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MANG2001 Organisation and Management

Module Overview

This module explores the ways in which organisations can be designed (by management or others) in order to achieve their objectives. It exposes students to the ways in which economists, psychologists and sociologists address this and related management ideas and issues. It is, therefore, an interdisciplinary study, comparing and contrasting the contribution of the core social science disciplines to the study of organizations and management. The unit draws upon both theoretical and empirical materials and students are encouraged to draw upon their own local knowledge in pursuing their studies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to develop an appreciation and understanding of the principles, concepts, terminology, purpose and practice of management. In particular, it aims to explore effective means of managing people within organisations and to highlight organisational features which may help or hinder this process. You will have the opportunity to develop and practice a range of management skills.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main management schools of thought and their relevance to the management of contemporary organisations;
  • the nature of conflict in organisations, its role and appropriate ways in which it can be managed;
  • the main motivation theories and how these can be applied in practice;
  • the value of group work, approaches employed to build effective teams and the characteristics of an effective team;
  • the role played by national and organisational culture in fostering organisational effectiveness;
  • the principles underlying effective organisational design and the advantages of different organisational structures;
  • the value of leadership and the main leadership theories;
  • the contingency approach to management and its implications.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate and discuss management literature and its application to real management problems.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate different learning approaches;
  • show your problem-solving skills;
  • demonstrate written communication skills.


• The role of management and organisation. • Evolution of management theory and practice. • Conflict - management and negotiation. • Motivation - concepts and applications. • Groups, group processes and team building. • Japanese management. • National culture - influence on management systems/style . • Organisational culture. • Organisational structures – design. • Leadership - theory and practice. • The contingency approach.

Special Features

The lectures and classes are designed to be complementary. Issues raised in a class will usually be introduced during the previous day’s lecture, and followed up in the lecture after the case. The lectures will provide some analytical framework, using academic research and relevant empirical findings, with which to analyse the problems/cases and generalise the lessons from them. At the same time, the cases/problems will enrich the perspectives from the lectures. Academic frameworks miss important nuances and complexities of the real world. We gain richer insight by seeing how the theories play out in practice. Problems/cases also give students (vicarious) experience with many business problems. These will make them more effective in real situations in their careers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: The module is taught via a series of lectures and classes. Learning activities include: The lectures will involve some student participation in applying the concepts to management situations. The classes will consist of a series of management exercises, including role-play exercises. These will involve considerable student participation in approaches discussed in lectures. The classes will also provide the opportunity for developing a range of management skills.

Completion of assessment task15
Wider reading or practice10
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Robbins, S.P. & Coulter, M (2002). Management. 



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 30%
Examination  (2 hours) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 30%
Examination  (2 hours) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-Requisite: MANG1003


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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