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BSc Management / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies
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This course introduces students to the field of scholarship known as organization studies through an exploration of management and organizations. In order to develop an appreciation of organizations as complex and multifaceted, students will study the management of different kinds of organizations - from government to private, from small to large, from local to multi-national, from start-ups to mature firms, from technical production to political advocacy, etc. Students will learn to analyse their observations of organizations by understanding how micro, meso and macro theories shed light on the organizational domain in different ways. We will treat the study of management and organization thought as a necessary step toward the development of informed and socially responsible graduates. In this year-long course, students will therefore develop a thorough understanding of how organizations and society shape and change each other but also how different approaches to management can configure organizational lives.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Introduction to the Study of Management and Organisation
2. Early History and Foundations
3. Modernity and bureaucracy: The emergence of organisational society
4. Obedience, Authority and Legitimacy in Organisations
5. A pluralist field: Beyond the ‘One Best Way’ to Manage
PART II: CLASSIC MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION THEORY
6. Scientific Management and the Modern Factory
7. Human Relations – 1: The Hawthorne Studies
8. Human Relations – 2: The Tavistock and Group Relations
PART III: CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF ORGANIZATION
9. Labour Process Theory and the Critique of Industrial Organisation
10. Critical Management Studies: From Class to Black Lives Matter
11. Overview of Semester 1
PART IV: CRITICAL THEMES IN MANAGEMENT TODAY
12. Globalisation,Transnationalism and the End of Management?
13. Motivation, psychology and subjectivity at work
14. Organisational Culture and ‘cultural management’
15. Creativity and Innovation at work
16. Management as Leadership
17. Corporate Social Responsibility and Organisational Ethics
PART V: THE DARK SIDE OF ORGANIZATION
18. Conflict and Competition at Work
19. Managing ‘Grunge Work’
20. Management as Surveillance
21. Uncertainty Management and ‘Change Fetishism’
22. Overview of semester 2 and Summary of the Course
Core for BSc Mgt/Mgt (Specialism); IM.
The main aim of this course is to familiarise students with core objects and processes in management and organization studies. This includes an understanding of management and organization as a practice and a scholarly endeavour.
Through sustained attention to the world of management and organizations, students will learn to:
1. Identify organization, organizations and organizing as distinct from other objects and processes within the study of human society and culture
2. Interpret the behaviour of individuals and groups in work and organizational settings in conjunction with the design and structuring of organizations
3. Apply core concepts and theories from management and organization studies to analyse cases that are relevant for different sectors of society
4. Make critical, informed and socially responsible judgments regarding specified organizational problems by drawing on concepts and theories from management and organization studies
Teaching and learning methods
Lecture hours: 40
Seminar hours: 10
Private study: 150
Total study hours: 200 hours
Relevant materials (course outline, additional reading, cases, notifications, etc.) will be made available on the Blackboard site for the module.
- Essay (to be handed in at the end of semester 1) weighted at 30%.
- Essay (to be handed in at the end of semester 2) weighted at 70%.
Seminars: These will take the form of conversation and debate between students and tutor based on core readings and topics. Feedback on learning and development will be provided in the seminars.
Essay writing skills: Feedback will be provided on the examined essays. Essays are graded
Feedback on Problem Issues: The module coordinators will offer personal feedback - on a face-to-face basis - regarding any problems students may encounter with the module that are not otherwise able to be addressed through the seminar format.
The textbook and/or any other core texts will be announced via email at the start of the year. Additional weekly reading and other multimedia will be assigned on Blackboard.
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Seminar tutors: Graduate Teaching Assistants will cover seminars on the course and will also assist with the marking of assignments.
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Programme Restrictions -This course is core for first year students on BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management.
For Academic Year 2023/24
Updated: March 2023
Approved by: March UG Committee