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Unit information: Management in 2016/17

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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




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


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:

a) Discuss and critically evaluate major management and organisation theories.

b) 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.

c) Relate management and organisation theories to practical situations.

d) Analyse situations in which organisations exist (external environment and internal factors) and propose or evaluate appropriate organisation structure and management strategy.

e) Analyse business issues and problems, using case-studies.

Teaching details

Lectures and classes

Assessment Details

The Unit will adopt formative and summative assessment:

1. Formative assessment will consist of a one-page essay outline. The aim of the outline is to prepare students for the summative assessment by providing an opportunity to develop a strong argument, apply theories to a case study, and elaborate a clear essay structure. Students will be provided with detailed feedback on their outlines in order to sharpen their ability to argue logically and relate major management and organisation theories to practical situations in a structured and critical manner. Formative assessment enable students to gain experience before the summative assessment and will meet ILOs a, b, c, d and e.

2. Summative assessment will consist of an individual assignment of 3,000 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 ‘academic essay’ style. The essay 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 test the ILOs a, b, c, d and e.

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