and expressions. While many topics are based on formal academic conceptualizations, the module also applies a long range of concrete and practical example, like for instance cost benefit analysis, scorecards and business cases in the teaching.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will get the opportunity participate in several feedback sessions (including multiple choice tests and an essay assignments) to give students a better overview of whether they are following the expected learning curve. In addition, during dialog lectures and case discussions students will get continuous feedback regarding their understanding of the topics. At the end of each part of the course a review and Q&A session is planned.
Student workload
teaching 66 hours
preparation 246 hours
exam 100 hours
Expected literature

Indicative literature: 

  • Lazear, E.P. & Gibbs, M. 2018. Personnel economics in practice, Wiley & Sons (fourth edition) 
  • Gerhart, B.  and Newman, J. M. (2020) Compensation, McGraw Hill
  • Adler, S; Campion, M.; Colquitt, A.; Grubb, A.; Murphy, K., Ollander-Krane, R,; Pulakos, E. (2016) Getting Rid of Performance Ratings: Genius or Folly? A Debate, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 9(2).
Last updated on 02-06-2023