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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Pressures for change in the roles of organisations and management
    • Management yesterday and today
    • What do managers do? - The planning function
    • What do managers do? - The organising function
    • What do managers do? - The leadership function
    • What do managers do? - The controlling or performance management function
    • What do managers do? - Managing for sustainability
    • What do managers do? - Organisational design, culture and leadership in an increasingly complex and fast changing business environment

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse environmental pressures on management historically and contemporarily, and the responsiveness of the managerial function to environmental shifts
  2. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of managerial functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling across the organisation in diverse and complex environments
  3. Critically analyse managerial roles and functions at different organisational levels and in different types of organisations
  4. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 - Individual (15-25%) (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - Individual Case-based (30-50%) (0%)
  • Assignment 3 - Individual (35-45%) (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides a broad understanding of the management role and its significance in enabling organisations to operate effectively within a fast paced, increasingly complex and diverse global environment.

It pays particular attention to current trends and pressures for change on managerial responsibilities. The management role will be examined from the perspective of direction-setting, decision-making and strategic planning; the organising role covering structure and design, communications and information technology, human resource management and the management of change and innovation; the leadership role covering the basics of organisational behaviour, group and team dynamics, motivation and leadership styles; and the controlling or performance management function introducing operations and value chain management.

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