Course unit details:
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies
||Alliance Manchester Business School
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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
- Modernity and industry: Living in an organizational society
- A pluralist field: There are more ways than one to analyse organizations
- The ubiquity of management: Organizations in popular culture
- Contemporary organizational facades: What the consumer sees
- Organizational processes: What the consumer does not usually get to see
- Working, producing: From the wealth of nations to strategic management
PART II: STRUCTURING ORGANIZATIONS
- Production lines: Scientific management then and now, here and there
- Desk jobs and the specification of core tasks: Is bureaucracy ethical?
- From bureaucracy to human relations: This is getting personal
- ‘The way we do things around here’: Is culture a resource for increasing productivity?
- Organisations as (thinking) organisms: It’s alive but is it passive or active?
- Designing organizations: Growing and shrinking, flat and fun
PART III: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCESSES
- Management fads and fashions: The good, the bad and the happy
- ‘Making up’ people then measuring them: Is performance evaluation mindful?
- From organization to network: Haunted by the ghosts of classic organization theory
- The economization of social life: Are all organizations now business organizations?
- Corporate social responsibility: Ethical response or managerialist fantasy?
- Advanced management and organization studies: What comes next?
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); IMABS; 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:
- Identify organization, organizations and organizing as distinct from other objects and processes within the study of human society and culture
- Interpret the behaviour of individuals and groups in work and organizational settings in conjunction with the design and structuring of organizations
- Apply core concepts and theories from management and organization studies to analyse cases that are relevant for different sectors of society
- 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.
1. Individual and group based seminar tasks 40%
2. Essay (2000 words) 60%
Seminars: These will take the form of conversation and debate between students and tutor based on preparatory tasks, reading and topics. Feedback on learning and development will be provided in the seminars.
Essay writing skills: Feedback will be provided on the examined essay.
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 with American Business Studies and BSc International Management.
For Academic Year 2019/20
Updated: March 2019
Approved by: March UG Committee
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