SMGT40380 Sport Leadership & People Mgmt

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module explores how to effectively lead, manage, and develop people within an organisational setting. It utilises key concepts and theories from organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM).
The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of the links between OB, HRM practices and performance at the individual, team and corporate level of sports organisations.
Students will address a wide range of issues from both a theoretical and practical perspective, such as leadership, organisational culture and change, negotiation, decision making, strategic recruitment and selection and performance management.
After undertaking this module, students should have developed their understanding and acquired the tools necessary to critically analyse how competitive advantage can be delivered for sport organisations through the effective leadership and management of people.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss & critically assess selected theoretical frameworks, concepts and practices of leadership relevant to sport.
2. Identify and evaluate the range of perspectives on human resource management and employee relations.
3. Critically examine current issues in organisational behaviour, human resource management and employee relations in sport organisations.
4. Appraise the relevant academic literature in a critical manner.

Indicative Module Content:

Sample topics to be covered in the module include: Work, Employment & the Labour Market; Managing People – from PM/IR to HRM to SHRM; Managing the Employment Relationship; Managing Corporate Social Responsibility Managing Diversity; Values & Organisational Culture; Leadership; Trust & Distrust; Developing & Maintaining Cohesion; Leadership & Decision Making

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In line with the MSc programme values, the module utilises a teaching and learning approach which places students at the centre of the learning experience; promoting a collaborative and interactive learning process. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn during the module through lectures, class discussions, reflective learning and group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: This assignment is a focused on the review of specific journal article chosen by each student in the area of leadership or organisational behaviour in a sport setting. - Due week 14 Week 9 n/a Graded No


Essay: This assignment asks student to address a critical topic related to people management. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback on their individual assignments post assessment.

Name Role
Dr Seamus Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Ruth Mullally Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eleni Theodoraki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer