BSc Management with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN10970
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


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.



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


6.    Scientific Management and the Modern Factory
7.    Human Relations – 1: The Hawthorne Studies
8.    Human Relations – 2: The Tavistock and Group Relations


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


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


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 first year students on BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BSc International Management.

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.

Learning outcomes

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.


Assessment methods

  1. Essay (to be handed in at the end of semester 1) weighted at 30%.
  2. Essay (to be handed in at the end of semester 2) weighted at 70%.

Feedback methods

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.

Recommended reading

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.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Foster Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Seminar tutors: Graduate Teaching Assistants will cover seminars on the course and will also assist with the marking of assignments.

Pre-Requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units:

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



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