This subject is a study of management theories, emphasising the management functions of planning, organising, leading, controlling, motivating and decision making.
The subject also provides an introduction to management from an organisational perspective. Students will be faced with making a range of decisions related to real life business scenarios, which not only tests their theoretical knowledge of the subject but also enhances their ability to make informed and appropriate decisions based on that knowledge and the given circumstances of a variety of situations.
This subject aims to explore exactly what is meant by vision and value management: how to create visions and values, how to implement them and how to measure their success. An historical perspective of management of organisations is developed. Operations and human resource management are examined from an inter-cultural perspective to ensure participants are aware of the impact that national culture has on how people behave in the organisation. This is extended with a contemporary perspective, discussing ethics and change as significant issues facing organisations.
This subject examines organisations and their activities from a number of perspectives. It aims to show students that organisations bring people together with a vision and values to achieve what they could not possibly achieve individually.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The aim and learning outcomes of this subject will be achieved through lectures, class discussions, self-directed learning, tutorials and group work. Students are expected to read in advance of lectures and to participate in tutorials. Chapters for pre reading are listed in the week – by – week programme and are taken from the set textbook.
- Distinguish between planning, organising, leading and controlling (the four principal managerial functions), and demonstrate the manager’s ability to handle each one in the context of organisational performance.
- Analyse the contributions of the evolution of management theories to the efficient and effective use of
- Differentiate between the formal and informal organisation and demonstrate how managers perceive, interpret and respond appropriately to the operating environment of the organisation.
- Relate the increasing diversity of the workforce and the organisational environment and explain the central role that managers play in the effective management of change and workforce diversity.
Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information. Students are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in subject notes, handouts and readings. Class work and practical application of theory assist in reinforcing the importance of this subject’s topics. Each student is required to participate in class discussions and activities and conduct their own individual research.
Assessment One: Individual Report
Students research a company of their choice and write a 1,250 word report on one of the lecture topics from weeks 1-4.
Assessment Two: Online presentation – Group
Using the same company from the first assessment, students research one of the lecture topics from weeks 5-8 and deliver a voice-over PowerPoint presentation.