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Unit information: Management in 2020/21

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Unit name Management
Unit code EFIMM0112
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mrs. Anna MacPherson
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the discipline and practice of management. It aims to develop their understanding of management as a social science, with an introduction to the key concepts, thinkers and analytical frameworks in the field. Central to the unit is an understanding of organisations as contexts for social interaction and construction, with a particular emphasis on the study of ‘people’ and organisational behaviour. Key issues such as power and control, motivation, culture, ethics, identity and leadership (among others) are explored, with a view to developing students’ critical awareness of the impact of management theory and practice on individuals and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and describe a range of issues related to the study and practice of management, and how organisations are experienced by their members

2. Explain and discuss key management theory and concepts and demonstrate an awareness of multiple perspectives and critical debates within the field

3. Apply management theory to real-life scenarios (e.g. in the form of academic case studies and contemporary organisations)

4. Analyse management practice using relevant theory

5. Demonstrate an ability to develop critical and theoretically informed arguments regarding the ethics and appropriateness of management practice and of existing management theory

6. Evaluate management theory and its impact on individuals and society

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including pre-recorded lectures, videos, dedicated group work sessions in preparation for tutorials (ideally timetabled), timetabled synchronous tutorials, discussion boards and drop-in sessions and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Formative: ongoing formative feedback for article and case study evaluation, debates, group presentations, Summative: 3000 word individual assignment (100%).

Reading and References

This list is indicative only and subject to change


Bratton, J. (2015) Work and Organizational Behaviour, 3rd Ed, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Hendry, J. (2013) Management, A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

King, D. & Lawley, S. (2016) Organizational Behaviour, 2nd Ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Linstead, S., Fulop, L. and Lilley, S. (2009) Management and Organization (2nd edition), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Wren, D. (2005) The History of Management Thought, Hoboken: Wiley


Human Relations

Journal of Business Ethics



Work, Employment and Society

Gender, Work & Organization

Culture & Organization