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Unit information: Management in 2015/16

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Unit name Management
Unit code ECONM1013
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Andrijasevic
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Economics, Finance and Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This is a core unit on the MSc EFM, AFM and Management programmes that develops the basic theories of management and organisation behaviour. Starting with analysis of different paradigms used in management, the unit then introduces the main theories in their historical development. The major part of the unit covers a series of important issues. In each of these, theory and relevant examples will be examined and compared. The major issues covered include: organisation structure including the importance of contingent factors, the role of management, individual and group behaviour, power and conflict, organisation and national culture.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the major management theories, theories of organisation structure and organisation behaviour.
  • Analyse situations in which organisations exist (external environment and internal factors) and propose or evaluate appropriate organisation structure and management policy.
  • Identify relevant theories and examples for the following issues: power and conflict in organisations; the role of management; individual and group behaviour; organisation culture and the effects of national culture; strategy and leadership.
  • Critically evaluate the major management and organisation theories.
  • Relate management and organisation theories to practical situations.
  • Analyse business issues and problems, using case-studies.
  • Write about management issues in various styles.
  • Work effectively as a group.

Teaching details

Lectures and classes

Assessment Details

Summative assessment will be in two parts:

1. A group assignment. Students will work in groups of 5­6 students on a case study that will be assessed through an oral presentation and a group diary, submitted in week 7. The case study will test students’ ability to critically evaluate and relate major management and organisation theories to practical situations, so testing intended learning outcomes a, b, d, e, g and h.

2. An individual assignment of 2,500 words submitted in week 12. The assignment will assess students’ ability to apply theory in practice through the use of a case study written in a ‘report style’. The report style will test students’ ability to analyse and apply the key theories and concepts discusses during the course of the Unit as well as their ability to argue logically and organise their answers well, with evidence of relevant academic reading. The individual assignment will tests the ILOs a, b, c and f.

Formative assessment includes a business case study and a short essay. The case study assesses the same intended learning outcomes as the group assignment, and enables students to gain experience before the summative assessment.

The essay assess the following intended learning outcomes, and enables students to gain experience before the summative assessment.

  • Identify and describe the major management theories, theories of organisation structure and organisation behaviour.
  • Identify relevant theories and examples for the following issues: power and conflict in organisations; the role of management; individual and group behaviour; organisation culture and the effects of national culture; strategy and leadership.
  • Critically evaluate the major management and organisation theories.

Reading and References

  • L Mullins, ‘Management and Organisational Behaviour’, Prentice Hall, 9th edition (2010)
  • Gareth Morgan, ‘Images of Organisation’, Sage Publications, 3rd edition, (2006)
  • Mary Jo Hatch with Ann Cunliffe, ‘Organization Theory – modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives’, Oxford 2nd ed (2006)
  • H. Mintzberg, ‘Structure in Fives’, Prentice Hall
  • Chris Grey, “A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book studying organizations” – 2nd edition, Sage, 2009

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