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  • University of Reading
  • Henley Business School

Managing People: Understanding Individual Differences

Understand how personalities and individual differences affect the performance of individuals in the workplace.

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Managing People: Understanding Individual Differences
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • Accreditation

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Explore the link between individual behaviour and organisational success

Individual personalities and behaviour can have a significant impact on a business. On this course you will develop your understanding of personality and individual differences and how adults learn. You will consider what affects individual performance and how this relates to the success of your organisation. Through the course you will also keep a learning journal to help you apply your learning in your workplace.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • An introduction to the course topics

  • The ways in which adults learn

  • Learning to be a good manager

Week 2

  • Identities in the workplace

  • Personality and intelligence models and theories

  • The value of psychometrics in the workplace

  • Reflecting and understanding individual difference

Week 3

  • Theories and models of organisational effectiveness

  • What drives individual performance?

  • Values, ethics and whistleblowing

Who is this accredited by?

EFMD
EFMD:

This course is EOCCS certified, an international quality benchmark for online courses.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand how people differ and the impact these differences may have in the workplace
  • Understand the link between individual attributes, behaviour and performance
  • Understand the link between individual and organisational performance
  • Learn how to apply this understanding to management practice

Who is the course for?

This course is for entry level managers with no formal management education. You don’t need any knowledge of management theory.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Bolade-Ogunfodun is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Henley Business School. She enjoys teaching and mentoring. Her research covers the nature and sources of meaning systems in diverse work contexts.

Martin teaches at the Henley Business School on a number of people-related modules on our Professional Management Programmes. He was previously a management consultant and is a trained chef.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a triple accredited, world-renowned business school, part of the University of Reading.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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