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Managing People - Understanding Individual Differences


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Understand how personalities and individual differences affect the performance of individuals in the workplace with this Managing People - Understanding Individual Differences course from University of Reading by FutureLearn.


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 Managing People - Understanding Individual Differences course from University of Reading by FutureLearn you will also keep a learning journal to help you apply your learning in your workplace.

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


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

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 21 days

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  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product. 


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