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IB153-15 Foundations of Management

Department
Warwick Business School
Level
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Kathryn Hartwell
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module will draw on interdisciplinary theory and research from the field of management, as well as complementary fields of psychology, sociology and economics, to introduce and consider how individuals and groups affect and are affected by organisations and the role of management in such processes. Its practical relevance lies
in developing within students the ability to deal effectively with the challenges that arise in changing work environments, as well as understand how management matters.
At the macro level, specific attention will be given to the study of organisations as social systems; the dynamics of change and survival in organisations; and the relationships between organisations and their environments. At the micro level, topics covered will include enhancing personal and organisational effectiveness, improving decision-making skills, and resolving conflicts in the workplace.
The module will examine both classic readings and more recent treatments of key topics in management. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with the literature and participate in class discussions which will include case analyses and experiential exercises.

Module aims

This module will draw on interdisciplinary theory and research from the field of management, as well as complementary fields of psychology, sociology and economics, to introduce and consider how individuals and groups affect and are affected by organisations and the role of management in such processes. Its practical relevance lies
in developing within students the ability to deal effectively with the challenges that arise in changing work environments, as well as understand how management matters.
At the macro level, specific attention will be given to the study of organisations as social systems; the dynamics of change and survival in organisations; and the relationships between organisations and their environments. At the micro level, topics covered will include enhancing personal and organisational effectiveness, improving decision-making skills, and resolving conflicts in the workplace.
The module will examine both classic readings and more recent treatments of key topics in management. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with the literature and participate in class discussions which will include case analyses and experiential exercises.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Scientific Management and The Human Relations Movement.
  • Changing Work Cultures.
  • Technology.
  • Aesthetics and Emotions in Workplaces.
  • Contemporary Modes of Power / Workplace Resistance.
  • Motivation.
  • Groups and Teams.
  • Leadership.
  • Stress and Well-being.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major conceptual frameworks and contemporary debates concerning management issues such as organizational culture, personality, motivation, teams and power.
  • Explain, compare and critique organizational and management issues using a range of perspectives.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the assumptions that underpin the theories covered on the module.
Indicative reading list

There is no set textbook for this module. Nevertheless, the following textbooks complement the module well, and together provide ample support on a variety of topics approached in this module:

  • Clegg, S. R., Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. S., 2016. Managing & Organizations. Fourth edition, London: Sage.
  • King, D. and Lawley, S., 2016. Organizational Behaviour. Second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds), 2017. Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management. Third Edition. Andover:
    Cengage Learning.
    For each lecture, a specific list of additional and more specific readings will be provided.
Subject specific skills

Demonstrate interpersonal skills that will be useful in professional careers such as presenting arguments, critical
thinking, and influencing others, as well as developing awareness of sustainability and ethical issues in how we understand and approach management

Transferable skills
  1. Analyse scenarios drawing on relevant theories and concepts.
  2. Develop logical and well reasoned arguments.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Seminars 9 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Online learning (independent) 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Private study 49 hours (33%)
Assessment 72 hours (48%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Independent learning

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Individual Assignment 90% 65 hours
Participation 10% 7 hours
Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
Individual Assignment 100%
Feedback on assessment

In class and on my.wbs

Courses

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 1 of UGEA-RN21 Undergraduate German and Business Studies

This module is Optional for:

  • UECA-3 Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants
    • Year 1 of L100 Economics
    • Year 1 of L116 Economics and Industrial Organization
  • Year 1 of UECA-LM1D Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies